The quest to understand, explore, and protect the amazing animals
By Laura GeggelPosted 06.22.2012 at 4:00 pm 0 Comments
It's no surprise that Popular Science has long been obsessed with coral--it houses up to one-third of all sea life and researchers use its fluorescent green and orange proteins in biomedical research. During the past 100 years, PopSci reporters have covered coral reefs from Australia to the American Museum of Natural History. We've written about how coral can help divers find oil fields and how to collect it--you know, for kicks--using submarines. Back in the day, coral was more of a given, a novelty.
Coral bleaching, first reported in PopSci in 1995, changed attitudes to one of worry. As climate change warms the oceans, the single-celled dinoflagellates that live in the coral leave it behind, taking with them the sugars they photosynthesize and cutting off the corals' food supply. But there's hope – as we reported last year, a bacteria found in the Red Sea appears to prevent coral bleaching in some coral.
Eternal Reefs will mix your ashes with concrete and turn you into an artificial reef on the ocean floor.
By Gunjan SinhaPosted 04.11.2002 at 2:54 pm 0 Comments
Cremation is all the rage in the funerary world, accounting for one-fourth of U.S. interments in the year 2000-a number expected to rise by another 15 percent in the next 10 years. Consequently, alternative cremation services are popping up everywhere. Houston-based Celestis will rocket your remains into space. Celebrate Life Inc. of San Diego will send you off in a lavish fireworks display. And, for somewhere between $1,500 and $3,200, Eternal Reefs, a Decatur, Georgia, company, will mix your ashes with concrete and turn you into an artificial reef on the ocean floor.