Oceans
What's killing sea otters? Scientists pinpoint parasite strain  PHYS.ORG · 37 minutes
Many wild southern sea otters in California are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, yet the infection is fatal for only a fraction of sea otters, which has long puzzled the scientific... more
NASA's aqua satellite finds a weaker Chantal, now a depression  PHYS.ORG · 1 hour
Over the last day, winds outside of Tropical Storm Chantal have been weakening the storm in the North Atlantic Ocean. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the storm... more
Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 hour
An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase. more
The slow earthquake spectrum in the Japan Trench illuminated by the S-net seafloor observatories  Science Magazine · 2 hours
Investigating slow earthquake activity in subduction zones provides insight into the slip behavior of megathrusts, which can provide important clues... more
Climate change will alter waves along half the world's coast  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 hours
New research finds that a warming planet will also alter ocean waves along more than 50% of the world's coastlines. This research has significant implications for coastal flooding... more
NASA finds Tropical Depression Bailu forms east of Philippines  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured an image of newly developed Tropical Depression Bailu, east of the Philippines. more
Switching on the Atlantic heat pump  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
34 million years ago, the warm greenhouse climate of the dinosaur age ended, and the colder icehouse climate of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first, and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, the global... more
Brain finds order amidst chaos  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 hours
How does the brain find order amidst a sea of noise and chaos? Researchers have found the answer by using advanced simulation techniques to investigate the way neurons talk to each other. They found that by working as... more
Expert discusses the truth about plastic  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
Plastic continues to make big news, especially in Connecticut where a single-use plastic bag fee took effect on August 1st. With estimates of 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic finding its way to the world's... more
Washing laundry may be an underappreciated source of microplastic pollution  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Concerns over plastic in the ocean are growing in recent years. About 2.41 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, including approximately 15,000 plastic bags... more
NASA sees a lopsided Atlantic Tropical Storm Chantal form  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
NASA's Aqua satellite provided a view of newly formed Tropical Storm Chantal in the North Atlantic Ocean. The image revealed that the storm formed despite being battered by outside winds. more
Switching on the Atlantic Ocean heat pump  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 hours
34 million years ago the warm 'greenhouse climate' of the dinosaur age ended and the colder 'icehouse climate' of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation,... more
Satellite sees Eastern Pacific Depression 10E form  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Tropical Depression 10E has formed in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the GOES-West satellite caught its formation far from the Baja Peninsula. more
Salt deposits on Mars hold clues to sources of ancient water  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
For centuries, miners have burrowed into the earth in search of salt—laid down in thick layers from ancient oceans long since evaporated. When scientists saw huge... more
Breakthroughs seen in artificial eye and muscle technology  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
Inspired by the human eye, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an adaptive metalens that is essentially a flat, electronically controlled artificial... more
Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel's passion for plastic  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
In the early morning, when the only sound on Tel Aviv beach is the waves, Yosef Salman and his team pick up plastic debris left by bathers or... more
The Titanic Shipwreck Is Collapsing into Rust, First Visit in 14 Years Reveals  LIVE SCIENCE · 23 hours
The wreck of the Titanic is rapidly disintegrating into the sea, but our hearts will go on. more
Ocean temperatures turbocharge April tornadoes over Great Plains region  SCIENCE DAILY · 23 hours
Do climate shifts influence tornados over North America? New research found that Pacific and Atlantic ocean temperatures in April can influence large-scale weather patterns as well as the frequency of... more
In the Santa Barbara Channel, an underwater sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The taut rope that was lowering an underwater listening station to the ocean's floor collapsed on... more
Ocean temperatures turbocharge April tornadoes over Great Plains region  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
New research, published in the journal Science Advances, has found that unusual ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic can drastically increase April tornado occurrences over the Great Plains... more
Weakening Atlantic Nino-Pacific connection under greenhouse warming  Science Magazine · 1 day
Sea surface temperature variability in the equatorial eastern Atlantic, which is referred to as an Atlantic Niño (Niña) at its warm (cold) phase and peaks in boreal summer, dominates the interannual variability in the... more
North American April tornado occurrences linked to global sea surface temperature anomalies  Science Magazine · 1 day
Annual tornado occurrences over North America display large interannual variability and a statistical linkage to sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies. However, the underlying physical... more
Newly-Discovered Microbe Turns Oil into Methane  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
Methanoliparia, a species of archaea from deep-sea oil seeps of the Gulf of Mexico, splits long-chain hydrocarbons into methane and carbon dioxide, according to... more
Monitoring CO2 leakage sites on the ocean floor  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed could be an important strategy for mitigating climate change, according to some experts. However, scientists need a reliable way to monitor such sites for... more
Experts discuss food security from oceans  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The world will have an additional 2 billion people to feed over the next 30 years—and doing that without decimating the planet's resources will require exploring as many options as possible. Yet, a significant option—seafood—is often... more
NASA Confirms Europa Clipper Mission  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission is moving toward completion of its final design, followed by the construction and testing of the solar-powered spacecraft and science payload. “We... more
Monitoring CO2 leakage sites on the ocean floor  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed could be an important strategy for mitigating climate change, according to some experts. However, scientists need a reliable way to monitor such sites for... more
Oceanographer reveals link between subseafloor life and global climate  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
University of Rhode Island oceanographer Steven D"Hondt and his collaborators have studied the microbial life that lives deep beneath the seafloor—including the rate at which it breathes and how much... more
Researchers adopting global approach to studying microplastics and microfibers  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Scientists at UC San Diego are working to understand plastic degradation in the ocean, particularly smaller particles called microplastics and related microfibers. more
Century-old fish scales reveals startling decline in salmon populations  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Researchers drawing on 100-year-old sources of salmon data have found that recent returns of wild adult sockeye salmon to the Skeena River—Canada's second largest salmon watershed— are 75 percent lower... more
Origin of massive methane reservoir identified  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published Aug. 19, 2019, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane—methane formed by chemical reactions that... more
Study reveals profound patterns in globally important algae  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A globally important ocean algae is mysteriously scarce in one of the most productive regions of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new paper in Deep Sea Research I. A massive dataset... more
Profound patterns in globally important algae  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A globally important ocean algae is mysteriously scarce in one of the most productive regions of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new article. A massive dataset has revealed patterns in the regions where Atlantic coccolithophores... more
Mathematical framework turns any sheet of material into any shape using kirigami cuts  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a mathematical framework that can turn... more
Stone Age boat building site has been discovered underwater  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers have discovered a new 8,000 year old structure 11 meters below sea level on the Isle of Wight. It is the most intact, wooden Middle Stone Age structure ever... more
Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. more
A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers have developed a battery-free underwater communication system that uses near-zero power to transmit sensor data. The system could be used to monitor sea temperatures to study climate change and track marine life over long periods... more
Climate change may change the way ocean waves impact 50% of the world's coastlines  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The rise in sea levels is not the only way climate change will affect the coasts. Our research, published today... more
Designing new ways to make use of ocean plastic  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Beachcombing has long been a part of life for island communities. On the southwestern edge of Scarp, a small, treeless island off the coast of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides,... more
All-in-one: New microbe degrades oil to gas  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Crude oil and gas naturally escape from the seabed in many places known as "seeps." There, these hydrocarbons move up from source rocks through fractures and sediments toward the surface, where they leak out... more
Boosting computing power for the future of particle physics  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new machine learning technology tested by an international team of scientists including MIT Assistant Professor Philip Harris and postdoc Dylan Rankin, both of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, can... more
Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase. The decision... more
Making biominerals: Nature's recipe is old, evolved more than once  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In recent years, scientists have teased out many of the secrets of biomineralization, the process by which sea urchins grow spines, mollusks build their shells and corals make... more
New study offers roadmap for detecting changes in the ocean due to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Sea temperature and ocean acidification have climbed during the last three decades to levels beyond what is expected due to... more
Team draws inspiration from natural marvels to make new materials  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A tiny bristle worm, wriggling around the ocean, can extend its jaw outside its mouth to ensnare its prey. The worm's shape-shifting jaw, stiff at the base and... more
Roadmap for detecting changes in ocean due to climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
When will we see significant changes in the ocean due to climate change? A new study finds that some changes are noticeable already, while others will take up... more
Researchers discover prehistoric shark species  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Two South Carolina researchers have discovered a species of prehistoric shark, along with dozens of other fossils from prehistoric sea creatures. more
Fukushima disaster: Key takeaways 8 years later  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In March and April of 2011 the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster resulted in what was the largest ever accidental release of radioactive material into the ocean. Zofia Baumann, assistant professor of marine sciences,... more
Ocean warming has fisheries on the move, helping some but hurting more  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Climate change has been steadily warming the ocean, which absorbs most of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, for 100 years.... more
Singapore to bolster coastal defences against rising sea levels: PM  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Singapore needs at least $72 billion to build defences against rising sea levels, its leader said Sunday as the low-lying city-state gears up against the impact of climate... more
Beloved baby dugong 'Mariam' dies in Thailand with plastic in stomach  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A sick baby dugong whose fight for recovery won hearts in Thailand and cast a spotlight on ocean conservation has died from an infection exacerbated by... more
Satellite view of tropical storm Krosa transition in sea of Japan  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Tropical Storm Krosa continued to erode after it moved into the Sea of Japan and satellite data showed it as a ragged and shapeless storm on... more
Arctic sea ice loaded with microplastics  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
At first glance, it looks like hard candy laced with flecks of fake fruit, or a third grader's art project confected from recycled debris. more
Critics: Oregon courts disaster with new tsunami-zone law  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. more
Early species developed much faster than previously thought  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
When Earth's species were rapidly diversifying nearly 500 million years ago, that evolution was driven by complex factors including global cooling, more oxygen in the atmosphere, and more nutrients in the oceans.... more
Early species developed much faster than previously thought, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
When Earth's species were rapidly diversifying nearly 500 million years ago, that evolution was driven by complex factors including global cooling, more oxygen in the atmosphere, and more... more
July 2019 hottest month on record for planet: NOAA  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday, while satellite data showed polar ice shrank to its lowest levels. more
Warmer winters are changing the makeup of water in Black Sea  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Warmer winters are starting to alter the structure of the Black Sea, which could foreshadow how ocean compositions might shift from future climate change, according to... more
Warmer winters are changing the makeup of water in Black Sea  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Warmer winters are starting to alter the structure of the Black Sea, which could foreshadow how ocean compositions might shift from future climate change, according to... more
Comment on "Impacts of historical warming on marine fisheries production"  Science Magazine · 1 week
Free et al. (Reports, 1 March 2019, p. 979) linked sea surface temperature (SST) to surplus production and estimated a 4% decline in maximum sustainable yield (MSY) since... more
July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic... more
Superdeep diamonds confirm ancient reservoir deep under Earth's surface  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Analyses show that gases found in microscopic inclusions in diamonds come from a stable subterranean reservoir at least as old as the Moon, hidden more than 410 km below sea... more
Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A survey of offshore installations extracting oil and natural gas in the North Sea revealed far more leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, than currently... more
An autonomous vehicle coupled with a robotic laboratory proves its worth  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Every drop of seawater contains thousands of cells that can reveal the diversity of life in our ocean. Using a self-contained robotic laboratory and an autonomous... more
Scientists discover abundance of plastic built up in sea ice collected in the Arctic's Northwest Passage  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A research team, led by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, recently returning... more
Microplastic drifting down with the snow  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in sea-water, drinking water, and even in animals. But these minute particles are also transported by the atmosphere and subsequently washed out of the air,... more
UNH technology helps map the way to solve mystery of pilot Amelia Earhart  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers from the University of New Hampshire's Marine School are part of the crew, led by National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard, that... more
Deglacial grounding-line retreat in the Ross Embayment, Antarctica, controlled by ocean and atmosphere forcing  Science Magazine · 1 week
Modern observations appear to link warming oceanic conditions with Antarctic ice sheet grounding-line retreat. Yet, interpretations of past ice sheet... more
Scientists make first observation of fish schooling using bioluminescent flashes  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study is the first to demonstrate that schooling in fishes can be facilitated by bioluminescent flashes in the absence of ambient light. Led by researchers at... more
Smoke from Africa fertilizes the Amazon and tropical ocean regions with soluble phosphorous  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study reveals that soluble phosphorus that fertilizes the Amazon, as well as the Tropical Atlantic and Southern oceans, is deposited... more
Sunscreens release metals and nutrients into seawater  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Beachgoers are becoming increasingly aware of the potentially harmful effects UV filters from sunscreens can have on coral and other marine organisms when the protective lotions wash off their bodies into the ocean. Now,... more
New study reveals unique dietary strategy of a tropical marine sponge  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Research conducted at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) on a marine sponge in Kāneʻohe Bay,... more
The demand for luxury shellfish is polluting the ocean with plastic  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The federal government has taken action recently to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on land and in oceans, rivers and lakes. more
Sunscreens release metals and nutrients into seawater  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Beachgoers are becoming increasingly aware of the potentially harmful effects UV filters from sunscreens can have on coral and other marine organisms when the protective lotions wash off their bodies into the ocean. Now,... more
Arctic Ocean could have no September sea ice if global average temperatures increase by 2 degrees  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Arctic sea ice could disappear completely through September each summer if average global temperatures increase by... more
Studying largest impact crater in the US, buried for 35 million years  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile diameter crater... more
Researchers study largest impact crater in the US, buried for 35 million years  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile... more
Arctic could be iceless in September if temps increase 2 degrees  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Arctic sea ice could disappear completely through September each summer if average global temperatures increase by as little as 2 degrees, according to a new study. more
Human impacts on oceans nearly doubled in recent decade  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Over the recent decade, total human impacts to the world's oceans have, on average, nearly doubled and could double again in the next decade without adequate action. more
NASA finds Henriette fading  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Infrared imagery from NASA's Terra satellite found just a few scattered areas of cold clouds in the Eastern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Depression Henriette on August 13. more
NASA sees wide center in tropical storm Krosa  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a good shot of the wide, ragged center of circulation in Tropical Storm Krosa. more
Making the case for managing the ocean's twilight zone  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Sustainable management of open-ocean marine life should extend to the ocean midwater, argue MBARI President and CEO Chris Scholin and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution President and Director Mark Abbott in... more
Climate change is turning Florida's sea turtles female. How long can these species survive?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Two dozen tiny leatherback turtles swam around in small tanks, attached by fishing lines to a system that kept them... more
DNA tests of UK waters could help catch invasive species early  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A team of scientists from the University of Southampton, Bangor University and the National Oceanography Centre have discovered several artificially introduced species in the coastal waters... more
Scientists link climate change to melting in West Antarctica  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study has for the first time presented solid evidence that human-caused global warming is linked to melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Scientists already knew that periodically... more
Icebergs delay Southern Hemisphere future warming, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Future warming can accelerate the disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet. A large fraction of the ice will enter the Southern Ocean in form of icebergs, which melt and provide a... more
First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have discovered that the building blocks of proteins can stabilize cell membranes. This finding may explain how the first cells emerged from the... more
Study examines a million corals one by one in urgent call to save reefs  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have completed a landmark study on how to save coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. more
NASA-NOAA satellite views massive Tropical Storm Krosa  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tropical Storm Krosa is a large tropical cyclone. When NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, it captured a visible image of the massive storm. more
NASA measures rain rate in tiny Tropical Storm Henrietta  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tiny Tropical Storm Henrietta is the newest addition to the tropical cyclone line-up in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The storm developed early on Aug. 12 and soon after the GPM... more
Arctic sea-ice loss has 'minimal influence' on severe cold winter weather  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change has only a 'minimal influence' on severe cold winter weather across Asia and North America, new... more
Cigarette butts pose big microplastic hazard in the oceans  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
You've seen it before: A driver idling at a stoplight flicks a cigarette butt out the window or a worker during a smoking break drops one to the sidewalk. more
NASA finds deadly Lekima's remnants over China  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible picture of the remnant clouds of deadly former Typhoon Lekima over eastern China. more
Divers Find 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard Near Tiny Greek Island  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Ancient sailors courted adventure and risked death on the Aegean Sea, as shown in five 2,000-year-old shipwrecks and a giant, granite anchor pole found near the Greek island of Levitha. more
Arctic sea-ice loss has 'minimal influence' on severe cold winter weather, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change has only a "minimal influence" on severe cold winter weather across Asia... more
How to make a better water filter? Turn it inside out  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
More than 800 million people lack access to clean and safe water. Recent advances in water filtration technology have created new ways to filter water and... more
Tug of war around gravity  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the summer of 2009, theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde had a brainwave that developed into a radical new idea about gravity and the universe as an ocean of information. Ten years later, the last word about this has... more
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