The Healthiest Corals Are Also the Fattest

The survival of many ocean species depends on the survival of coral reefs. But with many species of coral threatened by climate change, some scientists believe we should focus our preservation efforts on those most able to adapt—the fattest ones. » 7/09/14 1:30pm 7/09/14 1:30pm

This Worm Can Make Itself Virtually Invisible

This parasitic flatworm is very difficult to detect, owing to a unique camouflage mechanism that's reminiscent of what the alien does to its prey in The Thing. » 4/11/14 2:20pm 4/11/14 2:20pm

The mysterious case of the dead shark and the disappearing coral reef

You've probably heard that killing apex predators is bad for ecosystems. But how does that really work? Now we know. The story begins with a lot of dead sharks. » 9/19/13 9:40am 9/19/13 9:40am

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

Check out the coral reef paradise undisturbed by humanity

Millennium Atoll, the easternmost island of the Pacific nation Kiribati, is a rare pristine example of the coral reef ecosystem. Isolated from human disruption for centuries, the atoll is full of life as it would be without humans. » 6/08/10 7:30am 6/08/10 7:30am

The secret superpower of delicate coral reefs

Coral reefs are a vital part of marine ecosystems, but they can be damaged by everything from storms and careless divers to massive natural disasters. But they also have a superpower: An entire reef can grow from one coral chunk. » 6/04/10 11:05am 6/04/10 11:05am

The Weird Surfaces Of Undersea Life, In Crochet And Plastic Trash

Weirdest science art we've seen lately: artists working with the Institute for Figuring have recreated the hyperbolic surfaces of undersea reefs using the plastic garbage that is helping to kill them — plus a lot of crocheting as well. Artworks include "The Ladies' Silurian Atoll" and "Cambrian Explosion Reef." » 5/26/09 1:00pm 5/26/09 1:00pm