Archive for November, 2010

New oyster farming technique increases productivity, offers entrepreneurial opportunities

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A new oyster farming initiative has launched in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The goal of this effort is industry adoption of off-bottom oyster culture to supplement the traditional harvest. Historically, oysters are grown on and harvested from reefs on the water bottom. In this new process, oysters are grown suspended in the water column....

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DNA evidence supports a coastal northeastern Atlantic glacial refugium for a boreal tree species

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Can a road-trip across eastern North America, ancient ice sheets, and DNA samples unlock the ancestral history of jack pine trees? Canadian researchers certainly hoped that driving across northeastern US and Canada to collect samples from jack pine trees would shed some light on how glaciers may have impacted present-day pine genetics....

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NASA’s savory sea salt sensor to get cooked, chilled

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A team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is flying down to Brazil to "cook" a salty NASA instrument that's sure to spice up studies of Earth's climate after its launch late next spring....

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‘Human face’ of climate change: Arctic communities forced to adapt their work, diet and decision making

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Five years of social science research in Canada's arctic has taught one University of Guelph geography professor a thing or two about climate change's "human face.' Scientists have studied how Arctic communities have tried to adapt to the rising temperatures caused by major shifts in global weather patterns....

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Location, location, location: Some coral reefs less vulnerable to rising sea temperatures

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New research highlighting coastal locations where coral can better withstand rising sea temperatures, a leading cause of stress to coral reefs, may guide efforts to conserve the largest living structures on Earth....

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Divers Hunt Invasive Lionfish in the Florida Keys [What's New]

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There are nearly 660 fewer Indo-Pacific red lionfish in the waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, thanks to more than 40 teams of divers who participated in a series of 'derbies' aimed at reducing the population of this marine invader in sanctuary waters....

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Scientists question fisheries health test

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A measure widely advocated as a means of assessing the health of marine ecosystems is an ineffective guide to trends in biodiversity, and more direct monitoring is needed, a new study has found....

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Meet: Davida Remer [People of NOS]

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Meet Davida Remer, Chief of Technical Information Services
NOS Communications and Education Division...

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Lessons from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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In the 24-hour news cycle era, the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico already feels like an event from yesteryear, an event that had its 15 minutes of news domination during the summer of 2010 then made room for the next big story once the wellhead was capped. But though gulf residents fear that they will be forgotten as cleanup crews pack up and leave, the inquiry into the oil leak is only beginning on scientific fronts....

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Scientists call for protection of Australia’s subtropic seas

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Leading scientists and marine managers have called for a greater national effort to protect vital 1,000-km stretches of ocean bordering the middle of Australia's eastern and western coastlines....

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