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The captainless research vessel

May 21, 2018

The regular patrons of the White Shark Café have had some company lately. In March, two autonomous robots, called Saildrones, departed from California en route to the “Café,” a mysterious stretch of water in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where the sharks are known to congregate. Jessica Cross is quoted. 

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Adaptable and driven by renewable energy, saildrones voyage into remote waters

May 16, 2018

In March 2009, engineer Richard Jenkins broke the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle by sailing a bright green sailboat on wheels across a dried lakebed in Nevada at 126 miles per hour. Now, after many engineering developments and an orange paint job, Jenkins’ design autonomously sails the sea gathering ecologic, oceanic, and atmospheric data in the employ of NOAA. 

Link: Adaptable and driven by renewable energy, saildrones voyage into remote waters

This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean

May 15, 2018

Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them. Chris Meinig is quoted. 

Link: This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean

Alien Waters: Neighboring Seas Are Flowing into a Warming Arctic Ocean

May 10, 2018

The “Atlantification” and “Pacification” of the Arctic has begun. As warmer waters stream into an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean, new species — from phytoplankton to whales — have the potential to upend this sensitive polar environment. Phyllis Stabeno and Sue Moore (NOAA Fisheries OST) are quoted. 

Link: Alien Waters: Neighboring Seas Are Flowing into a Warming Arctic Ocean

These Climate Pollutants Don't Last Long, But They’re Wreaking Havoc on the Arctic

March 19, 2018

When people talk about climate change, the focus is often on carbon dioxide, and for good reason. The CO2 pumped into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels today will hang around for centuries, building up over time and continuing to warm the planet. Dr. Patricia Quinn is quoted. 

Link: These Climate Pollutants Don't Last Long, But They’re Wreaking Havoc on the Arctic

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