Oceans
HI-SEAS Receives NASA Grant to Complete Research  ASTRO WATCH · 16 hours
NASA has approved a restart of a $1-million grant to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation... more
New undersea maps lead to hydrothermal vent and species discoveries  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
A spectacular new hydrothermal vent field, named JaichMatt, has been discovered during an expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's R/V Falkor. The vents were identified using Monterey Bay Aquarium... more
Five new species of sea slugs found in the ocean depths  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
When you think of sea slugs, you might envision dark, slimy relatives of the slugs you see in your garden. But one group of sea slugs,... more
Indian ocean may be more disruptive to tropical climate than previously believed  SCIENCE DAILY · 22 hours
The Indian Ocean played a far greater role in driving climate change during the last ice age than previously believed and may disrupt climate... more
US Navy's Secrecy Likely Stalled Ocean Science Progress for Decades  LIVE SCIENCE · 23 hours
When the U.S. Navy classified vital seafloor data during World War II and after, it delayed the development of a key theory. more
Arctic Report Card Documents 'Cascading Effects' Of Warming Ocean Temperatures  NPR · 2 days
The U.S. government says warming ocean temperatures and melting ice has resulted in the "most unprecedented transition in history" in the Arctic, leading to extreme weather events across... more
Why deep oceans gave life to the first big, complex organisms  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Why did the first big, complex organisms spring to life in deep, dark oceans where food was scarce? A new study finds great depths provided a... more
The mysterious long-range transport of giant mineral dust particles  Science Magazine · 2 days
Giant mineral dust particles (>75 μm in diameter) found far from their source have long puzzled scientists. These wind-blown particles affect the atmosphere’s radiation balance, clouds, and the ocean carbon... more
Indian ocean may be more disruptive to tropical climate than previously believed  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Indian Ocean played a far greater role in driving climate change during the last ice age than previously believed and may disrupt climate... more
Glacial changes in tropical climate amplified by the Indian Ocean  Science Magazine · 2 days
The mechanisms driving glacial-interglacial changes in the climate of the Indo-Pacific warm pool are poorly understood. Here, we address this question by combining paleoclimate proxies with model simulations... more
Mapping the big blue: Laser-induced technology to help mineral exploration at oceanic depths  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have successfully measured zinc samples under deep-sea conditions. Their method could support sustainable extraction of raw seabed materials. more
Coral larvae found to prefer a noisy environment  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found that coral larvae prefer to set up a new home in a place noisy with other living organisms over a... more
Arctic Report Card tracks region's environmental changes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NOAA's annual report card on the Arctic, released today at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in Washington, D.C., measures the changing climate of the polar region including warmer air and ocean temperatures and... more
Secrets of iron storage in algae  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research shows that phytoplankton iron storage strategies may determine which species thrive in changing oceans and impact marine food webs, according to a recent article. The research examined two primary methods of iron storage and... more
Research unlocks secrets of iron storage in algae  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New research shows that phytoplankton iron storage strategies may determine which species thrive in changing oceans and impact marine food webs, according to a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National... more
Drones help map sea level rise  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Drones can be used to create low-cost and accurate 3-D maps of coastal areas, new research shows. The technique – developed by the University of Exeter – was tested at beaches where sea turtles nest, allowing... more
Arctic permafrost might contain 'sleeping giant' of world's carbon emissions  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As temperatures rise in the Arctic, permafrost, or frozen ground, is thawing. As it does, greenhouse gases trapped within it are being released into the atmosphere in the... more
Image: ICESat-2 reveals profile of ice sheets  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Less than three months into its mission, NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is already exceeding scientists' expectations. The satellite is measuring the height of sea ice to within an inch,... more
Cold-stunned turtles flown from New England to Florida Keys  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles rescued off New England's coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital. more
Nearly 200 Great Barrier Reef coral species also live in the deep sea  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 days
There are more coral species lurking in the deep ocean that previously thought. That could be good news for their shallow water... more
Small islands plead for action at UN climate talks  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Ministers from nations imperilled by rising seas and temperatures on Tuesday called for drastic action at UN climate talks deadlocked over a refusal by big polluters to embrace landmark environmental... more
Did supernovae kill off large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The effects of a supernova -- and possibly more than one -- on large ocean life like school-bus-sized Megalodon 2.6 million years ago are detailed in... more
ICESat-2 reveals profile of ice sheets, sea ice, forests  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
With each pass of the ICESat-2 satellite, the mission is adding to datasets tracking Earth's rapidly changing ice. more
Warming, sea-ice loss: Arctic Report Card tracks region's environmental changes  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
NOAA's annual report card on the Arctic, released today, shows that the Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded... more
In Photos: SpaceX's Dragon CRS-16 Cargo Launch and Rocket 'Water Landing'  SPACE.COM · 3 days
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon CRS-16 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station on Dec. 5, 2018. Then the booster failed to... more
Sea sponge study offers clues to how life adapts to harsh environments  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new study of modern sea sponges is beginning to tell us how early life forms such as sea sponges found ways to survive... more
More glaciers in East Antarctica are waking up  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
East Antarctica has the potential to reshape coastlines around the world through sea level rise, but scientists have long considered it more stable than its neighbor, West Antarctica. Now, new detailed NASA... more
ICESat-2 reveals profile of ice sheets, sea ice, forests  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Less than three months into its mission, NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is already exceeding scientists' expectations. The satellite is measuring the height of sea ice... more
Climate change will have region-specific impacts on human health, economy  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The Earth has already warmed approximately 1.7 degrees since 1901, the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) reports, and projected warming between 2.7 degrees and 3.6 degrees by 2100... more
A glimpse into future oceans  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Something peculiar is happening in the azure waters off the rocky cliffs of Ischia, Italy. There, streams of gas-filled volcanic bubbles rising up to the surface are radically changing life around them by making seawater acidic. Stanford researchers... more
Cities can grow without wrecking reefs and oceans. Here's how  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
"What happens if the water temperature rises by a few degrees?" is the 2018 International Year of the Reef leading question. While the ocean is the focus, urbanisation... more
Antarctic fauna threatened by human-spread pathogens in polar latitudes  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Antarctic fauna could be in danger due to pathogens humans spread in the southern ocean, according to a study led by Jacob González-Solís from the Faculty of Biology and the... more
Increased snowfall in Antarctica buffers sea-level rise  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A team of scientists from NASA and British Antarctic Survey (BAS), describes how analysis of 53 ice cores collected from across Antarctica reveals snowfall increased during the 20th century and mitigated sea-level rise by... more
Ocean fertilization by unusual microbes extends to frigid waters of Arctic Ocean  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Microbes that provide natural fertilizer to the oceans by "fixing" nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form useable by other organisms were once thought... more
Ocean fertilization by unusual microbes extends to frigid waters of Arctic Ocean  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Microbes that provide natural fertilizer to the oceans by 'fixing' nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form useable by other organisms are active in... more
NASA Sounding Rockets Carry TRICE-2 over Norwegian Sea  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Two NASA sounding rockets successfully flew over the Norwegian Sea early in the morning December 8 carrying an experiment to... more
Ultima Thule in Sight! New Horizons Probe Snaps New Photo of Its Target  SPACE.COM · 4 days
The small object Ultima Thule swims amid a sea of distant stars in a new photo captured by NASA's approaching New Horizons... more
Key players in the marine nitrogen cycle can utilize cyanate and urea  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The ammonia oxidizing archaea, or Thaumarchaeota, are amongst the most abundant marine microorganisms. Yet, we are still discovering which factors allow them to thrive... more
NASA-NOAA satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Owen's remnants reorganizing  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The remnants of Tropical Cyclone have been lingering in the Southern Pacific Ocean for days. On Dec. 10, the storm finally appeared more organized on satellite imagery providing forecasters with a strong... more
How we used drones to monitor coastal erosion in Ghana  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Delta environments are low-lying and highly vulnerable to flooding and erosion by ocean waves. And these hazards are likely to increase as the world's climate changes and sea... more
Key players in the marine nitrogen cycle use cyanate and urea  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The ammonia oxidizing archaea, or Thaumarchaeota, are among the most abundant marine microorganisms. Yet, scientists are still discovering which factors allow them to thrive in the... more
The fauna in the Antarctica is threatened by pathogens humans spread in polar latitudes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in... more
Why we may be able to save the Greenland ice sheet  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Studies of ice melt in the Arctic suggest that world may have a fighting chance of preventing huge sea level changes that would result from the... more
Increasing seal population will not harm largest fish stocks in the Baltic  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
It has long been debated whether the seal predation of fish plays a major role in the fish decline in the Baltic Sea compared... more
In Mauritius, sugar cane means money, renewable energy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Far out into the Indian Ocean where it is forced to be self-reliant, the island nation of Mauritius is weaning itself off fossil fuels by turning to its main cash-crop sugar cane,... more
Mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
New research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. more
Wintertime arctic sea ice growth slows long-term decline  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
New research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover. more
Ocean acidification will increase the iodine content of edible seaweeds and their consumers  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Evidence is rapidly accumulating that ocean acidification and elevated temperatures will have catastrophic consequences for marine organisms and ecosystems. In fact, it... more
Water plumes on Europa: Tasting an extraterrestrial ocean  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Computer simulations of the plumes of liquid water that stream out of Jupiter's moon Europa show that the forthcoming space mission JUICE may offer an answer to the question as to whether... more
Volcanic eruptions that depleted ocean oxygen may have set off the Great Dying  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Massive eruptions from volcanoes spewing greenhouse gases 252 million years ago may have triggered Earth’s biggest mass extinction. more
Wintertime Arctic sea ice growth slows long-term decline  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New NASA research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover. more
Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds all around the world  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources, new research from the French National Center for Scientific Research in Montpellier and the... more
Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
By combining ocean models, animal metabolism and fossil records, researchers show that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by... more
Temperature-dependent hypoxia explains biogeography and severity of end-Permian marine mass extinction  Science Magazine · 1 week
Rapid climate change at the end of the Permian Period (~252 million years ago) is the hypothesized trigger for the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history.... more
New approach helps mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. more
Video: Why Antarctic fish don't freeze to death  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The notothenioid fishes that inhabit the Antarctic Ocean have evolved an unusual adaptation to living in icy waters. more
Ocean Health Index releases seventh annual assessment of global ocean health  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Today the Ocean Health Index (OHI) released its seventh assessment of global ocean health. Like the previous two years, the 2018 average score for our oceans... more
Arctic ice model upgrade to benefit polar research, industry and military  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with several collaborating groups, called CICE version 6.0, is being released... more
A microbe's membrane helps it survive extreme environments  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Within harsh environments like hot springs, volcanic craters and deep-sea hydrothermal vents -- uninhabitable by most life forms -- microscopic organisms are thriving. How? It's all in how they wrap themselves. more
Wind power vulnerable to climate change in India  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The warming of the Indian Ocean, caused by global climate change, may be causing a slow decline in wind power potential in India, according to a new study. more
Sea invertebrate sheds light on evolution of human blood, immune systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Botryllus schlosseri, a marine invertebrate that lives in underwater colonies resembling fuzzy pinheads clinging to rocks, has a blood-forming system with uncanny similarities to that of... more
Sea invertebrate sheds light on evolution of human blood, immune systems  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Botryllus schlosseri, a marine invertebrate that lives in underwater colonies resembling fuzzy pinheads clinging to rocks, has a blood-forming system with uncanny similarities to that of... more
Greenland ice sheet melt 'off the charts' compared with past four centuries  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Surface melting across Greenland's mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st... more
229 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In 2018, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of... more
Secular decrease of wind power potential in India associated with warming in the Indian Ocean  Science Magazine · 1 week
The Indian government has set an ambitious target for future renewable power generation, including 60 GW of cumulative... more
A microbe's membrane helps it survive extreme environments  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Within harsh environments like hot springs, volcanic craters and deep-sea hydrothermal vents – uninhabitable by most life forms – microscopic organisms are thriving. How? It's all in how they wrap themselves. more
Agrometeorological applications to predict the influence of climate on crops  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
UPM researchers are working on seasonal weather forecasts and crops based on data provided by the water surface temperature of the oceans. more
Nepal attempts record with a Dead Sea of plastic bags  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Young Nepalis created a map of the Dead Sea with used plastic bags Wednesday in a bid to set a new international record and raise awareness about the... more
Design for flooding: How cities can make room for water  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Science is clearly showing that the world is shifting towards a more unstable climate. Weather events like the flash floods in Sydney last week will be more frequent... more
Mussels take in microplastic pollution fibers and flush most of them out again  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again,... more
Microplastics found in all sea turtle species  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tests on more than 100 sea turtles—spanning three oceans and all seven species—have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle. more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds Owen fading in the Coral Sea  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tropical Cyclone Owen appeared disorganized on satellite imagery as it moved through the Coral Sea in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Imagery from the Suomi NPP satellite showed that Owen was... more
Navigation system in rodents akin to ancient, open ocean direction-finding  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The navigation system used by rodents is similar to that used by Pacific Islanders in finding their way through the open ocean without a compass, a team of... more
Navigation system in rodents akin to ancient, open ocean direction-finding  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The navigation system used by rodents is similar to that used by Pacific Islanders in finding their way through the open ocean without a compass, a team of... more
Study shows how mussels handle microplastic fiber pollution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a study by researchers from Bigelow Laboratory for... more
How mussels handle microplastic fiber pollution  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a new study. more
New parasite decimates giant clam species in Mediterranean  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
With rapid efficiency, a mysterious parasite is seeking out and killing a giant species of clam found only in the Mediterranean Sea. Unless scientists can find a way of stopping it soon,... more
Coping with threats from hurricanes, wildfires and rising sea levels  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As sea levels continue to rise and more severe storms, like Hurricanes Maria and Michael, threaten coastline communities, local leaders need to assess the hazards and vulnerabilities of... more
VIDEO: To Save A Fox, Scientists Took To Land, Air And Sea  NPR · 1 week
When the world's population of Channel Island foxes started to vanish in the '90s, no one knew why. Bringing them back from near-extinction has... more
NASA catches newborn Tropical Cyclone Owen's rainfall, observed by GPM satellite  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tropical Cyclone Owen formed in the Southern Pacific Ocean's Coral Sea southwest of the Solomon Islands when the GPM core observatory satellite passed above and analyzed... more
Uneven rates of sea level rise tied to climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The pattern of uneven sea level rise over the last quarter century has been driven in part by human-caused climate change, not just natural variability, according to a... more
Disappearing Arctic sea ice threatens Canada's polar bears: expert panel  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A committee of wildlife experts warned Monday that Canada's largest land predator, the polar bear, was at risk of disappearing from its vast Arctic landscape as melting Arctic... more
Uneven rates of sea level rise tied to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The pattern of uneven sea level rise over the last quarter century has been driven in part by human-caused climate change, not just natural variability, according to a... more
Pulses of sinking carbon reaching the deep sea are not captured in global climate models  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
More than two miles below the ocean's surface, microbes, worms, fishes, and other creatures great and small thrive.... more
Pulses of sinking carbon reaching the deep sea are not captured in global climate models  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study shows that pulses of sinking debris carry large amounts of carbon to the deep seafloor,... more
New dataset expands understanding of Arctic Spring Bloom  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Understanding how the ocean works is like putting together a million-piece puzzle. There are many questions; finding answers takes time, resources, and opportunity. But even when scientists believe they know how the... more
New dataset expands understanding of Arctic Spring Bloom  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Understanding how the ocean works is like putting together a million-piece puzzle. There are many questions; finding answers takes time, resources, and opportunity. But even when scientists believe they know how the... more
Solving 21st-century problems requires skills that few are trained in, scientists find  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
From companies trying to resolve data security risks to coastal communities preparing for rising sea levels, solving modern problems requires teamwork that draws on... more
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Five new species of sea slugs found in the ocean depths
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A glimpse into future oceans
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Video: Why Antarctic fish don't freeze to death
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VIDEO: To Save A Fox, Scientists Took To Land, Air And Sea
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NASA catches newborn Tropical Cyclone Owen's rainfall, observed by GPM satellite
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Charting a course for astronaut safety as NASA launches to the Moon and to Mars
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New dataset expands understanding of Arctic Spring Bloom
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Deepwater corals thrive at the bottom of the ocean, but can't escape human impacts
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Virtual reality could serve as powerful environmental education tool
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Scientists reveal substantial water loss in global landlocked regions
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Why predicting the weather and climate is even harder for Australia's rainy northern neighbours
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