Microbes on the menu
The functioning of marine ecosystems depends on the size and flavor of microbes at the base of the food chain. Changes to the Earth's atmosphere might rearrange that microscopic menu. Microbes that currently ...
Tiny marine microbes exert influence on global climate (w/ Video)
New research indicates that the interactions of microscopic organisms around a particular organic material may alter the chemical properties of the ocean and ultimately influence global climate by affecting ...
Japanese space center facilities deteriorating from salt erosion due to nearby ocean
Facilities at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center, the base for launching the country's mainstay H-2A rockets, have seriously deteriorated due to age.
Why mercury is more dangerous in oceans
Even though freshwater concentrations of mercury are far greater than those found in seawater, it's the saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and shark that end up posing a more serious health threat to humans ...
Hot rocks fire up energy from the depths
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Newcastle University have completed the first phase of a giant central heating system that will harness heat from deep underground.
Mars was Wet, but was it Warm?
Mars is frozen today, but when it was young there may have been liquid water on its surface. What does the latest evidence indicate about the ancient martian climate? Understanding the past environment of ...
A natural tool to tackle oil spills?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Marine bacteria could be the key to cleaning oil spills in the sea, without further damaging the environment by using chemicals, according to microbiologists at Bangor University.
Microbes answer more questions collectively
Studying whole microbial communities rather than individual micro-organisms could help scientists answer fundamental questions such as how ecosystems respond to climate change or pollution, says Dr Jack Gilbert writing in ...
National Oceanography Centre turns to the sea to save energy
The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton is conserving energy and reducing its carbon footprint - by harnessing the cooling power of seawater.
Cheap hydrogen fuel from seawater may be a step closer
S.Korea completes world's longest seawall
South Korea formally marked completion of the world's longest seawall on Tuesday, the first step in a massive project aimed at reclaiming the ocean for industry, tourism and agriculture by 2020.
Whale poo could aid climate, say Aussie scientists
Australian scientists have discovered an unlikely element in the fight against climate change -- whale poo.
CO2 emissions causing ocean acidification to progress at unprecedented rate
The changing chemistry of the world's oceans is a growing global problem, says the summary of a congressionally requested study by the National Research Council, which adds that unless man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions ...
A system that's worth its salt: New approach to water desalination could lead to small, portable units
(PhysOrg.com) -- Potable water is often in high demand and short supply following a natural disaster like the Haiti earthquake or Hurricane Katrina. In both of those instances, the disaster zones were near ...