Antarctic sea lizard laid mystery fossil named ‘The Thing’

"It is from an animal the size of a large dinosaur, but it is completely unlike a dinosaur egg."

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils eggs antarctica oceans lizards science-and-technology

Climate change to make extreme waves more frequent

"An increase in the risk of extreme wave events may be catastrophic, as larger and more frequent storms will cause more flooding and coastline erosion."

Teju Hari Krishna-U. Melbourne • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change flooding oceans wind earth-and-environment waves

Most common ocean organisms host virus in DNA

A tiny jelly-bean shaped organism—the most common in the ocean—may thrive because of an ability to host viruses in its DNA.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna bacteria viruses oceans earth-and-environment

Algorithm speeds up ocean search-and-rescue missions

A new algorithm can predict where people or objects lost at sea will float. That could make life-saving search-and-rescue operations much faster.

ETH Zurich • futurity
May 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: math oceans algorithms science-and-technology rescue

Physics-defying ocean critter’s ‘propeller’ caught on camera

"These incredibly abundant and ecologically-important marine animals have a neat trick to beat the physics of their environment..."

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: swimming oceans plankton science-and-technology locomotion

Giant armored fish moseyed with its mouth open

The jaws of the ancient giant Titanichthys, an armored fish, suggest how it gathered food.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: food fish fossils oceans science-and-technology mouth

Warming oceans choke fish as habitats get less ‘breathable’

A new study shows ocean breathability is key for ocean animals. Climate change may make habitats unbreathable by 2100, researchers warn.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change oceans oxygen earth-and-environment

Yes, human activity is to blame for sea-level rise

New research digs into the history of sea-level rise and confirms that modern changes do result from human activity.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-dioxide oceans earth-and-environment sea-levels

One part of the ocean actually cooled down over time

"The cooling of the Southern Ocean over three decades is really unusual," given the warm-up happening everywhere else.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change antarctica ice oceans earth-and-environment

Gas from bacteria affects how clouds form

The interaction between bacteria and algae in the world's oceans may play a role in cloud formation, new research indicates.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria oceans phytoplankton clouds science-and-technology

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