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GCOOS, ocean observing, coastal ocean observing, IOOS, high frequency radar, HFR, Mississippi River, Dead Zone, ocean navigation, Coast Guard, Rescue

New Funding for High Frequency Radar Sites at the Mouth of the Mississippi Will Help Make Gulf Safer

GCOOS has received $450,000 for two new High Frequency Radar (HFR) sites near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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whale conservation, Paleontology, Ecology

A Potential Breeding Site of a Miocene Era Baleen Whale

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Baleen whales are amongst the largest animals to have ever lived and yet very little is known about their breeding habits. One researcher’s second look at previously found baleen whale fossils from Japan provides new evidence of a now long-gone breeding ground of the extinct baleen whale Parietobalaena yamaokai dating back over 15 million years.

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University of Vienna, holodeck, Virtual Reality, Biology, Brain Function, Virtual Worlds, experimental designs, Behavior experiments, lab animals, natural conditions, University of Freiburg, Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), Medical University of Vienna, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), MPI for Ornithology in Konstanz, FreemoVR, Nature Methods, Kri

When Fish Swim in the Holodeck

Behavior experiments are useful tools to study brain function. Standard experiments to investigate behavior in popular lab animals such as fish, flies or mice however only incompletely mimic natural conditions. The understanding of behavior and brain function is thus limited. Virtual Reality (VR) helps in generating a more natural experimental environment but requires immobilization of the animal, disrupting sensorimotor experience and causing altered neuronal and behavioral responses. Researchers at the University of Freiburg, and the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, in collaboration with groups at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the MPI for Ornithology in Konstanz, have now developed a VR system for freely moving animals – FreemoVR – to overcome most of these limitations. Their findings are now published in Nature Methods.

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UC San Diego’s $1.16B in Research Funding Sets New Record

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UC San Diego announces record-setting year in sponsored research support.

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Sopping Up Sunblock From Oceans to Save Coral Reefs (Video)

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Coral reefs can’t seem to catch a break. Not only are rising temperatures wreaking havoc with their environment, but emerging evidence suggests that a certain sunblock component in many lotions that may help protect humans from developing skin cancer is a coral killer. Now, researchers have developed a biodegradable bead that can soak up the sunblock ingredient, oxybenzone, like a thirsty sea sponge. They hope to use the agent to clean up seawater at beaches.

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Fusion Power, Engineering with a Side of Liberal Arts, Nanocrystal Networks for Artificial Intelligence, and More in the Engineering News Source

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Ocean Exploration Uncovers One of Cuba's Hidden Natural Treasures

After nearly two years of planning, a team of scientists from the U.S. and Cuba has explored never-before-studied mesophotic coral reefs along the entire coast of Cuba, spanning about 1,500 miles. Except for a few places along the coast, prior to this expedition, there were virtually no data or charts indicating what was beyond the shallow reef zone.

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Florida Flood Risk Study Identifies Priorities for Property Buyouts

A study of flood damage in Florida by scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions.

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Coral Bleaching, coral conservation, Coral Ecology, Marine Biodiversity, Climate Change, University of Washington, Genetics, Epigenetics, Coral Reefs

Modern Genetic Sequencing Tools Give Clearer Picture of How Corals Are Related

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As corals face threats from warming oceans, a new study uses modern genetic-sequencing tools to help reveal the relationships between three similar-looking corals.







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