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How phytoplankton survive in ocean gyres with low nutrient supplies

Subtropical gyres are huge, sustained currents spanning thousands of kilometers across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, where very little grows. With nutrients in short supply,...

Half-billion-year-old fossils offer new clues to how life exploded on the sea floor

Stephen Pates, a researcher from Oxford University's Department of Zoology, has uncovered secrets from the ancient oceans. With Dr. Rudy Lerosey-Aubril from New England University...

Snailfish: how we found a new species in one of the ocean’s deepest places

From an unmanned submersible, protected by a casing of stainless steel almost an inch thick and a window made from super strong sapphire crystal,...
New species discovered in the extreme depths of the Pacific Ocean

New species discovered in the extreme depths of the Pacific Ocean

An exploration to one of the deepest places on earth has captured rare footage of what is believed to be three new species of...
Global warming, El Niño could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months

Global warming, El Niño could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months

Warming ocean temperatures will intensify winter rainfall in California So here’s the good news: Despite fears to the contrary, California isn’t facing a year-round drought in...

Are these humpback whales too close for comfort?

As many as six humpback whales were spotted in Boston Harbor on Wednesday, a rare sight in the congested shipping port. But the whales probably...

Metal in the air really messes with ocean life

Trace metals in the atmosphere have a hefty impact on marine life, according to a new paper. The sources of these aerosol particles include volcanoes,...
Tech treasures from Great Barrier Reef could change human history

Tech treasures from Great Barrier Reef could change human history

Move over Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg – University of Queensland scientists say the humble sea sponge or snail could unlock technological breakthroughs that...

Reef corals have endured since ‘age of dinosaurs’

At least some of them may survive global warming The relationship between corals and the micro-algae that enable them to build reefs is considerably older...
Ancient sea sediments speak No ‘Big Bang’ for burrowers

Ancient sea sediments speak: No ‘Big Bang’ for burrowers

On an ancient seafloor, burrowing animals appeared and churned up sediment as a sort of opening act for the Cambrian explosion, the rapid emergence...