Technology & Engineering

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...

Five Ways to Float Your Boat
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Big ships are built on land. Here are five ways to get them in the water.

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

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

Nuclear Neighbors
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How does a coastal nuclear plant affect the sea life and communities that surround it?

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. 

China's Relentless Campaign to Pave the Coast
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In China, coastal development comes at a high cost.

The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion
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Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?

This Scientist Is Making Batteries Out of Recycled Crab Shells
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Shellfish chitin is a starting material ripe for chemical modification.

Like Shazam, but for Fish
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A new device uses infrared waves to rapidly identify species and fight fish fraud.

Hawai‘i’s War on the Weeds
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Researchers are conducting an air raid on one of the world’s most invasive plants.

Turtle Voyeurs
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An eye in the sky has revealed secrets of sea turtle courtship.

Drones Offer Hope for Fighting Arctic Oil Spills
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Ships are flocking to the Arctic, increasing the risk of a spill in an ill-prepared region.

When Beach Nourishment Kills
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Beneath San Diego’s pristine beaches, intertidal invertebrates are struggling to survive.

Flooding the Mississippi River Delta
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Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing, but controlled floods could save what’s left (or even bring it back).

Mud, Shuck, and Spat
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The future of Chesapeake Bay’s oysters depends on interstate cooperation.

Southern Sugarcane Revival
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Sugarcane on Sapelo Island was once tended by slaves. Now it might sustain their descendants and help keep Geechee culture alive.

Flying Dutchman 2.0
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This robotic catamaran could bring the Internet to the depths of the ocean—and turn a tidy profit for its inventors. There’s just one problem. ...

No Wool, No Vikings
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The fleece that launched 1,000 ships.

This Bridge Will Move You
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The 123-year-old Bizkaia Bridge is part bridge, part gondola, and a little bit ferry.

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