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Michael Rodriguez

New Fish: Psychedelica

Hey guys, I found out about a new frogfish species found just off of Indonesia by a couple of scuba divers. The fish was tested for its DNA and it turns out that it is indeed a new species of frogfish. They call it the Psychedelic Fish and it hops along the sea floor and is very clumsy. Check it out if you got the time.

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Psychedelic Fishy

Citation:
McDowell, Robin. "Psychedelic fish picture." National Geographic. 25/2/2009. Web. 4 Oct 2009. <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/090226-psychedelic-fish-picture-ap.html>.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf9zFVXGOUE


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Some scientist believe that certain cloud formations could mean the possibility of a large earthquake. In December 2004, a large gap in the clouds was noticed above southern Iran, the gap stretched for hundreds of kilometers and stayed in the exact same place for hours although other clouds all around it kept moving. Sixty-nine days later, February 22, 2005, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake took place killing 600 people. In December 2005 it showed up agian and sixty four days later a magnitude 6.0 earthquake took place. Each time the the gap was right were the epicenter of the earthquake was. Scientist have a few theories as to why this could be happening. The first being that the eruption of hot gases caused the clouds to evaporate. Friedemann Freund recently showed how when rocks are squeezed positively charged ions form in the air above, however ions usually help clouds form so they are still working on that theory. I found this to be pretty interesting, but i don't think it is not a very good way of predicting earthquakes, it has only happened a few times and in the same place, each time its been in December, there could be other factures that make this gap appear.



citation:
Dicks, Lynn. "Curious clouds linked to quakes." NewScientist 18 April 2008: 12. Print.

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Paleontologist Wolfgang Kiessling started researching and collecting samples of reef fossils from all over the world in 2000, he has come to the conclusion that coral reefs are evolutionary cradles, his research that he presents shows that 1426 of the 6615 marine genera -or groups of species- that they studied evolved from coral reefs. Scientists are now concerned about how the degrading of our coral reefs could have serious consiquences on the long term marine evolution.


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citation:
Berardelli, P. (2010, January 7). Coral reefs are evolutionary cradles. Retrieved from http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2010/107/1


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There are six species of mosquitoes that look identical to each other, but they don't mate with different species. Scientists wondered how they were able to tell which species is which for mating. Scientists took two larvae of one of the species and raised them in a lab. They then took a wire and stuck it to the mosquitoes' backs with beeswax and put a little microphone in front of the two little mosquitoes and found out that mosquitoes will change the speed of their wing beats, which changes the frequency of the sound made by the wings. Each species beats their wings at a different rate.


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Citation:

Fields, H. (2010, January 4). Mosquitoes: love at first buzz. Retrieved from http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2010/104/3