The world risks heading the way of Easter Island – a spiral into conflict as depleted natural resources are plundered, warns Petros Sekeris
Here’s a fish that looks like it swam straight out of a nightmare — but for scientists, this video is practically dream come true.
It shows a Black Seadevil, a type of anglerfish that’s been caught on video only about half a dozen times, and this clip from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is believed to be the first ever of the fish seen alive and at depth.
It was filmed recently in Monterey Canyon in California’s Monterey Bay by the remotely operated submersible vehicle Doc Ricketts.
“We’ve been diving out here in the Monterey Canyon regularly for 25 years, and we’ve seen three,” MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robison told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Robison also narrates the video, and describes the unusual appearance of the fish:
Anglers have a remarkable apparatus on their heads: a fishing pole, with a luminous lure at the tip, which they use to attract their prey. In the darkness of deep water, they flash the light to attract prey and draw them near the angler’s mouth. When a fish or a squid swims up, it is quickly inhaled by the angler’s huge mouth and trapped —> Read More Here
Three new crewmembers arrived at the International Space Station late Sunday (Nov. 23), doubling the orbiting lab’s population back up to its full six-person strength. —> Read More Here
Italy’s first female astronaut has arrived at the International Space Station. —> Read More Here
Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. —> Read More Here
A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new Rutgers research. Bonnie Firestein, professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much protein expressed by the NOS1AP gene, which has been associated with schizophrenia, causes abnormalities in brain structure and faulty connections between nerve cells that prevent them from communicating properly. —> Read More Here
Researchers had never shown exactly how cells in the brain stem detect carbon dioxide and regulate breathing in humans. After taking a mutation from a two-month-old baby and expressing it in human astrocytes, they did exactly that — and the research may lead to an early warning system to save premature infants with breathing trouble. —> Read More Here
Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Cornell University. Their findings are published in the journal Gastroenterology. —> Read More Here
Adult survivors of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, have few cognitive or social problems decades following their diagnosis and treatment. —> Read More Here
Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major.
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Joe Latrell at his Photos To Space blog.