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Capitol Hill Ocean Week Starts Today

Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) brings together national and global stakeholders to address pressing science, conservation and management issues facing the ocean and Great Lakes. The event is convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation every June. This year, CHOW is focused on the changing ocean, restoration of the ocean and Great Lakes and working together for sustainable waters. Join

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XPRIZE Invites Innovators to Design New Series of Competitions

The XPRIZE Foundation announced an open call to innovators around the world to help it design future XPRIZEs in five key areas: off-grid energy for the developing world, saving coral reefs, disaster prediction, lifting farmers out of poverty and feeding the next billion. For the first time, XPRIZE will use the HeroX crowdsourcing platform to source hundreds of XPRIZE designs,

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USCG is Testing Eco-Friendly Moorings for Navigational Buoys

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) uses navigational buoys to direct water traffic and to protect vulnerable benthic ecosystems such as seagrass communities and coral reefs in U.S. waters. However, most buoys are currently attached to the seafloor by concrete anchors, also called sinkers, and heavy metal chains that can have just as significant an impact on marine life themselves.

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Summer Expedition to Explore Species, Environmental Impacts in Northwestern Hawaiian Archipelago

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its Papahānaumokuākea Research and Conservation Fund is awarding a $900,000 grant to support research and conservation of Hawaii’s unique resources in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. A research expedition is planned for the summer of 2018. Papahānaumokuākea is a remote archipelago of islands, reefs and atolls in the northwestern sector of the Hawaiian

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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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Ocean Acidification Makes it Harder for Corals to Build Skeletons

A new study published Jan. 29 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows how ocean acidification makes it harder for corals to build their skeletons. The study is based on research by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who extracted core samples from corals near Palau. Their work details the effects of acidification and will allow better

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