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North Korea ship damaged Mexican coral reefs

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 04:14

A North Korean cargo ship damaged nearly an acre (0.37 hectare) of coral reefs off Mexico`s eastern coast when it ran aground two weeks ago, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.

Caribbean coral named after JLo

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 16:00

A new species of Caribbean coral has been named after singer Jennifer Lopez. Researchers found the new species in Mona Passage off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Caribbean coral reefs could vanish in 20 years

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 18:12

Many of the Caribbean`s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a new report which found that healthy coral reefs have declined by about 50 per cent in the past four decades.

One of Earth`s oldest reefs was built 550 million years ago

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 15:18

One of Earth`s oldest reefs now located on dry land in Namibia was built almost 550 million years ago by the first animals to have hard shells, researchers have found.

Humans, corals share same cellular self-destruction mode

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 14:32

What do humans and corals have in common? Both share a 500-million-year-old biomechanical pathway that tells cells when to die.

NASA satellites to help protect the Great Barrier Reef

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 17:01

Australian scientists are using images from NASA satellites to help protect the Great Barrier Reef - the world`s largest coral reef system - from polluted land run-off.

Potent new anti-HIV proteins found in Australian coral reefs

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 19:03

Researchers have found a new class of proteins capable of blocking the HIV virus from penetrating T-cells, which has raised hope that the proteins could be adapted for use in gels or sexual lubricants to provide a potent barrier against HIV infection.

Increasing ocean temperatures affecting coral reefs

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 13:39

Researchers have found that increasing ocean temperatures due to climate change will soon see reefs retaining and nurturing more of their own coral larvae, leaving large reef systems less interconnected.

Fish from acidic ocean less able to smell predators

Last Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014, 21:09

Researchers have said that fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor are less able to detect predator odor than fish from normal coral reefs.

Fish robots to find sunken ships, fix oil rigs

Last Updated: Sunday, February 16, 2014, 18:28

Here come robotic fishes that could help scientists improve underwater vehicles used to study fragile coral reefs, repair damaged deep-sea oil rigs or investigate sunken ships.

Australia claims substantial progress on reef protection

Last Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014, 15:09

Australia said that it had made substantial progress on the UN request for better protection of the Great Barrier Reef and the world heritage site should not be listed among "in danger".

Tour operators fume over Great Barrier Reef dumping plan

Last Updated: Saturday, February 01, 2014, 13:16

Furious tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday threatened legal action after approval was given to dump of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters.