Oceans

  • Sonic cleanup: using sound to capture ocean microplastics

    A new, filter-free method of separating microplastics from seawater has been developed in Indonesia.

    Researchers in Indonesia have developed an innovative way to remove microplastics from water without the need for exp...

    Oceans January 7, 2022
  • Crafty coastal species are colonising plastics – with potentially devastating results

    Persistent human-made debris is providing pelagic habitat for some coastal species. What happens ...

    The sheer volume of plastics dumped, trickled or escaped into our oceans is seen as a major global problem, threateni...

    Marine life December 4, 2021
  • Future seas

    To properly manage our oceans, we need to come together and agree on what we want them to look li...

    I knew I wanted to be a marine biologist from the age of 11. I'd gone to an aquarium with my parents and there was so...

    Oceans December 3, 2021
  • Did Earth get its water from… the Sun?

    Solar winds could have helped provide the water in our oceans.

    Where did the Earth’s oceans come from? For the past few years, astronomers have theorised that asteroids and comets ...

    Astronomy November 30, 2021
  • Turning the tide on wave energy

    The buoy that could make wave-energy generation viable.

    Ocean waves have long been heralded as a source of energy, but so far it’s been difficult to turn this energy into el...

    Australia August 18, 2021
  • World Ocean Day wrap: five ocean stories

    Let’s celebrate World Ocean Day with five recent pieces of research about the ocean.

    Happy World Ocean Day! To celebrate, Cosmos is looking back over what we have written about our oceans and seas in th...

    Earth June 8, 2021
  • Counting on maths to manage our oceans

    To understand how to preserve our diminishing natural marine resources, the next big thing we hav...

    As an undergraduate student wishing to major in zoology, botany and applied mathematics, I received a letter from the...

    Earth June 4, 2021
  • Year of the quiet ocean

    An international team aims to monitor the impact of 2020’s ‘quiet’ oceans on marine life

    Last year, as pandemic-related lockdowns enveloped the world, our oceans – just like our cities – fell more silent th...

    Earth April 8, 2021
  • Ocean worlds in the solar system

    Earth isn’t the only planet with liquid oceans – we examine some others.

    Once upon a time, the only world known to have an ocean of water was Earth. Now, planetary scientists think there are...

    Astronomy March 24, 2021
  • Blueprint for a sustainable ocean

    A global plan creates the perfect trifecta, serving fisheries, ecosystems and the climate.

    A team of scientists from across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia has devised a plan for a sustainable ocean, as ...

    Earth March 18, 2021
  • Glow-in-the-dark sharks

    Biggest luminescent vertebrate found near NZ.

    What’s cooler than a shark? A glowing shark!Kiwi and Belgian researchers studying sharks off the coast of New Zea...

    Marine life March 2, 2021
  • Tropical or temperate?

    Study highlights competing impacts of warm waters and acidification.

    Warming waters and ocean acidification could have opposing effects on the movements of tropical fish, according to a ...

    Climate February 9, 2021
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