Newly discovered deep sea microbes can turn CO2 back into fuel

Researchers from Germany have discovered deep-sea microbes that can convert ethane and methane, the main components of natural gas, into CO2 and other by-products. In addition to this the process seems to be reversible and they can turn the greenhouse gas back into fuel. Unlike animals, that can only eat fats, carbohydrates and proteins, microbial … More Newly discovered deep sea microbes can turn CO2 back into fuel

Saving room for shrimp: intelligent meal selection in cuttlefish

A new study from Cambridge University researchers has revealed that cuttlefish will eat less crab during the daytime, if there is the promise of the superior tasting shrimp in the evening. This level of decision making and planning is a sign of their often underestimated intelligence. If you’ve ever planned to go out to your … More Saving room for shrimp: intelligent meal selection in cuttlefish

Ocean acidification may cause corrosion of shark skin

Future acidic ocean conditions could corrode the minerals in the strong scale-like skin of sharks, it could lead to reduce swimming capabilities and exposure to increased CO2 in their blood. As our oceans become increasingly warm as a result of climate change, they are also becoming increasingly acidic as an increased amount of atmospheric CO2 … More Ocean acidification may cause corrosion of shark skin

Massive stringy creature adopts UFO-like feeding shape in deep sea discovery

A new video captured during a deep sea expedition has revealed an alien looking ‘silly string’ creature hunting prey in a mesmerizing disc-like shape. It is believed to be the biggest creature of its kind ever recorded and emphasizes how little we really know about the deep oceans. By now it should come as no … More Massive stringy creature adopts UFO-like feeding shape in deep sea discovery

A beachcomber’s guide to finding and identifying mermaid’s purses

What is a mermaid’s purse? Where can you find them? How do you identify which species it belongs to? And what should you do when you find out? If you have ever been beachcombing for treasures along the shoreline then you may have been lucky enough to find a mermaid’s purse. They may not look … More A beachcomber’s guide to finding and identifying mermaid’s purses

An interview with Neus Figueras about her new book ‘Lorac’

Lorac is a fantastic new novel that unites science and fantasy to wrap one of the most important scientific messages of our time into a single compelling story for all ages. I talked to its author Neus Figueras to discuss her inspirations and reasons behind writing her book. Can your briefly describe the plot of … More An interview with Neus Figueras about her new book ‘Lorac’

Do seabirds have a better sense of hearing underwater than in air?

A new study into the hearing of great cormorants shows that they have a better sense of hearing in water than they do above the surface. It is another example of how underwater sound may be much more important to seabirds than previously thought. Only recently the first ever recorded vocalisations of seabirds made underwater … More Do seabirds have a better sense of hearing underwater than in air?

Turtle hatchlings benefit from empty beaches due to global lockdown

As the world stays at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, turtle hatchlings are benefiting in a big way from the lack of people crowding onto nesting beaches. These are some strange and troubling times. We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic as the coronavirus spreads across the world, leaving a … More Turtle hatchlings benefit from empty beaches due to global lockdown