Giant manta ray nursery discovered in Gulf of Mexico

June 22, 2018 by  
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Researchers have identified the first recognized giant manta ray nursery in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico , about 70 miles offshore from Galveston, Texas . Graduate student and executive director of  Manta Trust Josh Stewart first made this discovery while studying adult mantas in the area for the first time. “I was there trying to get a genetic sample from a full grown manta, and that’s when I saw it. It was a juvenile male manta, which is a very rare,” Stewart told NPR . After expressing his excitement to local researchers, he was informed that young manta sightings were quite common there. He said, “And that’s when I knew that this was a really special, unique place.” The local researchers at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration had misidentified the young manta rays as another species, neglecting to recognize the importance of this place until the arrival of an outside perspective. Typically, adult manta rays live in deep tropical and subtropical waters, making the study of these majestic sea creatures quite difficult. Young manta rays are almost never seen with adults. Related: Microplastic pollution poses particular threat to filter-feeding rays, sharks and whales “The juvenile life stage for oceanic mantas has been a bit of a black box for us, since we’re so rarely able to observe them,” Stewart explained. “We don’t know much about their movements, their feeding behavior and how that compares to the adults. Now we have a pool of juveniles that we can study.” The recognition of the nursery will ensure that these young mantas, now an endangered species in the U.S., are protected while also providing a road map for the protection of juvenile habitats around the world. “This research backs up the need for protection of other critical habitat, especially since manta rays have recently been designated as threatened species,” study co-author Michelle Johnston told the Herald Sun . “Threatened species need a safe space to grow up and thrive and live.” + Scripps Institution of Oceanography Via NPR and  The Herald Sun Images via G.P. Schmahl / FGBNMS

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Mesmerizing levitating plants blend technology and nature

June 3, 2016 by  
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Bialek told Inhabitat, “We are two students who share the same passions: technology and nature, especially the art of bonsai. We take care of our own little bonsai garden . We wanted to combine those seemingly separate worlds to find a perfect balance between them.” Related: Floating Air Bonsai elevates an ancient art form to a whole new level Air Flowers levitate via magnets. The system is housed in a ceramic base which comes in five different colors. Above the base, users can choose to levitate either kokedama – living Japanese moss balls – or little pots (also offered in multiple colors) in which they can plant whatever they like. Air Flower offers two different bonsai tree options. “Each piece is unique and handcrafted by a dedicated artist using traditional methods and natural materials,” Bialek said. “You can choose between sets with real bonsai trees, cactus, or you can create your own composition that weighs up to 300 grams, so our design is the strongest on the market.” The team is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter . For 120 Euro, or about $133 dollars, backers can obtain a complete kokedama set. For 130 Euro, or around $145, backers receive a levitating ceramic pot set in which they can plant their own plant. Backers can pay more for sets that come with cactus or bonsai trees. “Air Flower brings nature to people’s homes in a completely new way. Now everybody can own their own little zen garden in which technology and nature enrich each other in harmony,” said Bialek. “Flying and levitation have always been a desire of mankind, and now everyone can master it with Air Flower and enjoy perfect zen on their office desk or at home.” + Air Flower Kickstarter Images courtesy of Thomas Bialek, Air Flower

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NL Architects design luxury hotel shaped like a massive amethyst geode

January 21, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: A Color Calendar to Help You Keep Flowers Blooming All Year Long

August 8, 2014 by  
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Summer may be on the decline up here in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean that your world will be flower -less until next spring. There are many species that bloom right through autumn, and even into winter, depending on which planting zone you’re in. Planting flowers that pop up in early Spring are ideal for giving pollinators some vital nourishment when they wake from their wintery slumber, and fresh flowers have also been known to help fend off seasonal affective disorder, aka the “winter blues”. This color calendar offers solid information about when to plant some of the most popular (and most beautiful) blooms around, so take a look and see which might be right for your garden. + Chadwicks Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: A Color Calendar to Help You Keep Flowers Blooming All Year Long Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autumn , blooms , bluebells , daffodils , fall , flower , flowers , garden , Gardening , infographic , moods , poinsettias , Seasonal Affective Disorder , spring , summer , winter , yarrow

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Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

August 8, 2014 by  
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Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch , syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined. + Plastic Paradise The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angela Sun , documentary , environmental destruction , great pacific garbage patch , independent journalism , indie documentary , midway atoll , pacific ocean garbage , pacific trash heap , plastic paradise , plastic pollution , plastic waste , reader submitted content

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Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

August 8, 2014 by  
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An alarming new study shows that mercury levels near the surface of many of the world’s oceans have tripled since the industrial revolution. The leap is due to pollution from a variety of sources including mines, coal-fired power plants and sewage. The study stops short of warning against human consumption of seafood, but it does warn of damage to marine life – and one scientist calls it “an alarm call for the future.” Read the rest of Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic Circle , damaged marine life , marine environment , marine life , mercury , mercury pollution , murcury levels triple , Nature , north atlantic ocean mercury , ocean seafood , oceans , pacific ocean mercury , shallow waters , simon boxall , south atlantic mercury , stop eating ocean fish , woods hole oceanographic institute

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2014 China Flower Expo Pavilions Resemble Giant Floating Flower Petals

October 31, 2013 by  
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Scientists Find Plants Use Caffeine to Attract Bees

March 8, 2013 by  
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According to research published in in the journal Science on Thursday, humans aren’t the only creatures who get a good buzz from caffeine. It turns out that plants produce caffeine-laced nectar to attract honeybees and keep the insects keep coming back for more. By using a psychoactive drug, organisms rooted to the ground are able to influence the behavior of their moving partners. Not only does this new information shed some light on how plants and pollinators have co-evolved, but on the similarities between brain chemistry across the animal kingdom. Read the rest of Scientists Find Plants Use Caffeine to Attract Bees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BLOOM , brain , caffeine , citrus , coffee , drugs , England , evolution , experiment , flower , geraldine wright , honeybee , incentive , kenyon cells , learning , memory , nectar , neurons , newcastle university , odor , pollinator , reward , science , sugar

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Industoftrial Uses Unconventional Materials to Give a Prague Apartment a Colorful Facelift

October 26, 2012 by  
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Young designer Ondra Bumbalek wanted to create an unusual interior for his apartment in Prague, Czech Republic . He sought to reconstruct the space for the lowest cost possible without sacrificing an interesting, modern aesthetic. His solution was to combine low-cost technical and retro furniture and accessories to create a cool contrast in the spaces. The finished project features flourishes ranging from complementing ashtray flower vases to a spectacular welding mirror. Check out more of his furniture pieces  here  – many are up for sale! + Industoftrial The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The Square Tulip is a Cool New LED Lamp That Grows Out of a Flower Pot

October 24, 2012 by  
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Bored with the never-ending light bulb and lamp shade duet, Philadelphia native Judah Konigsberg designed The Square Tulip , a bold new LED lamp that resembles three square tulips in a flower pot. Like a love child between a flower vase and 80’s sci-fi movie, The Square Tulip lights up with a cool neon glow, and it takes full advantage of the emerging wave of LED lighting to reinvent the table lamp. Konigsberg recently built the first prototype with the help of  Nextfab Studio , and he launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get The Square Tulip off the ground. + Judah Konigsberg + The Square Tulip on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “lighting design” , energy efficient lighting , green lighting , Judah Konigsberg , led lamp , LED lights , LEDs , The Square Tulip

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