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“Reef Elephants” are Good and Bad for Coral

Photo: University of California, Berkeley

“Reef Elephants” are Good and Bad for Coral

Source: BBC News/Matt McGrath - July 30, 2014

Life is tough if you're a blundering, buck toothed, bumphead.

You're far, far bigger than all the rest of the parrotfish in the Pacific.

And more…

Not All Octopuses Are Loners

Photo: Richard Ross

Not All Octopuses Are Loners

Source: National Geographic/Katherine Harmon Courage - July 29, 2014

If recent octopus discoveries have taught us anything, it's that these eight-armed ocean dwellers are smart. They can use tools, change color in an instant, and commission more…

Global Warming Set to Rise More Rapidly

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Global Warming Set to Rise More Rapidly

Source: ThinkProgress.org/Joe Romm - July 28, 2014

A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict more…

High Tech Tuna Farming Off Hawaii Coast

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High Tech Tuna Farming Off Hawaii Coast

Source: West Hawaii Today/Bret Yager - July 25, 2014

A fish farming technology company plans to begin construction of a huge, untethered and highly automated spherical pen for farming yellowfin and bigeye tuna off more…

Aliens Need Oceans, Too

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Aliens Need Oceans, Too

Source: TechTimes/Aaron Mamiit - July 24, 2014

A report by a team of researchers from the University of East Anglia reveals that oceans are important for alien life to survive.
The report more…

Virtual Reality Can Make People Care About Climate Change

Photo: Virtual Human Interaction Lab/Stanford University

Virtual Reality Can Make People Care About Climate Change

Source: Climate Confidential/Amy Westervelt - July 23, 2014

A woman peers through goggles embedded in a large black helmet. Forest sounds emanate from various corners of the room: a bird chirping here, a more…

Fishing For Viruses With Bacteria Bait

Photo: Jennifer Brum/Tucson Marine Phage Laboratory

Fishing For Viruses With Bacteria Bait

A fishing expedition of microscopic proportions led by University of Arizona ecologists revealed that the lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than more…

Record Longest Monitoring Program to Measure Ice Melt Underway

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Record Longest Monitoring Program to Measure Ice Melt Underway

Source: Climate News Network/Tim Radford - July 21, 2014

A sophisticated array of automatic sensors will allow scientists to conduct the longest ever monitoring programme to determine the precise physics of summer sea ice more…

NASA to Probe Carbon Cycle, Ocean Ecology

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NASA to Probe Carbon Cycle, Ocean Ecology

Source: NASA - July 18, 2014

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based more…

Whale Poo Can Return Balance to Ocean

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Whale Poo Can Return Balance to Ocean

Source: ABC AU/Verica Jokic - July 17, 2014

A team of scientists has discovered that the iron-rich 'liquid fertiliser' created by whale faeces could return stability to the world's oceans. However, as Verica Jokic writes, more…