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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…

Ocean Connections and Innovations

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Ocean Connections and Innovations

Source: World Ocean Radio/Peter Neill - January 26, 2017

This week we continue the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to celebrate ocean solutions and innovative more…

Navy Globally Deploys Unmanned Underwater Vehicles to Study the Ocean

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Navy Globally Deploys Unmanned Underwater Vehicles to Study the Ocean

Source: ExecutiveGov/Jane Edwards - December 28, 2016

The U.S. Navy deploys unmanned underwater vehicles, also known as ocean gliders, to explore the world’s oceans for up to four months in order to help predict more…

No Need to Wait for Your Sea Legs With This New Boating Technology

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No Need to Wait for Your Sea Legs With This New Boating Technology

Source: Forbes/Josh Max - November 25, 2016

It was one of those demonstrations akin to the first time we saw ABS brakes in action, or booted up a computer. The Seakeeper is a “gyro more…