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How an Ocean Algae Terraformed Planet Earth 650 Million Years Ago

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How an Ocean Algae Terraformed Planet Earth 650 Million Years Ago

Source: BBC News/Roland Pease - August 21, 2017

A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.
That's what geochemists argue in Nature this week, more…

Global Assessment Finds Ocean’s Vital Signs Steady, But Its Health is Still at Risk

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Global Assessment Finds Ocean’s Vital Signs Steady, But Its Health is Still at Risk

Source: Science Daily/UC Santa Barbara - July 10, 2017

For perhaps the first time ever, the world's oceans have a health record -- and it's revealing clues about what might be behind symptoms of more…

By Minimizing Fluid Friction, Ships Can Become More Fuel Efficient and Reduce Harmful Emissions

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By Minimizing Fluid Friction, Ships Can Become More Fuel Efficient and Reduce Harmful Emissions

Source: Phys.org/Sonia Fernandez/UC Santa Barbara - June 29, 2017

Imagine walking from one side of a swimming pool to the other. Each step takes great effort—that's what makes water aerobics such effective physical exercise.

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The Effects of Climate Change: Why we Cannot Fail Our Oceans

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The Effects of Climate Change: Why we Cannot Fail Our Oceans

Source: The Economic Times/IANS - June 26, 2017

When people think of climate change, pictures of melting glaciers, sweltering heat in summers and flooding of coastal areas predominate. Often lost in the imagery more…

The Coast of Whales Glows a Bioluminescent Blue

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The Coast of Whales Glows a Bioluminescent Blue

Source: Live Science/Stephanie Pappas - June 22, 2017

A photographer experienced a magical moment near Swansea, Wales, this weekend as the sea glowed and glimmered an otherworldly blue.

Alyn Wallace, a landscape and more…

Soul of the Sea

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Soul of the Sea

Source: World Ocean Radio/Peter Neill - June 21, 2017

At the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York in June, each attending delegate was presented with a new book by co-authors Dr. Gregory Stone more…

Magic Behind the Algorithms That Brought Moana’s Ocean to Life

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Magic Behind the Algorithms That Brought Moana’s Ocean to Life

Source: The Atlantic/Adrienne LaFrance - June 2, 2017

In the early days, when motion pictures were still new, filming the ocean was a radical idea.

A surface-level shot of the waves was certainly more…

Extreme Ocean Warming Could Further Endanger Albatross Species

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Extreme Ocean Warming Could Further Endanger Albatross Species

Source: Phys.org/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - June 1, 2017

As Earth warms due to human-caused climate change, extreme climatic events like heat waves, droughts, and spikes in ocean temperatures have increased and are projected more…

New Global Competition to Keep Plastic Pollution Out of the Oceans

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New Global Competition to Keep Plastic Pollution Out of the Oceans

Source: CNN/Natasha Maguder/Jacopo Prisco - May 30, 2017

There are over 150 million metric tons of plastics in our oceans.

Each year, an additional 8 million are added -- the equivalent of a more…

Past Melting of Snowball Earth Resulted in Freshwater Ocean 2 Kilometers Deep

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Past Melting of Snowball Earth Resulted in Freshwater Ocean 2 Kilometers Deep

Source: New Scientist/Brian Owens - May 11, 2017

A little more than 600 million years ago, you could have drunk from the ocean.

After an extreme ice age known as snowball Earth, in more…