Top Stories: reef-supporting fish, plastic-munching microbes, and Burmese amber’s ethical minefield

Science | AAAS | 5/24/2019 | Staff
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If a snorkeler or scuba diver is lucky enough to spy a cryptobenthic fish—named for its elusive nature—all they may glimpse is a brief flash of color. But these tiny swimmers may be a cornerstone of coral reefs, making it possible for bigger, more charismatic fish and many invertebrates to thrive, according to a new study.

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Plastic makes up nearly 70% of all ocean litter, putting countless aquatic species at risk. But there is a tiny bit of hope—a teeny, tiny one to be precise: Scientists have discovered that microscopic marine microbes are eating away at the plastic, causing trash to slowly break down.

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Chinese paleontologists are currently building a detailed chronicle of life in a tropical forest 100 million years ago, using amber mined across the border in Myanmar. Hundreds of scientific papers have emerged from the amber finds, and Chinese scientists hint at many more to come. But the fossils’ origins present scientists with an ethical minefield....
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