September 2, 2014

Jellyfish Images by MBL’s Osamu Shimomura Light Up an Edinburgh Square

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University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer Becomes Chairman of MBL Board of Trustees

@MBL: “Plastisphere” Paper is Honored by Environmental Science & Technology Journal

University of Chicago Undergraduates Visit MBL

Sensing Gravity with Acid: Scientists Discover a Role for Protons in Neurotransmission

The toadfish (Opsanus tau) is a model organism used by the Highstein lab to study hearing, balance and synaptic transmission. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—While probing how organisms sense gravity and acceleration, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the University of Utah uncovered evidence that acid (proton concentration) plays a key role in communication between neurons. The surprising discovery is reported this week in Proceedings of the […]

“Done by Noon!” A Tribute to Anne Giblin After Her Election as AAAS Fellow

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News from the Plastisphere

SEA Education Association scientist Greg Boyd holds recovered foam floats containing invertebrates and microbial biofilm. New research being presented at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting delves deeper into the role microbial communities living on plastic marine debris play in the ocean ecosystem. Credit: Erik Zettler, SEA

Quest for Jellyfish Robot Leads to Discovery of Common Bending Rules for Wings, Fins, and other Natural Propulsors

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CONTACT: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. —A Navy-sponsored project to design a biologically inspired, swimming jellyfish robot has led scientists to the surprising discovery of common bending rules for the tips of wings, fins, flukes, mollusk feet, and other propulsors across a broad range of animal species. The […]

Harvard-MBL Bioengineering Collaboration Uncovers New Reflective Mechanism in Cuttlefish Skin

A cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) camouflages on the ocean floor. Credit: Roger Hanlon

  CONTACTS: Caroline Perry, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (617) 496-1351, cperry@seas.harvard.edu Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu High-resolution images are available upon request. Cambridge, Mass., and Woods Hole, Mass.—Scientists at Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) hope new understanding of the natural nanoscale photonic device that enables a small […]

@MBL: What Image “Greenness” Can’t Reveal About Plants

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