The Public Fear Sharks Less When They Understand Their Behaviour

2017-12-15T13:27:27+00:00 December 15, 2017|

(Credit: University of Sydney) Researchers surveyed more than 500 visitors to an aquarium 'shark tunnel' to understand how attitudes to sharks and government shark policies can change. An experiment involving more than 500 visitors to an aquarium 'shark tunnel' has shown the public's fear of sharks reduces when they learn about the species [...]

The Earth Is Humming—Here’s What It Means

2017-12-15T12:10:20+00:00 December 15, 2017|

Ocean floor. (Credit: Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative) Our blue planet spins suspended in outer space—and it hums, too. European researchers say the Earth's incessant hum originates from the bottom of the ocean. This study, published by researchers from the Paris Institute of Global Physics in the journal Geophysical Research Letters in November, gleans material from ocean-bottom seismometer [...]

Arctic Report Card: Permafrost Thawing At A Faster Pace

2017-12-13T13:41:31+00:00 December 13, 2017|

Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday. Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. (From ABC News/ By Seth Borenstein) -- The annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric [...]

Dolphin, Bear Studies Have Paved The Way To Improved Population Forecasting

2017-12-13T13:30:06+00:00 December 13, 2017|

A new article by a UNSW Sydney-led team challenges the validity of current methods for forecasting the persistence of slow-growing species for conservation purposes, and provides a better approach to reducing the threat of extinction. (From Science Daily) -- Previous research on wild dolphins in Australia and wild bears in North America has revealed that [...]

World-first Uses Satellites And Ocean Models To Explain Antarctic Seafloor Biodiversity

2017-12-12T12:50:53+00:00 December 12, 2017|

Under-ice seafloor community in O'brien Bay showing a diverse community of marine invertebrates. (Credit: Jonny Stark/Australian Antarctic Division) In a world-first, a research team of Australian and international scientists has used data collected by satellites and an ocean model to explain and predict biodiversity on the Antarctic seafloor. (From EurekAlert.org) -- The researchers [...]

Extreme Fieldwork, Climate Modeling Yields New Insight Into Predicting Greenland’s Melt

2017-12-12T12:37:33+00:00 December 12, 2017|

Greenland (Credit: Matthew Cooper) A new UCLA-led study reinforces the importance of collaboration in assessing the effects of climate change. The research, published Dec. 5 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers new insights about previously unknown factors affecting Greenland's melting ice sheet, and it could ultimately help scientists [...]

Member Highlight: New Gene-based Model Suggests, For Microbes, It’s Not Who You Are But What You Do

2017-12-11T16:01:39+00:00 December 8, 2017|

(Credit: Pexels) Amazing diversity hides beneath the surface of the ocean where tiny microbes work busily; transforming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into oxygen, converting sunlight into energy, and breaking down nitrogen gas to serve as food. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researcher Victoria Coles and her team have developed [...]

Stressed-Out Narwhals Don’t Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find

2017-12-08T14:12:41+00:00 December 8, 2017|

(Credit: Flip Nicklin/ Minden Pictures/Getty Images) Narwhals — the unicorns of the sea — show a weird fear response after being entangled in nets. Scientists say this unusual reaction to human-induced stress might restrict blood flow to the brain and leave the whales addled. (From NPR/ by Nell Greenfieldboyce) -- The narwhals swim hard and dive [...]

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