Filter feeders such as whales and whale sharks ingest large amounts of microplastic as the ocean becomes increasingly polluted with plastic debris. What are the effects of plastic on these giant marine creatures?
Earth/Environment February 6, 2018
Scientists were able to record the Earth's hum from the ocean floor for the first time. The observations may help researchers decipher the reason and source for the mysterious phenomenon.
Earth/Environment December 10, 2017
Ice worlds beyond the orbit of Neptune known as Trans-Neptunian Objects may have liquid oceans beneath their icy surface, a NASA study suggested. If correct, this could impact our search for potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System.
Space December 3, 2017
A recent research has found a new way to detect very small pieces of plastic waste that float invisibly near the surface of the ocean using fluorescent dye. The method could be used one day to identify 99 percent of lost tiny pollutants in the sea.
Earth/Environment November 27, 2017
Oceans continue to be polluted with factory-made plastic because of human neglect, causing great danger to marine life, such as corals. A new study suggests an even more problematic scenario in which corals think plastic is delicious.
Earth/Environment November 1, 2017
A mass extinction might occur by 2100, according to an MIT professor’s new study. If Earth’s oceans hit a certain carbon threshold, the sixth mass extinction could occur at the end of this century.
Earth/Environment September 21, 2017
Scientists on a month-long research voyage surveying the abyss of Australia have rediscovered a faceless fish that was last seen more than 100 years ago. The creature was found at a depth of 4,000 meters.
Earth/Environment May 31, 2017
Henderson Island isn't alone in its ocean trash problems - there are many remote locations that have been turned into dumping grounds for waste. Here are just a few.
Earth/Environment May 17, 2017
The exoplanets that are most likely to host alien life are worlds dominated by oceans. A statistical model suggests that 90 percent of the surface area of these planets is made up of water.
Space April 22, 2017
Plastic pollution has slowly crept into the once-pristine Arctic Ocean. Why is this happening, how much plastic pollution really ends up in our oceans, and will it stay there forever?
Earth/Environment April 21, 2017
Hollywood movies tend to show massive waves that can wipe out coastal cities when an asteroid crashes into the ocean. Simulations revealed this is not exactly what would happen when real asteroids crash into Earth.
Space April 18, 2017
New research points to the Lomonosov crater as a potential evidence of strong tsunamis sweeping across part of Mars some 3 billion years ago. Is this another proof that oceans indeed once flowed on the ancient planet?
Space March 26, 2017
Hypoxia in oceans, or low oxygen levels, can create large dead zones that snuff out marine life and threaten coral reefs worldwide. Learn how dead zones affect coral reefs worldwide, even in tropical regions.
Earth/Environment March 22, 2017
Mexico-sized harmful algal blooms are striking the Gulf of Oman and other parts of the world at a greater rate due to climate change. How do they affect local marine ecosystems?
Earth/Environment March 16, 2017
Remotely operated submarine Boaty McBoatface is off to its first scientific mission in the Antarctic. Amid naming controversies, the UK polar research ship will probe water flow and turbulence in the dark recesses of the Orkney Passage.
Earth/Environment March 14, 2017
Past studies have shown that the world's oceans continue to lose their oxygen concentration over time. Now, a new report successfully quantifies the extent to which oceans are losing their oxygen levels.
Earth/Environment February 16, 2017
Learn more about PCBs and PBDEs, two persistent organic pollutants (POPs) recently found in alarming levels in the world's two deepest marine trenches. Where do they come from and what are their toxic consequences?
Earth/Environment February 16, 2017
A new study raised worry over finding that the last time ocean temperatures were this warm, or 125,000 years ago, sea levels were up to 30 feet higher than they currently are.
Earth/Environment January 20, 2017
A new study that revisits NOAA dataset of global temperatures shows that a climate change hiatus hasn't really happened: the oceans have been warming steadily without a pronounced slowdown.
Earth/Environment January 5, 2017
Proxima B is a good candidate for finding alien life outside of the solar system. Now, computer simulations revealed the surface of the exoplanet could be covered by an ocean.
Space October 9, 2016
Researchers have interpreted data from the Cassini mission and concluded that Dione has a subsurface ocean. The Saturn moon is the newest to join the group of ocean worlds in the solar system.
Space October 6, 2016
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found what appear as water vapor plumes from the icy surface of Jupiter moon Europa. How will astronomers confirm the existence of this water geyser?
Space September 27, 2016
A new study has said that abundant oxygen levels at the oceans facilitated the rise of complex organisms such as algae and other vertebrates. This came after a lull of 3 billion years of anoxic oceans.
Ancient September 26, 2016
Fishes may seem like silent creatures but in the sea, these marine animals actually produce choruses when their song overlaps those of the others. What role does sound play in fish behaviors?
Animals September 25, 2016
On Friday, the White House announced plans to expand an iconic marine reserve off the coast of Hawaii to protect marine species. President Barack Obama will visit the protected area to draw more focus on conservation.
Earth/Environment August 26, 2016
Is it a glowing disco ball? Is it a spider egg sac? Scientists have discovered a mysterious purple blob that has left them stumped. Watch the video to find out.
Animals July 29, 2016
A federal appeals court in the United States ruled that the Navy's use of sonar systems negatively affects marine life. Environmental advocates say these systems disrupt the mating and feeding of marine animals.
Animals July 19, 2016
The Caribbean Sea produces a whistle-like sound so powerful its signature can be detected by satellites in space. What produces the low-pitched noise in this part of the Atlantic Ocean?
Earth/Environment June 22, 2016
A present-day liquid ocean could be hiding beneath the icy crust of Pluto. The dwarf planet would have shrunk if its ocean has completely frozen millions of years ago.
Space June 22, 2016
Venus may have hosted a large amount of water billions of years ago, but it evaporated. Scientists say the planet's 'electric wind' may have caused the lack of water.
Space June 21, 2016
New research suggests that glow-in-the-dark marine creatures are more widespread that what was previously known. Their ability to create light may have also been key to marine biodiversity.
Animals June 9, 2016
Young fish are getting hooked on consuming microplastic particles instead of their usual diet of zooplankton, a new Swedish study has warned. The findings renewed calls to ban plastic microbeads as one way to tackle the dire situation.
Earth/Environment June 3, 2016
The world's most abundant and tiniest marine organism has a massive role in regulating our planet's climate. Scientists found the bacteria produce significant amounts of the gas called dimethyl sulfide.
Earth/Environment May 18, 2016
Oxygen levels in the global ocean are dropping due to climate change, and this effect should be noticeable in about 20 years, researchers state. What will be the effect of this change in waters around the world?
Earth/Environment April 28, 2016
Alaska SeaLife Center converts the use of fossil fuel into renewable seawater system for the heating and cooling needs of the center. The offices and labs within its building use almost 98 percent of low-cost renewable energy from the ocean.
Energy April 24, 2016
The mouth of the Amazon River is home to a massive coral reef, previously unknown to researchers. How did this massive network of coral stay hidden from people for so long?
Earth/Environment April 23, 2016
Jupiter moon Europa’s deforming ice appears as a surprising generator of heat. A better understanding of this process can lend greater insight into the thickness of Europa's shell and in turn the chemistry of its subsurface ocean, which is critical in the search for any signs of life.
Space April 16, 2016
Supernovae that took place millions of years ago may have altered the course of human evolution. What do we know about these explosive events in the outer cosmic neighborhood?
Space April 6, 2016
Earth's fisheries could recover within just a decade with improved fishing practices, according to a new study. Experts echoed the catch share system, with catch limits based on science, as part of the solution to the world's plummeting fish populations.
Earth/Environment March 29, 2016
Snapping shrimps produce the loudest crunching sounds among all invertebrates living in the ocean. A new study revealed that these marine creatures are in danger of falling silent because of ocean acidification.
Earth/Environment March 18, 2016
Millions of shipwrecks are scattered across the globe. Scientists found a cheaper way to locate and monitor these submerged ships.
Earth/Environment March 16, 2016
Scientists once believed that the deepest part of the ocean is peaceful. However, a hydrophone recorded vast sounds coming both from natural sources and man-made noises.
Earth/Environment March 3, 2016
Rogue waves are very hard to predict because it needs very sophisticated and expensive equipment capable of determining when they are possible to arrive. MIT scientists figured a faster and cheaper way to predict these killer waves.
Earth/Environment February 27, 2016
Glaciers and ice sheets are rapidly melting, causing sea levels to elevate, but not fast enough. A new study revealed that the hot, parched Earth is slowing down the rates of sea level rise.
Earth/Environment February 16, 2016
The ocean is the Earth's largest carbon sink. A team of international experts shed light on how the ocean and its inhabitants carry carbon from the atmosphere and deposit it deep into the waters.
Earth/Environment February 13, 2016