A new autonomous submersible device from the mind behind the Roomba could do to invasive lionfish what its predecessor does to dirty floors – get rid of them. If successful it could be a major environmental boost to Caribbean coral reefs. In the last couple of decades an invasion of non-native lionfish in the Caribbean … More The ‘Roomba of the sea’ hoovering up invasive lionfish
A new tech start-up have developed specialised submarines which they hope can create a ‘waterview’ of our oceans in a similar way to google maps street view. If successful it could change the way we explore the underwater world. The ‘street view’ feature on google maps is easily one of the most helpful features you … More New submarines set to create underwater ‘street view’ of the seafloor
A new study has demonstrated that 3D printing may be a viable solution for helping to rebuild damaged coral reefs. It shows that reef fish and settling coral polyps can’t really tell the difference. But just how do you print a coral reef and how successful can it really be? The invention of 3D printing … More Could 3D printing help rebuild damaged coral reefs?
New thermal imaging cameras are being trialled on boats and harbours in an attempt to prevent collisions between whales and boats. But just how successful can they be at detecting whales and how far can they go in protecting them? Collisions between whales and boats have unfortunately become a very common occurrence in today’s oceans. … More Using infrared cameras to avoid whale collisions
A video of a fish transport system shooting salmon through a pneumatic style tube went viral over the weekend. But the comical contraption actually serves a very important role in helping the fish migrate. Footage of wild salmon flying through the air in plastic tubing has been unleashed onto the internet this weekend, and people … More The ‘salmon cannon’ helping fish to migrate (yes really)
A new study has revealed that Zebrafish undergo remarkably similar sleep patterns to the REM cycles of humans and other animals. It shows us that sleep is a much bigger part of our evolutionary history than previously thought. Sleep is one of the last great mysteries in the natural world. We know what happens to us … More Sleeping with the fishes: the evolution of REM cycles
A proposed new model for turning CO2 absorbed by the oceans back into clean fuels could help end our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce the effects of climate change. The ambitious new technology could be revolutionary but is still theoretical and unproven. So what are its chances of succeeding and how big an impact … More New solar islands could turn oceanic CO2 back into clean fuels
To get ready for a new mission to the moon NASA will be returning to the seafloor to try out new lunar technologies and test out potential new recruits. On June 10th a team of aquanauts will embark on a mission to the bottom of the ocean floor to test key technologies and their own … More Using the ocean to prepare for a return to the moon
A new type of non-invasive and highly effective electronic tag is beginning to show its true potential. Capable of working up to two kilometres underwater and having almost zero impact on the animal it’s attached to, the ‘marine skin’ could be a game changer. Marine biologists have come a long way when it comes to … More New ‘marine skin’ could revolutionise the study of marine animals
The US military is pumping millions of dollars into researching whether or not a range of marine species could be used as secret spies. The project will determine if the sensory systems of ocean dwellers can be used as a low cost alternative to underwater surveillance equipment. Marine creatures have some of the most powerful … More Marine animals or underwater spies?