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Tiny microplastics a marine headache

Food packaging. Drink bottles. Electronics. Children’s toys. Plastics make modern life possible, but they have a dark side. Plastics in the ocean break down into microscopic fragments that zooplankton not only eat, but pass up the food chain, a Finnish research team has shown.

Unstable Atlantic can accelerate climate change

A warmer planet can destabilise an important oceanographic process in the North Atlantic called deep water formation. If deep water formation is affected, it will have a profound impact on global climate and precipitation.

The ship that waves won’t rock

This ship makes it easier to find one’s sea legs, thanks to opposing waves created in specially-designed tanks fitted in the hull.

Dealing with the doldrums on a Viking voyage

The outline of a foot on the Gokstad Ship gives us an inkling of what it might have been like for Vikings to cross the ocean.

Time to revise our view of Viking ships?

Many reconstructed Viking ships have quadratic sails, but a Danish archaeologist doubts that all the ships looked that way.

All giant squids are close kin

The mystical leviathans living deep in oceans worldwide are all one species.

Humpback whales fuel up for a long trip

During the summer, humpback whales eat as much food as possible so that they're able to travel almost 8,000 kilometers to the Caribbean, and back again.

Darkened fjord waters mean fewer fish and more jellyfish

The seawater in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and Norway’s coastal waters and fjords is gradually getting darker, which may be caused by overproduction of organic compounds.

Hi-tech skincare from the sea

New cosmetic products based on nanotechnology and highly adapted production techniques from the Dead Sea are on the way.

Warmer climate – fewer storms

Diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean could mean fewer storms. Researchers have gained new insight into the relationship between climate change and storms caused by polar low-pressure systems.