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As They Got to the Seafloor, He
'Knew We Were Making History'
Nov 22, 2023 8:11 AM CST
As They Got to the Seafloor, He 'Knew We Were Making History'
Explorer, retired Navy Capt. Don Walsh, part of first crew to reach deepest part of ocean, is dead at 92
- Retired Navy Capt. Don Walsh, an explorer who in 1960 was part of a two-man crew that made the first voyage to the deepest part of the ocean—to the "snuff-colored ooze" at the bottom of the Pacific's Mariana Trench—has died. He was 92. Walsh died Nov....
Company Will Pay After
Ship Sullies US Waters
Aug 23, 2023 10:10 AM CDT
Company Will Pay After Ship Sullies US Waters
The Star Maia dumped oily bilge water without properly processing it, lied about it
- A foreign shipping company that sullied US waters will pay for doing so. US officials on Tuesday said the Germany- and Singapore-based Zeaborn Ship Management would pay a $2 million fine for dumping oily bilge water—which
describes as "a mix of filthy water, lubricants, grease, cleaning...
Winemaker's 'Perfect' Site to
Age Wine Wasn't So Perfect
Aug 17, 2023 10:10 AM CDT
Winemaker's 'Perfect' Site to Age Wine Wasn't So Perfect
Feds destroy 2K bottles of Ocean Fathoms' illegally made wine, though founders vow they'll be back
- Ocean Fathoms claims the ocean floor about a mile off Santa Barbara is the "perfect" place to age wine. And perhaps it would be, if the winemaker had any authority to ferment its wines in the Santa Barbara Channel for a year. In 2021, the California Coastal Commission ordered...
In California, 13-Foot
Waves Are a 'Harbinger'
Aug 4, 2023 1:15 PM CDT
In California, 13-Foot Waves Are a 'Harbinger'
Study says giant swells have become more common, with signs pointing to climate change
- Waves are getting bigger, and surf at least 13 feet tall is becoming more common off California's coast as the planet warms, according to innovative new research that tracked the increasing height from historical data gathered over the past 90 years. Oceanographer Peter Bromirski at the Scripps Institution of...
UN Chief Says
Gives Oceans a
Jun 19, 2023 5:08 PM CDT
UN Chief Says New Treaty Gives Oceans a 'Fighting Chance'
Members adopt first treaty to protect high seas marine life
- Members of the United Nations adopted the first-ever treaty to protect marine life in the high seas on Monday, with the UN's chief hailing the historic agreement as giving the ocean "a fighting chance." Delegates from the 193 member nations burst into applause and then stood up...
Mussels Excreting Microplastics
May Help Clean the Ocean
Jun 7, 2023 2:58 PM CDT
Mussels Excreting Microplastics May Help Clean the Ocean
The way some bivalves excrete substances could make it easier to clear them out
- In fighting one of the most elusive pollutants in our oceans, scientists have found an unexpected ally: the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis). Science reports that this hungry little filter-feeding mollusk isn't just impervious to the trillions of microplastics littering the Earth's oceans; it may hold a solution to...
5K New Deep-Sea Species
Discovered in Pacific
May 28, 2023 6:40 AM CDT
5K New Deep-Sea Species Discovered in Pacific
They include the 'gummy squirrel'
- It's a bittersweet moment for science—thousands of new species have been discovered in a largely untouched and unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean, but large-scale deep-sea mining in the area could begin soon. In the journal
, researchers who reviewed environmental surveys say 5,148 species new...
These Guys Get by on
2 Hours of Sleep a Day
Apr 21, 2023 10:39 AM CDT
These Guys Get by on 2 Hours of Sleep a Day
Researchers matched northern elephant seal brain waves with diving patterns to monitor how they sleep
- If you're still drinking coffee and blinking sleep out of your eyes, you might feel sympathy for the northern elephant seal. NPR reports that in a newly-published study, researchers found the huge mammals—known for the way the males' noses resemble elephant trunks—sleep less than just about any...
at Scene of Car
Crash: 'She's Driving?'
Jun 3, 2021 7:30 AM CDT
Incredulous Cop at Scene of Car Crash: 'She's Driving?'
Utah girls, 9 and 4, had tried to drive to the ocean but ended up slamming into tractor-trailer
- We're all eager for summer to get started, but two little girls from West Jordan, Utah, simply couldn't wait a single minute more. NBC News reports that police responding to an early morning accident in West Valley City on Wednesday got quite a shock when they found out...
US Marine Animals Are
Drowning in Plastic—Literally
Nov 19, 2020 12:54 PM CST
US Marine Animals Are Drowning in Plastic—Literally
Report mentions 1.8K cases of animals consuming or being entangled in plastic since 2009
- Plastic pollution is taking a disastrous toll on marine animals in the US, particularly those threatened with extinction, according to a new report . It tells of 1,792 cases in which 40 different species of animals consumed or were entangled in plastic since 2009. Of those, 88% involved animals that...
The Ocean Just Got
a Little Less Mysterious
Jun 21, 2020 2:00 PM CDT
The Ocean Just Got a Little Less Mysterious
Scientists have mapped nearly a fifth of the ocean floor
- Wish you could see the ocean floor? A project to map the entire surface by 2030 is making headway and has nearly a fifth of it completed, the BBC reports. The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project began in 2017 with only 6% mapped, so it's moving at a decent...
Go to Earth's
Apr 1, 2020 7:46 AM CDT
Go to Earth's Deepest Spot —for $750K
More people have been to space than to Challenger Deep
- If now sounds like a good time to escape to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, with $750,000 you probably can. For that price, explorer and retired naval officer Victor Vescovo will take daring travelers to the deepest point on Earth, Challenger Deep in Mariana Trench, which has been...
Our Oceans Aren't Just
Bad. They're 2019 Bad
Jan 14, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Our Oceans Aren't Just Bad. They're 2019 Bad
Last year was the warmest on record for oceans
- A new ocean study is bad news for anyone living on planet Earth, the
reports. Researchers found that world oceans reached their warmest level in 2019, amid 5 years that were the warmest 5 for oceans on record and 10 years that were warmest 10. "We found that...
'We're Piling Our Crap'
in the Ocean's Depths
Feb 27, 2019 10:30 AM CST
'We're Piling Our Crap' in the Ocean's Depths
Shrimp in the deepest ocean trenches found to be contaminated by plastic
- With more than 300 million tons of plastics produced each year, it's perhaps no surprise that some has made its way to the bottom of the world’s oceans. New deep-sea research published in the
Royal Society Open Science
journal has pulled up fragments of plastics in the deepest...
Scientists Heading to One of
the Last 'Unexplored Frontiers'
Jan 24, 2019 7:20 AM CST
Scientists Heading to One of the Last 'Unexplored Frontiers'
Nekton Mission will investigate Indian Ocean ecosystems
- Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers...
Study Shows Depressing Scope
of Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Mar 22, 2018 3:23 PM CDT
Study Shows Depressing Scope of Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Mass of floating garbage is 'increasing exponentially'
- Already the largest floating trash island in the world, researchers have found the mass of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is "increasing exponentially," the
reports. “I’ve been doing this research for a while, but it was depressing to see,” the
Looks Like an Asteroid Once
Triggered a Tsunami on Mars
Mar 27, 2017 12:07 PM CDT
Looks Like an Asteroid Once Triggered a Tsunami on Mars
And that means water, and lots of it
- A new study suggests that ancient Mars not only had an ocean, it experienced a tsunami unlike anything we've seen on Earth, reports Cosmos . The study in the
Journal of Geophysical Research—Planets
identifies a 75-mile-wide crater in the north as the likely source, reports the BBC . The scientists...
Mathematician Wants to Fight
Tsunamis With Sound Waves
Jan 26, 2017 11:17 AM CST
Mathematician Wants to Fight Tsunamis With Sound Waves
His novel approach focuses on reducing the wave's energy
- Tsunamis are among the deadliest forces in nature. Look no further than the one in the Indian Ocean in 2004 that killed more than 230,000 people after being triggered by a powerful earthquake, notes a post at Phys.org . But what if tsunamis could be drained of their power...
Jul 29, 2016 7:43 AM CDT
'Purple Blob' on Ocean Floor Baffles Scientists
It could be a new species of sea slug
- Scientists exploring the seafloor around California's Channel Islands have made a strange discovery. They just aren't exactly sure what it is. While studying deep-sea coral via a remotely operated vehicle, scientists on the research vessel E/V Nautilus noticed a "dark purple blob" with a pink center on...
This $1.4B Warship
Doesn't Work in
Jun 13, 2016 3:02 PM CDT
This $1.4B Warship Doesn't Work in Warm Water
British destroyer basically loses all power while sailing in Persian Gulf
- Crew members in the British Royal Navy keep coming up against a pesky, possibly dangerous Achilles' heel as their $1.4 billion warships cruise through the Persian Gulf: warm waters. Water temps there can hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and that's causing the ships to lose power, CNN reports. During...
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