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New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises
Oceanographers report completing the largest single-site microbiome gene catalog constructed to date. With this new information, the team discovered nutrient limitation is a central driver in the evolution...
Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise
A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier. Scientists have said one of the main sources of ocean noise was...
Hawaii mulls banning some sunscreens to protect coral reefs
KONA, Hawaii -- Hawaiian lawmakers are considering a ban on some popular sunscreens to try to protect coral reefs.Researchers found that oxybenzone, a UV filtering ingredient commonly found in lotions,...
Ocean plastics from Haiti’s beaches turned into laptop packaging
Beach trash can be put to useDellBy Anita MakriWhat if pieces of plastic strewn across the world’s beaches ended up in brand new computer boxes, not floating in the middle of the ocean or lodged inside...
Tiny shells indicate big changes to global carbon cycle
For the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists raised foraminifera -- single-celled organisms about the size of a grain of sand -- at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory under...
Malaysia Airlines will be first to use new satellite-based airplane tracking system
Three years ago, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from radar somewhere above the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board. Today, the airline announced it is the first to sign up to a new service...
Icy moons of 2 planets may host habitable environments
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen in plumes of icy material spewing from a sub-surface sea on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, a source of chemical energy and the latest indicator that the unseen...
Indian Ocean version of El Niño behind drought in East Africa
Millions face starvation – againDan Kitwood/Getty ImagesAN INDIAN Ocean phenomenon is partly to blame for the severe drought in East Africa, affecting maize and sorghum harvests and sending food prices...
Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten
Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean. The new study...
Boaty McBoatface submersible prepares to dive into the abyss on first Antarctic mission
Boaty McBoatface is joining ocean scientists on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth - known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) - and how they affect climate...
Mysterious jellyfish spotted in ocean depths
An ethereal, ‘cosmic’ jellyfish was spotted in some of the deepest reaches of the ocean, hovering near a previously unexplored seamount.The luminous sea creature, which may be a completely new species,...
Why the ocean has absorbed more carbon over the past decade
With the ocean absorbing more carbon dioxide over the past decade, less of the greenhouse gas is reaching the Earth's atmosphere. That's decidedly good news, but it comes with a catch: Rising levels of...
Ocean acidification may be good for thriving marine snails
These tiny snails might make a meal out of ocean acidification Brendan Kelaher and Amanda BeasleyBy Andy CoghlanTiny marine snails have challenged doomsday assumptions that ocean acidification driven...
3 billion-year-old "lost continent" lurking under African island
It’s official: A 3-billion-year-old “lost continent” lurks beneath the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, new research confirms.Sparkly, iridescent flecks of rocks known as zircons from Mauritius date back...
Long-lost continent found submerged deep under Indian Ocean
Mauritius sits on part of an ancient continentKeystoneUSA-ZUMA/REX/ShutterstockBy Alice KleinAn ancient continent that was once sandwiched between India and Madagascar now lies scattered on the bottom...
The history of plastic - and its legacy today
Previously made from ivory - putting wild elephants in jeopardy - it was refashioned with the invention of plastics.British inventor Alan Parkes created the first man-made plastic in 1862. He called it...
Swarm of underwater robots mimics ocean life
Underwater robots offer scientists an extraordinary new tool to study ocean currents and the tiny creatures they transport. Swarms of these underwater robots helped answer some basic questions about the...
From tiny phytoplankton to massive tuna
Phytoplankton are the foundation of ocean life, providing the energy that supports nearly all marine species. Levels of phytoplankton in an ocean area may seem like a good predictor for the amount of fish...
Vast: HTC Ocean Note leak gives us best look yet
HTC has floundered on the smartphone front as of late, but if a new leak is to be believed, it could soon right the ship with more than a few nods to its competitors. Images of a device codenamed Ocean...
Microsoft may use sea-bound data centres as artificial reefs
Microsoft is forging ahead with its idea to create underwater data centres (known as ‘Project Natick’), with the company now having filed a patent for an ‘artificial reef data centre’ that would not only...
Robot reveals rare glimpse under Antarctic sea ice
A camera attached to the robot by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) captured an underwater scene filled with coconut-shaped sponges, dandelion-like worms, pink algae and spidery starfish.The remotely...
We can add Ceres to the list of places where life may have formed
reader comments 2 Share this story In nearly two years at Ceres, the Dawn spacecraft has captured a wealth of data about the dwarf planet. Carol Raymond/JPL One of the major findings is that Ceres is...
Massive wave in Atlantic smashes previous record
A wave measuring at over 62 feet high in the North Atlantic has broken the record for the tallest wave ever measured by a buoy, the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday.The 62.3-foot wave was...
Earth's magnetic fields could track ocean heat, study proposes
As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean. Monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is difficult, but a surprising feature of the tides could help. Scientists are developing...
The plan to ban fishing in more than half the world’s oceans
Deadliest catch?Dan Rafla/Aurora PhotosBy James RandersonIT IS one of the planet’s last true wildernesses, yet a handful of the world’s wealthiest nations are plundering its riches to satisfy the appetites...
The Moon’s magma ocean was wetter than we thought
NASA reader comments 1 Share this story Early in our Solar System's history, the Earth was slammed by a Mars-sized body. The collision effectively disassembled both bodies and created a swirling mass...
Evidence Pluto has hidden ocean
Data sent back by New Horizons since the spacecraft's Pluto flyby has brought many surprises about the mysterious dwarf planet. Five new studies published on Thursday now take a more in-depth look at Pluto...
Pluto may have huge ocean under icy surface
New evidence, reported in two research papers published in Nature journal, suggests the existence of an ocean containing as much water as all of Earth's seas - which could potentially be a habitat for...
New analysis adds support for a subsurface ocean on Pluto
A liquid ocean lying deep beneath Pluto's frozen surface is the best explanation for features revealed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, according to a new analysis. The idea that Pluto has a subsurface...
Study Links Human Actions to Arctic Sea Ice Disappearance
Ice has been disappearing in the Arctic Ocean since at least the 1960. Each year, more and more sea ice vanishes in the Arctic north, and one study says every one of us is personally responsible. Each...
Midwater ocean creatures use nanotech camouflage
Crustaceans that thrive in the vastness of the open ocean have no place to hide from their predators. Consequently, many creatures that live at depths where sunlight fades to darkness have developed transparent...
Weird and wonderful sea life
These images from recent deep sea exploration show how weird and wild it is under the sea.Some of the pictures taken by remote cameras of never-before-seen areas, especially off the eastern Pacific, show...
Researchers Discover Subsurface Ocean on Saturn's Dione Moon
A third Saturn moon may have a subsurface ocean with potential for life, researchers say. Using gravity data from the Cassini probe, researchers at the Royal Observatory of Belgium say Dione joins Titan...
Pacific Garbage Patch Larger Than Thought
Floating garbage is choking the world’s oceans and it turns out that the biggest concentration, known as the great Pacific garbage patch, is much bigger than previously thought. After the latest aerial...
Controlled rogue wave created in realistic oceanic conditions
Potentially extremely dangerous realistic rogue waves - also called as freak waves - can now be controlled and generated at will in laboratory environments, in similar conditions as they appear in the...
Jupiter's Europa Moon May Have Subsurface Ocean, Huge Geysers
Anyone versed in the arcana of science fiction knows about the significance of Europa, a moon of the planet Jupiter. Scientists have always considered it to be one of the best places in our solar system...
Plumes spotted on Europa raise hopes that we can taste its ocean
A hidden ocean?NASABy Rebecca BoyleJupiter’s icy moon Europa repeatedly spews plumes of water into space, and spacecraft set to visit the moon in a few years might be able to take a taste. In a press...
Pluto’s ‘heart’ sheds light on possible buried ocean
Ever since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto last year, evidence has been mounting that the dwarf planet may have a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell. Now, by modeling the impact dynamics that...
Heatwaves in the ocean: Risk to ecosystems?
Marine ecosystems are responsible for about half of global annual primary production and more than one billion people rely on fish as their primary protein source. Latest studies show that enormous warm...
AP Exclusive: Deep-sea Volcano a Hotspot for Mysterious Life
The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts. The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss...
Report: Acidic Oceans Tied to Human Activity
Scientists have known for a while that the world's oceans play a big role in the climate because they absorb carbon dioxide, both naturally occurring and the carbon we put in the atmosphere through burning...
Spectacular show as Hawaiian lava hits Pacific Ocean
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii — For the first time in three years, lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has crept down miles of mountainside and is dripping into the Pacific Ocean, where it’s...
Recent connection between North and South America reaffirmed
Long ago, one great ocean flowed between North and South America. When the Isthmus of Panama joined the continents, it also separated the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean. If this took place much earlier...
Hawaii's fire-spitting lava spectacle
For the first time in three years, lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has crept down miles of mountainside and is dripping into the Pacific Ocean, where it’s creating new land and putting on a...
Never-before-seen sea creatures filmed in world’s deepest abyss
Creature spottingNOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the MarianaBy Laura HamptonThe discovery of mysterious lifeforms has stunned scientists during a series of...
UK’s plastic rubbish ends up in fragile Arctic ecosystems
A long way from homeNature Picture Library / Alamy Stock PhotoBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationPlastic rubbish from the UK is accumulating in the Arctic and damaging one of the most fragile...
US States, Agencies Work Together in Tracking Fukushima Radiation
A massive earthquake and tsunami in April 2011 caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to melt down, releasing radiation into the surrounding environment. While some of this radiation...
Roller-coasting birds soar for months and may snooze while aloft
Time for a snooze?Henri Weimerskirch/CEBC/CNRSBy Conor GearinSpecies: Great frigatebird, Fregata minorHabitat: Breeds on tropical islands in the southern Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic oceans; feeds on...
Magnets could pull oil out of ocean before wildlife is harmed
Magnets offer a slick solutionSean Gardner/ReutersBy Alice KleinIt’s an attractive idea. Magnets could be used to pull oil from spills out of the water, with the help of iron oxide nanoparticles. The...
Pluto must have liquid ocean or it’d look like an overripe peach
Doesn’t look peachy, but it’s crackingNASA/JHUAPL/SwRI.By Conor GearinPluto probably has a liquid ocean sandwiched between a rocky core and an icy shell. When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by the...
Pluto might have a semi-frozen ocean lurking under its icy shell
NASA/JHUAPL/SwRIThe pictures that came from New Horizons' flyby of Pluto have set off a scramble to make sense of the dwarf planet's terrain. Pluto's clearly geologically active, with mountains and fresh...
Pluto has a huge, dark, ocean below its surface
In the distant darkness of the solar system, below the cracked surface of the dwarf planet of Pluto, lies an ocean, slowly freezing into an exotic form of ice as its heat ebbs away into space.That's the...
Pluto May Have a Liquid Ocean
Far out, at the edge of our solar system, there's water. A new study indicates that Pluto appears to still have a liquid ocean under its icy crust. Using data from the New Horizons space probe, researchers...
An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus's icy surface
With eruptions of ice and water vapor, and an ocean covered by an ice shell, Saturn's moon Enceladus is one of the most fascinating in the Solar System, especially as interpretations of data provided by...
Marine debris on the shores of an isolated tropical atoll in the Indian Ocean
The huge volumes of litter we leave in the oceans is one of the greatest environmental problems of our time. Scientists have studied how the beaches on a remote atoll in the Indian Ocean have been covered...
Coral reefs fall victim to overfishing, pollution aggravated by ocean warming
Coral reefs are declining around the world because a combination of factors -- overfishing, nutrient pollution, and pathogenic disease -- ultimately become deadly in the face of higher ocean temperatures,...
Iron floating into the sea on aerosols is driving a loss of oxygen
Flickr user maryaThe oxygen minimum zone is the section of ocean that has the lowest oxygen saturation. While the thickness and depth of the OMZ varies, the Pacific Ocean's OMZ has been expanding in recent...
Ancient meteor strikes sent ice-rich tsunamis across the surface of Mars
Alexis RodriguezLots of evidence suggests that Mars once had copious amounts of water. There's even some evidence that the planet may have had a large ocean covering the northern pole of the planet. But...
Huge tsunamis once washed over Mars
Mega-tsunamis that once washed over the planet could unlock new clues in the search for life. Picture: NASA SCIENTISTS have found evidence that ancient tsunamis once washed over Mars’ surface. These waves,...
Star Ocean 5: An impenetrable RPG chasing mainstream success
To outsiders, the Star Ocean series can be impenetrable, even downright adverse. Without digging into optional content, Star Ocean can easily take 100 hours to complete, while its many cut scenes—sometimes...
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