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Got wrap? Initiative wants to recycle boat covers

Gloucester Daily Times

“This gives boat owners a place to drop off their plastic shrink wrap so it can be properly recycled,” said Sean Steinberg, Seaside Sustainability’s project manager for the initiative. “They can’t recycle it through regular curbside recycling and too often it ends up in landfills, where it’s burned. This is a much safer and more sustainable way.”

The Most Fascinating Facts About the Titanic

24/7 Wall St

April 15 will mark the 109th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people. It was among the worst maritime disasters in history.

Why Are Scientists Studying Coral’s Smell?

Smithsonian Magazine

All living things release volatile chemicals, and many species have adopted specific volatiles as communicative signals. Scientists have long studied their function in terrestrial organisms.

Ancient atmospheric oxygen sleuthing with ocean chromium

Phys.org

Currently, geoscientists and paleoceanographers from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are looking to add another use to that list: as a way to examine chemical shifts in ancient Earth’s oceans and atmosphere that are preserved in the seafloor’s paleorecord.

Warmer World Needs More Protected Habitat

The Good Men Project

With climate change soon to be the main threat to biodiversity, protected habitat will be a higher priority than ever to give wildlife a chance.

Arctic scientists test underwater drone on Willoughby Lake

VT Digger
REMUS

New England winters can often feel as cold as the Arctic. But for researchers from WHOI’s Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering department, Vermont’s polar-like cold proved to be the perfect testing site for Remus 600. The state’s deepest lake – Lake Willoughby – offered fewer risks than the Arctic Ocean, while providing important data about ice measurement and water temperature, helping to streamline the real mission this fall.

The Broadcast with Jane Adey

CBC Listen

The ocean is a part of daily life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Whether it’s fishing, tourism, shipping, research or culture, there are thousands of people whose lives have some connection to the sea. The Broadcast casts a wide net to explore the stories of people in coastal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world.

A Gruesome Feeding Frenzy in the Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic
the Atlantic

Even when a whale dies an unnatural death, its body joins the ocean’s vast circle of life.  And very often, that circle is very messy, and it involves sharks. WHOI’s Dr. Michael Moore speaks with The Atlantic about a feeding frenzy in the Atlantic Ocean.

A Quick Dive Into How Submarines Work

NPR's Short Wave

Submarines can descend thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean, but to do so, they have to deal with an enormous amount of pressure.  NPR caught up with WHOI’s Bruce Strickrott, Group Manager and Chief Pilot of the Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin, who explains some of the fundamental engineering principles that allow submarines to dive so deep without imploding under the pressure, and shares updates on Alvin’s overhaul and future dives.

Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV) Alvin is part of the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF)Alvin is one of the most recognized deep submergence vessels in the world and the only one in the U.S. capable of carrying humans into extreme ocean depths. The sub has completed 5,065 successful dives, more than all other submersible programs worldwide combined. When Alvin relaunches next fall, the iconic sub will have the ability to dive to 6500 meters (21,325 feet)—almost 4 miles deep and 2,000 meters deeper than Alvin’s current maximum depth of 4500 meters (14,800 feet). The upgrade will also give the sub access to 99% of the ocean floor.

Deep Sea Science: Deep Sea Reveals Insights On Human

TECHregister

Scientists have discovered bacteria from the deep sea with components that are unrecognizable by the human immune system and may hold important properties in the development of cancer treatments and vaccines, according to a collaborative study published in Science Immunology.