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2009-03-25 09:53:01

Children of baby boomers aren't the only ones who have taken to setting up home far from where their parents live. A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences documents how larval dispersal connects marine fish populations in a network of marine protected areas "“ information that is critical for fisheries managers. "What this study does for the first time is to demonstrate that a percentage of larvae spawned on one marine reserve actually make...

2009-03-04 07:30:00

--Marine-based technologies target new and existing markets in ocean energy, aquaculture, and environmental technologies-- WOODS HOLE, Mass., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Regional Technology Development Corp. (RTDC) of Cape Cod announced jointly today the signing of a technology transfer and entrepreneurial services agreement designed to accelerate the transfer of WHOI technology innovations to the marketplace. The alliance is a unique...

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2009-01-27 11:00:00

Immortalized by the blockbuster 2005 movie "March of the Penguins," the emperor penguin is in grave danger of becoming extinct before the end of the century, say Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers. Founded on predictions of melting sea ice from climate change numbers, the penguins will most likely see their figures dive by 95% by 2100. The five researchers, including WHOI biologists Stephanie Jenouvrier and Hal Caswell, took mathematical models to calculate the outcome...

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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...

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2008-02-25 10:35:00

The beautiful black, white and yellow butterflyfish, much admired by eco-tourists, divers and aquarium keepers alike, may be at risk of extinction, scientists have warned.The case of the Chevroned Butterflyfish is a stark example of how human pressure on the world's coral reefs is confronting certain species with "Ëœblind alleys' from which they may be unable to escape, says Dr Morgan Pratchett of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.In a...

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2006-02-21 07:28:22

Woods Hole -- Scientists have found evidence that tropical Atlantic Ocean temperatures may have once reached 107°F (42°C) -- about 25°F (14°C) higher than ocean temperatures today and warmer than a hot tub. The surprisingly high ocean temperatures, the warmest estimates to date for any place on Earth, occurred millions of year ago when carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere were also high, but researchers say they may be an indication that greenhouse gases could heat the...

2005-08-26 19:46:34

For the first time, scientists have produced images of the oceanic crust and found that the upper and lower layers of the crust are likely formed from different magma pools. The images begin to answer some lingering questions about where new ocean crust comes from and whether it is all formed the same way. Geophysicists Robert Detrick and Juan-Pablo Canales of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues used reflected seismic, or sound, waves to successfully image the structure...

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2005-03-30 15:15:00

Tilt is a 100,000-year planetary pacemaker Woods Hole -- Scientists have long debated what causes glacial/interglacial cycles, which have occurred most recently at intervals of about 100,000 years. A new study reported in the March 24 issue of Nature finds that these glacial cycles are paced by variations in the tilt of Earth's axis, and that glaciations end when Earth's tilt is large. With more than 30 explanations proposed for these glacial cycles, researchers at the Woods Hole...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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