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Ocean Bacteria Use Light to Grow

Photo: University of California Santa Cruz

Ocean Bacteria Use Light to Grow

Source: Phys.org/University of Otago - August 21, 2014

Sunlight stimulates common ocean bacteria to use carbon dioxide for growth when high-quality organic carbon food sources are scarce, according to surprising research by an more…

Why does the beach smell like the beach?

Photo: Roja Dove

Why does the beach smell like the beach?

Source: Popular Science/Benjamin Wolfe - August 20, 2014

As I took a deep breath in, a familiar scent filled my nose: slightly sulfury, with just a pinch of green, and a briny finish. more…

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…

Shark Research Could Cure Cancer

Photo: Brian Skerry

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…

Innovation in Fishing Nets Could Drastically Reduce Bycatch

Image: Dan Watson

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…

New Tools to Learn About the Ocean

Photo: Steve Piotrowicz/New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

New Tools to Learn About the Ocean

Source: New York Times/Justin Gillis - August 14, 2014

A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon more…

Scientists Create Tractor Beam to Control Floating Objects

Photo: Australian National University

Scientists Create Tractor Beam to Control Floating Objects

Source: The Daily Caller/Giuseppe Macri - August 13, 2014

Physicists at Australian National University have taken a bold step toward “Star Trek” tech with their latest invention — a water-based tractor beam that could more…

Graveyard for Spacecraft in Pacific Ocean

Photo: AFP Photo/NASA

Graveyard for Spacecraft in Pacific Ocean

Source: News.Com.Au/Rowena Ryan - August 12, 2014

Lying in a remote patch of water in the South Pacific Ocean is a graveyard for decommissioned spacecraft. Known as the Spacecraft Cemetery, this burial more…

Constant Renewable Energy From the Ocean

Illustration: BOEM.gov

Constant Renewable Energy From the Ocean

Source: LiveScience/Tanya Lewis - August 11, 2014

A new technology that harnesses the power of ocean currents could provide a clean and limitless form of renewable energy, some scientists say.
A group more…

I Can See You: Bioluminescent Sharks Have Glow-In-The-Dark Eyes

Photo: Dr. J. Mallefet (FNRS/UCL)

I Can See You: Bioluminescent Sharks Have Glow-In-The-Dark Eyes

Source: LiveScience/Tanya Lewis - August 7, 2014

In the "twilight zone" of the deep ocean, strange glowing sharks have evolved eyes that are adapted to see complex patterns of light in the more…