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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. 

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.

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.

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. 

What the Ancient Oyster Knows
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Scientists in the emerging field of conservation paleobiology believe that the key to oyster conservation could be contained in ancient shells....

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.

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

How to Give a Seabird an Underwater Hearing Test
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Scientists are worried marine noise may affect seabirds, but first they have to figure out how to test it. 

Do Ancient Shipwrecks Stand a Chance?
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Fishing trawlers are destroying ancient shipwreck sites.

Amplifying Data Through Art
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Five artists who make meaning out of science by translating hard data from the world’s oceans.

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