• Where Are the Sharks? Scientists Use DNA Sampling to Find Out

    SOURCE:  PEW Charitable Trusts/Rebecca Goldburg        Dec 7, 2017 Scientists are estimating the relative abundance and diversity of shark species across vast stretches of the ocean with little more than a few plastic bottles filled with seawater. By analyzing environmental DNA (or eDNA), a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive technique, researchers can determine if […]

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  • Stress Test: New Study Finds Seals are Stressed-Out by Sharks

    SOURCE:  RSMAS/University of Miami    Dec 5, 2017 MIAMI—While a little added stress may be helpful to flee a dangerous situation, or to meet an approaching deadline, it’s no secret that prolonged exposure to the stress hormone cortisol is linked to health problems. So, what effects does stress have on animals in the wild that […]

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  • How opioids started killing Americans at the corner pharmacy

    SOURCE: Bloomberg/Natasha Rausch    Nov 28, 2017 A huge study of the epidemic’s acceleration shows most deaths began with a prescription. It’s been conventional wisdom for some time now that America’s opioid epidemic began at the pharmacy. Now there are numbers to put any doubt to rest. More than half of all people who succumbed […]

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  • Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Corals: Ancient Jewels Worth Protecting

    SOURCE:  Pew Charitable Trusts/Holly Binns  October 25, 2017 Some of the deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Mexico started growing when Rome still ruled an empire and Native Americans were constructing civilizations in the vast forests that would—centuries later—become the U.S. Southeast. For countless generations, these structure-forming animals have thrived in the cold, dark depths, […]

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  • Up to 1 in 5 Fish Sold Is Caught Illegally—and Other Surprising Illegal Fishing Facts

    SOURCE:  The Pew Charitable Trusts/Julie Janovsky    Nov 13, 2017 Our ocean is under assault from a battery of threats that are damaging ecosystems, depleting fish stocks, and changing the marine environment. One of those threats gets relatively little attention but is both serious and solvable: large-scale illegal fishing. Here are seven facts about this […]

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  • Taking A Page From Pharma’s Playbook To Fight The Opioid Crisis

    SOURCE:  California Healthline/Pauline Bartolone     Nov 8, 2017 Dr. Mary Meengs remembers the days, a couple of decades ago, when pharmaceutical salespeople would drop into her family practice in Chicago, eager to catch a moment between patients so they could pitch her a new drug. Now living in Humboldt County, Calif., Meengs is taking […]

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  • One short letter’s huge impact on the opioid epidemic

    By Nadia Kounang, CNN Updated 11:16 PM ET, Thu June 1, 2017 (CNN) Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Drug overdoses overall — most of them from opioid painkillers and heroin — are the leading cause of accidental death in the US, killing more people than guns or car accidents. In fact, while […]

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  • Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles

    SOURCE:  Phys.org    Sept 25, 2017 Calculations have shown that 10 per cent of all plastic produced around the world ultimately ends up in the oceans. As a result, a large majority of global marine debris is in fact plastic waste. Human production of plastics is a well-known environmental concern, but few studies have studied […]

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  • Nature photographer snaps jaw-dropping photo he wishes ‘didn’t exist’

    SOURCE:  USA Today/Mary Bowerman  Sept 14, 2017 A California-based nature photographer, nominated for wildlife photographer of year, wishes the photo he’s nominated for “didn’t exist.” Justin Hofman’s photo of a tiny seahorse clinging to a pink plastic cotton swab highlights how plastic pollution has left virtually no corner of our world untouched. “I wish we didn’t have to see […]

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  • Humans Can Ease Climate Change Impacts on Oceans, Experts Say

    SOURCE:  Pew Charitable Trusts/Polita Glynn  April 27, 2017 While many people view climate change as an intangible and overwhelming problem, they can address its impacts on the oceans, chiefly through continued investment in innovative strategies for managing the seas and the life within them. That is one conclusion of a new paper titled “Avoiding a […]

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