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Anyone else wonder why Undyne stops throwing spears at you in the sea grass instead of destroying it? What that weird machine in Alphys room is?
Well, the explanation is about the one science invention that Alphys creates that saves you from danger instead of putting you in it.
Ice cream.
You see, if you talk to Undyne on the phone near the nice cream guy, she will talk about how she hates ice cream and how cold it is. She will admit that she likes the pink goop that Alphys makes, and likes it more when it’s melted and warmed up. If you call her about the sea grass, she will admit she wanted to destroy you, but couldn’t because the grass was under scientific protection according to Alphys. During Alphys date storyline, she admits she lied about seaweed being scientifically important, she just uses it to make ice cream.

Get ready to learn some science boys and girls, because although some of you recoil at the idea of sea weed ice cream, it’s actually really common. Agar, a substances derived from certain algae and seaweed, is used as a thickening agent in ice cream, if you’ve eaten store bought ice cream, it’s probably got agar as its thickening agent. Sea weed is a very important food resource, as not only can it grow underwater, a huge percent of the earths surface that other crops can’t grow in, but there are many nutritional varieties. In fact, a cultivar of Dulse seaweed actually tastes like bacon when fried but has the nutritional value similar to kale!

Although sometimes hard and expensive to purchase the seaweed type you need, you can make ice cream with agar and strawberry/raspberry/whatever flavor gives it pink coloring, and you won’t even have to build your own machine like Alphys did, the instructions on how to make it is all online. It’s a fun science experiment because you can eat it when you are finished!

Fanciful and vivid in blue. We loved the idea of opening the front door of your home to this bright, bold blue. Saturated color that expands to the moulding and set-off with natural textures, ornate pattern and pops of chartreuse, green and purple. Inspired focal point and a welcoming and chic entryway. 

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‘Oldest Living Thing on Earth’ Discovered

Living for 200,000 years is an accomplishment few can claim a trophy for; I should say that the trophy didn’t even exist until now. But one plant species has managed the seemingly impossible by proving to scientists that it can be done. You just need to work a little trickery with your DNA.

Posidonia oceanic, a giant sea grass that grows in submerged meadows from Spain to Cyprus, has topped the charts as the world’s oldest living organism through vegetative cloning. Rather than seeding itself, the plant reproduces by continuing to grow genetically identical offshoots, which live on while older growth inevitably dies off. In doing this, Posidonia can claim a lifespan of hundreds of millennia.

The previous record holder, a Tasmanian plant known as King’s Lomatia (Lomatia tasmanica), has a single remaining colony estimated at up to 45,000 years old. It “reproduces” in the same fashion. –MN

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SHARKS, SEA TURTLES AND SEAGRASS CARBON - How shark loss hits global ecosystems

The loss of sharks could contribute to the destruction of one of the planet’s most under-appreciated sources of carbon storage — seagrasses, according to FIU researchers. Not that sharks eat the seagrass, they don’t, but they do eat the turtles which feed in the seagrass meadows. Add this to the problems of pollution, mooring and destruction of seagrass, means this vital habitat – and the sharks – need help.

As global efforts are under way to conserve turtles, shark populations are suffering from overfishing, which is creating an imbalance of the two animals in the world’s oceans.

The concept is simple. Sharks feed on turtles. Turtles eat seagrass. Healthy tiger shark populations keep turtle populations in check so they do not devour entire meadows before the seagrasses are able to replenish themselves. Seagrass meadows, acre per acre, are among the world’s most valuable ecosystems, providing nurseries for species that people rely on, protecting water quality and slowing rates of coastal erosion. Seagrass absorbs carbon dioxide and outputs oxygen at twice the daily rate of tropical forests, which helps to mitigate climate change. With seagrass meadows disappearing at an annual rate of about 1.5 per cent, 299 million tonnes of carbon are being released back into the environment each year. While most seagrass losses to date have been attributed to poor coastal zone management, the food chain variable has been largely ignored.

beyond sea grass

ankles awash in
the lapping of ripples
so clear it startles
awareness of sea
grasses swaying beyond
contemplation and I allow
my mind to flow with
this high tide surging
clarity in layers
diminishing sand restoration
swirling back into infinity
blues always with me
daydreams flow into
salt marshes balancing
my ecosystem, a vibrant
love infuses life
daily, your lips
on mine, touching
words intimately
entwined, laying
exposed on the sea bed.

~Aubrie~2015

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‘Oldest Living Thing On Earth’ Threatened By Climate Change

“Scientists working in the Mediterranean recently discovered what is thought to be the oldest living species on Earth: a patch of giant seagrass, Posidonia oceanic, growing in underwater meadows that span more than 2,000 miles between Spain to Cyprus.

Australian scientists sequenced the DNA of samples of the giant seagrass and found that it was most likely to be around 100,000 years-old, although it could be up to 200,000 years-old. If you were able to dig up the entire meadow of seagrass, it would weigh more than 6,000 tons.

The research, recently published in PLoS Onemeans that this ancient seagrass trumps what was previously believed to be the world’s oldest living thing: a Tasmanian plant that is believed to be 43,000 years old.

The seagrass has the ability to generate clones of itself, and send them out as satellites. Using this method, the grass can slowly grow to cover vast areas of the ocean floor.

Researchers say that these findings call for further research on these life history traits associated with clonality, considering their possible ecological and evolutionary implications, but that may not be possible.

Unfortunately, coastal development (like offshore drilling) and climate change could spell the end of this resilient plant species.”

Read more at Care2.

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“Armored” shorelines protect homes from erosion, but they spell trouble for Chesapeake seagrasses and crabs.

What SERC scientists discovered in a 6-year study with NOAA and Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

Waterfront property owners all around the Chesapeake Bay have bulkheaded and riprapped their shoreline to protect it from erosion.

It’s their legal right to keep their land from washing away, and over the years a growing share of the water’s edge has been “armored” with low wooden walls or large rocks.

But a six-year, federally funded research effort is finding that the bay’s increasingly hardened shoreline could be hindering the estuary’s recovery from decades of pollution. It may be limiting where crabs, fish and terrapins can find food and shelter. It also may be aiding the rapid spread of an invasive marsh grass and helping to sustain the population of stinging nettles, a summertime nuisance for swimmers…

(read more: Baltimore Sun)

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