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August 22, 2017
Sediment research is a granular exercise at NRL
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. The rugged apparatus known as a "quadpod," was built to withstand being on the bottom of the ocean for weeks at a time, measuring waves, currents, and seafloor change. "It's equipped with imaging sonar to capture ... read more

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Scientists discover why bubbles zig-zag as they rise through water
Until now, scientists have struggled to explain the zig-zagging motion of air bubbles rising through water. New research suggests patterns can be explained by the bubbles' rotation. ... more
Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardens
Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. ... more
Japanese seaweed is welcome invader on US coasts: study
A kind of Japanese seaweed that is considered an invasive species in the United States is actually serving an important role in restoring barren and vulnerable coastlines, US researchers said Monday. ... more
Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Coral reef fish are more likely to engage in risky behaviour and be unable to identify predators if they swim in waters contaminated with petroleum-based oil, researchers said. ... more
Climate change deepens threat to Pacific island wildlife
Land mammals and reptiles in the Pacific islands facing extinction due to habitat loss, hunting and other threats could be decimated by climate change, a study published Thursday said. ... more
Meadow of dancing brittle stars shows evolution at work
Researchers have described a new species of brittle star, which are closely related to starfish, and showed how these sea creatures evolved in response to the rise of shell-crushing predators during ... more
Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning
A 94-million-year-old climate change event that severely imperiled marine organisms may provide some unnerving insights into long-term trends in our modern oceans, according to a Florida State Unive ... more
New technique offers clues to measure the deoxygenation of the ocean
The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean's oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine ... more

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Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching
Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewellery. ... more
Chinese fishers held in Ecuador over endangered sharks
A court in Ecuador remanded in custody the Chinese crew of a fishing boat suspected of catching endangered sharks in the Galapagos Islands marine reserve, a minister said. ... more
Navy issues environmental exemption for towed sonar array
The U.S. Navy has issued a National Defense Exemption under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to continue testing and operating its Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Low Frequency Active towed-sonar array. ... more
25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting
This past week marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of a revolutionary ocean research vessel - a space "ship." As the NASA/CNES Topex-Poseidon satellite ascended into orbit, it ushered in a new ... more
Guam leader backs 'punch in the nose' for Pyongyang
Guam's leader said Monday that "sometimes a bully can only be stopped with a punch in the nose", in a spirited defence of President Donald Trump's rhetoric against North Korea which has the island in its crosshairs. ... more
Guam residents pray for peace as North Korea deadline looms
The Catholic faithful in Guam led prayers for peace Sunday in the shadow of North Korean missile threat, with the western Pacific island's archbishop appealing for "prudence" amid an escalating war of words between the US and Pyongyang. ... more
Teamwork key to ocean travel for jellies
Salps, a jelly fish-like, gelatinous marine invertebrate, can navigate ocean waters more efficiently in large numbers than by themselves. ... more
Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats
Tourism-dependent Guam is looking to cash in on its new-found fame as a North Korean missile target, tapping an unlikely promotional opportunity to attract visitors to the idyllic island and prove that all publicity is good publicity. ... more

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Marine noise pollution stresses fish out
New research suggests fish are becoming stressed and confused as a result of growing underwater noise pollution. ... more
Guam told to 'enjoy paradise', ignore North Korean threat
The Pacific island of Guam remained outwardly calm Wednesday in the face of a threatened North Korean attack, and a senior official in the US territory urged people to "relax and enjoy paradise". ... more
Invasion of glowing tropical jellyfish baffles U.S. scientists
Hilarie Sorensen intended to do her master's thesis on crystal jellyfish, the half moon-shaped bioluminescent jellies that are ubiquitous off the West Coast. Instead she'll be researching a jelly-like creature she hadn't heard of before May. ... more
No longer water under the bridge, statistics yields new data on sea levels
While the scientific community has long warned about rising sea levels and their destructive impact on life, property and economies of some of the United States' most populous cities, researchers ha ... more
Benefits of investments in dikes worldwide known
This is according to a study led by Philip Ward of the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and colleagues in the Netherlands, UK and USA. The research appears in the p ... more
Leidos Innovations receives contract for U.S. Navy's undersea warfare system
Leidos Innovations is receiving a $7.2 million modification to an existing contract for spare parts and support services for the U.S. Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system on surface ships. ... more
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
by human activity. Scientific evidence now shows that our use and abuse of this environment is having a detrimental effect on marine habitats across the globe. New research, published in the o ... more
4,500 families, major dam affected by Venezuela flooding
Torrential rain in southeast Venezuela has affected 4,500 families and is sending floodwaters gushing through the country's major hydroelectric dam, authorities and local media said on Monday. ... more
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