RSS Friday Smorgasbord: memorial markers, ravenous microbes, moons and flying fish oh my!

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    We can respect the ideals behind PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) but at times their actions can be a little wackadoodle and this story is definitely odd. Seems like a woman representing PETA in Irvine, California, is asking the city to erect a memorial at the street corner where 1,600 pounds of live fish died this month when a container truck was involved in a three-vehicle crash. The fish were salwater bass being shipped to a local market.

    [via LA Times]

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    Researchers are clearing the air on how ocean microbes eat. Previously, it was thought ocean microbes really just bumped into the food they ate, but new evidence indicates many ocean microbes are active swimmers, following chemical trails toward food “hotspots.” As a main player in the global carbon cycle, these microbes take a more active approach to chowing down on phytoplankton waste on their way to process almost half of the worlds carbon dioxide processing.

    [via MSNBC]

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    The moon’s largest dark spot, called the Ocean of Storms, is not really an ocean or the remains of an ocean may be a scar from a giant cosmic impact. The magma sea more spans more than a thousand miles wide and several hundred miles deep. Researchers are finding this could help understand why the near and far or dark side of the moon differ from each other.

    [via FOX News]

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    Scientists have found out flying fish may have evolved to escape from other marine predators. Modern flying fish are capable of gliding through the air as much as 1,300 ft in 30 seconds, reaching speeds up to 45 mph and no modern evidence was found in the fossil records more than 65 million years ago. Scientists analyzed fossils they excavated from southwest China in 2009 that lived around 235 million to 242 million years ago. The research is pointing to a the fact that marine life may have recovered more quickly than before thought after the greatest mass extinction in Earth’s history.


    [via Huffington Post]
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