Mollusks

Motherboard

Global Warming Is Wiping Out Marine Animals Faster Than Land Dwellers

A study of 406 cold-blooded animals revealed that climate change is already pushing marine species to their thermal limits.
Becky Ferreira
4.24.19
Motherboard

Scientists Identify the First-Known Omnivorous Shark

The bonnethead shark's diet is about 60% seagrass according to new research.
Becky Ferreira
9.6.18
looking under rocks

Slug Mucus Is So Sticky, It Inspired a New Kind of Surgical Glue

These super strong medical adhesives can be used to patch tissue defects or help wounds heal.
Kaleigh Rogers
7.27.17
robots

Robotic Mussels Are Here to Help Save the World

Temperature-recording mussels are being placed next to their real counterparts to monitor climate change.
Samantha Cole
10.25.16
shellfish

California Abalone Are as Delicious as They Are Creepy

Abalone have a long and checkered history in California, having gone from a population surge in the 18th century to near-decimation in recent decades. But one Monterey Bay-based farm is producing these sweet, weird-looking mollusks sustainably.
Brent Crane
5.30.16
oysters

Meet the Man Who Invented Sexless Oysters

Because oysters take on a very particular flavor during spawning season, geneticist Standish Allen created a sexless, freak oyster that could be consumed year-round.
Livia Albeck-Ripka
2.4.16
Science

This Mollusk's Exoskeleton Is Covered in Hundreds of Tiny Eyes

Let's build armor that can monitor its own integrity, just like the chiton can.
Becky Ferreira
11.19.15
Science

The World’s Tiniest Snail Is Microcute

Acmella nana measures only half a millimeter wide and about 0.70 millimeters high.
Becky Ferreira
11.2.15
Greece

Snails Have Long Been the Lobsters of Cretan Cuisine

"We go out at night, with a lamp, and then 'THROOP!' [makes a snagging gesture with his hand]—the kohli. Then we keep them for a month, feeding them macaroni or pasta and using water to clean them out."
Matthew Sedacca
7.7.15
Science

This Snail’s Reflective Stripes Could Be Used for Augmented Reality Platforms

The limpet owes its shiny shell to a unique reflective structure beneath the surface.
Kari Paul
2.27.15
snails

This Snail’s Teeth Could Stop Bullets if They Weren’t So Small

The limpets’ teeth are stronger than a bullet proof vest, according to researchers, making them the strongest known material in the natural world.
Kari Paul
2.18.15