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Underwater robot offers new insight into mid-ocean “twilight zone”

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) An innovative underwater robot known as Mesobot is providing researchers with deeper insight into the vast mid-ocean region known as the “twilight zone.” Capable of tracking and recording high-resolution images of slow-moving and fragile zooplankton, gelatinous animals, and particles, Mesobot greatly expands scientists’ ability to observe creatures in their mesopelagic habitat with minimal disturbance.

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Michigan Develops a $97 Million Plan to Improve Recycling

How well do the residents in your state do when it comes to recycling? In “The 50 States of Recycling: A State-By-State Assessment of Containers and Packaging Recycling Rates,” Maine and Vermont ranked the highest. They were followed by Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut, New York, Minnesota, and Michigan.Michigan did well with a recycling rate of 48% […]

Climate change: This bacteria can lock away CO2 – World Economic Forum

Global oceans absorb about 25% of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Electricity-eating bacteria known as photoferrotrophs could provide a boost to this process, helping reduce emissions, according a new study. The study found the bacteria can “eat” electricity…

Papers explore massive plankton blooms with very different ecosystem impacts

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Two new papers explore this question and provide examples of conditions that lead to massive plankton blooms with vastly different potential impacts on the ecosystem, according to McGillicuddy, co-author of both papers. Both papers also point to the importance of using advanced technology–including Video Plankton Recorders, autonomous underwater vehicles, and the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Coastal Pioneer Array–to find and monitor these blooms.

NASA Image Shows the Spectacular Beauty of the Milky Way’s ‘Downtown’

A spectacular new image has been released by NASA showing the ‘downtown’ of the spiral galaxy we live in. The photography is a composite made up of 370 observations that were taken at the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory over the past couple of decades. It shows billions of stars and a seemingly endless number of […]

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Geologist identifies new form of quasicrystal

(University of Massachusetts Lowell) A UMass Lowell geologist is among the researchers who have discovered a new type of manmade quasicrystal created by the first test blast of an atomic bomb.

LLNL Research Suggests Global Warming May Be Underestimated – Livermore Independent

New research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) suggests that global warming in the troposphere, or lowest level of the atmosphere, may have been underestimated over the last 40 years. Climate scientists studied four properties of tropical climate change…

A ‘jolt’ for ocean carbon sequestration

(Washington University in St. Louis) Global oceans absorb about 25% of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned. Electricity-eating bacteria known as photoferrotrophs could provide a boost to this essential process, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.