Science Bulletins, Essay
Water bodies on our planet form a network, which aquatic species migrate over evolutionary time as needed or by accident. Find out how Homo sapiens have dramatically changed and accelerated this process.
Meet a deep-sea ecologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute who has pioneered the use of submersible robots to study jellyfish and other gelatinous invertebrates in their native deep-sea environment.
Only in recent years have marine biologists come to grasp the astonishing abundance of gelatinous animals in the world's waters. Discover how that knowledge is helping them better understand how ocean food webs work.
To truly understand the deep sea, scientists need to turn off the lights on their submersible vehicles. Then they can see the ghostly blue flickers of bioluminescence produced by virtually every organism of the deep.
Meet "Big Red," a new species of jellyfish that is bulbous, dusky red, and huge, nearly one meter (about three feet) in diameter, with several fleshy arms instead of tentacles, like a balloon with greedy fingers.
Long ago, people studied jellies by peering over the side of a boat and drawing the creatures as they bobbed nearby. See how much has changed since the 1800s.
The ring-tailed lemurs that romp around the research camp at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve in southwest Madagascar spend plenty of time behaving badly. The same isn't true for their counterparts in the wild.
Two teams working independently in 1998 came to the same conclusion: An invisible force, one that seems to act opposite gravity, is separating the matter in space at an increasing pace. Find out more about their “jaw-dropping” discovery.
If LIGO regularly registers gravitational waves, it will more than vindicate Einstein. The observatory may help answer pressing questions about the cosmos’s biggest mysteries, among them black holes, dark matter, and the Big Bang.
Anything with an accelerating mass has a gravitational effect — an atomic bomb, a spinning aircraft carrier, even you. Learn more about these ripples in space and how LIGO is designed to capture the biggest gravitational waves.