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By admin - Posted Oct 26, 2009 09:10 PM

Sea urchin spines could fix bones

Sea urchin spines could fix bones

Scientists have developed a bone grafting material made out of sea urchin spines.

More than 2 million procedures every year take place around the world to heal bone fractures and defects from trauma or disease, making bone the second most commonly transplanted tissue after blood. To help improve the outcomes of these surgeries, scientists have developed a new grafting material from sea urchin spines.

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A new crazy crayfish!

A new crazy crayfish!

Cherax warsamsonicus, male.

This is Cherax warsamsonicus, the newest described tropical crayfish species, and it is the hotness. C. warsamsonicus is found in West Papua, Indonesia.

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A new Japanese freshwater goby

A new Japanese freshwater goby

Rhinogobius mizunoi

Rhinogobius mizunoi is a new species of goby from the mountain torrents of freshwater streams in Japan (western Hokkaido southward to southern Kyushu) and Cheju Island, Korea.

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The Pacific leaping blenny is a weird, gifted reef fish

The Pacific leaping blenny is a weird, gifted reef fish

Just two blennies sunbathing. These fish like being out of their element. Photo by Patti (C.C.)

Like mudskippers, coral reefs also have other amphibious fish that spend part of their lives out of the water. Leaping blennies of the South Pacific emerge out of the sea to hop around the rocky shores.

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Strongest underwater glue ever inspired by bivalves

Move over Cyanoacrylate? Inspired by the natural adhesive proteins that bivalves such as clams and mussels use to anchor themselves to rocks, scientists have developed a new "super"glue called Poly(catechol-styrene) that may be the strongest underwater adhesive ever.

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Sparkly! A new species of triplefin blenny

Sparkly!  A new species of triplefin blenny

Helcogramma atauroensis, fresh photograph, male, Fatuu, Ataúro Island, Timor-Leste (M.V. Erdmann)

Helcogramma atauroensis is a new species of triplefin blenny from the Indian Ocean that packs a lot of colors - almost like a galaxy of stars - into its tiny frame.

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Two new species of deep-water Grammatonotus fishes from Pohnpei

Two new species of deep-water Grammatonotus fishes from Pohnpei

Grammatonotus xanthostigma. Pohnpei; BPBM 41294, 57 mm SL. Photograph by Brian D. Greene.

Surveys of deep reefs (a few hundred meters down) are discovering exciting and gorgeous fish species previously unseen by man. Two striking Grammatonotus (AKA Groppos) species have just been described.

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The evolution of one of the world's best reef tanks

Viking V's massive 2000 liter (528 gallon), 300X80X80cm (120x30x30") reef tank is truly one of the world's great aquariums. This video shows the progression of this reef - from a pile of rocks in 2011 to a masterpiece in 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YFx72tNVmA

And here is a live video (much of it underwater and in 4K!) of Viking V's tank that we've published before in case you missed it.  We don't miss any chance we get to share footage of this reef aquarium.  Can you blame us?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbVC1_yAW5k

Understanding how corals respond to stresses

Understanding how corals respond to stresses

Stanford graduate student Lupita Ruiz-Jones takes a sample from the corals near Ofu Island, American Samoa. (Image credit: Zack Gold)

Corals don't have obvious vital signs (like a heart beat) that we can take readings of to gauge a specimen's health, but new research into their stress response may give us the first metric to get a coral's "physical" snapshot.

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Be careful with zinc levels in your reef

A new study partly authored by Dr. Tim Wijgerde has concluded that while zinc is an essential element to coral health (for key enzymes), elevated levels of zinc (levels found in some synthetic salt) can cause corals harm.

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Orphek introduces new Atlantik V4 with novel spectrum

Look at the spectral plot. See anything novel? Orphek's new Atlantik V4 features new "dual-chip" LEDs including ones that produce infrared (above 800nm) light.

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One of the sexiest fairy wrasses ever

One of the sexiest fairy wrasses ever

O.M.G.

This Cirrhilabrus lanceolatus was‎ posted in the Singapore Reef Club Facebook page by Junkai Ong. It is one of (if not) the finest fairy wrasses we have ever laid our eyes on. And it's for sale!

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Breakthrough in live coral imaging

Breakthrough in live coral imaging

Photo: Mads Lichtenberg

Interdisciplinarity scientists have used a well-known biomedical imaging technique called optical coherence tomography (OCT) to obtain fascinating insights to the structural organization and dynamics of reef-building corals.

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Rare damselfish hybrid found on GBR

Rare damselfish hybrid found on GBR

Color features that separate this hybrid from both D. aruanus and D. reticulatus are marked in red

Scientists have documented a very rare hybrid between Dascyllus aruanus (the three-stripe/convict damsel) and D. reticulatus on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Fantasy aquascape by Narcis

Narcis' aquascape reminds me of Fangorn Forest from in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth with its dark lighting, hard shadows, primal and unkempt plants, and of course the big old tree stump.

Scientific research that are relevant to aquariums have proven hard to find this year.  Good thing we still have a lot of wonderful fishkeepers with beautiful aquariums to share. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2SyovdYLDg

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