Breaking Waves: Ocean News

Marine conditions of Aralar mountain range of 120 million years ago
03/21/2010 - 23:00
The Early Aptian (120 million years ago) was an age of intense volcanic activity on Earth, eruptions that emitted large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thus causing a revolution in the carbon cycle. As a consequence, great changes happened in the whole of the terrestrial system. A researcher in Spain has studied how these changes happened in the marine environment of the Aralar mountain range (at that time it was under the sea) in the Basque Country, and found more than one surprise.
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Rare lady beetles prefer traditional diet
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Experts watched helplessly as a colony of rare, captive lady beetles was lost in 2008, then teetered on the edge of disaster again in 2009.
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Tectonics: Precision is hallmark of 20-year study
03/21/2010 - 23:00
When it comes to 3-D puzzles, Rubik's Cube pales in comparison with the latest creation from a team of geophysicists. They have just put the finishing touches on a 20-year effort to precisely describe the relative movements of the interlocking tectonic plates that make up about 97 percent of Earth's surface.
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Clean snowmobile challenge tests lower-emission, quieter sleds
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Neither sun, nor mud, nor atypically warm March weather in northern Michigan could keep three hardy entries from completing the Endurance Run at the 2010 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.
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Scientists are helping rice farmers in Uruguay stop polluting their waterways
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Scientists are helping rice farmers in Uruguay stop polluting their waterways -- including drinking-water sources and a globally valuable nature reserve.
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Dormant microbes promote diversity, serve environment
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Scientists have developed a mathematical model and molecular tools to study how dormancy affects the biodiversity of natural microbial communities, especially in lakes.
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Rare Hawaiian monk seal brought to marine lab for study and treatment
03/21/2010 - 23:00
A young Hawaiian monk seal that was removed from the wild last year for treatment and rehabilitation is providing researchers with a rare opportunity to study the physiology of this critically endangered species.
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Fishing discard ban could damage sea bird success, scientists warn
03/21/2010 - 23:00
A proposed EU ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard from commercial boats could put one of the North Sea's most successful sea birds at risk, say researchers.
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Process in big-screen plasma TVs can produce ultra-clean fuel
03/21/2010 - 23:00
The process that lights up big-screen plasma TV displays is getting a new life in producing ultra-clean fuels, according to a new report. It describes a small, low-tech, inexpensive device called a GlidArc reactor that uses electrically-charged clouds of gas called "plasmas" to produce in three steps super-clean fuels from waste materials.
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Changes seen in rainfall trends in March, June and October since 1945 in Spain
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Scientists have produced data on monthly precipitation rates in the Iberian Peninsula. This has been used to analyse monthly rainfall trends between 1945 and 2005 in the Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula.
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