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New Study Shows That Humans Have Ruined Ocean Wilderness: Just 13 Percent Remains Untouched

Only 13 percent of the Earth’s entire oceanic wilderness areas remain untouched by humans, a new study has found. Worse, only a small portion of them are protected.

Earth/Environment July 27, 2018

Superhuman Bajau People Have A Rare Mutation That Allows Them To Stay Underwater Longer

A new study conducted on the Bajau people showed why they were able to hold their breath underwater for thousands of years. The small Malaysian group of people spends most of their days underwater for eight years.

Animals April 19, 2018

Oceans On Mars Could Have Formed As Early As 4 Billion Years Ago, According To New Research

Scientists discovered that the oceans on Mars may be significantly older than previously thought. New estimates indicate that oceans on Mars formed 4 billion years ago.

Space March 19, 2018

Earth's Oceans Suffocating And Creating More 'Dead Zones': Study

Low-oxygen sites in coastal bodies of water have significantly increased since 1950. As the waters run low on oxygen, marine creatures lose their habitats and may even succumb to suffocation.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2018

Cooler Ocean Needed To Save Great Barrier Reef From Coral Bleaching

Cooler ocean is needed to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef from coral bleaching, says a new study. Other measures to protect the coral reefs can only do so much, but ultimately, the need is even more urgent for a global action to address global warming.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2017

Oceans Are Warming Faster Than Previously Believed, Scientists Suggest

A new study has revealed that ocean temperatures are rising at a faster pace than scientists previously anticipated. The research compared oceanic temperature data between 1960 and 2015 with the help of the latest technologies.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Deep-Sea Squid Has Mismatched Eyes To Help It Survive In The Twilight Zone Of The Ocean

The mismatched eyes of the deep sea 'cockeyed' squid Histioteuthis heteropsis evolved so the creature can better survive in the twilight zone of the ocean. What is its bigger eye for?

Animals February 13, 2017

Ghost Shark Video Sheds Light On Behavior, Habitat Of Mysterious Deep-Sea Creature

A species of the elusive ghost shark has been unintentionally filmed alive swimming in its habitat. What does the video reveal about these mysterious deep-sea creatures?

Animals December 18, 2016

Slushy Ocean Lies Beneath Pluto's Icy Heart: How Does It Affect The Dwarf Planet?

A slushy ocean covered with layers of frozen nitrogen and water ice is likely hidden underneath Pluto’s iconic icy heart, a new study suggests. This subsurface ocean may explain the strange location of one of the dwarf planet’s regions.

Space November 16, 2016

Pluto Heart Suggests Dwarf Planet Has Underground Liquid Water Ocean

Pluto's heart-shaped region hints that a subsurface ocean exists on the dwarf planet. Simulations of an asteroid impact suggest this body of liquid water is at least 60 miles deep.

Space September 24, 2016

Larger Sea Creatures Will Die First When The 'Sixth Extinction' Comes

A recent study has found that larger sea creatures will die off first in the next mass extinction, and human interference is to blame. Scientists are hopeful it's not too late to reverse its effects.

Animals September 15, 2016

Harvard Scientists Design Robotic Ocean Floor Recovery Fingers For A Softer Pickup

Researchers at Harvard have come up with a set of robotic hands that can pick up fragile specimens from the ocean floor for marine biologists to observe, all without the danger of breaking the objects they're attempting to recover.

FUTURE TECH January 21, 2016

XPrize Announces $7M Reward For Best Tech To Map the Ocean Floor

XPrize has announced its latest entrepreneurial tech competition, and whoever can design the best bathymetric map could win millions of dollars.

FUTURE TECH December 14, 2015

Long-lived Ocean On Enceladus Hints Possibility For Alien Life

The existence of a global ocean on Encaladus, Saturn's sixth largest moon, raises the possibility that life could evolve or have already evolved in this extraterrestrial world.

Space September 18, 2015

Climate Change Guru's Warning Of 10-Foot Sea Level Rise: Realistic Or Too Much?

Climate specialists performed simulations of paleoclimate and present climate conditions and came up with the theory that sea levels may rise by up to 10 feet.

Animals July 27, 2015

Diver High Fives 20-Foot Great White Shark Called Deep Blue [Video]

No matter how cool you are, you'll never be a 'diver high-fiving a great white shark' cool.

Internet Culture June 11, 2015

Bobcat Dragging Shark Out Of Ocean Captured On Camera

What started out as a simple walk along the beach ended remarkably for a beachgoer as he chanced upon a bobcat dragging a shark out of the ocean and captured the moment.

Internet Culture April 11, 2015

Scientists Successfully Breed Rare Coral Species In Lab: How This May Help Conservation

Scientists have successfully bred a rare coral species in the lab, providing valuable insight about the coral, as well as helping to understand how to save this particular species in the wild.

March 16, 2015

How Scientists Used Auroras To Confirm Ganymede's 60-Mile Deep Ocean

Scientists have always believed in the possibility of life outside Earth. The recent discovery of an ocean beneath Ganymede, made possible by the moon's auroras, might just support this.

Space March 14, 2015

Jupiter's Moon Ganymede Is Hiding A Vast Saltwater Ocean Under Its Crust

The Hubble Space Telescope may have found the best evidence yet for a vast underground ocean on Ganymede.

Space March 13, 2015

Slush Waves Have Turned The Ocean Into A Giant Glistening Slurpee

When snow turns into slush on the ground, it is just the worst. However, if that same thing happens in the ocean, it is a beautiful thing.

Internet Culture February 26, 2015

New Species Of Seadragon Discovered Off Australian Coast

After compiling DNA samples of previously unidentified sea creatures in Australia, researchers recently discovered a third, and new, species of seadragon, the phyllopteryx dewysea, also referred to as the ruby seadragon.

February 20, 2015

8 Million Tons Of Plastic Trash Pollute Oceans Every Year: The Worst Polluter Is...

Some 8 million tons of plastic are being thrown into the ocean per year. Despite its highly developed garbage collection system, the U.S. remains one of the top plastic polluters of the ocean.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2015

Here's What Alien Dust on the Ocean Floor Can Tell Us About Supernovae

Analysis of dust, which came from galactic explosions and fell and settled at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, could change current concepts of supernova.

Space January 21, 2015

Creatures Lurking in the Deep Ocean Are Big But How Big? Now We Know

By using historical data, specimens and scientific literature, a group of researchers came up with more accurate measurements of animals that live in the ocean. Here are the results.

Animals January 15, 2015

Remember that Alien-like Goblin Shark? Watch it Take a Monstrous Bite

Like the stuff of nightmares, the goblin shark attempts to take a bite out of a diver's arm.

Internet Culture December 23, 2014

269000 Tons: Amount of Plastic Waste that Pollute World's Oceans

The ocean is holding plastic waste equivalent to the weight of more than 500 fully loaded Boeing 747s. Toxins from these hazardous materials can also transfer to the marine animals that eat them.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2014

No, Earth's Water Did Not Originate from Comets, Rosetta Data Suggest

The Earth’s water is believed to have originated from comets, but data from the Rosetta spacecraft, which analyzed the water vapor of Comet 67P/C-G, suggest that our planet’s oceans may have a different origin.

Space December 11, 2014

Mystery of Earth's water origin finally solved? It may be older than you think

Water is believed to have come late after the Earth had formed. Findings of a new study, however, suggest that the water on the planet is older than previously believed.

Animals October 31, 2014

Mimas: Wobbly 'Death Star' moon of Saturn is hiding a secret. What could it be?

Mimas, one of the smallest moons of Saturn was observed to have a wobble twice as big for its size leading scientists to suspect that something odd may be lying beneath its icy surface.

Space October 18, 2014

Methane-munching, rock-dwelling microbes in deep ocean may be our best bet against global warming

Methane-consuming microbes found in rocks in the ocean floor help curb the levels of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas methane in the ocean and the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment October 17, 2014

Earth's oceans warming faster than we realized: Blame global warming?

The rate of ocean warming between 1970 and 2003 is underestimated by up to 58 percent, study reveals. Scientists said that the ocean's temperature is crucial to understanding global warming.

Earth/Environment October 8, 2014

New map of the ocean's floor details previously undiscovered features

A new map of the ocean's floors uncovered new mountains, as well as outlined details about tectonic plates, showing previously undiscovered areas of the many topographical mysteries that lie beneath the sea.

Internet Culture October 6, 2014

Sharks have distinct personalities like humans - they can be social or solitary

Researchers from the UK demonstrated that sharks have their unique personalities. Solitary catsharks and those that form big groups tend persist with their behavior regardless of changes in environment and group size.

Animals October 3, 2014

New seafloor map is stunning and most detailed ever: Ocean's best-kept secrets now revealed

Gravitational data from NASA's Jason-1 satellite and ESA's CryoSat-2 satellite allowed researchers to come up with a new seafloor map that vividly shows the geological features of the Earth's oceans.

Animals October 3, 2014

Tiny zooplankton affect global currents: A story told by sea monkeys

A group of sea monkeys can have a huge effect on global currents. A new study used a simulation to prove that sea monkeys moving together produced strong currents.

Earth/Environment September 30, 2014

Water on Earth and the solar system is older than our sun

Some of the Earth's water has levels of deuterium that indicate interstellar origins. That suggests that part of the ocean's water may be older than the sun.

Space September 26, 2014

Tree rings help scientists decipher 600 years of ocean history

By analyzing the tree rings of blue oak trees, scientists were able to gain insight on winter upwelling and marine productivity along the California coast in the last six centuries.

Earth/Environment September 21, 2014

New algorithm traces origin of monster garbage patch in oceans

A new mathematical algorithm traces the sources of monster garbage patches in oceans. Majority of the garbage patches are made up of plastic.

Animals September 5, 2014

20 new types of coral need federal protection

20 new species of coral have just been added to the Endangered Species Act.

Earth/Environment August 28, 2014

Will methane pouring from ocean floor become a climate bomb?

Methane has been discovered leaking from hundreds of vents along the Atlantic coast of the United States. Could this lead to an environmental disaster?

Earth/Environment August 26, 2014

Methane spewing up from surprisingly gassy seafloor off East Coast

New research suggests a large amount of previously undiscovered methane is being released beneath the sea floor on the East Coast.

Earth/Environment August 25, 2014

Whale meandering through river in VA may be very sick

A whale has been spotted in a Virginia river, acting erratically. The whale seems to be sick, scientists say.

Earth/Environment August 19, 2014

Researchers dump oil into North Sea to study effects of oil spills

A research group at EPFL intentionally spilled oil into the North Sea to study the way hydrocarbons were released in the first 24 hours after a spill. They hope to use this information to create better spill clean up methods in the future.

Earth/Environment August 11, 2014

Massive red tide bloom may spell doom for Florida coast

Researchers expect that the red tide bloom in Florida, a toxic bloom of algae, will likely wash ashore to beaches in Tampa within the next two weeks.

Earth/Environment August 10, 2014

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