Physics-defying ocean critter’s ‘propeller’ caught on camera

"These incredibly abundant and ecologically-important marine animals have a neat trick to beat the physics of their environment..."

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-and-technology locomotion oceans plankton swimming

Gas from bacteria affects how clouds form

The interaction between bacteria and algae in the world's oceans may play a role in cloud formation, new research indicates.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria clouds oceans phytoplankton

Super popular weed killer threatens biodiversity

Roundup, one of the world's most popular weed killers, can make ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change.

McGill University • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity climate-change evolution pesticides plankton

Space laser sees Earth’s biggest animal migration

Zooplankton migration is "the greatest migration on Earth. It happens every day and it's amazing." A satellite view reveals the hordes of tiny creatures.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology lasers migration oceans satellites zooplankton

Ancient plankton hint at climate to come

Plankton fossils from the Pliocene, an era with CO2 levels similar to those today, may help scientist predict what's in store for our climate in the future.

U. Arizona • futurity
Aug. 13, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change fossils plankton temperature

Hydrothermal vents fuel ‘blooms’ in surprising places

"Iron from hydrothermal vents can well up, travel across hundreds of miles of open ocean, and allow phytoplankton to thrive in some very unexpected places."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
June 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology hydrothermal-vent iron oceans phytoplankton

Mapping global phytoplankton yields a surprise

Researchers have charted the distribution of phytoplankton in the world's oceans for the first time.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 23, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment maps oceans phytoplankton

Oceans have a bunch of ways to lock away carbon

As a runaway climate scenario looms, scientists are hurrying to fully understand Earth's largest carbon sink: its oceans.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change oceans plankton

Toxic diet shields water fleas from parasites

Daphnia, called water fleas, gain protection from parasites from toxins in the cyanobacteria they eat. Are they self-medicating?

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 22, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria lakes parasites toxins zooplankton

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