29 Oct 2020
Often described as aliens, octopuses are one of most unusual creatures on the planet, with three hearts, eight limbs and a keen intelligence. They can open jars, solve puzzles and even escape from...
Type: Press release
15 Oct 2020
In 1998, ocean temperatures soared, and the world experienced its first significant coral bleaching event. From the Great Barrier Reef to Indonesia to Central America, corals turned white and ghostly...
Type: Press release
29 Sep 2020
Professor Timothy Ravasi, Principal Investigator at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s (OIST) Marine Climate...
Type: News Article
16 Jul 2020
Ocean plankton are the drifters of the marine world. They’re algae, animals, bacteria, or protists that are at the mercy of the tide and currents. Many are microscopic and hidden from view, barely...
Type: Press release
8 Jul 2020
Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have revealed the evolutionary history of the crown-of-thorns starfish – a predator of coral that can...
Type: News Article
19 Mar 2020
In 2016, ocean temperatures soared, devastating the corals of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. As the frequency, duration and magnitude of these marine heatwaves increases due to human-induced climate...
Type: Press release
3 Feb 2020
Neuroscience, the study of the brain, and ethology, the study of animal behavior, constitute the blossoming, interdisciplinary field of neuroethology.  “When scientists examine the brain, we...
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
8 Jan 2020
During a 2017 survey of deep-sea fauna off the coast of Seragaki in Onna Village, Okinawa, researchers found something unexpected: a small fish with a vibrant yellow body. Using a remotely operated...
Type: News Article
11 Dec 2019
“Cephalopods were the first intelligent animals on the planet.” This quote from Dr. Sydney Brenner, molecular geneticist and one of the founders of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology...
Type: Press release
11 Dec 2019
A video of Euprymna brenneri, a newly described species of bobtail squid.
Type: Video
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
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