September 2, 2015

Marine Animal Colony is a Multi-Jet Swimming Machine, Scientists Report

The colonial, jellyfish-like species Nanomia bijuga. The colony’s propulsive unit or nectosome (the transparent segment at right) tows its reproduction and feeding units over distances that can reach 200 meters a day. The oval structure at the tip of the nectosome is the pneumatophore, which serves as a float. Credit: John H. Costello

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, MASS.—Marine animals that swim by jet propulsion, such as squid and jellyfish, are not uncommon. But it’s rare to find a colony of animals that coordinates multiple jets for whole-group locomotion. This week in Nature Communications, scientists report on a colonial jellyfish-like species, Nanomia bijuga, […]

What is a “Discovery Course?” HHMI Program Alumni Find Out

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By Diana Kenney After spending two days and evenings observing the MBL Physiology class in action, Juan Pablo Ruiz texted to his mother, “This is the way science should be — curiosity, freedom, and intensity.” Ruiz was visiting the MBL with 11 other alumni of the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), an initiative of the […]

Now Entering Another Dimension: Welcome to Arctic Field Science

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Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Werner and science and nature writer Meera Subramanian recently spent eight light-filled days and nights with MBL ecologists at Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska. Werner, whose soaring video impression of the remote ecological field site is above, says the experience was like entering another time dimension (read more from Werner […]

From Octopus Development to Arctic Change: UChicago Graduate Students Pursue Research Questions at the MBL

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By Kelsey Calhoun From octopus embryology to the proteins active in Arctic soil, University of Chicago graduate students are exploring a range of questions at the MBL this summer as recipients of a University of Chicago Graduate Student Research Award. Now in its second year, this program enables selected UChicago students to enroll in an […]

Erle Ellis to Discuss Ecology in a Human Biosphere at August 14 Friday Evening Lecture

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Edward Rubin to Discuss “Genomic Dark Matter” at August 7 Friday Evening Lecture

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“Escaping Flatland” Workshop to Probe 3-D Imaging of Biological Architecture and Events (Aug. 7-8 at MBL)

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Deep Horizons: Discovering Life Below the Seafloor

Martin Cohn to Discuss Development and Evolution of External Genitalia at July 24 Friday Evening Lecture

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Forbes Lecture to Explore Sodium and Calcium Channels from Discovery to Current Understanding

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