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October 2013 Issue

25 Years Ago 1988.
NOAA and its administrator settled out of court with the State of California in the latter's suit challenging NOAA's authority to restrict disbursement of federal Coastal Zone Management grant funds. ... In a Washington press briefing, Minerals Management Service Director William Bettenberg said that crude oil production from the California Outer Continental Shelf should double by 1989 as more oil platforms begin production. ... A professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine found that shrimp would grow faster if fed an anitbiotic drug called monesin, part of a class of drugs used as a feed supplement for poultry, sheep and cattle.

15 Years Ago 1998.
A report funded by the National Science Foundation highlighted the major role that states play in research and development. Researchers found that in 1995, states spent $3 billion on research and development. ... Asian veined rapa whelks were discovered for the first time in Chesapeake Bay waters. These whelks posed a serious threat to shellfish harvests. ... Scientists and engineers funded by the National Science Foundation and affiliated with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, the University of Hawaii and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution created the first permanent, deep-ocean seafloor observatory in the United States.

10 Years Ago 2003.
After drilling at 650 sites around the world for 18 years, the JOIDES Resolution completed its last Ocean Drilling Program journey. ... The first vessel in more than three decades was built at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The Manukai Hawaiian was built by the Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard. The project created 700 shipbuilding jobs. ... In a deep-sea ridge off northern California, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute found an undersea nursery where groups of fish and octopus brood their eggs. This was the first time deep-sea fish brooding their eggs were observed.


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