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Jun 19

June 19, 2017

Osedax Worms Update 2

Osedax worms have been found in Australian waters for the first time. Osedax worms are ‘whale’ worms, worms that feed on the bones of dead whales. They were recently found burrowed deep inside the bones of a pilot whale hauled up from a deep-sea abyss off Byron Bay, New South Wales (no pun intended). The skull and spine of the pilot whale were both hauled up from the abyss off Australia’s east coast. Scientists discovered Osedax worms burrowed deep inside…

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Dec 14

December 14, 2016

Acorn worm’s ‘Wolverine’ style healing powers

According to a recent report in the Sunday Mail (4/12/16), acorn worms can apparently regrow any of their body parts from nothing. The report was written by Harry Pettit from Washington, USA. He says that “researchers hope that unravelling the worm’s DNA could lead the team to human limb regeneration”. The researchers involved are from the University of Washington and they are trying to open full limb regeneration in humans. The acorn worm apparently has a genetic makeup like that…

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Sep 8

September 8, 2016

What Is CIGESMED for Divers?

In November 2013, I hosted Vasilis Gerovasileiou from Greece during his visit to South Australia. We only managed one dive together though. We managed a dive at Rapid Bay jetty on16th November 2013. Vasilis had only brought a 5mm wetsuit with him for his dives in Australia. This suit probably served him well for dives in WA & Queensland, but it didn’t work out so well for his dive in SA. The water temperature at Rapid Bay in November was…

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Mar 2

March 2, 2016

A discovery by researchers from Flinders University enables the removal of mercury from water & soil

ABC TV’s “Catalyst” program recently discussed mercury levels in fish. They reported that fish are a healthy source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but high mercury levels in fish can be a problem. At very high concentrations, mercury has a profound toxic effect on human beings. It is hoped that a new invention can help with the mercury problem. One of the most toxic forms of mercury is methylmercury. It consists of one mercury atom bonded to one carbon…

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