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Healthy coral reef in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Plus, over the past few years, news about coral reefs around the world has largely followed one theme: bad news. Coral populations are declining dramatically, with climate change remaining a big threat.

But this month, we got some good news about corals in the Florida Keys. Researchers at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Summerland Key found propagated coral they had outplanted in the ocean spawned in the wild. This is a big deal, as it’s the first time restored corals like these have been observed to reach this sexual reproduction milestone.

Joining Ira to talk about this big breakthrough is Hanna Koch, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Summerland Key, Florida, and Hollie Putnam, assistant professor of biology at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

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New: discover Prompts day 18

Written for Ben Huberman at Discover Prompts:

Baby veva

Jackie and Michael had no idea what to do. They had gone to classes and read all the books in the library. They even had dinner dates with friends who told them everything they would need to know, but now that the time was here, they felt lost. Jackie and Michael just got home from the hospital with their new little bundle of joy, Veva.  

Veva was a good baby, even though she was only three days old. She only cried when she was hungry or had a dirty diaper. She was very alert for a newborn. Walking through the door now, though, with Veva in Jackie’s arms, the world seemed a lot bigger and a lot scarier than it used to. But, unlike hobbies or fads, this was one you never gave up, and they were so happy to have their own family now.  

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