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How Squid Swim: The Difference Between Theory and Observation

For years, some engineers believed squid likely propelled themselves through water by creating vortex rings, forcing fluid out of their pipe shaped funnels to create smoke-ring-like structures. But the experience of WHOI researchers suggested otherwise, so they set up experiments to check the theories against observational evidence.  They put live squid into a flume at…

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Bouncing Among the Arctic Ice: The Ultimate Arctic Machine?

WHOI scientists exploring the largely unknown currents beneath the polar sea ice have designed and successfully tested a new float that drifts at various depths through the oceans measuring water temperature and salinity. The float is programmed to rise to the surface periodically, find a lead or opening in the ice cover, and transmit its…

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WHOI Announces New Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean

James Yoder, a professor of oceanography and former associate dean at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, has been chosen Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).  Yoder was elected at the Board of Trustees meeting at the Institution October 14 and will assume his…

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Boston Globe, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Journalists To be Honored by WHOI

Two journalists from The Boston Globe and a radio host/producer for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will receive the 2005 Ocean Science Journalism Award  from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for excellence in communicating ocean science to the public. Beth Daley and Gareth Cook of The Boston Globe are being recognized for their four-part newspaper series…

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Marine Organisms Threatened By Increasingly Acidic Ocean

Every day, the average person on the planet burns enough fossil fuel to emit 24 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, out of which about nine pounds is then taken up by the ocean.  As this CO2 combines with seawater, it forms an acid in a process known as ocean acidification. A new study…

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WHOI Holds Commencement Ceremonies as Part of 75th Anniversary Celebration

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) held commencement ceremonies September 24, awarding 34 master’s and doctoral degrees in ocean sciences and engineering as part of the Institution’s Joint Graduate Program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Commencement ceremonies for the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Applied Ocean Science and Engineering  are normally held annually…

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Studies at the Top of the World

Two Institution scientists spent the past six weeks crossing the Arctic Ocean from Barrow, Alaska, to Svalbard, Norway, onboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which has been working with the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy to collect data about the stratigraphy of Arctic Ocean water masses, dominant physical and chemical processes, and response to change of…

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A Trip for the Record Books

Research Vessel Knorr will pass another milestone in its long career when it reaches one million miles traveled for ocean science this month. The 279-foot ship is working in the Southern Pacific off Chile on climate studies in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. It is due at Puerto Montt, Chile, October 6. The milestone will…

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Alvin Is Going to Pieces…Again

The Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin will return home to Woods Hole in mid-October after two years and be taken apart right down to its titanium frame. The scheduled refit and overhaul occurs every three years or so and takes about six months. This may be the last for the 40-year-old sub, which is scheduled to…

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New Images Reveal Different Magma Pools Form the Ocean’s Crust

For the first time, scientists have produced images of the oceanic crust and found that the upper and lower layers of the crust are likely formed from different magma pools. The images begin to answer some lingering questions about where new ocean crust comes from and whether it is all formed the same way. Geophysicists…

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Earth’s Ability to Absorb Increased Carbon Emissions May Be Limited

The ability of both land and sea to absorb increased emissions of carbon dioxide is limited, according to a recent study using a new computer model of Earth’s climate that takes into account the planet’s carbon cycle.  The new generation climate model indicates land and ocean will absorb less carbon, much of it from the…

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Scientists Use New Methods to Track and Protect Threatened Species

There are fish in the sea, but many species are over-exploited, aren’t evenly distributed and some, like the clownfish of “Finding Nemo” fame, are in high demand for tropical aquariums.  Understanding how marine populations grow and spread is essential to protect threatened species, yet tracking fish movements has posed an enormous challenge to science. An…

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WHOI Scientists and Engineers Explore “Lost City” in the Atlantic

Biologist Tim Shank of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is “at sea” once again studying marine life at the bottom of the ocean, but this time it is via television monitors in real time from the comfort of a shore-based facility thousands of miles away.  Shank and most of the researchers investigating the Lost…

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Astrobiology Exhibit Visits Woods Hole this Summer

Life on Earth and in the universe is the theme of a traveling exhibit on astrobiology at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Exhibit Center during July and August. The interactive exhibit focuses on clues for understanding how life evolved and its possible existence elsewhere in the universe by understanding present life here on Earth.…

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Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Study Says Population in Crisis

Ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are threatening the survival of the North Atlantic right whale, one of the most endangered whales with an estimated population of about 350.  With eight recorded deaths in the past 16 months and a population growth rate that has declined since 1980, scientists say that unless emergency management…

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2005

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is celebrating 75 years of ocean research, education and exploration in 2005 with a series of activities this summer and fall, ranging from an “unboat” regatta, public open house and science symposium, to publication of a book on the Institution’s history. Founded in 1930 to help advance the role…

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2005 New England Red Tide Media Briefings July 14

Contacts: WHOI:  Shelley Dawicki 508-289-2270   or 508-566-7017 (mobile) NOAA:  Ben Sherman 202-253-5256 (mobile) WHAT: Spring 2005 brought the worst “bloom” of the toxic alga Alexandrium fundyense since a massive outbreak occurred in 1972 in the New England region. Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…

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A Natural Petroleum Spring

Bubbles stream from vents surrounding misshapen cones formed by thick liquid oozing from the sea floor. It may sound like a hydrothermal vent field near a mid-ocean ridge, but these vents are located in shallow water, only a kilometer (about a half mile) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. This isn’t the usual volcanic…

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The Internal Weather of the Sea

Currents, fronts and eddies, often called the internal weather of the sea, are major components of ocean circulation and can change the chemical and biological environment in the ocean. Four cruises are being conducted as part of the Eddy Dynamics, Mixing, Export and Species composition (EDDIES) project to quantify the impacts of eddies and mixing…

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Life in Extreme Environments

Scientists have long known of organisms adapted to environments that appear inhosptable to any form of life, living in the 600-700??F waters of hydrothermal vents on the sea fl oor, in pitchdark mine shafts a mile below ground, or clinging to the frigid underside of polar ice sheets. But now, WHOI researchers have been surprised…

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Marine Task Force to Develop National Standards for Ocean Aquaculture Announced

Additional Contact: Justin Kenney The Pew Charitable Trusts 215-575-4816, jkenney@pewtrusts.org (Washington, D.C.) The Pew Charitable Trusts, in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), announces the establishment of the Marine Aquaculture Task Force—comprising leaders from the worlds of science, industry, conservation and government—to develop national aquaculture standards to guide future development of our oceans.…

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