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How to Give an Underwater Hearing Test to Seabirds

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How to Give an Underwater Hearing Test to Seabirds

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - August 30, 2016

The coasts are getting noisier, thanks to shipping, offshore drilling, wind turbines, naval sonar, and a slew of other ocean-based activities. While lots of research more…

The Renewable Power of Ocean Winds

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The Renewable Power of Ocean Winds

Source: The New York Times - August 29, 2016

The first offshore wind farm in American waters, near Block Island, R.I., was completed this month. With just five turbines, the farm won’t make much of a more…

Check Out These New Ways to Ride the Waves

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Check Out These New Ways to Ride the Waves

Source: The Wall Street Journal/Alexandra Wolfe - August 26, 2016

Well into September, with ocean temperatures hovering in the high 60s—warmer than in early summer —popular vacation spots like the Hamptons, Nantucket and Santa Barbara more…

Scientists Are Beginning to Unravel the Mysteries of the Summer Jet Stream

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Scientists Are Beginning to Unravel the Mysteries of the Summer Jet Stream

Source: Phys.org/University of Sheffield - August 25, 2016

Scientists have discovered the cause of the recent run of miserable wet summers as they begin to unravel the mysteries of the Atlantic jet stream.

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The Ocean’s New Data Scientists: Seals a Treasure Trove of Information

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The Ocean’s New Data Scientists: Seals a Treasure Trove of Information

Source: Cosmos Magazine/Anthea Batsakis - August 24, 2016

Melting ice shelves in Antarctica’s Prydz Bay could eventually have disastrous effects on the world’s ocean currents, new data – collected by elephant seals – show.

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Scientists Determine the Preferred Superpower of Fish to be Camouflage Rather Than Super Sight

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Scientists Determine the Preferred Superpower of Fish to be Camouflage Rather Than Super Sight

Source: Phys.org/Duke University - August 23, 2016

In a matchup of animal superpowers, a clever form of camouflage might beat super sight—at least in the ocean.

There's nowhere to hide in the open more…

Scientists Create ‘Salmon Cannon’ to Shoot Fish Over Dams

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Scientists Create ‘Salmon Cannon’ to Shoot Fish Over Dams

Source: Geekwire/Clare McGrane - August 22, 2016

Hydroelectric energy is hugely important to Washington state. It accounts for about one third of Washington’s energy consumption, more than any other energy source, and dams power jobs all more…

Only .0001% of the Ocean Has Been Explored, But Nekton’s Changing That

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Only .0001% of the Ocean Has Been Explored, But Nekton’s Changing That

Source: The Guardian/Oliver Milman - August 19, 2016

The largest migration on Earth is very rarely seen by human eyes, yet it happens every day. Billions of marine creatures ascend from as far more…

Scientists Discover Deep Evolutionary Link Between Fins and Hands

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Scientists Discover Deep Evolutionary Link Between Fins and Hands

Source: The New York Times/Carl Zimmer - August 18, 2016

To help his readers fathom evolution, Charles Darwin asked them to consider their own hands.
“What can be more curious,” he asked, “than that the hand of a more…

Researchers Find Fish Eat Toxic Plastic Microbeads

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Researchers Find Fish Eat Toxic Plastic Microbeads

Source: 9 News/AAP - August 17, 2016

Toxins absorbed into microbeads have been found in fish tissue and researchers fear they could be making it onto our dinner plates.

The tiny plastics more…

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