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Journey Into the Ocean's Microbiomes

Journey Into the Ocean’s Microbiomes

March 18, 2016

Bacteria in the ocean, including pathogenic ones, often hitchhike on tiny crustaceans called copepods. A graduate student explored their complex relationships.

Minerals Made by Microbes

Minerals Made by Microbes

March 4, 2016

Some minerals actually don’t form without a little help from microscopic organisms, using chemical processes that scientists are only beginning to reveal.

Through the Looking-Glass of the Sea Surface

Through the Looking-Glass of the Sea Surface

February 23, 2016

Scientists are using new technology to make previously impossible measurements at the turbulent ocean surface—a crucial junction for energy exchange between the air above and the sea below.

A Mighty Mysterious Molecule

A Mighty Mysterious Molecule

February 18, 2016

What gives sea air its distinctive scent? A chemical compound called dimethylsulfide. In a new study, WHOI scientists show that the compound may also be used by marine microbes to communicate with one another.

Seal Whiskers Inspire Marine Technology

Seal Whiskers Inspire Marine Technology

January 27, 2016

The night approaches quickly. A harbor seal plunges into the water, diving deep as the sunlight recedes. Through the dark,…

Sex, Games, and the Evolution of Gender Gaps

Sex, Games, and the Evolution of Gender Gaps

January 4, 2016

Population models can help us plan breeding programs for endangered species and understand the evolution of sex ratios.

How Did Earth Get Its Ocean?

How Did Earth Get Its Ocean?

December 21, 2015

Adam Sarafian overcame a learning disability and surmounted heights as a an All-American pole-vaulter—all before launching a scientific career that has now allowed him to hurtle across the universe and back through time to the period when Earth was still forming.

Specks in the Spectrometer

Specks in the Spectrometer

December 15, 2015

Mass spectrometer facilities can be a rite of passage for scientists—as well as for the samples analyzed inside the mass specs.

Epiphany Among the Manta Rays

Epiphany Among the Manta Rays

December 3, 2015

There’s a great need to collect ocean temperature data. And there are millions of scuba divers out there.

Earth's Riverine Bloodstream

Earth’s Riverine Bloodstream

November 23, 2015

Like blood in our arteries in our body, water in rivers carry chemical signals that can tell us a lot about how the entire Earth system operates.