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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!.

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Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
UGA Skidaway Institute starts study on dynamic Cape Hatteras waters
Sometimes called the 'graveyard of the Atlantic' because of the large number of shipwrecks there, the waters off Cape Hatteras on the North Carolina coast are some of the least understood on US's eastern seaboard. University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Dana Savidge is leading a team, which includes UGA Skidaway Institute scientist Catherine Edwards, to investigate the dynamic forces that characterize those waters.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Mike Sullivan
University of Georgia

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
Current methods cannot predict damage to coral reefs
Coral reefs are severely endangered by a warming and increasingly acidic ocean. Although species-level effects have been studied, these pieces of the puzzle have not been assembled into a broader view. Ecosystem-level effects may be more severe than is currently anticipated.
National Science Foundation, Moorea Coral Reef LTER, California State University -- Northridge

Contact: James Verdier
American Institute of Biological Sciences

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Scientific Data
New database gives scientists hope for helping coral reefs
With the future of coral reefs threatened now more than ever, researchers have announced the release of a new global database that enables scientists and managers to more quickly and effectively help corals survive their many challenges.

Contact: Sean Connolly
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Marine Ecology Progress Series
Researchers show corals struggle to grow under multiple stressors
A new study from researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that multiple stressors might be too much for corals. The findings have important implications for the resilience of coral reefs to climate change.
MOTE Marine Laboratories/Protect Our Reefs

Contact: Diana Udel
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Fossil discovery suggests size poor predictor of maturity in ancient reptiles
Asilisaurus grew similarly to living crocodilians in that individuals of both species display varied growth patterns.
National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates, Virginia Tech

Contact: Steven Mackay
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2016
This tip sheet includes: ORNL researchers focus on minimizing impact of natural and man-made disasters hit; Aberrated probes helping to detect magnetic properties in materials; Thermoelectric heat pump dryer potentially uses 40 percent less energy; ORNL researchers discover structures designed to monitor fish movement are potential obstacles.

Contact: Ron Walli
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters
'Forgotten' fish turns up in West Texas
With no more 'swimmable' water than thirsty West Texas has, it's hard to imagine a fish, even a minnow-sized fish could remain 'missing' for more than a century. But due to a case of mistaken identity, such is the case, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Contact: Kevin Conway
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
NASA's Aqua satellite sees Tropical Cyclone 18P form West of Vanuatu
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone 18P soon after it formed west of Vanuatu in the Southern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of the storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Fighting fiddler crabs call each other's bluff
Male fiddler crabs bluff their way through fights. They also adapt their combat strategies if they have lost their original enlarged claw and have regrown a more fragile one. These are the findings of the researchers Daisuke Muramatsu of Kyoto University and Tsunenori Koga of Wakayama University in Japan, who spent time on a mudflat watching how fiddler crabs use deception to their favor. Their study is published in Springer's journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.
SPS Core-to-Core Program A. Advanced Research Networks 'Tropical Biodiversity Conservation' Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University

Contact: Joan Robinson

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
CU study: Ancient Mars bombardment likely enhanced life-supporting habitat
The bombardment of Mars some 4 billion years ago by comets and asteroids as large as West Virginia likely enhanced climate conditions enough to make the planet more conducive to life, at least for a time, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.
NASA, John Templeton Foundation

Contact: Stephen Mojzsis
University of Colorado at Boulder

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