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Origami-inspired device helps marine biologists study octopuses and jellyfish

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:30:45 EDT ~ Scientists have tried to find the safest and most effective ways to explore marine life in the oceanic water, the largest and least explored environment on Earth, for years. Each time, they were faced with the same challenge: How to capture delicate or gelatinous pelagic animals -- like jellyfish, squid, and octopuses -- without harming them? An origami-inspired device may change that. Find out more...

Atlantic circulation is not collapsing -- but as it shifts gears, warming will reaccelerate

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:11:28 EDT ~ Data suggest that the recent, rapid slowdown of the Atlantic Ocean circulation is not a sign of imminent collapse, but a shift back toward a more sluggish phase. The slowdown implies that global air temperatures will increase more quickly in the coming decades. Find out more...

Global study of world's beaches shows threat to protected areas

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:33:46 EDT ~ A first-of-its-kind survey of the world's sandy shorelines with satellite data found that they have increased slightly on a global scale over the past three decades but decreased in protected marine areas, where many beaches are eroding. Find out more...

Novel approach studies whale shark ages the best way -- while they are swimming

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:47:34 EDT ~ A new study of whale sharks, using a novel approach to gathering data, shows these endangered animals can live longer and grow larger than previously believed. Find out more...

Potential for Antarctica to become plastics dumping ground and home for new species

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:24:57 EDT ~ Antarctica is not as isolated from the rest of the world as scientists have thought, new research reveals, with potential for drifting plastics to create problems in the continent in future and new species to colonise there as the climate warms. Find out more...

Scientists recover possible fragments of meteorite that landed in marine sanctuary

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:51:57 EDT ~ The largest recorded meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years fell into NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and researchers have recovered what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock after conducting the first intentional hunt for a meteorite at sea. Find out more...

Newly discovered shark species honors female pioneer

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:24:53 EDT ~ The 'Shark Lady,' has received the ultimate ichthyologist honor: having a new species of shark, Squalus clarkae, named after her. Find out more...

How foreign kelp surfed to Antarctica

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:16:20 EDT ~ A research team has found the first proof that Antarctica is not isolated from the rest of the Earth, with the discovery that foreign kelp had drifted 20,000 kilometers before surfing to the continent's icy shores. Find out more...

Buried Internet infrastructure at risk as sea levels rise

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:16:27 EDT ~ Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study. Find out more...

Reducing carbon emissions will limit sea level rise

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:07:24 EDT ~ A new study demonstrates that a correlation also exists between cumulative carbon emissions and future sea level rise over time -- and the news isn't good. Find out more...