April 8, 2007 |
Bowls of piping hot barracuda soup were the much-anticipated treat when the Roa family gathered for a casual Sunday meal. Within hours, all six fell deathly ill. So did two dozen others from the same neighborhood. Some complained of body-wide numbness. Others had weakness in their legs. Several couldn't speak or even open their mouths. "I was scared. I really thought I was going to die," said Dabby Roa, 21, a student who had numbness in his head, tingling in his hands and trouble breathing.
October 26, 2006 |
WE circle the mall, rolling past Macy's, past Neiman Marcus, past all the usual anchors of every upscale shopping center in the country, until someone in the car finally spots Fashion Island's latest restaurant. There, next to Roy's -- Blue Coral. Love the name. We pull into a parking spot where we're soon rousted by a vigilant valet parker who not so nicely informs us that we've encroached on Roy's territory. Blue Coral's valet station is around the corner.
October 22, 2006 |
To the uninitiated, the flat rock slabs found across the center of this island at the northern end of Lake Champlain appear to be nothing more than giant stones. But the rocks offer a history of the last half a billion years of this area, which was washed by a warm equatorial sea and saw long-extinct plants and animals congregate in what is believed to be the earliest ancestor of modern coral reefs.
October 15, 2006 |
EXPLORE Tanzania, including Zanzibar and little-known Chumbe Island, on an 11-night trip that departs Feb. 16. Travelers visit Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Dar es Salaam. They tour old palaces and spice markets in Zanzibar and snorkel and hike on Chumbe Island. The group visits Seacology project sites on Chumbe, including an installation that protects the Chumbe Island Coral Park, a pristine coral reef preserve extending into the Indian Ocean.
October 5, 2006 |
As in any reproductive clinic, the new life growing in a makeshift laboratory here is the result of successful synergy between science and nature. But these test-tube babies are corals, nurtured in the kitchen of a rented condo as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project aimed at restoring the severely damaged Molasses Reef.
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August 3, 2006 |
As she stared down into a wide-mouthed plastic jar aboard the R/V Discoverer, Victoria Fabry peered into the future. The marine snails she was studying -- graceful creatures with wing-like feet that help them glide through the water -- had started to dissolve. Fabry was taken aback. The button-sized snails, called pteropods, are hardy animals that swirl in dense patches in some of the world's coldest seas.
July 6, 2006 |
Corals and other marine creatures are threatened by chemical changes in the ocean caused by the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, a panel of scientists warned Wednesday. Much of this added carbon dioxide is dissolving in the oceans, making them more acidic. Such a change can damage coral and other sea life, according to the panel of researchers convened by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey.
July 5, 2006 |
The most important rule for any criminal investigator: Preserve the crime scene. Strict records must be kept of who goes in, who comes out, what they touch and what they collect as evidence, from carpet fiber or bullet casings to human remains. This is old news to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" viewers or anyone who followed the O.J. Simpson case. Evidence that is not collected properly can be excluded at trial. But what do you do if the crime scene is a coral reef?
May 28, 2006 |
When death strikes a coral reef, whether from an oil spill off Mexico or sediment unleashed by a dam bursting in Hawaii, marine biologists at the scene know what to look for, but not how to report and preserve their findings so they will hold up in court. Not for long. Biologists and criminalists are joining forces to develop specific crime scene investigation techniques that work underwater, where almost nothing that is standard procedure on land works. Call it "CSI: Coral Reef."