New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable

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New method devised using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

 

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Wave Glider SV3 – world’s first wave and solar powered unmanned ocean robot

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Liquid Robotics has announced the Wave Glider SV3, what it calls the worldʼs first hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot. These super-smart robots have been revamped with Wi-Fi and cellular communications and are primed to compete in a series of industries, and might eventually create a couple new ones while they’re at it. (Pics)

 

 

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Moby Hotel or disaster relief housing?

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Is this the shape of the future?

If you happen to be curious about what the future home of your grandchildren might look like, take a glance at Remistudio’s concept hotel called The Ark. Russian architect, Alexander Remizov, is the mastermind behind the project, he believes that his floating “slinky,” which can hold up to 10,000 people can have multiple uses, including a safe house for disaster relief. The prototype’s main materials are timber, steel ,and high-strength ETFE plastic and it is built to handle land and/or water…

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NASA discovers there may be flowing water on Mars

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Dark seasonal streaks on crater walls could be flows of salty water.

We have known for a while now that ice exists on Mars.  We have seen a lot of suggestions that liquid water may have once existed on the surface in huge rivers and oceans. But  NASA has announced for the first time, they may have actually spotted some flowing, liquid water.

 

 

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China aims for world’s deepest dive in a manned submersible in 2012

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The Jiaolong reached 16,591 ft in a dive in international waters in the Pacific.

Scientists in China aim to complete the world’s deepest dive in a manned submersible in 2012 by going to 7,000 meters (22,966 ft) beneath the sea after a successful test dive in the Pacific Ocean, state news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday.

 

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Ocean life threatened by mass extinction

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The combined effects of climate change, over-exploitation, pollution and habitat loss will cause the mass extinction. 

Ocean life is at an imminent risk of the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing, according to a study led by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO).

 

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Dust Blown Into the Oceans From the African Desert May Increase Risk of Seafood Poisoning

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Dust from the African Desert can increase the growth of bacteria that are the main cause of food poisoning from seafood.

Researchers have found that harmful bacteria found in seawater flourish in the presence of dust that comes from the Sahara desert in western Africa, as well as other areas of continent.

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Whales Forced to Shout as Oceans Get Noisier

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Can you hear me now?

As anybody who’s ever gone to a dance club knows, it’s not easy to have quality conversation in loud places — but party-goers aren’t the only ones who have learned to cope with the clamor. According to marine biologists studying whale mating calls, an increasingly noisy ocean is forcing the animals to shout their romantic melodies — around 10 times louder than they did 50 years ago. Talk about a raucous orca-stra!

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Unlocking the Ocean’s Secrets with Seals and Gliders

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Scientists are outfitting elephant seals and self-propelled water gliders with monitoring equipment to unlock the oceans’ secrets.

Scientists are outfitting elephant seals and self-propelled water gliders with monitoring equipment to unlock the oceans’ secrets and boost understanding of the impacts of climate change.

 

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