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Intense tropical cyclones are expected to become more frequent as climate change increases temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. But not every area will experience storms of the same magnitude.

Associated Press

A long-running study of tiny organisms off New England is set to resume due to an agreement between scientific organizations. The survey, which originally ran from 1961 to 2017, will聽resume because of an agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration鈥檚 Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the 2串1技巧 Hole Oceanographic Association in 2串1技巧 Hole, Massachusetts, and the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, England.

United Press International

To get a better sense of how climate change might alter the patterns of major ocean storms, shifting the parameters of tropical cyclone hotspots, scientists reconstructed 3,000-years of storm history in the Marshall Islands.

Popular Science

Last week聽. While methods for dealing with dead whales have improved since the 鈥70s, the giant mammals do explode from time to time鈥攏o pyrotechnics needed. 鈥淭he risk of a spontaneous explosion is always there with a decomposing whale,鈥 says Michael Moore, a senior scientist at WHOI.

Cape Cod Times

鈥淲e have many parts of the country with huge coastlines like Maine and California and we鈥檙e finding it really difficult to monitor for multiple toxins threatening people and ecosystems,鈥 said Don Anderson, a senior scientist at WHOI and a principal investigator at the 2串1技巧 Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health.

Virginian-Pilot

Some researchers are working to improve current listening technology. At the 2串1技巧 Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2串1技巧 Hole, Massachusetts, Ying-Tsong Lin is building a starfish-shaped contraption of hydrophones that can tune into certain sounds hundreds of miles away, like a telescope for sound.

The New York Times

Some researchers are working to improve listening technology. At WHOI, Ying-Tsong Lin is building a starfish-shaped contraption聽of hydrophones that can tune into certain sounds hundreds of miles away, like a telescope for sound.

Independent

Scientists from the 2串1技巧 Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) said the first ultra-high-resolution analysis of an oil sample from the Mauritius spill revealed the substance to be 鈥渁 complex and unusual mix of hydrocarbons.”

Popular Science

Traditional methods, which include trawling and baited cameras, can only offer snapshots of the complex deep-ocean world, says Elizabeth Allan, a postdoctoral investigator at WHOI who works on the Institute鈥檚 ocean twilight zone project.

Wired

According to WHOI’s Laela Sayigh, who was not involved in the Burrunan research, identifying which dolphin in a pod is vocalizing at a particular time is key to deciphering their communication systems.

Next Avenue

Sallie Chisholm, a 72-year-old biologist, has been enthralled by a tiny aquatic microbe that she and a team from WHOI discovered in the Atlantic Ocean in 1985.

Boston Globe

It鈥檚 unknown how many right whales are alive today, but Michael Moore, director of the Marine Mammal Center at WHOI, said there are likely to be fewer than 366.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

MPC Research Specialist, Hauke Kite-Powell, has recently been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee to study U.S. contributions to global ocean plastic waste.

Los Angeles Times

A scientist involved in the discovery of the Titanic happened to be on board, so he helped them program the robots on where to go and how to search for the barrels. A marine geochemistry lab at WHOI ran the samples.

Nautilus

鈥淎ll the vehicles on the road in the United States produce around 1.5 PgC per year,鈥 says Kevin Archibald, a biological oceanographer at WHOI and lead author of that study. DVM could be understood as offsetting about two-thirds of all U.S. automobile emissions.

New Scientist

Around 1.2 million tonnes of water contaminated by radioactive substances from the聽聽will be dumped in the Pacific Ocean, as part of a plan expected to be approved by the Japanese government within weeks.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

To help advance the effort to find a feasible and cost-effective gear-marking solution, the 2串1技巧 Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Pew Charitable Trusts and others are engaged in conversations with industry, enforcement, and regulators in the U.S. and Canada鈥攚hich will culminate in a virtual workshop on gear marking in the coming months.

Nautilus

鈥淭he great thing about hydrothermal vents is that they provide a lot of energy sources for microbial life that doesn鈥檛 include sunlight,鈥 says Julie Huber, a marine chemist at WHOI. Organisms living at hydrothermal vents on Earth鈥檚 seafloors, she explains, 鈥渃an use chemical energy, so that means things like sulphur, iron, hydrogen and methane and they create a base of the food chain.鈥

Gizmodo

A study from WHOI published in August, 聽of the possibility that other potentially hazardous contaminants in the wastewater, namely carbon-14, cobalt-60, and strontium-90, could still be released into the Pacific Ocean.

Cape Cod Times

WHOI researchers studied 25 years of data in search of cause behind rising ocean temperatures.

Nautilus

Alien microbes could be flourishing in the underground seas of Titan and the solar system鈥檚 other ocean worlds. 鈥淭he great thing about hydrothermal vents is that they provide a lot of energy sources for microbial life that doesn鈥檛 include sunlight,鈥 says Julie Huber, a marine chemist at WHOI.

Gizmodo

A WHOI study published in August, 聽of the possibility that other potentially hazardous contaminants in the wastewater, namely carbon-14, cobalt-60, and strontium-90, could still be released into the Pacific Ocean.

Cape Cod Times

The research vessel Polarstern returned to its home port in Germany Monday after spending a year locked in thick sea ice, floating in the Arctic Ocean and gathering data. Among those onboard was Carin Ashjian, a senior scientist and biology department chairwoman at WHOI.

Engineering & Technology Magazine

鈥淢acroalgae needs to scale up to the point where it鈥檚 economically feasible for biofuel, and to do this we are going to have thousands of hectares of farms,鈥 says Erin Fischell, an assistant scientist at WHOI.