Monday, March 31, 2008

Another great boon to Science

via Schneier on Security:
Engineers, biologists, and marine scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have joined forces to discover how the soft, gelatinous squid can operate its knife-like beak without tearing itself to pieces.

UC Santa Barbara is a mecca for this type of interdisciplinary study, and draws scientists and engineers from all over the world to grapple with questions that cross a wide range of science and engineering disciplines.
According to [Herb Waite, co-author and professor of biology at UC Santa Barbara], the researchers were helped by the fact that squid seem to be moving north from areas where they have been traditionally concentrated, for example deep waters off the coast of Acapulco, Mexico. Recently however Humboldt squid have been found in numbers in Southern California waters. Dozens of dead squid have recently washed up on campus beaches, providing the researchers with more beaks to study.
Um, yay? I guess if tropical animals are forced by changing ocean dynamics to latitudes closer to major research institutions, we're all better off? So, if you're looking for benefits to climate change, well, there you go.

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