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Public Release: 18-Mar-2014
NASA sees some strength left in remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gillian
NASA's TRMM satellite passed over the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gillian and spotted some towering thunderstorms and areas of heavy rainfall, indicating there's still power in the former tropical storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Humans drive evolution of conch size
Smithsonian scientists found that 7,000 years ago, the Caribbean fighting conch contained 66 percent more meat than its descendants do today. Because of persistent harvesting of the largest conchs, it became advantageous for the animal to mature at a smaller size, resulting in evolutionary change.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama's National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation

Contact: Sean Mattson
202-633-4700 x28290
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Public Release: 18-Mar-2014
New statistical models could lead to better predictions of ocean patterns
The world's oceans cover more than 72 percent of the earth's surface, impact a major part of the carbon cycle, and contribute to variability in global climate and weather patterns. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri applied complex statistical models to increase the accuracy of ocean forecasting that influences the ways in which forecasters predict long-range events such as El Nińo and the lower levels of the ocean food chain.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Sossamon
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 18-Mar-2014
Ocean Modelling
NRL models Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Dr. Jason Jolliff, an oceanographer with the US Naval Research Laboratory, published a paper showing combined COAMPS and BioCast data predicted where oil would go after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. His method applies to predicting ocean optical properties for mine detection and other US Navy missions.
US Naval Research Laboratory

Contact: Kyra Wiens
Naval Research Laboratory

Public Release: 18-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Cultural hitchhiking: How social behavior can affect genetic makeup in dolphins
A UNSW-led team of researchers studying bottlenose dolphins that use sponges as tools has shown that social behavior can shape the genetic makeup of an animal population in the wild. The research on dolphins in Shark Bay in Western Australia is one of the first studies to show this effect -- which is called cultural hitchhiking -- in animals other than people. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Contact: Deborah Smith
University of New South Wales

Public Release: 17-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
UCLA geographers create 'easy button' to calculate river flows from space
The frustrated attempts of a UCLA graduate student to quantify the amount of water draining from Greenland's melting ice sheet led him to discover a new way to measure river flows from outer space, he and his professor report in a new study. The new approach relies exclusively on measurements of a river's width over time, which can be obtained from freely available satellite imagery.

Contact: Meg Sullivan
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 17-Mar-2014
Nature Geoscience
Climatologists offer explanation for widening of Earth's tropical belt
A team of climatologists, led by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, posits that the recent widening of the tropical belt is primarily caused by multi-decadal sea surface temperature variability in the Pacific Ocean. This variability includes the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (a long-lived El Nino-like pattern of Pacific climate variability) and anthropogenic pollutants, which act to modify the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Until now there was no clear explanation for what is driving the widening.

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 17-Mar-2014
NASA satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Gillian return to remnant low status
NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Gillian's remnants in the southern Arafura Sea today, as it passes north of Australia's 'Top End.'

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 17-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Global problem of fisheries bycatch needs global solutions
Whenever fishing vessels harvest fish, other animals can be accidentally caught or entangled in fishing gear as bycatch. Numerous strategies exist to prevent bycatch, but data have been lacking on the global scale of this issue. A new in-depth analysis of global bycatch data provides fisheries and the conservation community with the best information yet to help mitigate the ecological damage of bycatch and helps identify where mitigation measures are most needed.

Contact: Beth Chee
San Diego State University

Public Release: 17-Mar-2014
Current Biology
Antarctic moss lives after 1,500+ years under ice
Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and University of Reading report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 17 that Antarctic mosses can essentially come back to life after 1,500 completely inactive years under the ice. Prior to this finding, direct regeneration from frozen plant material had been demonstrated after 20 years at most. Beyond that, only microbes had been shown to be capable of revival after so many years on hold.

Contact: Mary Beth O'Leary
Cell Press

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