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Vol. 45, No. 1, April 2006

Finding a New Species

Finding a New Species

It's not every day that you discover a new species. Sheri Simmons, a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, a found a previously unknown bacterium, with an unusual "internal compass," in her proverbial backyard: Salt Pond in Falmouth, Mass. Meanwhile in the North Atlantic, WHOI oceanographers launched a far-reaching program to examine the formation and evolution of a long-observed but poorly understood phenomenon of the North Atlantic—18° water—and its influence on climate.

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Research News


One of the Greatest Volcanic Shows on Earth

Inside a crater, a scientist seeks clues to the formation of the vast Deccan Traps

argo floats

Float 312, Where Are You?

In one week, people found two rarely seen ocean instruments

Augustine volcano

To Catch an Erupting Volcano

Rapid mobilization team springs into action

	An Ocean Warmer Than a Hot Tub

An Ocean Warmer Than a Hot Tub

Ocean temperatures once may have reached 107°F. Could they again?


New Sonar Method Offers Window into Squid Nurseries

Technique provides a way to monitor the health of squid fisheries

marine mammal laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Mass Strandings Keep New Marine Mammal Facility Busy

In its first season, WHOI lab becomes a hub for cetacean research

Liquid Jungle Laboratory, Panama

Live From the Tropics, It's an Ocean Network

New underwater observatory monitors marine ecosystem off Panama

Changing the Course of Rivers and History

Changing the Course of Rivers and History

Rivers in Pakistan’s Punjab region switched directions

A 'Book' of Ancient Sumatran Tsunamis

A 'Book' of Ancient Sumatran Tsunamis

Historic Chinese cruise brings back clues to old earthquakes and new vent sites

fishing boats

Do Fishing Regulations Lead to More Accidents?

Fishermen say yes; new study suggests no

Ocean Technology

	Dust Busters for the Oceans

Dust Busters for the Oceans

A new instrument seeks answers that are blowing in the wind

going wireless lead photo

Going Wireless in the Deep Blue

Deploying instruments to monitor the ocean is one thing. Getting daily reports from them is another.

Students at Work

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Unlike other magnetotactic bacteria, the "barbell" bacterium heads in its own direction

WHOI Around the World


Noxious Gas from the Mouth of Hell...

...and other recent fieldwork around the world by WHOI researchers

Around WHOI

Ocean Policy

humpback whale

Caught in the Middle of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

A law designed to protect animals sometimes hinders research that could help them

A Conversation With...

Jian Lin interview

Worlds Apart, But United by the Oceans

A conversation with geophysicist Jian Lin

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