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Scientists want to search for life on Jupiter’s moon. They’re starting in Antarctic oceans.

An autonomous robot is practicing to explore Europa. By Justin Lawrence, Planetary Science, Georgia Institute of Technology The harsh and icy ocean surrounding Antarctica may seem like a strange place to be doing research about Jupiter, but since 2014, a team of Georgia Tech engineers and scientists in Britney Schmidt’s Planetary Habitability and Technology Lab, where I’m a graduate student, has been

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Documentary Highlights Deepwater Spill Impacts on Deep-Sea Corals

“Jewels of the Gulf” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights research by the ECOGIG Global Program into Deepwater Horizon’s continued impacts on deep-sea corals. Synopsis: “On April 20th 2010, approximately 50 miles from the Louisiana coastline, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in the largest marine oil spill in history. Over the course of 87 days,

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Alvin Manned Submersible Makes its 5000th Dive

The Alvin manned submersible vehicle made its 5,000th dive during an expedition to the Guaymas Basin in the Gulf of California in November 2018, marking a milestone in a its 54 years of operation in ocean science. The submersible, which was officially commissioned June 5, 1964, has been used in a number of key discoveries and projects including the discovery

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All-Female Crew Sails 3,000 Nautical Miles to Study Ocean Plastic

An all-female crew of 24 women are on a 3,000 nmi journey from Hawaii to Vancouver to study microplastics and bring attention to the problem of ocean plastic pollution. The eXXpedition crew is made up of scientists, students, artists, filmmakers, business women, psychologists, actors, ocean activists and sustainability professionals, and novice as well as experienced sailors. The 10th such journey

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From the Seafloor to the Drugstore: Inventor Amy Wright on Marine Natural Products

Chemicals in marine organisms show promise for new medicines. Inventor Amy Wright is discovering why. Those were the glory days. Amy Wright would plop down into the seat inside a giant acrylic dome to be submerged 3,000 feet underwater, with a front-row seat on the wonders far below the waters off the Florida coast. It was Wright’s first job as

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