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The Case for Ocean Exploration (Over Space)

Photo: Brian Skerry/National Geographic

The Case for Ocean Exploration (Over Space)

Source: io9/Mark Strauss - August 19, 2014

For some, the irony is almost too much to bear. While Congress is eager to fund a $2 billion expedition to search for oceans beneath more…

200 Year Old Booze Found on Shipwreck Still Consumable

Source: National Maritime Museum, Gdansk

200 Year Old Booze Found on Shipwreck Still Consumable

Source: UPI/Brooks Hays - August 19, 2014

GDANSK, Poland, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Divers exploring a 200-year-old shipwreck -- the F53.31 shipwreck -- in the Baltic Sea's Gulf of Gdańsk, off the coast more…

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Getting Worse

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch Getting Worse

Source: CBSLA.com - August 19, 2014

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A massive patch of garbage floating in the ocean between California and Hawaii continues to grow and have an adverse impact on more…

Ocean Acidification Erodes Marine Economy

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Ocean Acidification Erodes Marine Economy

Source: Climate News Network/Kieran Cooke - August 19, 2014

LONDON − The waters off the U.S. state of Alaska are some of the best fishing grounds anywhere, teeming with salmon and with shellfish such more…

New Sylvia Earle Documentary: Mission Blue

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New Sylvia Earle Documentary: Mission Blue

Source: National Geographic/Brian Clark Howard - August 18, 2014

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle has seen many changes in the ocean over the last 60 years, through more than 7,000 hours of diving. She has witnessed more…

Shark Research Could Cure Cancer

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Shark Research Could Cure Cancer

Source: Florida Today/Jim Waymer - August 18, 2014

MELBOURNE, Fla. — They rarely get cancer. Their wounds heal much faster than humans'. Their unique skin makes for a low-drag glide through the water more…

Tracking Oil When It’s No Longer Visible

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Tracking Oil When It’s No Longer Visible

Source: Nola.com/Jennifer Larino - August 18, 2014

Researchers have discovered a new way to track the presence of oil in water even after visible slicks have vanished, a tool that could help more…

Congress Prepares National Strategy for Ocean Acidification

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Congress Prepares National Strategy for Ocean Acidification

Source: The Bellingham Herald/The Olympian - August 18, 2014

U.S. senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, are preparing legislation calling for a national strategy to combat ocean acidification.

And well they should: more…

Californians Want Fracking in Ocean to Stop

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Californians Want Fracking in Ocean to Stop

Source: Huffington Post/Miyoko Sakashita - August 15, 2014

Contaminated water, polluted air, increased earthquake risk: As fracking has expanded across America, this dangerous form of oil and gas production has caused massive harm more…

Innovation in Fishing Nets Could Drastically Reduce Bycatch

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Innovation in Fishing Nets Could Drastically Reduce Bycatch

Source: Ecowatch/Emma Bryce - August 15, 2014

Six years ago, the Norwegian coast guard filmed a Scottish fishing vessel riding gray swells, dumping 5 metric tons of dead fish back into the North Sea. more…