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Oceanography, Southern Ocean, University of Washington, Drake Passage, polar science, AUVs, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Robots

Wave Glider Surfs Across Stormy Drake Passage in Antarctica

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A hardy ocean drone made a first-ever attempt to surf across Antarctica’s stormy Drake Passage gathering data about ocean mixing.

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Biofuel, Biomass, Energy, Seaweed, macroalgae, kelp

Seaweed-Fueled Cars? Maybe One Day, with Help of New Tech

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New technologies are being developed to grow seaweed in the open ocean so it can be converted into biofuel with support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, also known as ARPA-E.

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Gulf of Mexico Alliance and BHP Form Partnership to Support the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe in Coastal Louisiana

The overarching goal of this project is to assist the Pointe-au-Chien community in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, Louisiana, by facilitating a self-assessment process to identify high priority actions that when implemented, can enhance cultural and community resilience.

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Robotics, Ocean Exploration, Water Quality, Hurricane Harvey, Dead Zone, Marine Life

‘Surfing Robot’ Tracking Water Data As Harvey’s Rains Flow Toward Fragile Coral Reefs

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While you read this, an unmanned Wave Glider surface vehicle is riding swells alone in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting critically needed post-Hurricane Harvey water quality data.

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Conservation, bats, wildlife health

Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost

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Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.

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Jellyfish, Sleep, Cassiopea, Caltech, Paul Sternberg, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Circadian Rhythm

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Rogue Waves, El Faro, Hurricane, sea conditions, Ocean, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rogue Wave Analysis Supports Investigation of the El Faro Sinking

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A new analysis done to support the investigation into the 2015 sinking of the El Faro cargo ship has calculated the likelihood of a massive rogue wave during Hurricane Joaquin in October of that year – and demonstrated a new technique for evaluating the probability of rogue waves over space and time.

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Fishing, fishery management, Income, Fisheries Policy, fisheries management, Sustaibability, permit, Natural Resources

Catching a Diversity of Fish Species — Instead of Specializing — Means More Stable Income for Fishers

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A team of scientists analyzed nearly 30 years of revenue and permitting records for individuals fishing in Alaskan waters and tracked how their fishing choices, in terms of permits purchased and species caught, influenced their year-to-year income volatility.

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Old Fish Few and Far Between Under Fishing Pressure

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A new study by University of Washington scientists has found that, for dozens of fish populations around the globe, old fish are greatly depleted — mainly because of fishing pressure. The paper, published online Sept. 14 in Current Biology, is the first to report that old fish are missing in many populations around the world.

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electric eel, Shock

Biologist Reaches Into Electric Eel Tank, Comes Out with Equation to Measure Shocks

Vanderbilt University researcher Ken Catania stuck his arm into a tank with small electric eel 10 times -- the only way to get accurate measurements of the circuit created by animal, arm and water.







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