Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

Written by Eleanor Gilbert In July 2018, a team of divers – biologists from the Gates Coral Lab at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology – watched as corals spawned.  Using nets, they captured tiny eggs and sperm that were released into the water and brought them back to the lab. The goal: to crossbreed … More Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

Written by Rhodri Irranca-Davies Around the world there is now a growing demand for more comprehensive monitoring of Earth’s vulnerable deep-sea habitats and species. Not only will this help us to better understand the myriad of anthropogenic effects that we as humans are subjecting on the planet, but also protect the diverse spectrum of animals … More Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

Octopuses & MS: linking multiple arms to multiple sclerosis

Written by Zuzanna Dusza In a recent study, published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, an Iranian neurologist has suggested that octopuses may provide some insight into curing Multiple sclerosis (MS). This might sound like the plot of a rather mediocre sci-fi movie, but the new paper lays out some compelling arguments as to how octopus … More Octopuses & MS: linking multiple arms to multiple sclerosis

Bionic jellyfish ready to help monitor our oceans (soon)

Researchers from Caltech and Stanford have fitted moon jellyfish with specialised microelectronics to help them swim 3x faster than normal. It is hoped these bionic jellies could help us better monitor ocean health in the future. It might sound like something straight out of a bad science fiction movie, but bionic jellyfish are now 100% … More Bionic jellyfish ready to help monitor our oceans (soon)

Using LED lights to reduce bycatch in gillnet fisheries

New research has shown that simply adding LEDs to the gillnets of small scale fisheries can drastically reduce number of dolphins and turtles that get caught as unintentional bycatch. It’s that time of year again where just about everything in sight is covered with thousands and thousands of twinkling lights. But this year a new … More Using LED lights to reduce bycatch in gillnet fisheries

New submarines set to create underwater ‘street view’ of the seafloor

A new tech start-up have developed specialised submarines which they hope can create a ‘waterview’ of our oceans in a similar way to google maps street view. If successful it could change the way we explore the underwater world. The ‘street view’ feature on google maps is easily one of the most helpful features you … More New submarines set to create underwater ‘street view’ of the seafloor