Category: Oceans

Efficiency of insect biodiversity monitoring via Malaise trap samples and DNA barcoding

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An international team of scientists evaluated the performance of DNA barcoding and the barcode reference library applied to large-scale Malaise trap samples from two German sites over the span of one summer.

Scientists shed light on the climate-changing desert dust fertilizing our oceans

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In the international study led by the University of Leeds, researchers have pinpointed how much phosphate ‘fertilizer’ is released from dust depending on atmospheric acid levels.

What’s the hottest Earth has ever been?

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Our planet probably experienced its hottest temperatures in its earliest days, when it was still colliding with other rocky debris (planetesimals) careening around the solar system.

Powerful Earthquake Exposes Seabed Near Kaikoura

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The quake was so powerful that it lifted the seabed by 2 meters (6 feet)

‘Walking sharks’ at greater risk of extinction than previously thought

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New analysis of nine species that ‘walk’ by night on shallow reefs shows their range is much smaller than was known

By-The-Wind Sailors

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Usually found drifting in open waters, these wayward sailors get blown off course by heavy winds. Science Writer Jenny Woodman takes a closer look at her favorite stretch of beach along the Oregon Coast; click here to view her photo essay. If the popup did not load automatically, click here.     Topic: Oceans

By-The-Wind Sailors

Usually found drifting in open waters, these wayward sailors get blown off course by heavy winds. Science Writer Jenny Woodman takes a closer look at her favorite stretch of beach along the Oregon Coast; click here to view her photo essay. If the popup did not load automatically, click here. Topic: Oceans

Unprecedented atmospheric behavior disrupts one of Earth’s most regular climate cycles

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A team of scientists has discovered an unexpected disruption in one of the most repeatable atmospheric patterns.

Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation and Drought in Africa

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The most important natural factor behind drought in the Sahel seems to be a cyclical shifting of ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic.

I am the Captain now: self-driving ships coming soon

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The next big thing — make that really big — is self-driving ships. Research on autonomous vessels is picking up steam around the world.