Life Interstitial

What does it take to live between the grains of sand?

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

Cambodia’s Dirty Business
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Three activists are living in exile following a campaign to expose Cambodia’s sand mining industry.

Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts)

Researchers reveal the microscopic life in between the grains of sediment.

Seismic Surveys Force Fish to Flee
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New research reveals that reef fish hide from the sharp sounds of seismic airguns.

The Lingering Legacy of the Nathan E. Stewart
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It’s been six months since the tug ran aground on the British Columbia coast, but local First Nations are still living with the repercussions.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Was Ignoring Its Own Habitat Protection Guidelines
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In 2012, the federal government relaxed rules limiting the degradation of fishing habitat, claiming the requirements were overly burdensome. But...

Dam Busters
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A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
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The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

The Accidental Slaughter of Millions of Seahorses
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Fishermen are wiping out seahorses that are caught in their nets as by-catch. Other less-charming fish might be sharing the same fate.

Have Scientists Been Overestimating our Toll on Reef Sharks?
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New research suggests we’ve hurt reef shark populations much less than previously assumed.

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

Rich Dolphin, Poor Dolphin, Beggar Dolphin, Thief
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Human activity turns dolphins into beggars and thieves. What does that mean for their social lives?

Cannabis Chronnoisseurs Are Tapping the Budding Fish-Friendly Pot Business
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No longer forced to operate in the shadows, marijuana growers are learning to make their farming friendlier for fish. 

All You Can Eat Wings
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Seabirds are the unintended victims of hungry humpback whales.

The Fisheries Scientist Who Saw the Future
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Why are we still struggling to implement recommendations for fisheries management made nearly 150 years ago?

Tracking the Scars of Dolphin-Shark Battles
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It’s almost impossible to witness skirmishes between dolphins and sharks, so researchers look to their battle scars for clues.

Book Review: Ice Bear
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A richly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the Arctic’s iconic symbol: the polar bear. 

One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures
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Iceland’s killer whale society is more fluid than that of their northeast Pacific peers.

In the Bahamas, Sharks Are Worth More Alive than Dead
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Shark tourism is big business—but the money doesn’t always go where you’d think.