A team of researchers from University of California, Sta. Cruz has detected high levels of freshwater toxin in mussels extracted from San Francisco Bay.
Scientists from Northeastern University have developed a tiny mussel-like robot that can be placed in mussel beds and track changes in temperature caused by climate change.
Mussels secrete proteins from their feet that allow them to cling to rocks in the face of powerful waves. By mimicking this technique, researchers have created a simple synthetic material that can prime and fuse two surfaces underwater.
It's no secret that most climate experts are expecting surface temperatures to rise in the coming years. It was already confirmed earlier this year that 2014 was the hottest year on record, with warming oceans identified as a main driver in this harmful change. Now experts are saying that if things stay on track, mussels will be one of the first species to be in hot water - literally.
The Amazon River has long been a symbol of nature's pristine balance - a powerful rush of water carving its way through dense forests full of live. However, these days that river is in danger, but not by man or machine. Instead, its biggest threat is a tiny freshwater mussel.
At the start of October, officials in the United Kingdom stumbled upon quagga mussels in southeast rivers, to their utter horror. This adds just one more invasive species to a growing, and spreading, list of creatures that threaten UK waters.
They may not have brooms, mops or even arms, but bivalves - such as clams, mussels and oysters - make good underwater maids, a new study suggests.
Imagine owning a surfboard that can seal its own cracks without having to cure in the sun for days. That's a reality that may be made possible thanks to a new synthesized polymer inspired by the sticky properties of mussels.