News & Views

How High Schoolers’ Hacks Fixed a Whale Snot-Collecting Drone
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SnotBot got a boost from teen roboticists. 

Scientists Confirm: “the Blob” Really Messed Up the Northeast Pacific
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The Pacific warm water “Blob” contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.

“Ghost Forests” Are, Surprisingly, a Sign of Resilience
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Nature is fighting sea level rise in its own way.

There Is Life on a Dead Coral Reef
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Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.

Making a More Perfect Penguin
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A long-term study shows the subtle hand of natural selection on Argentina’s Magellanic penguins.

Pilot Whales Join the Babysitters’ Club
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Off the coast of Nova Scotia, pilot whales look out for each other.

Terminator Redux: Lionfish Edition
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A new fish trap uses artificial intelligence to target lionfish. 

Glow-in-the-Dark, Inflatable Sharks Can Also Reproduce Asexually
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Because three superpowers are better than one.

Europe’s Race to Save Its Rice
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Biologists are trying to breed a salt- and snail-resistant line of European rice.

During Sandy, Wetlands Averted US $625-Million in Damages
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A new analysis confirms the protective role played by wetlands.

Scientists Discover an Underwater Pollinator
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A first of its kind, this marine plant is pollinated by zooplankton and invertebrates. 

Commercial Ships Could Be Quieter, but They Aren’t
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Shipbuilding economics and lack of regulations are getting in the way of a quieter ocean.

New Research Offers a Wider View on Indigenous North American Whaling
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Additional early North American societies may have been whale hunters, not just scavengers. 

Life Aboard the Wreck of the HMCS Annapolis
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Through a new biodiversity survey, the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia is setting out to show how life takes to an artificial reef....

New Research Assuages Some Worries About Mosquito Net Fishing
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Fishing with mosquito nets is widespread, but potentially less destructive than thought. 

Biased Tide Gauges Mean We’ve Been Systematically Underestimating Sea Level Rise
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Most historical tide gauges were installed in the northern hemisphere, a legacy that has been skewing scientists’ modern interpretations of sea...

What’s the True Scientific Value of Scientific Whaling?
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A new study shows that countries that participate in lethal scientific whaling do not produce superior scientific research. 

A Pumping Plan to Elude Drought
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In British Columbia, engineers plan to pump a lake to dodge the effects of drought on a flagging river. 

Is This the Year Governments Protect Antarctica’s Seas?
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The odds world governments will finally agree to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean are looking better than ever. 

Two-Headed Shark Discovered in Spain
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A baby shark with twice the bite.

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