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WHOI Stories

  • WHOI News | September 28, 2015

    Novel Tag Developed for Squid, Jellyfish

    A new data-logging tag developed specifically for small and delicate invertebrates not only quantifies ocean conditions but also measures animals’ responses to their physical environments in high resolution.
  • WHOI News | September 28, 2015

    King Crabs Threaten Antarctic Ecosystem Due to Warming Ocean

    King crabs may soon become high-level predators in Antarctic marine ecosystems where they haven't played a role in tens of millions of years, according to a new study.
  • WHOI News | September 24, 2015

    Marine Archaeologists Excavate Greek Antikythera Shipwreck

    Archaeologists excavating the famous ancient Greek shipwreck that yielded the Antikythera mechanism have recovered more than 50 items.
  • WHOI News | September 24, 2015

    WHOI Takes Delivery of New Research Vessel Neil Armstrong

    The nation's newest research vessel, the Neil Armstrong, was officially turned over by the U.S. Navy on September 23 to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
  • WHOI - Oceanus | September 3, 2015

    The Man Who Opened Our Ears to the Ocean

    Historic archive of marine mammal recordings established
  • WHOI News | September 1, 2015

    Climate Change Will Irreversibly Force Key Ocean Bacteria into Overdrive

    Scientists demonstrate that a key organism in the ocean’s food web will start reproducing at high speed as carbon dioxide levels rise, with no way to stop when nutrients become scarce.
  • WHOI News | August 31, 2015

    Evidence of Ancient Life Discovered in Mantle Rocks Deep Below the Seafloor

    Ancient rocks harbored microbial life deep below the seafloor, reports a team of scientists, confirming a long-standing hypothesis that interactions between mantle rocks and seawater can create potential for life even in hard rocks deep below the ocean...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | August 24, 2015

    Short-circuiting the Biological Pump

    Tiny chemical compounds help choreograph a planet-size dance
  • WHOI News | August 17, 2015

    New AUV Plankton Sampling System Deployed

    Researchers and engineers have developed and tested an innovative new system for sampling small planktonic larvae in coastal ocean waters and understanding their distribution.
  • WHOI News | August 13, 2015

    Heat Release from Stagnant Deep Sea Helped End Last Ice Age

    The build-up and subsequent release of warm, stagnant water from the deep Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas played a role in ending the last Ice Age within the Arctic region, according to new research led by an international team of scientists.
  • WHOI News | August 11, 2015

    Ultrasounds for Coral Reefs?

    Scientists have tested a surprisingly cheap and effective way to assess the health of vulnerable coral reefs and to monitor threats on remote atolls: eavesdropping.
  • WHOI News | July 17, 2015

    ‘Plankzooka’ Larval Sampler May Revolutionize Deep-Ocean Research

    Scientists have successfully conducted the first high-volume collection of plankton, including animal larvae, from the deep ocean using a new sampling device mounted on a robotic submarine.
  • WHOI News | July 16, 2015

    Carbon Dioxide Pools Discovered in Aegean Sea

    The waters off Greece’s Santorini are the site of newly discovered opalescent pools forming at 250 meters depth. The interconnected series of meandering, iridescent white pools contain high concentrations of CO2 and may hold answers to questions ...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | July 8, 2015

    Coral Crusader

    Student seeks clues to conserve beleaguered reefs
  • WHOI News | July 8, 2015

    Where Iron and Water Mix

    New research proves that the dissolved metals from hydrothermal plumes follow deep-sea currents to provide a major source of iron to the world's oceans.
  • WHOI News | July 7, 2015

    Deep-Sea Images Give New View of Arctic Ocean Methane Seeps

    WHOI scientists and colleagues from the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate in Norway collected nearly 30,000 high definition images at known methane release sites in the Arctic Ocean. The detailed images will provide new insights in...
  • WHOI News | June 8, 2015

    Making Organic Molecules in Hydrothermal Vents in the Absence of Life

    A new study is the first to show that methane formation does not occur during the relatively quick fluid circulation process.
  • WHOI News | June 5, 2015

    Diverse Corals Persist, But Bioerosion Escalates in Palau’s Low-pH Waters

    As the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the burning of fossil fuels, its chemistry is changing, lowering its pH in a process known as ocean acidification. This process also removes carbonate ions, an essential ingredient neede...
  • WHOI News | June 3, 2015

    Sudden Draining of Glacial Lakes Explained

    Scientists have found a surprising mechanism that triggers the abrupt draining of glacial lakes atop the Greenland Ice Sheet.
  • WHOI News | May 14, 2015

    Revealing the Ocean’s Hidden Fertilizer

    Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism—humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day—we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most...
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