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6 June 2017
<p>First, the bad news: New data reveals that acidified ocean water is pervasive along the West Coast — and is likely to keep spreading.</p> <p>So what’s the good news? Persistent, less-acidic havens in some regions may be sheltering marine life from the harsher, low-pH conditions...
18 May 2017
<p>Talk about stressed out. Cauliflower coral larvae are feeling the heat — literally.</p> <p>At least they were when UC Santa Barbara marine scientists exposed them to warmer water in an effort to understand how future climate change might impact coral reefs.</p> <p>...
25 April 2017
<p>Is conservation good for your health? Seems like a no-brainer, right?</p> <p>Not so much, according to a group of scientists who have collaborated on a new research volume that explores what turns out to be a very tough question.</p> <p>UC Santa Barbara ecologists...
18 April 2017
<p>It’s a fish-eat-fish world out in the ocean, and prey species usually fear the predators that would make them into a tasty snack.</p> <p>Looks like someone forgot to tell the parrotfish, though.</p> <p>According to new research by UC Santa Barbara marine scientists...
3 April 2017
<p>Researchers have discovered that previously unidentified microorganisms have a genetic element that enables them to self-mutate. What's more, these organisms are so plentiful they dramatically expand the diversity of the tree of life.</p> <p>"This discovery reveals...
23 March 2017
<p>It’s an image nobody wants to see: The body of a majestic blue whale, lying limp over the bow of a massive cargo vessel, or washed up on a beach, fatally wounded from what’s commonly known as a “ship strike.”</p> <p>The collisions have become all too frequent, as ship traffic...
17 March 2017
<p>The oceans are great at absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, but when their deep waters are brought to the surface, the oceans themselves can be a source of this prevalent greenhouse gas.</p> <p>Wind patterns together with the Earth’s rotation drive deep ocean water —...
14 March 2017
<p>Swimming with metaphorical sharks is one thing, but actually getting into the water with the razor-toothed ocean predators? Crazy, right? Not according to the masses of shark-obsessed scuba divers who travel great distances — and pay big money — to get face time with the giant fish.</p...
14 March 2017
<p>Roughly 13,000 years ago, large ice-age mammals known as megafauna — horses, camels, mammoths, mastodons and many others — suddenly disappeared in North America. At the same time, a widespread human culture vanished. Mounting scientific evidence suggests this happened in dramatic fashion...
23 February 2017
<p>Many shark populations around the world are known to have declined over the past several decades, yet marine scientists lack important baseline information about what a healthy shark population looks like. A clearer picture is now coming into focus — thanks to a team of scientists who...

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