Bottom-Up is the Way Forward for Nitrogen Reduction at Institutions

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Nitrogen is an element basic for life — plants need it, animals need it, it’s in our DNA — but when there’s too much nitrogen in the environment, things can go haywire. On Cape Cod, excess nitrogen in estuaries and salt marshes can lead to algal blooms, fish kills, and degradation […]

To Push or to Pull? How Many-Limbed Marine Organisms Swim

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — When you think of swimming, you probably imagine pushing through the water—creating backwards thrust that pushes you forward. New research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) suggests instead that many marine animals actually pull themselves through the water, a phenomenon dubbed “suction thrust.” The study, published in Scientific Reports, found that […]

Little Skates Could Hold the Key to Cartilage Therapy in Humans

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 By Emily Greenhalgh WOODS HOLE, MASS. — Nearly a quarter of Americans suffer from arthritis, most commonly due to the wear and tear of the cartilage that protects the joints. As we age, or get injured, we have no way to grow new cartilage. Unlike humans and other mammals, the skeletons of […]

MBL Launches Digital Learning Initiative with “MBL SciShoots”

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone adapting and the Marine Biological Laboratory is no exception. With students unable to come to the campus to learn, MBL leadership has launched a new initiative to bring science to the students—virtually. Watch the video below to learn all about our new educational series—MBL SciShoots—from MBL Director Nipam Patel. Be […]