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Civil Engineering and the Chicago Ship Canal

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Civil Engineering and the Chicago Ship Canal

Source: World Ocean Radio/Peter Neill - August 16, 2017

The Chicago Ship Canal is a major feat of civil engineering, and has been controversial and problematic since the beginning. Pollution from an ever-growing human more…

5 Ways Citizens Are Using Underwater Drones to Save the Ocean

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5 Ways Citizens Are Using Underwater Drones to Save the Ocean

Source: National Geographic/Christina Nunez - August 1, 2017

Later this year, an army of small swimming robots is set to plumb the mysteries of oceans around the world. Each one will have its more…

Researchers Use Robotic Fish to Help Understand the Relationships Between Predators and Prey in the Ocean

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Researchers Use Robotic Fish to Help Understand the Relationships Between Predators and Prey in the Ocean

Source: Phys.org/New York University - July 20, 2017

With help from robotic fish, researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering are demonstrating how information theory can offer insight into the more…

New Battery That ‘Drinks’ Seawater Could Power Un-piloted Underwater Vehicles

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New Battery That ‘Drinks’ Seawater Could Power Un-piloted Underwater Vehicles

Source: Phys.org/Rob Matheson/Massachusetts Institute of Technology - June 19, 2017

The long range of airborne drones helps them perform critical tasks in the skies. Now MIT spinout Open Water Power (OWP) aims to greatly improve more…

Could Lasers Protect Seabirds in Hawaii From Power Line Collisions?

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Could Lasers Protect Seabirds in Hawaii From Power Line Collisions?

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - June 16, 2017

When a seabird zipping through Hawai‘i’s night sky hits a power line, you can hear it.

“They make this Star Wars-esque laser sound, like tawong-wow-ow-ow,” says more…

A New Form of Clean Energy Generated Where River Meets Sea

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A New Form of Clean Energy Generated Where River Meets Sea

Source: Science Daily/Penn State College of Engineering - May 31, 2017

Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.

"The more…

Are Wind-Powered Ships Making A Comeback? New Technology Could Help

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Are Wind-Powered Ships Making A Comeback? New Technology Could Help

Source: The Conversation/George Aggidis - March 22, 2017

Over 200 years after steamships first began crossing the ocean, wind power is finding its way back into seafaring. Global shipping firm Maersk is planning more…

Can Sun Glitter Help Us Monitor Ocean Waves?

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Can Sun Glitter Help Us Monitor Ocean Waves?

Source: Phys.org/ European Space Agency - March 22, 2017

The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the more…

New Study Finds That Oceans May Be Warming More Than We Thought

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New Study Finds That Oceans May Be Warming More Than We Thought

Source: Phys.org/Laura Snider - March 15, 2017

The oceans may be storing 13 percent more heat than previously estimated, according to a new study co-authored by scientists at the National Center for more…

Rogue Waves Aren’t as Rare as Previously Thought

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Rogue Waves Aren’t as Rare as Previously Thought

Source: Phys.org/University of Miami - March 9, 2017

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science scientist Mark Donelan and his Norwegian Meteorological Institute colleague captured new information about extreme waves, more…