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The Ocean’s Recycling Problem

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The Ocean’s Recycling Problem

Source: The Daily Catch/Rob Foos - December 17, 2014

Last week, a study made headlines in nearly every major news outlet when it revealed the shocking amount of plastic floating in the world’s oceans. more…

Rolls-Royce Unveils the Future of Shipping

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Rolls-Royce Unveils the Future of Shipping

Source: DailyMail/Mark Prigg - December 16, 2014

It looks like something from a science fiction film, with giant wraparound screens and artificial intelligence software constantly monitoring things.
However, Rolls-Royce believes that this more…

Ancient Bacteria Pose Modern Danger with Algae Blooms

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Ancient Bacteria Pose Modern Danger with Algae Blooms

Source: LiveScience/Marlene Cimons - December 15, 2014

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green more…

Rosetta Spacecraft Shedding Light on Origin of Oceans

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Rosetta Spacecraft Shedding Light on Origin of Oceans

Source: Nature World News/Brian Stallard - December 12, 2014

An analysis of water vapors from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the quarry of the Rosetta Spacecraft and its history-making Philae lander, has revealed that its water is not at all like more…

Shipwreck during the Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race

Shipwreck during the Volvo Ocean Race

Source: The New Yorker/John Clarke - December 11, 2014

“Extreme” is a word that organizers and sailors like to use to describe the Volvo Ocean Race. “Brutal” might be more accurate. The nine-month, thirty-nine-thousand-mile race, more…

The Plight of the Vaquitas

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The Plight of the Vaquitas

Source: LA Times/Louis Sahagun - December 10, 2014

The world’s rarest cetacean could disappear in less than four years unless immediate action is taken by the Mexican government to protect it from entanglement more…

A Glass Submarine to Probe the Ocean Depths

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A Glass Submarine to Probe the Ocean Depths

Source: BBC/David Robson - December 9, 2014

How do you build a submarine that can withstand the enormous pressure found at the ocean’s deepest depths? Explorer Sylvia Earle thinks the answer might more…

Los Angeles: A Leader in Water Management?

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Los Angeles: A Leader in Water Management?

Source: New York Times/Jacques Leslie - December 8, 2014

LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain, according to public perception, notorious for its usurpation of water hundreds of miles away to slake the thirst more…

Old Steam Ships Dumped Oil to Master the Waves

Old Steam Ships Dumped Oil to Master the Waves

Source: io9/Esther Inglis-Arkell - December 5, 2014

Oil in the ocean is a sensitive subject these days, but in the late 1800s, steam ships had stocks of oil specifically set aside to more…

Reflecting on Wildlife Conservation Day

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Reflecting on Wildlife Conservation Day

Source: National Geographic/Emily Darling - December 4, 2014

This year Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4, arrives as we have just completed the once-a-decade World Parks Congress. Thousands of representatives from the global conservation community – more…

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