News & Views

Seabirds’ Death-Defying Dives
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Some seabirds dive into water at astonishing speeds, so why don’t they hurt themselves?

Urbanization Might Give an Unexpected Boost to Biodiversity
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A new study uses environmental DNA to open a genetic window on urban coastlines.

Making Monster Waves in the Lab
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Rogue waves are rare in nature, but new research is making them perfectly common.

Godzilla’s Island Origin
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Cinema’s classic coastal creature invades North America for an eight-day rampage.

The Timeline of Fear
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Two populations of bandicoots show that learning to fear a new predator can take quite some time.

Earthquakes’ Ecological Aftershock
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The coastal Klallam people had to adapt to an altered ecosystem in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.

Keeping Track of Deep-Sea Mining
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A new website uses ship location data to track deep-sea mining exploration. 

This Robot Thinks It’s a Larva
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A new robot is designed to mimic the behavior of teeny tiny larvae.

A Different Kind of Oral History
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Marine mammals have a surprising prevalence of dental disease.

Researchers Discover a Sea Snake Nursery
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Even venomous sea snakes are vulnerable as babies, but their mothers know where to keep them safe. 

Decline of Salt Farming Leads to Shorebird Shakeout
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A key habitat for migratory birds, salt pans are threatened by shifting industrial priorities.

The Shark Fin Ban That Should Be Banned
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Why eliminating the shark fin trade in the United States is bad for sharks and legitimate fishers.  

When Living on an Island Kills
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Ecotourism threatens the cute and cuddly quokkas isolated on an island in the Indian Ocean.

For the Melting Arctic, Fuzzy Forecasts Are the Best We Can Do
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People keep claiming to know when the Arctic will become ice-free. They don’t.

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.

Why Running Cold Lets Some Creatures Grow Old
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Geneticists are discovering an intriguing connection between cold bodies and extraordinary longevity. 

A Mysterious Illness Is on the Move
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A fish-borne toxin that causes “paradoxical temperature reversal” and other strange symptoms has started to spread.

Harvesting in the Park
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In Alaska and beyond, new rules are letting indigenous tribes reclaim some use of US national parks for traditional gathering. 

Scientists Discover a Mouth-Breathing Dolphin
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Here’s why that’s really, really weird.

How British Columbia’s Coastal People Fertilized the Forest
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Indigenous people’s castoff clamshells made the forest grow bigger. 

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