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2008-05-06 17:28:49

The thirteen buoys of the Right Whale Listening Network listen for endangered right whales crossing shipping channels, and provide a warning to ships to slow down. The smart buoys were developed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The busy shipping lanes in Massachusetts Bay (and elsewhere along the east coast) have been the site of deadly collisions between the gentle whales and merchant ships. The Right Whale Listening Network uses...

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2008-04-28 14:40:00

Endangered North Atlantic right whales are safer along Massachusetts Bay's busy shipping lanes this spring, thanks to a new system of smart buoys. The buoys recognize whales' distinctive calls and route the information to a public Web site and a marine warning system, giving ships the chance to avoid deadly collisions.The 10-buoy Right Whale Listening Network - developed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - is arriving barely in time for the beleaguered...

2008-01-09 06:00:00

MIAMI -- The recent development of daytime recreational deep-dropping in South Florida is a double-edged swordfishery, according to participants. Catching big swordfish under the sun has been a huge boon to the charter boat industry and the recreational community. However, the practice has spawned fears among some of overfishing a valuable resource only recently bouncing back from collapse in the 1980s. "Now the cat is out of the bag," said captain Richard Stanczyk, owner of Bud `n'...

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2007-08-03 09:20:00

ST. PETERSBURG -- Catching a wave never looked like this. The waves along Florida's coastline might be used in the future to generate electricity for homes and businesses in coastal states such as Florida and elsewhere. At least that's the vision of SRI International, a Silicon Valley-based firm that, for the next month, plans to test a new technology designed to produce power from ocean waves. SRI has offices in St. Petersburg at the University of South Florida's Knight Oceanographic...

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2006-11-22 19:20:00

PITTSBURGH -- Researchers are hoping to develop a network of ocean-floor and mobile sensors that would help detect tsunamis in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The low-cost devices would complement existing deep-water tsunami-detection buoys, providing measurements and analysis of seismic movements more quickly and accurately than the buoys alone, said Louise Comfort, a University of Pittsburgh professor working on the project. They would offer greater coverage of the oceans by filling in large...

2006-07-29 20:20:47

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tsunami that killed more than 600 people on Java island less than two weeks ago will weigh on a group of global weather scientists when they meet in Indonesia this week to discuss a system aimed at reducing such deaths. The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System was formed after the December 26, 2004 tsunami that killed around 230,000 in a dozen Indian Ocean nations. With the tragedy...

2005-11-17 04:40:00

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has activated the first stage of a tsunami early warning system off the coast of Sumatra to prevent a repeat of last year's huge quake-triggered waves that left 170,000 people dead or missing, officials said on Thursday. Indonesian and German scientists installed two buoys and planted a pressure sensor on the seabottom off the coast of western Sumatra this week as part of a five-year plan to prepare the country's vulnerable coastlines for tsunamis, they said. "The buoys...

2005-08-23 15:00:22

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to put sensors on oil rigs and weather buoys to spot security threats at sea and may use satellites, unmanned planes and commercial jets to monitor ships as far as 2,000 nautical miles away. Rear Admiral Joseph Nimmich, a top Coast Guard official, said the steps would be part of efforts to thwart any seaborne attacks by al Qaeda or other militant groups by detecting threats early and "moving the...

2005-08-08 17:04:09

(Washington, DC "¢ 08/04/05) "“ Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory - Stennis Space Center (NRL-SSC) measured a record-size ocean wave when the eye of Hurricane Ivan passed over NRL moorings deployed last May in the Gulf of Mexico. The possibility of a super wave is often suggested by anecdotal evidence such as damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004 to an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico that was nearly 80 feet above the ocean surface. Hence, some of the...

2005-07-29 06:31:55

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Disaster early warning towers will be in place across southeast Asia in time for the first anniversary of the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, the United Nations said Friday. The U.N Development Program said it would build five equipment-packed monitoring towers off the coasts of Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines with the help of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). The $500,000 project should minimise the risk of...