Researchers from the SDSU, Getty Institute (Art), and Scripps (Oceanography) have collaborated to create the first computer program that assesses the health of coral reefs by analyzing images and assigning them an aesthetic score based on visual variables such as size, shape, color, and texture.
Materials researchers love sea creatures. Mother-of-pearl provokes ideas for smooth surfaces, clams inspire gluey substances, shark’s skin is used to develop materials that reduce drag in water, and so on. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Chemistry have now found a model for strong, lightweight materials by diving below the sea surface to investigate a sea urchin cousin known as the heart urchin.
"Paludarium OSAMU" is an installation by Japanese artist Azuma Makoto. He deconstructs a paludarium into side-by-side aquarium and terrestrial plant exhibits that are joined together with technology.
Actaea grimaldii is the newest species of reef crabs. It is described from Papua New Guinea. It is very striking in coloration, covered in mottled orange to red and white patterns over its spiky carapace.
Orphek has introduced a new LED pendant featuring 36 LEDs run at 2 watts a piece for a total of 72 watts of blue-white light comparable to 16,000-18,000K. The Orphek PR 72 can be integrated with Apex's variable speed/dimming modules for dimming and scheduling control.
Just as research shows saltwater fish can see UV light in the blue sea, scientists have recently discovered freshwater fish can see infrared. A new research sheds light on mechanism behind their special ability to see IR light, which fish use to navigate and hunt.
Leave it to students at MIT to engineer the world's coolest, most high-tech aquaponics: a synergy of aquariums and indoor plant cultivation.
What do you think of when you imagine a jellyfish moving through water? Most of us think it is pushing against the water behind it (like a slow water jet) to propel itself forward. But Standford engineers have discovered that we're wrong; jellyfish actually suck water towards itself to swim.
Three new rivulids are described from South America. Two are as sexy as we've come to expect from killifish, but one might claim the dubious distinction of the dullest rivulid ever described.
We have a soft spot for nicely-done paludariums (part aquarium, part terrarium). This dramatic paludarium features a rocky outcrop with water that gently cascades down through moss and aquatic ferns.
It is increasingly trendy to incorporate huge cantilevered aquariums in bars and clubs. A Los Angeles underground food/drink and live music venue boasts a 5,500 gallon saltwater aquarium "chandelier" as its main attraction.
The headline sounds counter-intuitive, but researchers found that when lemon damsels are caught by a predator, they release a chemical that actually attracts more predators to the area. The additional competing predators interfere with the initial predation event and gives the damsel a 40% greater chance of escaping.
There's no question about cute or ugly this time. These two newly described Apistogramma species, A.wolli and A.feconat, are unquestionably lookers.
Moenkhausia lineomaculata is the newest described species of characids. A diminutive cousin to the diamond tetra and red eye tetra, M.lieomaculata is the 80th species of the genus.
With support from environmental groups, a Hawaiian agency is once again pushing for a ban on aquarium fish collection, this time under the pretext of helping corals against bleaching.