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A recent paper in the Journal of Physical Oceanography details the specific challenges posed by the many millions of tons of plastic dumped into the ocean every years. The findings indicate that solving the problem may have complicating factors beyond just raw scale (4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of dumped in 2015 alone). Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

Video: New Princeton University research proves that ocean currents can move particles like phytoplankton and plastic debris all the way across the world in significantly less time than previously thought. Find out how in this video and on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 19-Apr-2016
Nature Communications
Ocean currents push phytoplankton -- and pollution -- around the globe faster than thought
Princeton University researchers found that ocean currents can carry objects to almost any place on the globe in less than a decade, faster than previously thought. While good for microorganisms such as phytoplankton that are essential to the marine food web, it also means that plastic debris, radioactive particles and virtually any kind of litter can quickly become a problem in areas far from where they originated.

Contact: Morgan Kelly
mgnkelly@princeton.edu
609-258-5729
Princeton University

Public Release: 19-Apr-2016
NASA's 3-satellite view of powerful Tropical Cyclone Fantala
Three NASA satellites provided data on powerful Tropical Cyclone Fantala as it lingered north of Madagascar in the Southern Indian Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Soumi NPP satellite provided a night-time and infrared view, NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at cloud top temperatures and extent, and NASA-JAXA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite measured the storm's intense rainfall.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 19-Apr-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Study: Ancient tectonic activity was trigger for ice ages
Continental shifting may have acted as a natural mechanism for extreme carbon sequestration.

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 18-Apr-2016
NASA examines Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Fantala near Madagascar
Tropical Cyclone Fantala has become a major tropical cyclone in the Southern Indian Ocean reaching Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. NASA's RapidScat instrument observed powerful winds wrapped tightly around the eye, and NASA's Aqua satellite saw the well-structured storm with a wide eye as it was due north of Madagascar early on April 18.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Apr-2016
Environmental Science & Technology
Vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater expose consumers to drugs
A new study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center shows that eating vegetables and fruits grown in soils irrigated with reclaimed wastewater exposes consumers to minute quantities of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater effluents.
Environment and Health Fund Jerusalem

Contact: Avivit Delgoshen
avivit.delgoshen@mail.huji.ac.il
972-258-82904
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Public Release: 15-Apr-2016
Steve Elgar named National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow
Steve Elgar, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, has been selected as a 2016 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the Department of Defense.
US Department of Defense

Contact: WHOI Media Relations Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 15-Apr-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Fish-eyed lens cuts through the dark
Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark. And their fishy false eyes could help search-and-rescue robots or surgical scopes make dim surroundings seem bright as day.

Contact: Hongrui Jiang
hongrui@engr.wisc.edu
608-265-9418
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public Release: 15-Apr-2016
Science Advances
Pollutants in fish inhibit human's natural defense system
In a new study, environmental pollutants found in fish were shown to obstruct the human body's natural defense system to expel harmful toxins. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego-led research team suggests that this information should be used to better assess the human health risks from eating contaminated seafood.
National Institutes of Health, Waitt Foundation

Contact: Mario Aguilera
scrippsnews@ucsd.edu
858-534-3624
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
NASA's satellites see Fantala intensifying as it moves west
Three different NASA satellites caught images of the storm as it rapidly intensifies and moves west. Currently there are no threatened landmasses in its wake, but it this storm is packing quite a punch. The MODIS and AIRS instruments that fly aboard NASA's Aqua satellite provided visible and infrared data on the storm while the RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station looked at the speeds of the surface winds.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
NTID Student Research Fair
RIT/NTID holds Student Research Fair April 15
Nearly 30 deaf and hard-of-hearing student researchers will present their work on April 15 at the first-ever NTID Student Research Fair, hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Contact: Vienna McGrain
vnccom@rit.edu
585-475-4952
Rochester Institute of Technology

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