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  • WHOI News | July 5, 2012

    Scientists Discover New Trigger for Immense North Atlantic Ocean Spring Plankton Bloom

    Scientists from the WHOI, University of Washington, and University of Maine are combining models with data from a flotilla of high-tech robots to shed new light on life-sustaining phytoplankton, including when their spring bloom begins and the role tha...
  • MIT News | July 3, 2012

    Book details a new model for sharing water

    From the American Southwest to the Middle East, water is a highly contested resource: Many neighboring nations, and several states in the United States, have fought decades-long battles to control water supplies. And that need for water only seems like...
  • MIT News | July 2, 2012

    A new approach to water desalination

    The availability of fresh water is dwindling in many parts of the world, a problem that is expected to grow with populations. One promising source of potable water is the world’s virtually limitless supply of seawater, but so far desalination technol...
  • WHOI News | June 27, 2012

    Pressure Testing of New Alvin Personnel Sphere Successful

    The human-occupied submersible Alvin reached a major milestone in its upgrade project on June 22 when its new titanium personnel sphere was successfully pressure tested, reports the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the vehicle’s operator.
  • MIT News | June 27, 2012

    Lead from gasoline discovered in Indian Ocean

    Since the 1970s, leaded gasoline has been slowly phased out worldwide, as studies have shown that lead can cause neurological and cardiovascular damage and degrade vehicles’ catalytic converters. Today, 185 countries have stopped using leaded gas...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | June 25, 2012

    Brown Tides and Redfielders

    Scientists probe the inner workings of harmful algae
  • News | June 20, 2012

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  • WHOI News | June 20, 2012

    Melting Sea Ice Threatens Emperor Penguins, Study Finds

    At nearly four feet tall, the Emperor penguin is Antarctica’s largest sea bird—and thanks to films like “March of the Penguins” and “Happy Feet,” it’s also one of the continent’s most iconic. If global te...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | June 19, 2012

    The Boy in the Alvin Sphere

    Testing the sub's personnel sphere—then and now
  • MIT News | June 18, 2012

    Double the benefits: clean energy also saves water

    In his first State of the Union, President Barack Obama set a goal for 80 percent of America's electricity to come from clean energy. Last week, the release of the Renewable Electricity Future study by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NRE...
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | June 11, 2012

    At the intersection of biology and physics in the ocean

    Mick Follows is a Senior Research Scientist in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, part of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, at MIT. Together with the other members of the Marine Biogeochemical Modeling group (researchers Stephanie Dutkiewicz, and Oliver Jahn, postdocs Sergio Vallina, and Anne-Willem Omta, and graduate students Sophie Clayton, … Continue reading At the intersection of biology and physics in the ocean
  • WHOI - Oceanus | June 7, 2012

    Beneath Arctic Ice, Life Blooms Spectacularly

    Pools of water atop ice act as lenses to focus sunlight
  • WHOI News | June 7, 2012

    Scientists Discover Huge Phytoplankton Bloom in Ice Covered Waters

    A team of researchers, including scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), discovered a massive bloom of phytoplankton beneath ice-covered Arctic waters. Until now, sea ice was thought to block sunlight and limit the growth of mi...
  • MIT News | June 4, 2012

    Survey: Latin American and Asian cities lead way in planning for global warming

    Quito, Ecuador, is not considered a global leader by most measures. But there is one way in which Quito is at the forefront of metropolises worldwide: in planning for climate change. For more than a decade, officials in Ecuador’s mountainous capital ...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | May 31, 2012

    Scientists Discover the “Vitamin B12 Claw”

    Newfound protein is key for algae growth in the ocean
  • WHOI News | May 31, 2012

    A ‘B-12 Shot’ for Marine Algae?

    Studying algal cultures and seawater samples from the Southern Ocean off Antarctica, a team of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the J. Craig Venter Institute have revealed a key cog in the biochemical machinery that allows mari...
  • WHOI News | May 28, 2012

    Climate Change Led to Collapse of Ancient Indus Civilization, Study Finds

    A new study combining the latest archaeological evidence with state-of-the-art geoscience technologies provides evidence that climate change was a key ingredient in the collapse of the great Indus or Harappan Civilization almost 4000 years ago. The stu...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | May 25, 2012

    Ocean Explorers Probe Gulf of Mexico

    Shipwrecks, cold seeps, and corals among the finds
  • WHOI News | May 25, 2012

    Dr. Karen Lloyd Receives WHOI’s Holger W. Jannasch Visiting Scholar Award

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has chosen Karen Lloyd, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, as the recipient of the Holger W. Jannasch Visiting Scholar Award.  
  • WHOI News | May 21, 2012

    New Study by WHOI Scientists Provides Baseline Measurements of Carbon in Arctic Ocean

    Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have conducted a new study to measure levels of carbon at various depths in the Arctic Ocean. The study, recently published in the journal Biogeosciences, provides data that will help rese...
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