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Three Times More Mercury In Upper Ocean Since Industrial Revolution: Study
2014-08-07 03:05:46

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Although the days of odd behavior among hat makers are a thing of the past, the dangers mercury poses to humans and the environment persist today. Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such distinctly human enterprises as burning coal and making cement. Estimates of "bioavailable" mercury—forms of the element that can be taken up by animals and humans—play an important role in everything from drafting an...

whale shark
2014-08-05 06:11:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The largest fish in the world, at more than 30 feet long, are the whale sharks. Researchers have gained a rare look into the world of these behemoths with a newly-discovered aggregation of juvenile whale sharks off the coast of Saudi Arabia. An international collaboration of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Massachusetts Division of...

deepwater horizon
2014-07-17 05:07:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When the Deepwater Horizon released about 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, 1.84 million gallons of chemical dispersants were pumped into the Gulf to break up the oil and eliminate oil slicks across the surface of the water. Now, researchers from Haverford College and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found evidence that the chemical dispersant used, called DOSS, is still in the Gulf ecosystem...

2014-07-16 23:02:06

Thirteen undergraduate students from colleges across the country join renowned science and policy experts in SEA Semester's unprecedented research voyage. Woods Hole, MA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 Daily Eexpedition Blog Posts: http://www.sea.edu/PIPA_Blog New England-based SEA Semester's ocean research vessel arrived Monday night in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) of the remote central Pacific. The 134 foot brigantine tall ship departed Honolulu on July 1, sailing over 1,600...

Chilean Devil Rays Found To Be Among The Deepest Sea Divers
2014-07-02 07:30:09

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have always believed that Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) mostly lived near the ocean's surface because they are most often observed gliding through shallow, warm waters. According to a new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), that might not be the case. Their findings, published in Nature Communications, show that these are actually among the deepest-diving ocean animals. "So little is known...

Analyzing The Role Of The Ocean In Greenland Ice Sheet Melting
2014-06-24 06:51:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has increased four-fold over the past four decades, and while warmer atmospheric conditions are to blame for increased melting at the glacier’s surface, scientists now report that oceans play a vital role in how quickly the ice sheet will melt and how much total mass will be lost. According to researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Oregon,...

Biomarkers May Determine How Long Oil Lingers In The Environment
2014-06-13 12:40:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill isn’t visible on the surface of the ocean, it continues to wash ashore in the form of small “patties” of oil and sand. In an attempt to analyze and learn about this oil, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts have developed a system for determining the source and fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment, according to a new report...

How Do Phytoplankton Survive When A Critical Nutrient Is Hard To Find?
2014-06-06 03:50:45

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution New study up-ends conventional wisdom Phytoplankton—tiny, photosynthetic organisms—are essential to life on Earth, supplying us with roughly half the oxygen we breathe. Like all other life forms, phytoplankton require the element phosphorus to carry out critical cellular activity, but in some parts of the world’s ocean, P is in limited supply. How do phytoplankton survive when phosphorus is difficult to find? Phytoplankton can alter...

Hearing Tested In Bristol Bay Beluga Whale Population
2014-05-15 03:52:01

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The ocean is an increasingly industrialized space. Shipping, fishing, and recreational vessels, oil and gas exploration and other human activities all increase noise levels in the ocean and make it more difficult for marine mammals to hear and potentially diminish their range of hearing. “Hearing is the main way marine mammals find their way around the ocean,” said Aran Mooney, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). It’s...

WHOI's Nereus remotely operated vehicle
2014-05-12 05:07:47

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Scientists think Nereus imploded exploring the Kermadec Trench On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned vehicle was working as part of a mission to explore the ocean's hadal region from 6,000 to nearly 11,000 meters deep. Scientists say a portion of it likely...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.