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Biodegradable Plastic Is Not the Solution to the Ocean’s Recycling Problem

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Biodegradable Plastic Is Not the Solution to the Ocean’s Recycling Problem

Source: The Guardian/Adam Vaughan - May 24, 2016

Biodegradable plastic water bottles and shopping bags are a false solution to the ubiquitous problem of litter in the oceans, the UN’s top environmental scientist more…

Evidence of Ancient Mega-Tsunamis Found on Mars

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Evidence of Ancient Mega-Tsunamis Found on Mars

Source: Gizmodo/George Dvorsky - May 23, 2016

Mars once featured a vast ocean that covered its northern hemisphere. New evidence suggests this Martian sea experienced at least two “mega-tsunamis” that were triggered more…

Jelly Inside Shark Noses Is More Electrically Sensitive Than Any Manmade Material

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Jelly Inside Shark Noses Is More Electrically Sensitive Than Any Manmade Material

Source: Digital Trends/Bruce Brown - May 20, 2016

A biological material that has existed for millions of years may find new applications in modern electronics. A team of scientists from UC Santa Cruz, more…

DARPA Wants New Underwater GPS for Seafaring Robots

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DARPA Wants New Underwater GPS for Seafaring Robots

Source: Wired/Jack Stewart - May 19, 2016

We would be lost without GPS. The Global Positioning System constellation of satellites started life as a military project, but now enables turn-by-turn directions in the palm of more…

Europa’s Ocean May Have Chemical Balance Similar to Earth’s

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Europa’s Ocean May Have Chemical Balance Similar to Earth’s

Source: JPL/Preston Dyches - May 18, 2016

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist more…

Tiny Organisms Play Big Role in Global Climate Regulation

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Tiny Organisms Play Big Role in Global Climate Regulation

Source: Phys.org/University of Exeter - May 17, 2016

Scientists have discovered that a tiny, yet plentiful, ocean organism is playing an important role in the regulation of the Earth's climate.

Research, published in more…

14,550 Year Old Mastodon Hunting Site Found in Florida

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14,550 Year Old Mastodon Hunting Site Found in Florida

Source: Ars Technica/Annalee Newitz - May 16, 2016

The key to uncovering America's ancient past lies underwater. In the waning centuries of the last Ice Age, many of the favorite hunting grounds and more…

In Mapping Biodiversity of Deep Oceans, Scientists Find Surprising Varieties of Life

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In Mapping Biodiversity of Deep Oceans, Scientists Find Surprising Varieties of Life

Source: The Chronicle Herald/Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press - May 13, 2016

HALIFAX — A humble, star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian more…

Spiraling Visualization Is the Most Compelling Global Warming Diagram Ever Made

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Spiraling Visualization Is the Most Compelling Global Warming Diagram Ever Made

Source: Washington Post/Jason Samenow - May 12, 2016

Over the years, scientists have attempted to visually communicate the Earth’s warming in many ways.  They’ve developed an array of maps, charts, and animations that present an more…

Adding Rocks to the Ocean Could Fight Ocean Acidification and Save Coral

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Adding Rocks to the Ocean Could Fight Ocean Acidification and Save Coral

Source: New Scientist/Alice Klein - May 11, 2016

Between a rock and a hard place? A last-ditch approach to slow ocean acidification may involve spreading a mineral along coastlines to suck acidifying protons more…

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