TED2019: Octopus Skin Could be Model for Camouflage Clothing | Business Insider

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By Aria Bendix If scientist Roger Hanlon seems a little obsessed with octopuses, it’s because he’s been studying them for the past decade — and he thinks they could hold a key to advancements in fashion, cosmetics, and even medicine. For years, Hanlon and his team of researchers at the University of Chicago’s Marine Biological […]

Understanding Regeneration at Different Scales | eLife

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By Kate MacCord and Jane Maienschein MBL McDonnell Initiative and Arizona State University Regeneration occurs at many different levels in nature, from individual organisms (notably earthworms and hydra), through communities of microbes, to ecosystems such as forests. … At each of these levels we see evidence for a built-in regenerative process that attempts to maintain […]

Squid Share a Colorful Trick With Peacocks | The New York Times

March 8th, 2019 @

MBL Scientists Roger Hanlon, Stephen Senft, Alan Kuzirian, and Joshua Rosenthal contributed to this study. By Veronique Greenwood Squid are chameleons of the ocean, shifting effortlessly from hue to hue as they cross sand, coral and grass. Scientists have long studied the peculiar structures in their skin that interact with light, trying to understand how […]

New MBL Microscope Combines Two Powerful Imaging Techniques

February 25th, 2019 @

By Mark Wolverton The Marine Biological Laboratory has purchased a new, advanced confocal microscope with a grant from the National Institutes of Health awarded to Associate Scientist Michael Shribak. Shribak, in collaboration with Kazuhiro Maeshima of Japan’s National Institute of Genetics (NIG) and MBL’s Tomomi Tani, will use the microscope to study heterochromatin (a condensed […]

Superstars of Regeneration | The Washington Post

December 13th, 2018 @

By Ben Guarino The axolotl is a salamander that heals without scarring. It can regrow its limbs, jaw, skin and even parts of its brain and spinal cord. The salamander can regrow a severed arm dozens of times and always makes a perfect copy. These amphibians are, according to biologist Karen Echeverri, “the superstars of […]

Team Seeks Link Between Massive RNA Recoding, Environmental Acclimation

November 26th, 2018 @

by Diana Kenney Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are extraordinary animals in many ways. Although they are soft-bodied creatures related to sea slugs and clams, they engage in sophisticated behaviors that can eerily resemble vertebrate intelligence. In 2015, Joshua Rosenthal of the MBL, Eli Eisenberg of Tel Aviv University and colleagues discovered a striking trait in […]

NSF Supports MBL Workshop on Innovations in Imaging and Computation

October 2nd, 2018 @

by Diana Kenney MBL Senior Scientist Rudolf Oldenbourg has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to co-present a national workshop on “Enabling Biological Discovery Through Innovations in Imaging and Computation.” The workshop will be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory on November 26-28, 2018. The agenda is here. Read more of this […]

Feature Video on Roger Hanlon’s Research Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

August 13th, 2018 @

by Diana Kenney.  An 8-minute video about MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon’s research has won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting. “In the Deep,” produced by Erik Olsen of Quartz, follows Hanlon from Woods Hole to the South Pacific as he tests a custom, underwater camera […]

MBL Convening Science Book Series Talk, June 21

June 27th, 2018 @

“In So Many Words: The MBL Convening Science Book Series” Thursday, June 21 12:00  – 1:00 PM Grass Reading Room, 2nd Floor MBL Lillie Building To celebrate the affiliation between the University of Chicago and the MBL, in 2016 the University of Chicago Press initiated a series of books called Convening Science edited by Jane Maienschein […]

Hands-On History at the Marine Biological Laboratory | History of Science Society

April 30th, 2018 @

The MBL McDonnell Initiative, which engages historians, philosophers and scientists in joint explorations and research, held a collaborative workshop last fall on “The Life Cycles of Microscopic Imaging in Biology.” Three early-career historians of science — only one of whom with hands-on microscopy experience beyond high school — worked intensively with MBL scientists, experts from […]