CARN brings hobbyists, the industry and researchers together to promote coral knowledge

The Coral Aquarist Research Network (CARN) is a young program launched in the UK to combine the efforts and knowledge of three unique groups of stakeholders, all in the name of coral. Hobbyists, industry representatives and researchers each share a…

Scientists link both hot and cool ocean temperatures to coral disease

We have seen studies on warmer ocean temperatures and the effects it has on coral disease and bleaching events but a new study shows the link between mild water temperatures during the preceding winter period with outbreaks of coral diseases.…

Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation announced, get Google Earth tour

The 2010 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation were recently announced and not only do the researchers get much-needed money to continue their research but we get a Google Earth Marine Tour of the researchers and their work. This is a…

Octopus goes “Gilligan’s Island” making a home out of coconut shells

In a scene more reminiscent of a Gilligan’s Island, octopuses are caught on film digging up discarded coconut shells from the ocean floor and scampering away with their booty to build shelters that would have made “The Professor” proud. The…

Mantis shrimp eyes: the key to next generation high def devices

The mantis shrimp is definitely one of the most intriguing reef creatures and recent news is showing their sensitive eyes are leading researchers to uncover new ways to revolutionize communications. It seems stomatopods, who haven’t evolved too much in the…

Study shows concensus, save the reefs

An interesting bit of research by the University of Hawaii and Oregon State University show when it comes to polling tourists and recreational enthusiasts about the state of coral reefs, the concnesus is to do whatever is necessary to save…

Robotic fish to swim, monitor the open seas

Robotic fish are not the latest Hollywood horror flick but they are looking to make a “splash” and be released in the wild to monitor and transmit  conditions from bodies of water to researchers ashore. In tandem, zoologists and engineers…

Aquarium nuisance lends its “sting” to medicine

Aiptasia. The name alone brings shudders through many aquarists’ bodies but this prolific reef tank nuisance is being put to good use by the Israeli bio-medical firm NanoCyte. According to a recent article in New Scientist, the company has found…