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Why smart growth frustrates players in the system: UMD research
Maryland planners, developers and land-use advocates consider the state's smart growth tools too weak, frustrating their desire for development within existing urban areas, finds a new University of Maryland study. (2012-01-18)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists respond to Buzzards Bay oil spill
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists from diverse disciplines have responded to the April 27 spill of nearly 15,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil into Buzzards Bay, drawing on decades of experience studying the effects of oil spills on the marine and coastal environment. (2003-05-07)

Mapping the Japanese tsunami to prepare for future events
Using eyewitness video and terrestrial laser scanners from atop the highest buildings that survived the tsunami, Fritz has mapped the tsunami's height and flood zone to learn more about the flow of the devastating currents. (2012-03-08)

Researchers call for nitrogen and phosphorus reductions to combat eutrophication in aquatic systems
An international group of scientists is renewing calls for policymakers to reduce both nitrogen and phosphorus when attempting to alleviate eutrophication -- or nutrient pollution problems -- in fresh and coastal waters. In the Feb. 20 edition of Science, the researchers argue that dual-nutrient reduction strategies are likely to be more successful due to complex interactions between nitrogen and phosphorus in fresh and coastal water ecosystems. (2009-02-19)

Smithsonian launches global marine biodiversity project with $10 million donation
The Smithsonian announced today that it will launch a major long-term project to study coastal marine biodiversity and ecosystems around the globe. The project is made possible by a $10 million donation from Suzanne and Michael Tennenbaum, senior managing partner of Los Angeles-based Tennenbaum Capital Partners and philanthropist. The goal of the project--Smithsonian's Tennenbaum Marine Observatories--is to monitor the ocean's coastal ecosystems over a long period of time. (2012-10-25)

Keep eating your fruit and vegetables
An editorial in this week's Lancet says the (2010-04-15)

URI acquires coastal monitoring equipment with $250,000 Navy grant
Two URI scientists have been awarded $250,000 by the Navy to purchase a Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS (REMUS), an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that will be used to map chemical sources in coastal marine waters. (2001-04-30)

DNA surprises surfacing in the Atlantic: Species far from their usual southern homes
Scientists investigating shifting Atlantic Ocean migration patterns bottled the genetic traces of species far north of their normal homes. Rockefeller University scientists simply fishing for DNA in seawater found Brazilian cownose rays and Gulf kingfishes - never known north of the Gulf of Mexico, and Chesapeake Bay, VA respectively - off New Jersey's coast, a 2 hour drive south of NY City. The study demonstrates an accurate, inexpensive way to detect long-predicted marine life range changes. (2020-05-12)

Shark social networking
University of Delaware researchers are using an underwater robot to find and follow sand tiger sharks that they previously tagged with transmitters. The innovative project is part of a multi-year partnership with Delaware State University to better understand the behavior and migration patterns of the sharks in real time. (2012-10-16)

Surveying sea floor animals for offshore renewable energy
Researchers are using chunks of sediment from the ocean floor to analyze animal life and determine environmental impact from offshore energy facilities. (2017-07-06)

Ultrasound pioneer receives highest award in engineering profession
Ultrasound pioneer Gerald J. Posakony was honored with the John Fritz Medal -- the highest award in the engineering profession -- on Monday night by the American Association of Engineering Societies. He was one of six engineers honored during AAES' 31st annual awards ceremony at the Great Hall of the National Academy of Engineering. (2010-04-20)

Eelgrass provides a refuge from predators for some fish species
An article in the current issue of the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series describes experiments by URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) biological oceanographers Lora Harris, Betty Buckley, Scott Nixon, and Ben Allen to investigate how different habitats affect predator-prey relationships. The three habitats in the study included eelgrass Zostera marina, macroalgae, and bare sediment. (2004-11-24)

Spanish engineers design a new model of slope marine dock
Scientists from the UGR have designed a new (2008-07-01)

A study has demonstrated that omega-3 rich foods improve post-heart attack prognosis
A team of researchers from the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital and Research Institute (IGTP) and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) has shown that regularly consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, from both animal and vegetable origins, strengthens the heart's membranes and helps improve the prognosis in the event of a myocardial infarction. To arrive at these conclusions, they used data from 950 patients. (2020-10-27)

Boat mooring chains scour Rottnest (Australia) seagrass releasing CO2
Seagrass covering 48,000sqm has been scoured from the sands of Rottnest Island (Western Australia') by almost 900 mooring chains used by recreational boats according to research from Edith Cowan University and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. (2016-03-15)

Sea turtles struggle years after unexplained die-off
New research is detailing how environmental stressors, including heavy metals, brought on by human activity are harming coastal green sea turtle populations -- work that researchers hope will inform conservation efforts going forward. (2019-04-04)

Scientists using earstones to identify red drum nursery grounds
By analyzing the earstones of red drum, Texas A&M University at Galveston marine biologist and Sea Grant researcher Jay Rooker hopes to identify red drum nursery grounds and determine the contribution of each area to the adult red drum population. (2001-05-23)

DNA analysis of seawater detects 80 percent of fish species in just 1 day
A Japanese research group has used a new technology that identifies multiple fish species populating local areas by analyzing DNA samples from seawater, and proved that this method is accurate and more effective than visual observation. (2017-01-30)

Study shows gaps in inpatient psychiatry for Ontario youth
A first of its kind benchmarking survey was used to evaluate the state of inpatient psychiatry settings and services for youth at hospitals across Ontario. Results were published today. (2014-02-20)

Changing river chemistry affects Eastern US water supplies
Human activity is changing the basic chemistry of large rivers in the Eastern US, with potentially major consequences for urban water supplies and aquatic ecosystems, a University of Maryland-led study has found. (2013-08-26)

Ocean circulation likely to blame for severity of 2018 red tide
2018 was the worst year for red tide in more than a decade. A new study reveals what made it so severe. (2019-04-18)

Ancient DNA provides new insights into cave paintings of horses
An international team of researchers has used ancient DNA to shed new light on the realism of horses depicted in prehistoric cave paintings. The team, which includes researchers from the University of York, has found that all the color variations seen in Paleolithic cave paintings -- including distinctive (2011-11-07)

Study highlights vulnerability of rural coast to sea-level rise
A new paper in Nature Climate Change highlights growing recognition that existing knowledge is insufficient to best inform public and private decisions regarding the encroachment of wetlands into privately owned farm land and forests. (2019-05-27)

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Narelle approaching Western Australia coast
NASA's Aqua satellite looked at Cyclone Narelle in visible and infrared light to understand the behavior of the storm. NASA's MODIS and AIRS instruments provided those data, respectively, and they showed that Narelle is gaining strength as it approaches the northern coast of Western Australia. (2013-01-10)

Young chum salmon may get biggest nutrition boost from Elliott Bay restored beaches
University of Washington researchers have found the types of organisms in Seattle's Elliott Bay change depending on the shoreline nearby, either armored or restored beaches. Young chum salmon adjusted their diets based on these changes. (2015-09-15)

Ground validation: Contributing to Earth observations from space
With GPM, scientists will gather vast amounts of precipitation data on a global scale. But, how do they know how to interpret the data? This is where ground validation contributes to the mission. Using instruments that complement and correlate with those on the spacecraft, scientists on the ground gather similar precipitation data. (2014-03-12)

Re-assessing Alaska's energy frontier
The new USGS assessment estimates 8.7 billion barrels of oil and 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas resources. (2017-12-22)

Stanford, Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI launch Center for Ocean Solutions
Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have joined forces to create the Center for Ocean Solutions, a new collaboration that will bring together international experts in marine science and policy to find innovative ways to protect and restore the world's oceans. (2008-01-09)

Independent medical assessment of hunger strikers is vital: Force feeding has no place
The vital issues surrounding independent medical assessment of hunger strikers and force-feeding are discussed in the lead editorial in this week's edition of the Lancet. The editorial is tied to the publication later this month of guidelines for the clinical management of hunger strikers in detention settings and prisons, by the offender health section of the UK Department of Health. While this publication is awaited, the draft guidelines are published on the Lancet Web site. (2008-09-04)

Environmental estrogens affect early developmental activity in zebrafish
New research presented at the ongoing International Zebrafish Development and Genetics Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, reveals that environmental estrogens may influence human and animal development at the very beginning stages of embryonic development, which is earlier than previously realized. (2012-06-21)

100 years of ecology at the Centennial Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
When ESA was founded in 1915, ecology was a new field, still defining its scope as a discipline rooted in the study of the relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. The 100th Annual Meeting will look back at the field's growth over the last hundred years -- and forward to the environmental challenges that will face us now and into the next century. ESA invites press and institutional public information officers to attend for free. (2015-06-05)

Alaska Volcano Could Trigger Tsunami; Scientists Model Impact Of 1883 Wave On Coastal Communities
Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently completed a computer visualization model that depicts how a landslide-generated tsunami may impact coastal Alaska communities. Elena Troshina will present the model May 30 at the American Geophysical Union session on coastal hazards in Baltimore, Maryland. The model recreates a tsunami that occurred in 1883 following the eruption and landslide on Mount Saint Augustine, in Alaska's lower Cook Inlet. (1997-05-29)

The no sweat exercise plan
Harvey Simon, Harvard Medical School associate professor of medicine and founding member of the Harvard Cardiovascular Health Center, has outlined such a program in his new book, (2005-12-23)

A professor's plan to protect the environment wins $125 million
An NJIT professor is the leader of a design team that won $125 million from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to protect Nassau County's South Shore from storm surges and rising sea levels. (2014-06-04)

UCI Samueli School researchers to study wetlands impact on coastal water quality
A team of Southern California researchers led by Stanley B. Grant, an environmental engineer in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine, has been awarded a $640,000 grant from the UC Office of the President to study how coastal wetlands affect the levels of fecal pollution along the Southern California coast. (2002-08-13)

Researchers discover new oceanic bacterial photopigment that converts light into biochemical energy
Microbiologists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute report the discovery of a novel light-absorbing pigment found in oceanic bacteria. They describe how this new photopigment can generate cellular energy using light. Their discovery suggests that a new class of microorganisms is capable of harnessing light energy in the ocean. (2000-09-14)

Glaciers and national security, how much oil, fighting natural hazards and terrorism
Is the world running out of oil? Will vanishing glaciers improve relations or enable conflict in Central Asia? How can new technologies open a new era in natural hazard research? USGS scientists will discuss latest research at America Geophysical Union meeting May 28-31 in Washington, D.C. (2002-05-28)

Overfishing large sharks impacts entire marine ecosystem, shrinks shellfish supply
Fewer big sharks in the oceans mean that bay scallops and other shellfish may be harder to find at the market, according to an article in the March 30 issue of the journal Science, tying two unlikely links in the food web to the same fate. (2007-03-29)

Troubled waters: Low Apalachicola River flow may hurt gulf fisheries
Reductions in the flow of the Apalachicola River have far-reaching effects that could prove detrimental to grouper and other reef fish populations in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to a new Florida State University study that may provide new ammunition for states engaged in a nearly two-decade water war. (2009-06-19)

Study shows that hitchhiking bacteria can go against the flow
A new study co-authored by VIMS professor Kam Tang reveals that tiny aquatic organisms known as (2010-08-09)

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