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Enormous ancient fish discovered by accident
Fossilised remains of a fish that grew as big as a great white shark and the largest of its type ever found have been discovered by accident. (2021-02-15)

Largest aggregation of fishes in abyssal deep sea recorded by UH researchers
The largest aggregation of fishes ever recorded in the abyssal deep sea was discovered by a team of oceanographers during an expedition in the Clarion Clipperton Zone. Their findings were published recently in Deep-Sea Research. (2020-11-23)

Sensors get a laser shape up
Laser writing breathes life into high-performance sensing platforms. (2020-11-15)

The first duckbill dinosaur fossil from Africa hints at how dinosaurs once crossed oceans
The first fossils of a duckbilled dinosaur have been discovered in Africa, suggesting dinosaurs crossed hundreds of kilometres of open water to get there. (2020-11-05)

OBS deep seismic survey uncovered crustal structure mystery of NW sub-basin of the SCS
The formation and evolution history of Northwestern sub-basin has many different opinions due to its own short-period spreading and strong volcanic activities. This research has provided the evidences from deep velocity structures in the Northwestern sub-basin. (2020-09-15)

How volcanoes explode in the deep sea
Explosive volcanic eruptions are possible deep down in the sea -- although the water masses exert enormous pressure there. An international team now reports how this can happen. (2020-06-29)

New fossils rewrite the story of dinosaur -- and change the appearance of Spinosaurus
Scientists have long opposed the idea that dinosaurs lived in aquatic habitats. Now, an international team of researchers, supported by the National Geographic Society, has discovered unambiguous evidence that Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, the longest predatory dinosaur known to science, was aquatic. (2020-04-29)

Palaeontologists reveal 'the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth
100 million years ago, ferocious predators, including flying reptiles and crocodile-like hunters, made the Sahara the most dangerous place on Earth. (2020-04-24)

Fourth new pterosaur discovery in matter of weeks
You wait ages for a pterosaur and then four come along at once. Hot on the heels of a recent paper discovering three new species of pterosaur, University of Portsmouth palaeobiologists have identified another new species -- the first of its kind to be found on African soil. (2020-04-02)

Sinking sea mountains make and muffle earthquakes
Subduction zones -- places where one tectonic plate dives beneath another -- are where the world's largest and most damaging earthquakes occur. A new study has found that when underwater mountains -- also known as seamounts -- are pulled into subduction zones, not only do they set the stage for these powerful quakes, but also create conditions that end up dampening them. (2020-03-02)

New deep-water coral discovered
A new octocoral species was recently discovered in a biodiversity hotspot and World Heritage Site in Pacific Panama. It inhabits an unexplored and understudied marine ecosystem, under increasing need for protection: the mesophotic coral communities. (2019-10-21)

Depleted seamounts near Hawaii recovering after decades of federal protection
After years of federally mandated protection, scientists see signs that this once ecologically fertile area known as the Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount Chain is making a comeback. (2019-08-07)

Ocean and space exploration blend at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography
Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space. (2019-05-29)

What does the future of Kilauea hold?
Ever since Hawaii's Kilauea stopped erupting in August 2018, ceasing activity for the first time in 35 years, scientists have been wondering about the volcano's future. Its similarities to the Hawaiian seamount Lo`ihi might provide some answers, according to Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach at Western Washington University. (2019-04-26)

Live from the ocean research vessel Atlantis
Scientists and engineers on a deep-sea expedition aboard the research vessel Atlantis in the East Pacific Ocean will be broadcasting live to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting exhibit booth from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13. (2018-12-12)

New soft coral species discovered in Panama
Another new coral found in Panama's Coiba National Park, a UNESCO National Heritage Site, the location of the Smithsonian's newest research site. (2018-09-14)

Models may help reduce bycatch from longline fishing
Hundreds of thousands of sharks, sea birds and other marine species are accidentally killed each year after becoming snagged or entangled in longline fishing gear. Models developed by a Duke-led research team may help reduce the threat by giving regulatory agencies a new tool to predict the month-by-month movements of longline fleets on the high seas and determine where and when by-catch risks are greatest. (2018-08-08)

Japanese student discovers new crustacean species in deep sea hydrothermal vent
A new species of microcrustacean was collected from a submarine hot spring (hydrothermal vent) of a marine volcano (Myojin-sho caldera) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. This crustacean group is found only in deep-sea hydrothermal vents and is the first of its kind found in Japanese waters. (2018-05-20)

Pterosaurs went out with a bang, not a whimper
Fossils of six new species of pterosaurs -- giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs -- have been discovered by a research team led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, revealing that this lineage was killed off in its prime. An analysis of the fossils, publishing March 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology shows that, contrary to previous studies, there was still remarkable diversity among pterosaurs up to the point of their extinction. (2018-03-13)

First video of 'Dumbo' octopod hatchling shows that they look like mini-adults
Researchers who've gotten the first look at a deep-sea 'dumbo' octopod hatchling report in Current Biology on Feb. 19 that the young octopods look and act much like adults from the moment they emerge from an egg capsule. Dumbo octopods are so named because their fins resemble Dumbo the elephant's ears. (2018-02-19)

Study negates concerns regarding radioactivity in migratory seafood
International research team shows negligible risk from consumption of meat from migratory marine predators following Fukushima nuclear disaster. (2017-08-30)

New species of crab with unusual outgrowths has its name written in the stars
A new 'star crab' has been collected from red coral beds in Taiwan and reefs in the Philippines. This astonishing creature is distinct with its carapace and chelipeds covered in pointy protrusions, which become rounder and mushroom-shaped with age to resemble star-like outgrowths and granules. Scientists Dr. Peter Ng and Dr. Ming-Shiou Jeng describe the new species and report another rare crab spotted for the first time from the country, in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2017-08-29)

The mysterious bend in the Hawaiian-Emperor chain
The volcanic islands of Hawaii represent the youngest end of a 80 million years old and roughly 6,000 kilometers long mountain chain on the ground of the Pacific Ocean. The so-called Hawaiian-Emperor chain consisting of dozens of volcanoes is well known for its peculiar 60 degrees bend. The cause for this bend has been heavily debated for decades. Scientists from Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany now offer an explanation in a new study published Nature Communications. (2017-06-08)

What are common dermatologic features of classic movie villains?
Dermatologic features are used in movies to contrast good and evil in heroes and villains. So what features are common? (2017-04-05)

Viruses in the oceanic basement
A team of scientists from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) showed for the first time that many novel viruses are present in the fluids circulating deep in the rocky crust of the seafloor known as the ocean basement. Their recently published study also provides evidence that the viruses are actively infecting the many unusual microorganisms that live in the basement. (2017-03-28)

Scientists discover hydrothermal vents on deep ocean voyage
Barbara John and her husband, Michael Cheadle, both UW professors of geology and geophysics, recently co-led a research expedition aboard the US Research Vessel Atlantis. With the aid of two small submarines tasked with exploring and sampling the sea floor, the group located five new hydrothermal vents, as well as two others that were last seen 23 years ago, at Pito Seamount in the Pacific Ocean. (2017-03-14)

Group tolerance linked to perceptions of fairness and harm
A new study of groups in tension or conflict found evidence that people are willing to share a society with those of differing beliefs as long as they believe that those groups share a commitment to universal moral values such as fairness and harm. (2017-03-07)

Getting to the bottom of deep sea volcanic activity
Data featured in two new studies provide a step-by-step account of an underwater volcano erupting off the western coast of the US in 2015. The results reveal that deformation patterns of the seafloor, and possibly even tidal activity, can be used to estimate the timing of future eruptions of undersea volcanoes. (2016-12-15)

MBARI's seafloor maps provide new information about 2015 eruption at Axial Seamount
Axial Seamount, a large underwater volcano off of the Oregon coast, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, having last erupted in 2015. At the Fall 2016 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, MBARI researchers unveiled a new seafloor map that reveals previously undocumented lava flows from the 2015 eruption. (2016-12-15)

Rip in crust drives undersea volcanism, says study
Scientists analyzing a volcanic eruption at a mid-ocean ridge under the Pacific have come up with a somewhat contrarian explanation for what initiated it. Many scientists say undersea volcanism is triggered mainly by upwelling magma that reaches a critical pressure and forces its way up. The new study says the dominant force, at least in this case, was the seafloor itself -- basically that it ripped itself open, allowing the lava to spill out. (2016-11-14)

How the spectacular Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain became so bendy
The physical mechanism causing the unique, sharp bend in the spectacular Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain has been uncovered in a collaboration between the University of Sydney and Caltech. Led by a Ph.D. candidate at the University's EarthByte Group, researchers used a world-leading supercomputer to reveal flow patterns just above the Earth's core -- over the past 100 million years. (2016-05-11)

Hominins may have been food for carnivores 500,000 years ago
Tooth-marks on a 500,000-year-old hominin femur bone found in a Moroccan cave indicate that it was consumed by large carnivores, likely hyenas, according to a study published April 27, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. (2016-04-27)

Swarming red crabs documented on video
A research team studying biodiversity at the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama has captured unique video of thousands of red crabs swarming in low-oxygen waters just above the seafloor. (2016-04-12)

UCLA-Stanford researchers pinpoint origin of sighing reflex in the brain
A UCLA-Stanford study has pinpointed two tiny clusters of neurons in the brain stem that are responsible for transforming normal breaths into sighs. The discovery may one day benefit patients who cannot breathe deeply on their own -- or who suffer from disorders in which frequent sighing becomes debilitating. (2016-02-08)

Chinese continental shelf of exotic origin collided with continental China 100 million years ago
Continental shelf is known as the offshore extension of the continent. However, scientists have discovered that the Chinese continental shelf is different. It was an exotic terrain that collided with continental China 100 million years ago. This new understanding helps solve a chain of puzzles on the geological evolution of the western Pacific and eastern Asia since the Mesozoic, including the widespread within-plate magmatism in eastern China as a special consequence of plate tectonics. (2015-09-22)

A 'hydrothermal siphon' drives water circulation through the seafloor
Vast quantities of ocean water circulate through the seafloor, flowing through the volcanic rock of the upper oceanic crust. A new study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz, published June 26 in Nature Communications, explains what drives this global process and how the flow is sustained. (2015-06-26)

How cracking explains underwater volcanoes and the Hawaiian bend
University of Sydney geoscientists have helped prove that some of the ocean's underwater volcanoes did not erupt from hot spots in the Earth's mantle but instead formed from cracks or fractures in the oceanic crust. (2015-04-27)

Tropical Cyclone Eunice still churning in the Southern Indian Ocean
The MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Eunice in the South Indian Ocean, well south of Diego Garcia and the Cocos Islands. Its location is 637 nautical miles south-southwest of these islands. The storm is currently tracking south-southeastward at 10 knots. (2015-01-29)

Automated method beats critics in picking great movies
Don't rely on the Academy Awards next month if you are seeking to know whether the movies deemed great today will survive the test of time. According to a new Northwestern University study, the best predictor of a movie's significance is how often a movie is referenced by other movies. In other words, a movie's significance is decided by today's and tomorrow's film directors -- not the critics. Northwestern's objective method of movie citations is best at predicting greatness. (2015-01-19)

More than just a hill of beans: Phaseolus genome lends insights into nitrogen fixation
The US Department of Energy Office of Science has targeted research into the common bean because of its importance in enhancing nitrogen use efficiency for bioenergy crops sustainability, and for increasing plant resilience and productivity in the face of the changing climate and environment. To this end, a team of researchers sequenced and analyzed the genome of the common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris. The work was published online June 8, 2014, in the journal Nature Genetics. (2014-06-08)

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