Meet The Scariest Inhabitant Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Quite a few strange ocean critters have made homes for themselves among the trash vortex—millions of small and microscopic pieces of plastic floating over a roughly 5,000 sq km area of the Pacific. Marine biologist Miriam Goldstein has spent years studying these creatures, and recently came across one that alarmed her. » 5/16/14 2:20pm 5/16/14 2:20pm

Macro photos of coral take us to underwater alien worlds

Felix Salazar's macro photography of a coral reef offers a serene and colorful tour through an almost alien universe. Seen up close and in such brilliant colors, it's each to forget that these are creatures from our own planet. So head over to Salazar's website, scroll through the photos, and forget about Earth for a… » 1/20/13 11:00am 1/20/13 11:00am

Some coral reefs could survive environmental changes for a very…

We're losing the coral reefs. There's no two ways about it — these massive enclaves of marine life are on the decline. But the secret to saving the coral could be less diversity, not more. We generally think of diverse populations as being more flexible and resistant to harm, able to respond in a robust way to many… » 8/30/12 6:40am 8/30/12 6:40am