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Sea urchin spines could fix bones

Sea urchin spines could fix bones

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 22, 2017 10:38 PM

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!

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:36 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 21, 2017 12:02 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:52 AM

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

Strongest underwater glue ever inspired by bivalves

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:57 AM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 15, 2017 01:59 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 15, 2017 01:58 AM

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

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:58 AM

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.

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Understanding how corals respond to stresses

Understanding how corals respond to stresses

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 13, 2017 01:39 AM

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

Be careful with zinc levels in your reef

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 09, 2017 02:49 PM

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

Orphek introduces new Atlantik V4 with novel spectrum

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 08, 2017 02:37 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 08, 2017 05:59 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 07, 2017 11:28 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 07, 2017 01:45 AM

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

Fantasy aquascape by Narcis

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 05, 2017 10:24 PM

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.

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An incredible Jewel "Seahorse" Aquarium*

An incredible Jewel "Seahorse" Aquarium*

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 03, 2017 12:13 PM

Aquariums during the art deco era of the early 1900s were truly sculptural works of art. Jewel Aquarium Company created arguably the most iconic aquarium of the era and quite possibly of all time: the Crane (AKA Seahorse) aquarium.

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I ❤ Paludarium

I ❤ Paludarium

by Leonard Ho last modified Mar 01, 2017 11:11 PM

I've always loved paludariums (half aquarium, half terrarium) since I was a kid. There's just something about the interaction between land and water that captivates me. Here is a spectacularly detailed view of a lush waterfall within a paludarium. The primal vegetation surrounding a soothing cascade is simply enchanting.

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Canadian judge shuts down, fines LFS $20,000 for keeping animals in distress

Canadian judge shuts down, fines LFS $20,000 for keeping animals in distress

by Leonard Ho last modified Feb 28, 2017 11:32 PM

A Calgary provincial judge has ordered Riverfront Aquariums to shut down and pay $20,000 in fines in violation of the Animal Protection Act. Additionally, the owners are prohibited from owning any new pets in the future.

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A new Congo cichlid: Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis

A new Congo cichlid: Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis

by Leonard Ho last modified Feb 28, 2017 03:41 PM

Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis is a new African cichlid endemic to Lake Mweru (a smaller freshwater lake directly south of Lake Tanganyika and 150 miles NW of Lake Malawi). It is most similar to P. philander and is found in intermixed population with its mouth-brooding cousin.

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Glenn Fong's "DSR" reef tank is otherworldly

Glenn Fong's "DSR" reef tank is otherworldly

by Leonard Ho last modified Feb 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Glenn Fong has been running his reef tank for over a decade using his controversial "Dutch Synthetic Reefing" (DSR) methodology. What isn't controversial, however, is the beauty and health of his reef tanks.

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