Editor’s note–MST is introducing a new weekly post! In the Weekly News Roundup, we’ll give you a summary of other important stories from the week so you have enough marine science news to last all weekend. As always, feel free to let us know if there’s something you would like to learn about or if you find an article that ought to be included.
Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“Annotated Guide to Mining the Seafloor” from POPSCI
By the end of 2013, a company called Nautilus Minerals will begin mining the sea floor. The first site contains 240,000 tons of copper and 25,000 pounds of gold, as well as other metals. This first-ever, large-scale deep-sea mining project will require new, hybrid machines that combine land excavators with deep-sea robots. Find out just how this is going to work with this great annotated guide.
“Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing” from BBCNews
With ice in the Arctic at a record low, ships are able to navigate through the Arctic in the winter for the first time ever. A large tanker, Ob River, left Norway in November and is set to become with first ship of its kind to sail across the Arctic. The tanker, carrying liquefied natural gas, will reach Japan 20 days early because of this new route. Read the full article to find out why melting ice isn’t the only factor allowing ships to travel this new route…
“Into the Blue Serengeti” from Natural History Magazine
If you’re interested in how marine researchers track ocean predators, then this feature is definitely worth reading. It summarizes the Tagging of Pacific Ocean Predators (TOPP) project, which has successfully determined the migration patterns of top predators and located many biological hotspots. Find out why “the migrations of Pacific predators resemble those of African wildlife.”
“‘Art of Marine Science’ exhibit to highlight emerging threat: Oceans on Acid” from the Examiner
If you’re anywhere near Florida, check out this new art exhibit, running through Dec 4 at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Aquarium. The exhibit was created in collaboration with the Ringling College of Art and Design as a way to highlight the threat of ocean acidification. Read the full story to learn more about it.
“US Navy to Stop Use of Dolphins as Military Resources” from WDC
Within the next five years, the U.S. Navy will stop using dolphins as military resources. Dolphins have been used for years to detect underwater mines, but with new technology this morally-ambiguous practice can come to an end. Check out this short post about dolphins in the navy.
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