Technology & Engineering

A Hard Shore Is a Dead Shore
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How anti-erosion measures hurt fish—and living shorelines may help.

A Trail of Rocks Traces Historical Steamship Routes
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The afterlife of gunk scraped out of ships’ boilers and chucked overboard.

These Cages Save Baby Fish
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On developed shorelines, oyster shell “safe houses” offer sanctuary.

Sand? Mine!
Features

Our insatiable need for concrete has led to destructive mining around the world. How can we do it better?

The Great Salmon Escape: Is There a Better Way to Farm Fish?
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We’ve just seen how open-net fish farms can go wrong. It’s time to look at the alternatives.

Blasting Through the Hunley Mystery
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A maverick scientist claims she has done what scores of researchers before her failed to do: solve the century-old mystery of why a legendary...

Feeding the Virgins
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The US Virgin Islands are vulnerable to food shortages, but two innovative agricultural projects are getting things growing.

Sewage Rehab
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After decades of work, green chemistry may be the answer to polluted sewage.

A Data Plan for Fish
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OurFish app opens a window into small-scale fishing.

In the Netherlands, a Better Way to Rebuild the Beach
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A US $78-million experiment aims to reinforce the rapidly eroding coastline, while avoiding the ecological damage common with other nourishment...

Watts in the Water
Features

Our oceans contain enough energy to power the planet—if we could just get our hands on it.

Lights Out for Hawai‘i’s Seabirds
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Scientists hope lasers can save endangered seabirds from power line collisions.

Refuge for the Ridgway’s Rail
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Inventive island homes are helping this endangered bird keep its head above water.

Land Food Versus Seafood
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The omegas battle it out in our budgets and our bodies.

There’s Probably Plastic in Your Sea Salt
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Now you can season your plastic-contaminated fish with plastic-contaminated sea salt.

Hamburg’s Half-Billion-Dollar Bet
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The German shipping city will spend US $592-million over 30 years in a bid to hold back the rising sea.

Brazil Gets Lit
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Artificial lighting is spreading across the country, with unknown effects on its wildlife.

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

The Path of the Unseen Whale
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Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

California’s Surf Spots Are Heading for a Wipeout
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Rising sea level is transforming the coastline and causing iconic beaches to disappear.

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