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Laser-guided 'sea monkeys' hint at secrets of ocean's motion
Laser-guided 'sea monkeys' hint at secrets of ocean's motion

Could tiny sea creatures, a few millimeters in length, be partly responsible for the large-scale motion of the ocean? That’s the finding from a pair of Caltech researchers, who used lasers to herd brine shrimp around a tank and track their effects on the water’s movement. The results, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, show that ocean currents may be a function not only of large-scale physical phenomena like wind and tides, but also of living things. ------------ FOR THE RECORD Oct. 1, 6:22 a.m.: An earlier version of this post indicated that brine shrimp live in the ocean. They live in saltwater lakes. ------------ Study coauthor John Dabiri, a Caltech fluid...

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