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  • Mussels Can Perform Magic

    12/26/2014 6:42:16 AM PST · by navysealdad · 19 replies
    One of the most remarkable examples of mimicry occurs in some North American freshwater mussels in the genus Lampsilis. Their young go through a parasitic stage, in which they must attach to the gills of fish and suck their blood before later dropping off and resuming a normal mussel-ish life on the stream bottom.
  • Homeless Teen Could Win $100.000 Scholarship

    01/12/2012 9:25:01 PM PST · by takbodan · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/12/12 | Enjoli Francis
    Samantha Garvey is one teenage girl who would rather read something called The Journal of Shellfish Research than Glamour magazine. "What I'm doing is the American dream," she says. The 17-year-old high school senior maintains a 3.9 grade point average at her Brentwood, N.Y., high school, studies Italian and plays the violin. She also has an unusual interest that has recently caught some attention: On Wednesday she was named one of 61 Long Island semifinalists in the national Intel Science Talent Search because of her work studying the effects of predators on ribbed mussels. "I get so excited to tell...
  • Destruction of Giant Algae Doughnut Threatens Lake Michigan (Quagga mussels eating phytoplankton)

    09/08/2010 11:17:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 9/8/10 | Andrea Leontiou
    An invasive species of mussel called quagga has recently begun eating its way through the phytoplankton population of Lake Michigan, which could have dire effects on the lake's ecosystem, scientists now warn. A giant ring of phytoplankton (microscopic plants such as algae) was discovered in Lake Michigan in 1998 by Michigan Technological Universitybiologist W. Charles Kerfoot and his research team. The "phytoplankton doughnut" is formed when winter storms kick up nutrient-rich sediment along the southeastern shore of the lake. The disturbed sediments begin circulating in a slow-moving circle with the lake's currents, which provides a massive supply of food for...
  • Musselman Challenge 2010 LIVE THREAD (FR Fundraiser)

    07/24/2010 1:09:51 PM PDT · by dware · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 07/24/2010 | dware
    Today is my own contribution to raising funds for Free Republic - "Musselman Challenge 2010"! For those of you who are wondering what it is: In 2003, I urged FReepers far and wide to pledge any amount they wished for every mussel I ate. Some pledged a nickel. Some pledged a quarter. Some pledged a dollar. In the end, I managed to down 101 of the little shellfish, and Free Republic won too. To see the history of the original Musselman Challenge: Musselman Challenge 2003 For more info on this year's challenge: Musselman Challenge 2010 In about an hour and...
  • Invasive mussels could threaten California water supply pipelines (Quagga mussels)

    01/25/2007 9:46:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 595+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 1/25/07 | Noaki Schwartz - ap
    LOS ANGELES Federal, state and local officials are on the hunt for an invasive mussel that has been spotted in California for the first time ever and could clog water supply pipelines. Quagga mussels were found earlier this month at Lake Mead in Arizona and at Lake Havasu near the Whitsitt intake facility for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The discoveries launched a wider search for infested reservoirs and pipelines in California that are connected to the Colorado Aqueduct. The aqueduct delivers water to an estimated 18 million people in urban Southern California, including Los Angeles and San...
  • Rhode Island Shellfish Offer Clue to Health of Chesapeake Bay

    05/08/2006 8:50:48 AM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2006 | Elizabeth Williamson
    Excerpts: "What we captured in 2001 was the loss of those mussels and implications for an entire ecosystem," said Brown University ecologist Andrew Altieri, who with biology professor Jon Witman wrote the study published in the March issue of Ecology. "That's instructive for what historic and future losses might be for the Chesapeake." Altieri calculated that the [mussel] reefs were processing the [Narragansett] bay's entire water volume once every 20 days, even though they covered less than 1 percent of the bay floor. Within days, a hypoxic episode triggered by warm weather, low wind and the usual nutrients contributed to...
  • Mussels near North Pole hint at warmer Earth

    09/20/2004 10:30:53 AM PDT · by Area Freeper · 43 replies · 3,894+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 20, 2004
    Mussels have been found growing on the seabed just 1,300 km (800 miles) from the North Pole in a likely sign of global warming, scientists said on Friday. The blue mussels, which normally favor warmer waters like off France or the eastern United States, were discovered last month off Norway's Svalbard archipelago in waters that are covered with ice most of the year. "The climate is changing fast," said Geir Johnsen, a professor at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology who was among experts who found the bivalves. Mollusks were a "very good indicator that the climate is warming,"...
  • The Mussel Man Challenge - TODAY! (101 Mussels!!!!!!!!!)

    02/08/2003 7:04:58 AM PST · by dware · 677 replies · 1,004+ views
    self | 02/07/03 | dware
    Yep, it's TODAY! Later this afternoon, I will be making my promised trip down to the local Chinese restaurant, and will attempt to eat 100 or more mussels. Why? To raise money for Free Republic, of course! You can still help, too. Here's how. So far, dozens of FReepers have pledged to donate a set amount to FR for every mussel I eat. Some have pledged .10 cents a mussel, some .25 cents, $1.00, and more. What can you pledge? To date, I believe we have a total of $16.05/mussel. If I reach my goal today of 100 mussels, that...
  • I'm EATING my way to FReedom

    02/07/2003 9:55:12 PM PST · by Mo1 · 142 replies · 383+ views
    01/25/03 | dware/self
    I'm EATING my way to FReedom self | 01/25/03 | dware Posted on 01/25/2003 8:00 PM EST by dware That's right, I'm eating for FReedom. And I need your help. I know, the FReep-a-thon is over, and was a huge success. I extend my personal gratitude to everyone that contributed to help keep the lights on here at Free Republic. You are a force to be reconned with. Now, here's the deal: I have been doing research into the funding of the leftist extremist organizations (such as ANSWER) that have been supporting and even organizing the anti-war and pro-terrorist efforts...
  • I'm EATING my way to FReedom

    01/25/2003 5:00:32 PM PST · by dware · 421 replies · 1,559+ views
    self | 01/25/03 | dware
    That's right, I'm eating for FReedom. And I need your help. I know, the FReep-a-thon is over, and was a huge success. I extend my personal gratitude to everyone that contributed to help keep the lights on here at Free Republic. You are a force to be reconned with. Now, here's the deal: I have been doing research into the funding of the leftist extremist organizations (such as ANSWER) that have been supporting and even organizing the anti-war and pro-terrorist efforts here. One thing is certain - they have more than enough funding to 'keep the lights on'. In fact,...