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Study of Ocean Upwelling Near California Shows Greater Variability Over Latter Part of 20th Century

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A nearly 600-year reconstruction of climate indicators along the West Coast of North America indicates that upwelling in the California Current became more variable over the latter part of the 20th century.

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Camera Developed at WUSTL Sheds Light on Mate Choice of Swordtail Fish

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A group of researchers have used a special camera developed by Viktor Gruev, PhD, to discover that female northern swordtail fish choose their mates based on polarization signals from the males.

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Project Prepares Collection for 21st-Century Challenge of Invasive Species

The Wisconsin State Herbarium, director Kenneth Cameron is spearheading a project to “digitize” images and data on invasive species from the Great Lakes basin. The $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will also be disbursed to other natural history museums. Together, these institutions expect to digitize 1.73 million specimens.

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Sharks in Acidic Waters Avoid Smell of Food

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The increasing acidification of ocean waters caused by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could rob sharks of their ability to sense the smell of food, a new study suggests.

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Giant Garbage Patches Help Redefine Ocean Boundaries

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Researchers have created a new model that could help determine what area of the world is to blame for each ocean garbage patch of floating debris – a difficult task for a system as complex and massive as the ocean. The researchers describe the model in a paper published in the journal Chaos.

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From Water to Land and Back, the Mosquitofish Is on a Roll

Some fish will leap out of water to escape a predator, but Northern Arizona University researcher Alice Gibb has observed that the mosquitofish chooses the most energy-efficient method for returning—a finding that has evolutionary implications.

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Giant Amazon Fish Becoming Extinct in Many Fishing Communities, Saved in Others

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An international team of scientists compared mainstream bioeconomic theory with the lesser-known “fishing-down” theory, to discover that a large, commercially important fish from the Amazon Basin has become extinct in some local fishing communities.

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Scientists Name New Species of Cetacean: The Australian Humpback Dolphin

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Scientists examining a taxonomically confused group of marine mammals have officially named a species new to science: the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Clymene Enterprises.

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URI Researcher: Deep-Sea Octopus Broods Eggs for Over Four Years—Longer Than Any Known Animal

Researchers at URI and MBARI have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four-and-a-half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators.

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Huge Waves Measured for First Time in Arctic Ocean

The first measurements of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean recorded house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. More sensors are going out this summer to study waves in newly ice-free Arctic waters.

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