Monthly Archives: July 2017

Arctic Ocean Row Speed Record

Five international athletes have completed the first of the Polar Row’s two rows, shattering the previous Arctic Ocean speed record. This achievement makes the world’s fastest ocean rower, Fiann Paul, the first person in history to row four oceans. This first leg of the expedition departed Tromsø, Norway, July 20, and the team rowed across the Barents Sea, encountering strong

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1 Trillion-Tonne Iceberg Breaks Away

A 1 trillion-tonne iceberg–one of the biggest ever recorded–calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica earlier this month. Its volume is twice that of Lake Erie. It was already floating before it calved away, so it has no immediate impact on sea level. Although the remaining ice shelf will continue to regrow naturally, Swansea researchers have previously shown that the new

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Invasive Seaweed Has Benefits

Invasive plant species aren’t all that bad, according to a new study by scientists at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. They can be a source of valuable ecosystem functions where native coastal habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined. The study focused on an invasive Japanese seaweed in North Carolina. The seaweed was

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Interior Deputy Sec Confirmed

On July 24, U.S. Department of the Interior veteran David Bernhardt ​was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve ​as the Interior’s deputy secretary. ​He will be sworn-in in the coming days.​ This position makes him the COO of the department. Bernhardt is an avid hunter and fisherman and recently served on the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries for

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CNR Concept Challenge Finalists

The finalists of the CNR Concept Challenge–a historic call for innovative ideas to support the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps of the future–were announced at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C. The finalists include  Benjamin Conley, for enhancements to existing thermal-imaging capabilities; Joe Kennedy, for a prototype system that assesses various sources of position, navigating and timing

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