Aug 16, 2014

Minke whales' feeding frenzy observed

Antarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawnlike krill during the summer, new research showed Friday. The Australian Antarctic Division said it was the first time that the ...

Aug 7, 2014

Italian professor in hot water for hosting Costa Concordia captain

A professor who invited the disgraced captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to speak at a criminology seminar has been referred to the ethics committee at Rome’s La Sapienza University, the university said on Wednesday. Professor Vincenzo Mastronardi held the seminar last month reconstructing ...

Aug 7, 2014

127 kg of cocaine seized from Spanish naval ship

Spanish police say they have seized 127 kilograms of cocaine from a Spanish navy training ship, which allegedly carried the drug from Colombia and dropped off some in New York. A Civil Guard statement Wednesday said three sailors were arrested on July 12 when ...

Aug 7, 2014

Oceans getting more tainted with man-made mercury

Levels of the metal mercury in much of the world’s oceans are double to triple what they were before the Industrial Revolution, a new study says. Researchers found there’s more mercury from human sources — mostly burning fossil fuels and mining for gold — ...

Jul 27, 2014

U.S. plans widespread seismic testing of seafloor

The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to a court battle by environmentalists in New Jersey. The U.S. Geological Survey plans to ...

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

Jul 19, 2014

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

The Obama administration is reopening the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation ...