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WHOI-engineered DISCO allows scientists to measure highly reactive superoxide on coral reefs

WHOI researchers successfully conceived and tested a portable device, DISCO, that performed the first in situ measurements of a highly reactive type of oxygen, known as superoxide, which may play an integral role in the health of coral reefs.

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MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Kalina Grabb demos the latest iteration of DISCO in a Watson lab at WHOI. (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Low-oxygen “dead zones” and phytoplankton blooms like those shown here extending into the Gulf of Mexico are expanding in the global ocean due to a variety of factors, including climate disruptions, warmer ocean temperatures, and increasing nutrient runoff from fertilizers and wastewater on land. (Image courtesy of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration).
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IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue Team and volunteers respond to a  stranding of four common dolphins on Scussett Beach, Cape Cod in 2018- their 5000th response since the beginning of the Cape Cod Stranding Network. (Photo courtesy of © IFAW)
A bowhead whale breaches the surface of the cold waters near Point Barrow, Alaska. (Photo by Kate Stafford, University of Washington)
Mark Abbott is the tenth director in WHOI’s 89-year history. (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Clownfish on their anemone in the lagoon around Kimbe Island in Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Simon Thorrold, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A whale shark swims near Shib Habil reef in the Red Sea. (Photo by Simon Thorrold, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
The crew and science team on R/V Neil Armstrong deployed newly designed, 60-foot spar buoy for sea trials about 100 miles south of Cape Cod. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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An emaciated, entangled North Atlantic right whale swimming with fishing trap rope around both flippers, through its mouth, and dragging behind it. Image: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, NOAA Permit #594-1759
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WHOI deep-sea biologist Taylor Heyl (in foreground) explores Lydonia Canyon in the OceanX submersible <em>NADIR</em>  during a dive in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. (Photo by Luis Lamar for National Geographic)
The fate of emperor penguins is largely tied to sea ice, making them particulary vulnerable to warming. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
A swordfish swims near the ocean’s surface off the coast of Miami, Florida. Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Washington tagged a group of five swords there to track their movements in and out of the ocean twilight zone, a dimly-lit layer of the ocean between 200 and 1000 meters deep (656 to 3,280 feet). (Photo by Steve Dougherty Photography).