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Rimicaris exoculata

Five more marine organisms that put their superhero counterparts to shame

biology, deep sea, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceApril 17, 2013

Evolution is the most creative force on the planet. Everywhere we look, we find species with novel and phenomenal adaptations that put their comic book brethren┬áto shame. In no ecosystem is this more apparent than in the vast and unfathomable ocean. Marine species, especially those in the deep sea, have evolved to survive in a […]

Return of the Science of Aquaman: Welcome to the Trench

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceSeptember 13, 2012

After reducing Aquaman to a hypothermic, hyposmotic, constantly famished, case study in psychological trauma, I figure that I owe the king of Atlantis a second chance. After all, Aquaman was and still remains the most interesting hero in the DC universe. A generous fan sent me a copy of Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench, arguing […]

Project S – The creation of the Rimicanoe

biology, deep sea, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMay 26, 2010

Rimicaris exoculata, the eyeless vent shrimp is an iconic member of hydrothermal vent communities on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The shrimp is characterized by a lack of eyes, an enlarged carapace, chemoautotrophic symbionts that they farm in their gills, and, most┬ácuriously, large photoreceptors on the top of its carapace. A solution to the mysterious eyespots was […]

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