Algae & the asteroid: how single-celled plankton succeeded where the dinosaurs failed

New research has revealed how photosynthetic algae managed to survive the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, by quickly adapting to hunt other microbes in the absence of sunlight. Not only did this help them thrive when so many species were wiped out, but it also provided a much needed lifeline to our early oceans. Around … More Algae & the asteroid: how single-celled plankton succeeded where the dinosaurs failed

New device could unravel the microscopic mysteries of plankton

Scientists from Stanford University have created a revolutionary new device which can study individual plankton movements in simulated oceanic conditions. It is hoped it will open up a whole new field of research into these microscopic organisms and the crucial roles they play in global systems. Despite their microscopic size, plankton are one of the … More New device could unravel the microscopic mysteries of plankton

The science behind bioluminescent waves

Over the last few weeks beach-goers in California have been treated to a beautiful natural phenomenon, blooms of bioluminescent phytoplankton have turned crashing waves and other aquatic activities into a dazzling neon light show, but why and how is this really happening? During the last month the coastline of Southern California has been home to … More The science behind bioluminescent waves