Bleached sea sponge leaves scientists in New Zealand baffled
For the first time in the world, scientists from Victoria University of Wellington have discovered thousands of bleached sea sponges in New Zealand waters. The extreme temperature changes have caused the sponges to lose their rich, chocolate brown colour. The scientists found bleached sponges at more than a dozen sites, including Breaksea Sound in the Bay of Plenty and Doubtful Sound in Fiordland. Marine biology professor James Bell estimates that up to 95% of the sponges were bleached, and hundreds of thousands were affected.
830 million old organisms discovered in rocks but where’s the source
Feathers preserved in fossilized resin 830 million old organisms reveal the evolution of flowering plants. Eighty-three hundred million years ago, the ancient rock that formed the ocean floor was home to Baragwanathia, a lycophyte with feathered plants. Scientists were able to find these organisms by using imaging techniques to examine the rock. They found fluid inclusions in the rock that resemble prokaryotic cells and organic compounds.
Plants in moon soil have finally been realized by the science community
Researchers from the University of Florida recently attempted plants in moon soil after a study was released this passed Thursday of May 12, 2022. Planting seeds of Arabidopsis, or thale cress, in lunar soil collected during missions. When the seeds sprouted, the researchers were “over the moon” and claimed that their work represented a major milestone in the exploration of this area. The scientists hope to grow plants on other moon-like bodies in the future. For now, however, they are content with the soil they obtained.
Mariana Trench may have just become second deepest
Scientists have discovered life in places that we’d never imagined existed under the sea, including the New Britain Pool and Challenger Deep. While these places lack light, they are home to hundreds of small creatures. These creatures have been named the New Britain Pool and Challenger Deep, and are described in scientific journals. Scientists now plan to explore these areas and find out more about life on earth. But the real question is how deep can we go?
Food prices rise throughout the US but will it ever settle
Food prices are expected to start rising in the US in 2022, after a major jump between January and March. While the volatility of these prices is likely to decrease as these products move from the farm to the retail sector, the price of meat and other items is expected to increase. The rise in prices is especially likely to affect meat, especially poultry, and fish, which are already at record high prices. Several factors will likely contribute to this increase.