Giant manta ray nursery discovered in Gulf of Mexico

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Researchers have identified the first recognized giant manta ray nursery in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, about seventy miles offshore from Galveston, Texas. Graduate student Josh Stewart first made this discovery whilst studying adult mantas in the area. “I was there trying to get a genetic sample from a full grown manta, and that’s when I saw it. It was a juvenile male manta, which is a very rare,” Stewart told NPR. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Endangered shark fins discovered on a Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the biggest trading hub for shark fins in the world, and although they’ve taken steps to halt illegal trading, conservation organization Sea Shepherd recently uncovered a shipment with fins from endangered sharks that arrived via a Singapore Airlines flight for a Hong Kong dried seafood company. Sea Shepherd said the fins came from whale sharks and possibly oceanic whitetip sharks.

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Underwater robots just discovered the world’s biggest dead zone

Underwater robots exploring off the coast of Oman made a devastating discovery this week. In the Gulf of Oman, researchers found the largest dead zone in the world, covering at least the size of Scotland and possibly more. Scientists knew that there was a dead zone in the Gulf of Oman, but until now, they had no idea how bad it was.

Scientists from University of East Anglia and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University launched undersea robots to explore the dead zone. They published their findings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists thought for commercial use, graphene membranes would need to be produced in big amounts. So they designed a continuous manufacturing process to generate strips of graphene.

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The first salty lakes discovered in the Arctic could hold the key to finding alien life

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New penguin ‘mega-colonies’ discovered in Antarctica

Adélie penguin populations have been declining in Antarctica — at least, that’s what scientists thought. An international team recently discovered a supercolony of over 1.5 million penguins on the Danger Islands. While 100 miles away on the West Antarctic Peninsula, there is evidence penguins are indeed in decline, this supercolony, in an area with little human activity, is thriving. The contrast suggests penguins are better off in undisturbed environments, lending credence to calls for a marine… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New giant octopus species discovered near Alaska

You wouldn’t expect humans to have missed a whole species of giant octopus – but researchers recently revealed that’s exactly what we did. The giant Pacific octopus, which is the biggest octopus we know about on the planet, is in reality two species. Alaska Pacific University undergraduate student Nathan Hollenbeck led research to discover what the team is calling the frilled giant octopus. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Huge mass of molten rock discovered beneath Vermont

Geologists at Rutgers University and Yale University have discovered a large subterranean mass of hot rock slowly bubbling its way to the surface in the American state of Vermont. Although its discovery is recent, this phenomenon has been ongoing beneath the mountains and forests of New England for tens of millions of years. In a region known for its relative volcanic inactivity, the movement of molten rock beneath the soon-to-be-frozen ground has come as a surprise. “Our study challenges the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy

Physicists at the University of Arkansas have discovered a new property of graphene, an extraordinary material composed of ultra-thin, nearly 2D sheets of atoms, that could be exploited to generate endless, clean energy. While investigating the simple phenomenon of graphene’s ability to ripple and shake, physicist Paul Thibado and a group of graduate students uncovered a previously unknown behavior of graphene in which the wonder material buckles and twists in small, random fluctuations, potentially… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

3,000-year-old underwater castle discovered in Turkey’s largest lake

Lake Van in Turkey is the country’s biggest lake – but that isn’t its only claim to fame. Van Yüzüncü Yil University archaeologists and a team of divers recently discovered an underwater fortress far below the surface. The ancient nation of Urartu could have built the castle during the Iron Age, around 3,000 years ago.

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