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Increased Russian tanker traffic raises oil spill risk

The risk of oil spills along the Norwegian coast may increase by as much as five times by 2025. This is because Russia plans to increase the export of crude oil through the Barents Sea to 100 million tonnes annually.

Storing energy on the seabed

Scientists want to store electricity at the bottom of the sea. The energy will be stored with the help of high water pressure.

Soviet Cold War oceanographic surveys opened up to western scientists

A treasure trove of Barents Sea fisheries data stored for decades in Murmansk can help determine the fate of future offshore oil and gas exploitation in the region.

Locating shipwrecks along the Norwegian coast

Robotic subs are honing in on uncharted sea floor, searching for wrecks.

Gender confusion among periwinkles

The ban on tin compounds has been a boon for periwinkles and other seashore snails. But scientists continue to find sexually abnormal female sea snails in the vicinity of shipyards.

Finding CO2 leaks with microorganisms

In the future, new DNA technology may enable us to use microorganisms to find petroleum reservoirs, or detect CO2 leaks from undersea storage reservoirs.

Learning from foul eating habits

The hagfish can absorb food through its skin. Disgusting, yes, but this may give us a clue about the origins of our own digestive system.

Whale keeps its beak shut to avoid being eaten

Beaked whales only 'talk' to each other deep below the surface of the ocean. A new study shows that when close to the surface they keep quiet to avoid falling prey to predators.