Category Archives: Marine

Seafood offers up a mouthful of man-made garbage

Public opinion is divided on the pleasure of consuming sea creatures that stare boldly back at you while you eat them. Like Marmite®, you either love it or you hate it. Now, researchers at the University of California, Davis have added … Continue reading

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Fish oil capsules probably won’t boost your brain

My mum and dad are troopers. Every morning, they down a tablespoon of fish oil in an effort to stave off old age and dry rot. And they do it without any obvious signs that swallowing a few millilitres of … Continue reading

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Swimming with Viruses

You can find viruses everywhere: in the soil, in the clouds and in animals. According to scientists from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, there are also a ridiculous number of viruses buried at sea, in the sediments of the … Continue reading

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Magnificently Mathematical Mussels

Despite the ease with which mussels can be cooked and eaten with chips, harvesting these tiny shelled bivalves from the seashore requires a certain amount of industrious prising. That’s because mussels use multiple thin byssus threads to securely fasten themselves … Continue reading

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Fish parasite inspires sticky surgical tissue patch

Surgeons still find it tricky to quickly and reliably stick a wet, slippery organ back together during invasive procedures. The currently available selection of ‘stick-you-together’ products – staples and chemical glues – do a decent job, but make a bit … Continue reading

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