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From Goo to Zoo

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.

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A Simple Plan for Supremacy

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.

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Article: Signs of Restlessness

The magma chamber responsible for Yellowstone's volcanic activity is buried 8km beneath the surface. Find out how researchers monitor its geologic moves.

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How the Jelly Got Its Glow

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.

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Welcome to the Subfamily

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.

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Observing Jellies

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.

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Article: Zircons Recast Earth's Earliest Era

Rocks older than 4 billion years are not available to study, making the first 500 million years of Earth's history particularly mysterious. But cutting-edge techniques are now allowing geologists to study survivors of Earth's early era.

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Article: Lemurs in Madagascar—Now

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.

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Article: Lemurs in Madagascar—Then

The lemurs of Madagascar, the most diverse group of primates in the world, had even more members in their ranks before humans first arrived on the island two millennia ago — 16 of the perhaps 70 species aren’t around anymore.

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