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Study: Coral Reefs May Be Able To Adapt To Moderate Climate Change, May Last 'Through The End Of This Century'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 29, 2013 23:40 EST

Coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming, improving their chance of surviving through the end of this century, if there are large reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a study funded by NOAA and researched...
 
Study: Unprecedented Warmth In Arctic Ocean; 'Outside Any Kind Of Known Natural Variability'
Boulder, Colorado - Oct 24, 2013 20:21 EST

Average summer temperatures in the Eastern Canadian Arctic during the last 100 years are higher now than during any century in the past 44,000 years and perhaps as long ago as 120,000 years, says a new University of Colorado Boulder...
 
Seeing In The Dark: New Research Sheds Light On How Porpoises Hear In One Of The World's Busiest Rivers
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Oct 23, 2013 00:38 EST

The Yangtze finless porpoise, which inhabits the high-traffic waters near the Three Gorges Dam in China, is highly endangered, with only about 1,000 animals alive today. Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their Chinese colleagues are using medical...
 
Study: All Ocean Systems Undermined By Climate Change By 2100; 'Everything' Impacted
San Diego, California - Oct 18, 2013 17:54 EST

An ambitious new study that includes Lisa Levin of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego describes the full chain of events by which ocean biogeochemical changes triggered by manmade greenhouse gas emissions may cascade through marine habitats and...
 
Study: Caribbean Fish Can't See Lionfish; 'Practically Unstoppable'
Queensland, Australia - Oct 17, 2013 21:16 EST

A spiny, toxic and beautiful member of the world's coral reef communities, the Red Lionfish is invisible to the small fish it likes to eat. A new study by James Cook University scientists Oona Lönnstedt and Professor Mark McCormick suggests this...
 
Research: Killer Whales May Have Menopause So Grandma Can Look After The Kids
Devon, England - Oct 16, 2013 23:56 EST

Killer whales are just one of three species – we're one of the others - that continue to live long after they've stopped reproducing. But scientists still don't know why these three alone evolved this unusual menopausal trait. In a bid...
 
Researchers Find Water And Lava, But -- Curiously -- No Explosion; 'Kinder, Genter' Reaction
Buffalo, New York - Oct 10, 2013 16:56 EST

Rocky pillars dotting Iceland's Skaelingar valley were projectiles tossed into the fields by warring trolls. That, at least, is the tale that University at Buffalo geologist Tracy Gregg heard from a tour guide and local hiker when she visited the...
 
Genetics Used To Sort Out Poorly Known -- And Hunted -- Whale Species
New York, New York - Oct 3, 2013 20:57 EST

Saving the whales often means knowing—sometimes genetically—one group of whales from another, say researchers attempting to define populations of a medium-sized and poorly understood baleen whale that is sometimes targeted by Japan's scientific whaling program. In a new study, scientists...
 
Study: Longline Fishery In Costa Rica Kills Thousands Of Sea Turtles And Sharks
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Oct 2, 2013 23:47 EST

The second-most-common catch on Costa Rica's longline fisheries in the last decade was not a commercial fish species. It was olive ridley sea turtles. These lines also caught more green turtles than most species of fish. These findings and more,...
 
Cold, Salty And Promiscuous -- Gene-Shuffling Microbes Dominate Antarctica's Deep Lake; 'There Is So Much Stuff In There'
Walnut Creek, California - Sep 30, 2013 20:50 EST

Sequestered in Antarctica's Vestfold Hills, Deep Lake became isolated from the ocean 3,500 years ago by the Antarctic continent rising, resulting in a saltwater ecosystem that remains liquid in extreme cold, and providing researchers a unique niche for studying the...
 
Scientists: Deep Sea Ecosystem May Take Decades To Recover From Deepwater Horizon Spill
Reno, Nevada - Sep 28, 2013 19:04 EST

The deep-sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010's Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the spill's impacts, according to a scientific paper...
 
Researchers: Future Sea Level Rises Should Not Restrict New Island Formation In The Maldives
Exeter, Devon - Sep 28, 2013 18:55 EST

The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. Islands like the Maldives are considered likely to be the first to feel the effects of...
 
Tick Tock: Researchers Find Marine Animals With At Least 2 Internal Clocks; 'A Major Breakthrough For Biology'
Vienna, Austria - Sep 28, 2013 18:51 EST

Animals living in marine environments keep to their schedules with the aid of multiple independent—and, in at least some cases, interacting—internal clocks. The findings, presented by two research groups in papers appearing in the Cell Press journals Current Biology and...
 
Breathing Underwater: Researchers Uncover Evidence Of Microscopic Life In Oceanic Crust
East Boothbay, Maine - Sep 28, 2013 18:43 EST

Although long thought to be devoid of life, the bottom of the deep ocean is now known to harbor entire ecosystems teeming with microbes. Scientists have recently documented that oxygen is disappearing from seawater circulating through deep oceanic crust, a...
 
Research Reveals Bottom Side-Roll Feeding Techniques Of Tagged Humpback Whales
Durham, New Hampshire - Sep 26, 2013 21:07 EST

New NOAA-led research on tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary reveals a variety of previously unknown feeding techniques along the seafloor. Rather than a single bottom feeding behavior, the whales show three distinct feeding approaches: simple side-rolls,...
 
IPCC Report: Oceans Are Shielding Humanity From Impacts Of Climate Change
Oxford, England - Sep 26, 2013 20:44 EST

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that the ocean is shielding humanity from climate change impacts at significant cost to its own health, says the Global Ocean Commission. The UN's climate change assessment panel found...
 
Study: Urban Fish Masculinized By Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals
Davis, California - Sep 25, 2013 23:34 EST

It's a man's world for fish in a San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Silverside fish collected from an urban beach in Suisun Marsh were more masculinized, but with smaller and less healthy gonads, than were neighboring silversides swimming near a cattle ranch...
 
Scientists: Mantas, Devil Rays Butchered For Apothecary Trade Now Identifiable
Seattle, Washington - Sep 19, 2013 18:36 EST

Since dried filters from the mouths of filter-feeding rays hit apothecary shop menus in Asia – the thought being that eating ground-up filters will cleanse one's liver – there's been no way to know which of these gentle-natured rays...
 
Study: Stronger Winds Explain Puzzling Growth Of Sea Ice In Antarctica; 'The Ice Just Survives Longer'
Seatlle, Washington - Sep 18, 2013 17:56 EST

Much attention is paid to melting sea ice in the Arctic. But less clear is the situation on the other side of the planet. Despite warmer air and oceans, there's more sea ice in Antarctica now than in the 1970s...
 
Plankton Portal To Use Crowd-Sourcing To Classify Strange Oceanic Creatures; 'Human Eye' Needed
Miami, Florida - Sep 17, 2013 17:39 EST

Today, an online citizen-science project launches called "Plankton Portal" was created by researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science...
 
Scientists: Achilles' Heel Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Is Beneath The Water, Accounting For 90% Loss In Some Areas
Bristol, UK - Sep 15, 2013 17:46 EST

New research has revealed that more ice leaves Antarctica by melting from the underside of submerged ice shelves than was previously thought, accounting for as much as 90 per cent of ice loss in some areas. Iceberg production and melting causes...
 
Researchers: Viruses Associated With Coral Epidemic Of 'White Plague'
Corvallis, Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 18:08 EST

They call it the "white plague," and like its black counterpart from the Middle Ages, it conjures up visions of catastrophic death, with a cause that was at first uncertain even as it led to widespread destruction – on marine...
 
Unprecedented Rate And Scale Of Ocean Acidification Found In The Arctic; Melted Sea Ice 'Adds Fuel To Fire'
Tampa, Florida - Sep 13, 2013 17:54 EST

Acidification of the Arctic Ocean is occurring faster than projected according to new findings published in the journal PLoS One. The increase in rate is being blamed on rapidly melting sea ice, a process that may have important consequences for...
 
Study: 'Harmless' Fukushima Radioactive Plume To Reach United States In 3 Years
Sydney, Australia - Aug 29, 2013 19:15 EST

The radioactive ocean plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster will reach the shores of the US within three years from the date of the incident but is likely to be harmless according to new paper in the journal...
 
AC Or DC? 2 Newly Described Electric Fish From The Amazon Are Wired Differently
Ithaca, New York - Aug 28, 2013 20:55 EST

Much as human siblings can have vastly different personalities despite their similar resemblance and genetics, two closely related species of electric fish from the Amazon produce very different electric signals. These species, new to science, are described in the open...
 
Research: 'Zombie Fish' Can Reproduce Long After Death; 'Stored Sperm' A First For Vertebrates
Riverside, California - Aug 27, 2013 20:48 EST

Performing experiments in a river in Trinidad, a team of evolutionary biologists has found that male guppies continue to reproduce for at least ten months after they die, living on as stored sperm in females, who have much longer lifespans...
 
Crocodile Confession: Meat-Eating Predators Sometimes Consume Fruit; 'Appears Widespread'
New York, New York - Aug 22, 2013 17:53 EST

It turns out that alligators do not live on meat alone. Neither do Nile crocodiles. A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that the American alligator and a dozen other crocodile species enjoy an occasional taste of...
 
Torpedo Shot From USS Iowa In 1899 Surfaces; 'Several Museums Are Interested'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 20, 2013 19:16 EST

Naval History and Heritage Command's (NHHC) Underwater Archeology Branch (UAB) dove into the history of a recently-discovered late-19th century No. 24 Howell Torpedo, Aug. 9, and they scored a direct hit. "We started looking through SECNAV (Secretary of the Navy)...
 
Research: Tiny Fish Make Big 'Eye' To Distract Predator, Boosting Chances Of Survival
Queensland, Australia - Aug 19, 2013 19:00 EST

Small prey fish can grow a bigger 'eye' on their rear fins as a way of distracting predators and dramatically boosting their chances of survival, new scientific research has found. Researchers from Australia's ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies...
 
Study: 'Ray' Wings Sold To Consumers Include Vulnerable Species And Can Be Mislabeled
Manchester, England - Aug 13, 2013 20:07 EST

Genetic testing by DNA Barcoding, has revealed which species are sold under the commercial term 'ray wings' in Ireland and the UK. The blonde ray, given the lowest rating for sustainability in the marine conservation society's good fish guide, was...
 
Researchers Look For Answer To The Question: Do Fish Really Feel Pain
Berlin, Germany - Aug 9, 2013 19:06 EST

Fish do not feel pain the way humans do. That is the conclusion drawn by an international team of researchers consisting of neurobiologists, behavioral ecologists and fishery scientists. One contributor to the landmark study was Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus of...
 
Researchers: Dolphins Keep Lifelong Social Memories, Longest In A Non-Human Species; 'Consistent With Humans'
Chicago, Illinois - Aug 8, 2013 17:03 EST

Dolphins can recognize their old tank mates' whistles after being separated for more than 20 years — the longest social memory ever recorded for a non-human species. The remarkable memory feat is another indication that dolphins have a level of cognitive...
 
Explorer Trains In Exosuit, New Advanced Diving System That Can Reach 1000 Feet; 'Working In A New Frontier'
Providence, Rhode Island - Aug 7, 2013 19:51 EST

Ocean Opportunity, a Rhode Island based not for profit organization, is pleased to announce that its founder, Rhode Island native Michael Lombardi recently became among the first to train in the new deep diving system called the Exosuit. The Exosuit is...
 
U.S. Navy Ships Participate In Marine Mammal Studies Of Sonar Responses
Washington, D.C. - Aug 7, 2013 19:11 EST

Independent researchers working in coordination with the Navy ships USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) conducted ground-breaking marine mammal behavioral response studies (BRSs) on the Navy's Southern California Offshore Range in July. The studies occurred July...
 
2013 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced; Over $75,000 In Prizes Will Be Awarded
Santa Monica, California - Aug 6, 2013 20:26 EST

Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for the Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013. There are over $75,000 worth of prizes, including over 35 liveaboard and scuba diving resort packages, dive equipment, and much more. Grand...
 
Bite Back: Shark Scientists Urge Media To Use New Labels In Reporting Shark 'Attacks'
Phoenix, Arizona - Aug 5, 2013 18:07 EST

The American Elasmobranch Society (AES), the leading society of shark researchers in the U.S., is calling upon the Associated Press, Reuters and other media outlets to update their guidelines for editors and reporters to support more accurate stories on shark-human...
 
Odyssey Marine Recovers Record 1.8 Million Ounces Of Silver From Shipwreck Three Miles Deep
Tampa, Florida - Jul 22, 2013 22:24 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, has recovered over 61 tons of silver bullion this month from a depth of nearly three miles. This recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship...
 
Study: Manatees Are Touchy-Feely To The Extreme; 'We Needed To Put Their Senses To The Test'
Sarasota, Florida - Jul 18, 2013 16:25 EST

Manatees can feel water movements thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair — an ability that makes them one of the most touch-sensitive mammals on Earth — according to a new study led by scientists at...
 
Study: Deepwater Horizon Debris As Likely Source Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Sheens; 'Fundamental Science Finds A Real World Application'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 16, 2013 21:28 EST

A chemical analysis of oil sheens found floating recently at the ocean's surface near the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster indicates that the source is pockets of oil trapped within the wreckage of the sunken rig. Both the Macondo...
 
Scientists Model Long-Term Sea-Level Rise In Response To Warming Of Planet; 2.3 Meters Per Degree Celsius Rise
Corvallis, Oregon - Jul 15, 2013 23:32 EST

A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms. This international study is one of the first to combine...
 


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