Friday 01 June 2012
Scientists Discover the "Vitamin B12 Claw"Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 01 Jun 2012
Scientists have revealed a key cog in the biochemical machinery that allows marine algae at the base of the oceanic food chain to thrive. They have discovered a previously unknown protein in algae that grabs vitamin B12, an essential but scarce nutrient, out of seawater.
Ocean Explorers Probe Gulf of MexicoWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 01 Jun 2012
The Gulf of Mexico may be a source of food, fuel, and fun for millions of Americans, but vast reaches of it have never been mapped or examined in detail. Earlier this year, Tim Shank, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), led a science team aboard the Okeanos Explorer on a mission to explore seafloor sites in the northern and eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Scales of justice tip for sawfishesIUCN | 01 Jun 2012
The blindfold lady justice with sword and scales is the iconic representation of objectivity and fairness in the west. Yet, for many West Africans the sawfish is the symbol of justice. There are seven sawfish species currently recognized and all are categorized by the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered worldwide.
Porbeagle: critical concernfishupdate.com | 01 Jun 2012
The Shark Trust greeted the news of the catching of a large Porbeagle Shark off Boscastle, Cornwall with mixed emotions.
North Carolina wishes away sea-level riseGuardian Unlimited | 01 Jun 2012
Some lawmakers will go to great lengths to deny the reality of climate change. But this week, North Carolina lawmakers reached new heights of denial, proposing a new law that would require estimates of sea level rise to be based only on historical data—not on all the evidence that demonstrates that the seas are rising much faster now thanks to global warming.
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