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June 2013 Issue

25 Years Ago 1988. NOAA scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service released more than 1,000 yearling Kemp’s ridley sea turtles off Padre Island, Texas, in an effort to increase the endangered population. ... A team of scientists led by a Columbia University geochemist discovered a sudden rise of radioactive carbon in California’s Mono Lake, near the Nevada border, and concluded that clandestine dumping of nuclear waste may have been the cause. ... About 3.7 billion pounds of fish and shellfish were consumed by the U.S. population this year, setting a record amount of seafood consumption for the fourth consecutive year.

15 Years Ago 1998. The U.S. Coast Guard announced a proposed regulation and voluntary guidelines to help control the invasion of aquatic nuisance species, including zebra mussels and Asian clams, into U.S. waters. ... NOAA-K, a satellite to improve weather forecasting and environmental monitoring, was launched 516 miles above the Earth as a joint project between NOAA and NASA. ... Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, discovered an inhibitor molecule derived from a Pacific Ocean sponge, the Haliclona, that targets proteins necessary for cell division and intercellular transport, which could possibly lead to improved cancer drugs.

10 Years Ago 2003. The U.S. maritime administrator and China’s vice minister of communications signed a memorandum of consultation that reflected the initial round of negotiations on a maritime transport agreement, including discussions on freight rates, branch offices and logistics services. ... Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered a new species of jellyfish, Tiburonia granrojo, with a bell diameter of up to a meter wide. ... The U.S. Navy established a camp on a stretch of ice about 150 miles north of Deadhorse, Alaska, and sent nearly 30 scientists to study ice, sea and atmosphere.


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