oceans

After 150 Years, Scientists Finally Know How Barnacle Glue Works

Over a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin first described the remarkable adhesive capabilities of barnacles. He couldn’t figure out how their natural superglue worked though. And it took until now to finally unlock the barnacle glue’s mysteries.


The World's Most Terrifying Pool Can Simulate Any Wave

Definitely not coming to water park near you is a FloWave, a state-of-the-art wave pool that whips water around, simulating waves as 27m tall buildings and currents at 6m per second. FloWave is a real ocean simulator, you see, and its job is to prepare our infrastructure for the violent battering of the seas.


Massive School Of Anchovies Looks Like A Hungry Giant Alien Oil Blob

This big black blob that recently appeared off the San Diego coast looks like the fallout from an oil spill, or an undersea plague coming to haunt humans and probably steal their souls. In reality, it’s a massive school of anchovies — harmless enough that people are actually snorkelling through the dark mass of fish.


A Tantalizingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Lab

Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission, where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 20 metres underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS’s Hari Sreenivasan in this all-too-short interview from the ocean floor.


There Are Vast Reserves Of Ancient Freshwater Hidden Below The Ocean

When you’re drilling deep under the seabed, the last thing you might expect is freshwater. Yet Danish scientists on a recent expedition in the Baltic Sea suddenly found freshwater gushing up from their drill. In fact, undersea freshwater reserves are hidden all over the world, and some claim this could quench our thirst for decades to come.


Check Out All The Alien Species Discovered By Deep Sea Vehicle Alvin

While the Chinese are busy scouting the best under-sea sites to pillage for precious metals, America’s venerable oceanic exploration sub, the newly renovated DSV Alvin, continues to uncover scores of deep sea life forms that science has never even seen. Here are just a few of the more exotic animals Alvin has come across in its travels.


Why Those Little Plastic Microbeads In Your Soap Are So Bad

Illinois became the first state in the US to ban exfoliating plastic beads. Good for Illinois. Plastic microbeads have been running off by the billions into the oceans, causing huge amounts of environmental damage. Yet most consumers didn’t even realise they existed.


The Planet's Biggest Water Supply Might Be Hidden 640km Below The US

When most of us imagine what the mantle of the Earth is like, we see burning hot rock and magma (and maybe satan hanging out for good measure). But scientists have discovered evidence that all that rock may be hiding huge amounts of water — three times the volume of all our oceans combined.


A Town's Famous Bioluminescent Bay Is Going Dark And No One Knows Why

For those who’ve seen it — and photographs don’t do it justice — the bio-luminescent Mosquito Bay is one of the world’s most spectacular natural sights. Tiny plankton known as dinoflagellates light up the water like a glow stick at night. But since January, the glow has faded, throwing the entire Puerto Rican town into a panic.


Extremely Dangerous Lava Surf Photography Is Completely Worth The Risk

CJ Kale is reportedly the first person ever to photograph lava entering the ocean from the surf, swimming near the scalding water and avoiding lava bombs just a few from where he was standing. Needless to say, the risk of dying is huge but his photographs are awesome.