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Mantle drilling initial feasibility study completed
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program has announced completion of a feasibility study of drilling and coring activities that would be conducted in an ultra-deepwater environment into very high temperature igneous rocks to reach the upper oceanic mantle. (2011-07-11)

Marcellus shale needs scientific study to set guidelines
The Academy of Natural Sciences is calling for a comprehensive research plan that would result in guidelines and an assessment tool for regulators and managers in order to minimize the environmental impact of Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Initial research shows the environmental impact of drilling may be directly related to the amount of drilling in a specific area, referred to as the (2010-10-12)

IODP introduces technology to support deepwater crustal drilling
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, with industry partner AGR Drilling Services, has engineered an ultra-deepwater drilling technology for use by IODP drilling vessels in scientific research. Originally developed for shallow-water oil and gas exploration, the (2009-08-04)

Deepwater Horizon committee to hear from industry representatives - March 11 public meeting
A committee of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council that is conducting an analysis of the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. (2011-03-08)

Marcellus drilling boom may have led to too many hotel rooms
Drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region led to a rapid increase in both the number of hotels and hotel industry jobs, but Penn State researchers report that the faltering occupancy rate may signal that there are now too many hotel rooms. (2014-09-18)

A robot for building planes
Fatronik Technological Centre has put the finishing touches to the development of a portable climbing robot capable of carrying out precision operations and originally designed for the aeronautics sector. (2005-04-13)

Marine noise pollution stresses and confuses fish
Increased noise pollution in the oceans is confusing fish and compromising their ability to recognise and avoid predators. (2017-08-10)

Searching for an interglacial on Greenland
The first season of the international drilling project NEEM (North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling) in north-western Greenland was completed at Aug. 20. A research team, with the participation of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, has drilled an ice core of altogether 1,757.87 m length on the Greenland inland ice within 110 days. It is expected to contain data on climate history of about 38,000 years. (2009-08-24)

Fracking chemicals disrupt hormone function
A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body's hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology. (2013-12-16)

Deep drilling for 'black smoker' clues
A project to learn more about extracting energy from hot rocks on land should give clues about (2007-11-07)

Australia, India, New Zealand join integrated ocean drilling program
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, the world's largest ocean research program, has expanded its base of international and scientific support by welcoming Australia, India and New Zealand as its newest Associate Members. (2009-04-06)

Magma power for geothermal energy?
When a team of scientists drilling near an Icelandic volcano hit magma in 2009, they had to abandon their planned experiments on geothermal energy. But the mishap could point the way to an alternative source of geothermal power. (2011-02-17)

First riser-drilling research operations undertaken
IODP drilling vessel CHIKYU has resumed operations in the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone off the Kii Peninsula of Japan using riser technology successfully for the first time in scientific ocean research. (2009-06-29)

South Korea joins integrated ocean drilling program
The world's largest and most ambitious scientific ocean research program operating today has expanded its base of international support by welcoming the Republic of Korea as its newest member. (2006-06-21)

Researchers drill historic hole in Atlantic Ocean floor
Researchers from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have drilled into sections of the Earth's crust for the first time ever, and their findings could provide new insights about how Earth was formed. (2005-04-28)

Deep-ocean researchers target tsunami zone near Japan
Rice University Earth scientist Dale Sawyer and colleagues have reported the discovery of a strong variation in the tectonic stresses in a region of the Pacific Ocean notorious for generating devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in southeastern Japan. The results came from an eight-week expedition last fall at the Nankai Trough near Kobe, Japan. The team used a high-tech drill ship to probe deep into a zone responsible for undersea earthquakes known to cause tsunamis. (2008-01-17)

Green Mud cure for $2 billion loss
Worldwide, the oil industry suffers an estimated $2 billion loss every year due to collapsed and sidetracked holes, lost tools and abandoned wells. Researchers from CSIRO, in conjunction with US firm Halliburton Energy Services' Baroid Drilling Fluids, have developed a low-cost, environmental product to help alleviate this industry headache: 'green muds'. (2001-12-05)

Unlocking the secrets of the seafloor: The future of scientific ocean drilling
Close to 600 scientists from 21 countries met Sept. 23-25, 2009, in Bremen, Germany, to outline major scientific targets for a new and ambitious ocean drilling research program. The scientific community envisions that this program will succeed the current Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, which ends in 2013. The outcome of the Bremen meeting will result in a new science plan, enabling scientific ocean drilling to take on a central role in environmental understanding and stewardship of our planet in the 21st century. (2009-09-29)

Newly rebuilt drillship JOIDES Resolution en route to port call
The drillship JOIDES Resolution ( (2009-05-01)

Analyzing effects of multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) & polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Nowadays, the maintenance of wellbore stability is a very important activity in the drilling industry. Wellbore stability can be improved by designing proper drilling fluid. (2018-07-03)

Drilling for science and exploration
On Feb. 19, 2008, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam officially commenced the operation of the new drill rig InnovaRig at the geothermal drill site at D├╝rrnhaar. (2008-02-19)

Why Is Antarctica So Cold? Scientists Pursue History Of Antarctic Ice Sheet
Departing Punta Arenas, Chile, in mid-February, 26 scientists representing 10 countries will sail aboard the ocean drilling ship JOIDES Resolution to collect core samples from the continental rise and shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula. (1998-02-17)

Drilling around the globe
On Jan. 15, the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program ICDP heads into a new round. About a dozen proposals for drilling projects to explore our planet have been filed for the year 2012. (2012-01-13)

Global Seismic Network Now Extends To The Deep Oceans
This month, scientists with the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) will install one of many planned Geophysical Ocean Bottom Observatories (GOBO), in which a permanent seismograph station will be established on the sea floor for monitoring earthquake activity. ODP is funded in large part by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (1998-04-28)

Drilled shells show extinction's lasting effects
Give a marine snail an easy life, and it will take its time drilling into a clam. Put it under competitive stress, and it will look for a faster route. Those changes, scarred into fossils, show that an unknown catastrophe nearly two million years ago changed the competitive balance in the Western Atlantic and the ecosystem has yet to fully recover. (2004-12-23)

Scientists predict a new superhard material with unique properties
An international team of scientists have predicted a new superhard material that can be used in drilling, machine building and other fields. The new tungsten boride they discovered outperforms the widely used 'pobedit' ? a hard tungsten carbide and cobalt composite material with artificial diamond interspersing. (2018-06-15)

Chikyu sets a new world drilling-depth record of scientific ocean drilling
Scientific deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu sets a world new record by drilling down and obtains rock samples from deeper than 2,111 meters below the seafloor off Shimokita Peninsula of Japan in the northwest Pacific Ocean. (2012-09-06)

Oldest lake in Europe reveals more than one million years of climate history
The results of large-scale research project spearheaded by geologists from the University of Cologne on Lake Ohrid's climate history have been published in 'Nature'. The collected geological samples allow the scientists to reconstruct the climate developments of the past 1.3 million years. (2019-09-03)

Rice University cuts deal to research graphene-infused drilling fluids
Rice University and Houston-based M-I SWACO, the world's largest producer of drilling fluids for the petrochemical industry, have signed an agreement for research funds to develop a graphene additive that will improve the productivity of wells. (2009-10-27)

Global strategy for investigating Earth's geodynamics emerges from international collaboration
Fifty-one researchers, prominent Earth scientists representing 15 countries, gathered recently in Switzerland to forge a global strategy for advancing understanding of continental rifting and continental break-up through the use of a new array of multiple drilling platforms provided by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. The group's emerging plan is discussed in an article in the November 21 edition of Eos. (2006-11-14)

Ground and stream water clues reveal shale drilling impacts
Chemical clues in waters near Marcellus Shale gas wells in rural Pennsylvania can identify new drilling-related sources of methane contamination, according to scientists. (2018-11-19)

Keeping alive the art of experimental design
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers was honored with the Neill Griffiths Award this month, recognizing the most significant contribution to shaped charge technology. The award was presented at the annual International Symposium on Ballistics. The research helped solve a challenge Shell International Exploration and Production faced: how to sever the connection between an offshore drilling rig with the seabed in case of an emergency. (2016-06-20)

Conclusive vote on cause of Indonesian mud volcano
Two years' of global public debate over the cause of the Java mud volcano, Lusi, has concluded. (2008-10-30)

Brazil joins international marine research effort
Brazil recently joined an international marine research effort to document environmental change by monitoring and sampling the unseen world beneath the sea floor. (2012-08-21)

Japan reports first coring operations of CHIKYU
The deep-sea scientific drilling vessel CHIKYU, owned by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and provided to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program -- jointly funded by Japan and the United States -- has recently undergone successful testing operations, according to JAMSTEC-CDEX Director-General Asahiko Taira. Performance results were available for the Blow Out Preventer (BOP) handling System Integration Test (SIT). Dr. Taira also reported successful piston-coring operations (part of the BOP-SIT), including recovery of two piston cores. (2005-12-16)

Engelder named one of top 100 global thinkers
Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences, Penn State, has been named one of Foreign Policy Magazine's (2011-11-28)

Energy from hot rocks
Two UC-Davis geologists are taking part in the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, an international effort to learn more about the potential of geothermal energy, or extracting heat from rocks. (2007-11-07)

Deepwater Horizon Committee issues final report
After the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the US Department of the Interior asked the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council to convene a committee of experts to analyze the probable causes of the disaster and identify measures for preventing similar harm in the future. (2011-12-09)

Deep-sea drilling yields clues to mega-earthquakes
During a successful first expedition to one of the most active earthquake fault zones on the planet, scientists unearthed initial clues to the geophysical fault properties that may underlie devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. (2007-12-12)

Polycrystalline diamond drill bits open up options for geothermal energy
Nearly two-thirds of the oil we use comes from wells drilled using polycrystalline diamond compact bits, originally developed nearly 30 years ago to lower the cost of geothermal drilling. Sandia and the US Navy recently brought the technology full circle, showing how geothermal drillers might use the original PDC technology, incorporating decades of subsequent improvements by the oil and gas industry. (2012-03-19)

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