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“Tiny sea monkeys influence oceanic currents and waves”

This week’s Headline of the Week appears in the Delhi Daily News, on October 1, 2014:

Tiny sea monkeys influence oceanic currents and waves

Tiny sea monkeys, which are actually a kind of shrimp, create giant ocean currents every evening after sunset.

Even though these sea monkeys are small in size they are given the name because their tail resembles a monkey’s tail.

Sea monkeys are also known as brine shrimp (Artemia salina) may contribute about a trillion watts, or a terawatt, of power to the surrounding ocean, churning the seas with the same power as the tides, the researchers said….

The article refers to the less colorfully worded study:

Induced drift by a self-propelled swimmer at intermediate Reynolds numbers,” Janna C. Nawroth and John O. Dabiri, Physics of Fluids, (1994-present) 26, no. 9 (2014): 091108. The researchers are both at Caltech.

(Thanks to investigator Gary Dryfoos for bringing this to our attention.)

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