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WHOI Stories

  • WHOI News | April 9, 2014

    Study Tests Theory that Life Originated at Deep Sea Vents

    Research by geochemists at WHOI is the first to test a fundamental assumption of the theory that life emerged from deepsea hydrothermal vents, and finds that it may not have been as easy as previously assumed. Instead, their findings could provide a fo...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | April 9, 2014

    Rebuilding Alvin: Jonathan Howland

    A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub
  • WHOI - Oceanus | April 2, 2014

    Rebuilding Alvin: Phil Forte

    A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub
  • WHOI News | March 28, 2014

    Newly Upgraded Alvin Sub Passes Scientific Sea Trials

    Scientists gave the rebuilt Alvin submarine two thumbs up after field-testing the nation’s only human-occupied deep-sea research vehicle for the first time after a major $42-million overhaul that dramatically upgraded the sub's capabilities. 
  • WHOI - Oceanus | March 26, 2014

    Of The River and Time

    Flowing waters run deep with clues to Earth's mountains and climate
  • WHOI News | March 26, 2014

    Scientists Identify Core Skin Bacterial Community in Humpback Whales

    Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues identified a core skin bacterial community that humpback whales share across populations, which could point to a way to assess the overall health of these endangered marine mamma...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | March 19, 2014

    Jet Stream Gets Fish in Hot Water

    Ocean 'heat wave' linked to shift in atmospheric current
  • WHOI - Oceanus | March 13, 2014

    Detours on the Oceanic Highway

    Student examines leaks from a great deep-sea current
  • WHOI News | March 11, 2014

    Enhancing Fisheries Science and Education in the Northeastern U.S.

    The NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) are working together to train future generations of scientists in...
  • WHOI News | March 10, 2014

    New Research Shows Elevated Mercury from in-Ground Wastewater Disposal

    As towns across Cape Cod struggle with problems stemming from septic systems, a recent study by a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientist focuses on one specific toxic by-product: mercury. In a study of local groundwater, biogeochemist Ca...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | March 6, 2014

    A Buoy’s Long Strange Trip

    An oceanographic instrument drifts from the Arctic to Ireland
  • WHOI - Oceanus | February 27, 2014

    Li’l Alvin

    Diving enthusiast builds miniature version of famous sub
  • WHOI News | February 25, 2014

    Scientists Train the Next Generation on Oil Spill Research

    As part of on-going research nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will team up with a group of high school students in Florida to collect remnants of oil from Gulf Coas...
  • WHOI News | February 24, 2014

    Radioactive Ocean Website Garners Public Support

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has teamed up with the public to build the most comprehensive and up-to-date dataset on marine radiation levels in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. 
  • WHOI News | February 19, 2014

    Three Years after Fukushima: Tracking Radionuclides in the Pacific Ocean

    A press conference with scientists researching Fukushima radiation in the Pacific
  • WHOI News | February 13, 2014

    Killing Whales by Design and Default

    While countries such as Japan, Norway, and Iceland often are criticized for their commercial whaling practices, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine biologist Michael Moore points out how the majority of nations are also complicit in kill...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | February 13, 2014

    Mysterious Jellyfish Makes a Comeback

    Rise in toxic stings has scientists on the alert
  • WHOI News | February 12, 2014

    Solving An Evolutionary Puzzle

    For four decades, waste from nearby manufacturing plants flowed into the waters of New Bedford Harbor—an 18,000-acre estuary and busy seaport. The harbor, which is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals, is one of the...
  • WHOI - Oceanus | February 6, 2014

    Message Bottled in an Email

    A long-lost legacy of ocean research resurfaces
  • WHOI News | February 6, 2014

    A Look Back and Ahead at Greenland’s Changing Climate

    Over the past two decades, ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet increased four-fold contributing to one-quarter of global sea level rise. However, the chain of events and physical processes that contributed to it has remained elusive. One likely trigg...
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