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Ocean Acid Trip: The Hidden Harm of Climate Change

October 07, 2013 by Joe Eaton

Seawater has historically been alkaline, but is increasingly becoming less so. What does this mean for the ocean ecosystem in general? And along the California coast in particular? We’re just beginning to figure that out.

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How do barnacles make baby barnacles?

April 03, 2013 by Michael Ellis

Barnacles are hermaphroditic – they contain both male and female sex organs. You’re thinking, “Well, they always have a date on Saturday night.” No, it’s a really bad idea to self-fertilize: Inbreeding results in little genetic diversity. Worms, slugs, snails – slow-moving animals with low rates of encounter – are all hermaphroditic. And you could not get any slower than an adult barnacle!

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Valentine’s Day tales from nature, guaranteed to make you blush

February 13, 2013 by Kristen Martz

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’ve got some stories to share with you about how Bay Area species do it.

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