Marine Biologists Are Offering a Rare Chance to Meet a Great White Shark

A white shark investigates a diving cage off South Africa.Photo: Dan Kitwood (Getty Images) This may be your best chance of meeting a great white shark that doesn’t involve dressing up like a seal and covering yourself in blood. The shark-tracking organization OCEARCH is launching a sweepstakes for a lucky winner to join the OCEARCH … Read more

Conservation Biologists Need To Start Caring About Actual Animals – Not Just Species

Bronx Zoo’s unhappy elephant “Happy” inside the zoo’s Asia Habitat in New York. She’s one of many … [+] individual animals harmed in the name of species conservation. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Happy, an elephant who has been kept at the Bronx Zoo for the last 45 years, is alleged to … Read more

A deformable pump gives soft robots a ‘heart’ to mimic the biology of animals

A new deformable pump for soft robots consists of a silicone tube with coils of wire — known as solenoids — spaced around its exterior. Inside the tube is a solid core magnet that moves back and forth, much like a floating piston, to push fluids forward with continuous force. Credit: Cornell University The Tin … Read more

Robotic ammonites recreate ancient animals’ m

image: Schematics of four different designs of robotic ammonites, used to explore the effects of shell shape on swimming ability. view more Credit: David Peterman / University of Utah In a university swimming pool, scientists and their underwater cameras watch carefully as a coiled shell is released from a pair of metal tongs. The shell … Read more

Well-Preserved, 30,000-Year-Old Baby Woolly Mammoth Emerges From Yukon Permafrost | History

The trunk, ears and tail of this baby woolly mammoth, named Nun cho gaare almost perfectly preserved. Government of the Yukon On a drizzly June morning, Travis Mudry, a miner working in the Klondike goldfields of Canada’s Yukon territory, cut into a wall of permafrost, or permanently frozen earth. To reach the gold deposits hidden … Read more

Biologists’ Fears Confirmed on the Lower Colorado River | Arizona News

By BRITTANY PETERSON, Associated Press Denver, Colo. (AP) – For National Park Service fisheries biologist Jeff Arnold, it was a moment he’d been dreading. Bare-legged in sandals, he was pulling in a net in a shallow backwater of the lower Colorado River last week, when he spotted three young fish that didn’t belong there. “Give … Read more

The results reiterate that there is no single optimum shell shape for marine animals — ScienceDaily

In a university swimming pool, scientists and their underwater cameras watch carefully as a coiled shell is released from a pair of metal tongs. The shell begins to move under its own power, giving the researchers a glimpse into what the oceans might have looked like millions of years ago when they were full of … Read more

Robotic ammonites recreate ancient animals’ movements

In a university swimming pool, scientists and their underwater cameras watch carefully as a coiled shell is released from a pair of metal tongs. The shell begins to move under its own power, giving the researchers a glimpse into what the oceans might have looked like millions of years ago when they were full of … Read more

‘Mother of Sharks’ Melissa Márquez is making waves in research and representation — and wants others to follow

Marine biologist and science communicator Melissa Márquez has always had a fascination with the ocean. But growing up, she saw no women – especially Latina women – represented in the field of ocean research. Ms Márquez decided that in addition to doing the science herself, she would be an inspiration to other young women looking … Read more