Chemistry

Toxicant-Triggered Anxiety
Article - Short

Juvenile fish exposed to a common environmental toxicant show signs of anxiety.

Detoxing the Ocean
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New technology could pull toxic metals out of contaminated water.

Journey into the Plastisphere
Article - Long

Plastic marine debris is one of the world’s newest ecosystems, and scientists have just begun to understand how microbes are settling into their...

Diving into El Niño’s Past
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A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

Five Fishy Cases of Seafood Fraud
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Fancy some fake caviar, imaginary fish, and sushi made from an endangered species?

Ocean Acidification: More Gloom than Doom?
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Scientists’ emphasis on laboratory trials can give a distorted view of the threat of ocean acidification.

This Scientist Is Making Batteries Out of Recycled Crab Shells
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Shellfish chitin is a starting material ripe for chemical modification.

The Secret History of Bioluminescence
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Illuminating maps during war, guiding planes to safety, making genes and proteins visible—organisms get their glow on to help humans.

Like Swimming Through a Pharmacy
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Researchers found a wide array of contaminants in Puget Sound fish. 

Cleaning Canvases with Chemicals from Sea Creatures
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Enzymes from seafloor animals could help keep artwork looking sharp.

A Shot of Lime
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Lime juice is a cheap and easy way to exterminate crown-of-thorns starfish.

Counting the Invisible Fish
Video

Scientists don’t need to see a fish to know it’s there.

Ocean Rx
Article - Short

Five Marine Organisms That Are Good for Your Health.

The Value of Fish Pee
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Are invasive lionfish disrupting the nutrient balance, as well as the food web? 

Should the World Have a Strategic Dawn Detergent Reserve?
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Dawn is heralded as the best detergent for cleaning oiled wildlife. But in most countries, you can’t buy it at the store.

Sleepless? Venomous Cone Snails to the Rescue
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Venom from a scarcely studied Indian cone snail has sleep inducing properties. 

China Has a Microplastic Pollution Problem
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On Chinese beaches, researchers found microplastic concentrations thousands of times higher than in some other countries.

What’s in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal?
Video

Hint: it’s pronounced fee-CAL-uh-bak-TEER-ee-um.

In Europe, the Noxious Effects of Shipping Are on the Rise
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Despite the rise of “slow steaming,” ships are still big polluters. 

Oil Sands Dilbit Causes Developmental Problems in Fish
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Scientists have very little idea what the environmental effects of an oil sands “dilbit” spill would be.

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