26 Jun 2020
Since the 1980s, in seaweed farms dotted along the coastline of the subtropical islands of Okinawa, farmers have cultivated the edible brown alga, Okinawa mozuku (Cladosiphon okamuranus). Popular in...
Type: Press release
24 Jun 2020
Up until 40,000 years ago, we were not the only humans around. Neanderthals roamed across the steppes of Europe. Denisovans occupied Asia. There were ‘hobbits’ in Indonesia and at least three other...
Type: News Article
10 Jan 2020
Since the late 19th century, pearl aquaculture has been a revered industry in Japan, enabling widespread cultivation and commercialization of beautiful pearls. From a genetic and evolutionary...
Type: Press release
20 Nov 2019
Okinawan cuisine is known for its many delicacies – from squid ink soup to rafute pork belly. But one of the most famous delicacies served in restaurants across Okinawa is a type of seaweed, which is...
Type: Press release
1 Oct 2019
Honey bee colony collapse has devastating consequences for the environment, the global economy, and food security worldwide. The culprits behind some of the destruction – parasitic Varroa mites – are...
Type: News Article
30 Jul 2019
Dicyemids, microscopic parasites comprised of 30 cells, are in-between creatures. With their basic three-part body plan, they are more complex than single-celled protozoans but considerably less...
Type: Press release
14 Jun 2019
A bartender mixes familiar drinks that are sure to please their regular patrons, while creating fresh combinations to improve their craft and entice new clientele. Surprisingly, venomous snakes do...
Type: News Article
16 Apr 2019
Translucent jellyfish, colorful corals and waving sea anemones have very different bodies but all fall on the same big branch in the animal family tree. Jellyfish actually start out anchored to the...
Type: Press release
13 Dec 2018
Gene trees, much like family trees, trace the lineage of a particular gene from its deep ancestral roots to its still-growing stems. By comparing gene trees to species trees, which map the...
Type: News Article
26 Jul 2018
It is more likely that you have seen a habu snake in a bottle of local rice liquor Awamori, in Okinawa, than that you’ve spotted one slithering by the wayside.  Even so, habus are very common in...
Type: Press release
3 Jul 2018
Cell division is one of the most fundamental processes of biology. It’s what allows all living things to grow, multiply and form complex structures. But scientists still don’t understand many of the...
Type: News Article
17 May 2018
Coral reefs are in trouble. Between pollution, rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification, coral systems throughout the world’s oceans are severely declining – and some have disappeared. However...
Type: News Article
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