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A baby Weddell seal lounges on top of the sea ice. Scientists hope to understand how the species is able to stay underwater for up to 90 minutes. Seals Don’t Waste their Breath
Science / The Biological World
Monday March 27, 2017

The ubiquitous Weddell seals that live around McMurdo Station are the region’s undisputed diving champs, able to hold their breath for 90-plus minutes. That’s at least three times as long as any other air-breathing animal in the region. It’s an impressive feat, and how they’re able to stay under for so long is what Emmanuel Buys and his team have been investigating over the past two seasons in Antarctica.
Tiny foraminifera are laid out on a microscope slide. The glue that they use to bind grains of sand together to make their shells along the ocean floor could have medical applications. Glue Genes
Science / The Biological World
Wednesday December 14, 2016

At the mouth of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, along a small spit of land called New Harbor, a team of scientists and divers have worked for decades to unlock the genetic secrets of foraminifera, some of the world’s largest single-celled organisms.

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