Tag Archives: Marine Science

Shipwreck-hunting project wins TV spotlight

The voyages of the R/V Petrel, funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen, are the focus of a National Geographic documentary premiering on Aug. 12 – and as a prelude to the show, the leader of the Petrel team … Continue reading

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Climate change doom teaches lesson for today

Scientists say rapidly warming oceans played a key role in the world’s biggest mass extinction, 252 million years ago, and could point to the risks that lie ahead in an era of similarly rapid climate change. The latest analysis, published in … Continue reading

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Scientists in a sub explore the Salish Sea

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — This week’s Salish Sea Expedition is unfolding amid the heavily trafficked waters off the San Juan Islands, but there’s still plenty of room here for scientific discoveries. For example, researchers riding a deep-water submersible called Cyclops 1 announced that … Continue reading

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Ships set sail to trace tiny creatures’ carbon trail

After seven years of preparation, two research vessels are heading out of Seattle to begin a 40-day voyage to track how tiny organisms in the ocean affect the world’s carbon balance — and it’s a bittersweet moment for one scientist who’s staying … Continue reading

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What killed the birds? Scientists blame the Blob

Researchers have untangled the mystery behind a die-off that felled hundreds of thousands of tough seabirds known as Cassin’s auklets in 2014 and early 2015. It’s not a simple answer: The proximate cause was starvation, but in a study published … Continue reading

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Paul Allen marks Memorial Day in a deep-sea way

It’s traditional to revisit the gravesites of America’s fallen warriors on Memorial Day, but billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen is adding a non-traditional twist. Today the co-founder of Microsoft is highlighting the work that he’s funded over the past couple of … Continue reading

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Video captures anglerfish in a sexual hookup

Scientists studying deep-sea anglerfish have long known about the bizarre mismatch between the species’ whiskered females and teeny-tiny males. But they’ve never captured video of live fish mating — until now. A newly released video, captured by researchers Kirsten and Joachim … Continue reading

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