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Half a billion-year-old fossil reveals the origins of comb jellies

March 26, 2019

One of the ocean’s little known carnivores has been allocated a new place in the evolutionary tree of…
First Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

December 4, 2018

Jellyfish undergo an amazing metamorphosis, from tiny polyps growing on the seafloor to swimming medusae with stinging tentacles.…
Upside-down jellyfish teach land-locked teens about ocean conservation

August 27, 2018

First-year undergraduates are not the only new arrivals on Vanderbilt’s campus this week. Joining them are more than…
Without Batting an Eye

July 23, 2018

Eyes detect light and convert it into electrochemical impulses in neurons. The process is the precursor to vision…
Researchers Discover the First Brainless Animal that Requires Sleep

September 22, 2017

Three PhD students at Caltech – Michael Abrams, Claire Bedbrook and Ravi Nath – had discovered the very…
Luminescent ocean drifters hold keys to deep-sea animal adaptations

September 1, 2017

Walk along a beach or pier in summer or fall and, if you’re lucky, you may spot a…
Researchers find that teamwork helps jellies jet around the ocean

August 8, 2017

Scientists now know why jellyfish-like salps swimming together move better than a single salp pulsing solo. That information,…
Hold the anchovies; Pacific jellyfish have a taste for them

March 14, 2017

Pizza lovers, listen up: There is competition for the anchovies you demand. UO research has found that Pacific…
Jellyfish help scientists to fight food fraud

October 13, 2016

Animals feeding at sea inherit a chemical record reflecting the area where they fed, which can help track…
Novel Smart Materials Inspired by Sea Creatures

August 12, 2016

A suite of new materials developed in the lab of UConn researcher Luyi Sun can change their appearance…
Proton-conducting material found in jelly that fills organs of sharks, skates and rays

May 16, 2016

Sharks, skates and rays can detect very weak electric fields produced by prey and other animals using an…
Discovery May Redefine Traditional Classifications in the Animal Kingdom

November 20, 2015

Children are taught that all living organisms — from animals, plants, and fungi to bacteria and single-celled organisms…
Researchers sequence genomes of parasite that is actually a ‘micro jellyfish’

November 17, 2015

It’s a shocking discovery that may redefine how scientists interpret what it means to be an animal. In…
Does Size Matter? Jellyfish Venom Capsule Length Association with Pain

October 10, 2015

Since the PLOS San Francisco office is a quick car ride from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so many…
Novel tag developed for squid, jellyfish

September 30, 2015

Invertebrates, such as squid and jellyfish, play a crucial role in the marine food web and are also…
Could tiny jellyfish propulsion drive design of new underwater craft?

September 2, 2015

The University of Oregon’s Kelly Sutherland has seen the future of under-sea exploration by studying the swimming prowess…
Deadly jellyfish “milked” to save lives

August 11, 2015

An international research team led by University of Queensland venomologist Associate Professor Bryan Fry has developed a new…
Moon jellyfish regains its symmetry after losing limbs

June 18, 2015

Ability to repair itself is very important to all living organisms. Injuries are inevitable and body has to…
Shape-shifting animals reveal secrets of why energy use changes during growth

March 18, 2015

Scientists at the University of Liverpool and Queen Mary University, London, have shown that changes in body shape…
New genetic ‘operating system’ facilitated evolution of ‘bilateral’ animals

October 1, 2014

Bilateral animals, such as this nudibranch, have three germ layers—ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm—in the embryo, whereas more primitive…
Tortoises master touchscreen technology

August 7, 2014

Rhizostoma octopus. Credit: © Prof. Graeme Hays Predictive biologist Andrew Reynolds, with Rothamsted Research in the U.K. has…
Israeli team eyes jellyfish for super-absorbent material

April 15, 2014

Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology If diapers choke landfills and sea creatures…
Quest for jellyfish robot leads to discovery of bending rules for animal wing, fin tips

February 19, 2014

Engineers are collaborating with biologists to replicate the jellyfish’s efficient motion in a swimming robot. Credit: Brad Gemmell…
Mystery giant jellyfish washes up in Australia

February 7, 2014

A 1.5-m new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach near Hobart in Tasmania, pictured…
The life cycle of a jellyfish, and a way to control it

January 17, 2014

This image shows the life cycle of Aurelia aurita. Credit: Current Biology, Fuchs et al. Those free-swimming jellyfish in the…
Will venomous Irukandji jellyfish reach south-east Queensland?

October 28, 2013

For the people of northern Australia, dangerous jellyfish stings are all too common. But under changing ocean conditions,…
Study on jellyfish energy consumption will improve bio-inspired robotic designs for Navy

October 18, 2013

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move…
How glow-in-the-dark jellyfish revolutionised plant biology

October 18, 2013

What happens inside plant cells? How can we see proteins in living cells that aren’t even visible with…
New study reveals why jellyfish are such efficient swimmers

October 9, 2013

A team of researchers in the U.S. has found that jellyfish are extremely efficient swimmers. In their paper…
Wave of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuke reactor

October 2, 2013

It wasn’t a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of…
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