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The Artful Amoeba

Plankton Astound With Their Many Ways of Bustin’ a Move

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Though plankton drift with the ocean currents, that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of any movement. Many of them can move to find food or mates, and they do so in some surprising and sometimes entertaining ways. Just have a look at this sampler of dinoflagellaes, ciliates, rotifers, cladocerans, and copepod larvae and adults put together [...]

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Observations

Don’t Go in the Water: The Chemistry of Pee in the Pool [Video]

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Pee in a swimming pool could start an unpleasant chemical reaction with chlorine

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How Do Germs Get into the Swimming Pool? You Might Not Want to Know

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As the summer winds down and Labor Day weekend approaches in the U.S., beaches and public pools will be filling up with swimmers looking to take one last dip outdoors before the season ends. Most people will hit the water without worrying about the microscopic organisms they’ll be swimming with. Maybe that’s for the best, [...]

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Dana Vollmer’s Butterfly Stroke Features Dolphinlike Moves [Video]

U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer’s record-setting performance in London in the 100-meter butterfly is sure to be a model for aspiring Olympians. Vollmer’s edge in butterfly competition comes from her uncanny ability to closely mimic the underwater undulation and kick of nature’s greatest swimmer—the dolphin. The 24-year-old Syracuse, N.Y., native worked with a team of motion-capture [...]

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Push Comes to Pull: What’s the Best Freestyle Swimming Stroke? [Video]

This summer’s Olympic games in London feature 14 different freestyle swimming competitions, by far the most races for any type of stroke. The world’s elite swimmers can traverse a 50-meter pool in 22 to 26 seconds, yet they are divided over which of two variations of the stroke are more effective: the more powerful “deep [...]

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Ultra Marathons Might Be Ultra Bad for Your Heart

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If getting some exercise is good for you and getting lots is even better, then hours upon hours of intense exercise must be best, right? Perhaps not. Many people feel obligated to hit the gym or the trail every now and then to help keep off the extra pounds. But people who run ultra marathons [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

First Common Octopus Cannibalism Filmed in the Wild [Video]

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Perhaps it’s time we stopped feeling quite so bad about eating octopus. Octopuses dine on other octopuses, too. And for the first time, that behavior has been caught on video in the common octopus in the wild—three times. Cannibalistic behavior in the lab setting is well known. This is one of the reasons octopuses can be so [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

Wireless Robot Octopus Swims with the Fishes [Video]

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Robot octopuses can already walk, jet along and even grasp tools. But new advances have these machines swimming faster than ever. And thanks to the addition of soft, fleshy webs, they’re starting to look—and move—much more like the real thing, too. In fact, the latest octopus robot has already been for a successful swim—alongside real [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

3-D Printed Jets Mimic Octopus Propulsion

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An octopus spends most of its time crawling around on the seafloor looking for dinner—and trying to avoid becoming it. But when it needs to make a quick move, it can switch into overdrive and jet away. To do this, it sucks water into its mantle and then quickly expels it through a funnel. The [...]

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