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Diatoms -The Jewels of the Sea

2018-09-06T20:59:35+00:00September 5th, 2018|

Diatoms are single cellular photosynthetic algae that can be found anywhere there is water including oceans, lakes and even damp soils. They can form colonies characterised by pretty shapes (e.g. filaments, ribbons, zigzag, fan or even stars) and can take thousands of different forms. There are over 200,000 species of diatoms that we know of, [...]

Imagine regrowing an arm!

2018-09-06T17:54:47+00:00September 5th, 2018|

Starfish, also known as sea stars, are not really fish despite their name and are actually echinoderms. There are 2000 species of starfish found in the world's oceans and they have an important role in the community structure of the marine floor. Starfish can sense light and various kinds of shapes with the help of [...]

Understanding barnacle stickiness could lead to better surgical glues

2018-09-05T18:57:23+00:00September 5th, 2018|

When you go to the beach, one of the things you see is a range of other sea creatures, such as mussels, barnacles and oysters, stuck strongly to the rocks.  These marine animals can stick easily underwater, yet man-made adhesives struggle in wet environments. Underwater adhesion is a challenge, so scientists are looking to marine [...]

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