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Why we must let salt marshes ‘breathe’

Salt marshes comprise more than 22,000 acres, or 34 square miles, in Maine. These ecosystems provide myriad ecological and climate services, such as habitat for wildlife, including endangered species, buffering of coastal flooding, and carbon sequestration. But, if you aren't a bird enthusiast, waterbird hunter, or a marsh ecologist, you… SEE MORE
Volunteer water reporter Carina Brown found a jellyfish washed up on Scarborough Beach in August 2020.

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Giant jellyfish at home in Maine

Summer is here and it’s not only more human visitors crowding into the state. There are also reports that large numbers of lion’s mane jellyfish have been spotted in Maine waters, but no one knows for sure if they are more abundant than usual. [caption id="attachment_26582" align="alignleft" width="325"] A Lion's… SEE MORE
The site where research discovered microbes that have not evolved. PHOTO: DUANE MOSER/DESERT RESEARCH INSTITUTE.

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Isolated microbes provide window into evolution

It's like something out of science fiction. Research led by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has revealed that a group of microbes, which feed off chemical reactions triggered by radioactivity, have been at an evolutionary standstill for millions of years. The discovery could have significant implications for biotechnology applications and… SEE MORE