Learn How to Identify Rip Currents So You Don't Die on Spring Break

Beaches are a relaxing place to spend a family trip or just enjoy a raging, booze-fueled spring break. While a trip to the ocean can be packed with fun, it can also be dangerous. Aside from sunburns and jellyfish, one of the most dangerous things you have to look out for is a silent, sloshing killer: rip currents. » 3/21/15 3:02pm 3/21/15 3:02pm

Why Are 100-year-old Blocks Washing Up on European Beaches?

Things that typically emerge from the ocean: cigarette butts, clumps of seaweed, maybe a piece of sea glass. But Cornwall, England resident Tracey Williams' beach strolls took a turn for the weird when she found a plank made from a gutta percha, a rubber-like substance. The word "Tjipetir" was carved into it. » 12/04/14 10:30am 12/04/14 10:30am

The number of coral species with protected status just took their biggest jump ever, from just two species to 22. NOAA described the drastically updated list as their "most extensive rulemaking ever undertaken." You can check out all 22 threatened species right here. » 8/28/14 12:55pm 8/28/14 12:55pm

What Happens To Sunlight As It Filters Through The Ocean?

How far does sunlight travel into the ocean — and just what happens to all those different wavelengths of color as you go deeper into the depths? » 7/30/14 2:00pm 7/30/14 2:00pm

That's Not a Shipwreck, It's a Volcano!

During the Okeanos Explorer expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, sidesonar pinged something interesting 1,900 meters below on the ocean floor. Expecting a shipwreck, the team sent a remotely operated vehicle to explore. Instead, they found a pair of asphalt volcanoes! » 5/14/14 1:43pm 5/14/14 1:43pm

The Layers of Ganymede

Ganymede, one of three ocean moons of Jupiter, could be hiding layers under its icy exterior. New experiments on the behaviour of saline water under pressure suggest a complex, layered ocean with a rocky sea floor, not a single ocean sandwiched between crusts of dense ice. » 5/04/14 5:24pm 5/04/14 5:24pm

These are the world's most devastating maritime disasters

Accidents at sea take place in one of the most deadly environments on Earth for humans — the ocean. Fleeing from the wreckage can get you into even more trouble than clinging to a burning timber. Here are the biggest and most memorable maritime disasters. » 11/25/13 3:25pm 11/25/13 3:25pm

Jellyfish may be the most energy-efficient animals in the world

Jellyfish are known for their ability to take over ecosystems, even though they're less efficient swimmers and hunters than their fishy competition. But a new study shows that jellyfish may rule the waves by actually being the most energy-efficient animals in the world. Here's how. » 10/09/13 9:00am 10/09/13 9:00am

A lovely short film that will distract you from crappy reality

If you're tired of thinking about government agencies having access to your phone conversations and social network activity, while geolocating your mobile devices, just relax for a minute. There are still beautiful things in the world that we've created with our computers. Like this film, "Hinode." » 6/07/13 4:40pm 6/07/13 4:40pm

What it's like to dive under a giant oil rig in Gabon

Over at National Geographic, marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is posting photos and accounts from his expedition, diving off the huge oil rigs in Gabon. The oil company TOTAL is allowing him and his team to dive off "several of their oil rigs." And this first view of the massive dark shape underwater, with coral… » 10/10/12 10:35am 10/10/12 10:35am

Get Out Of The Water! Stingray photo bomb will scar your soul

The Stingray photo bomb is a horrifying experience for everyone involved — including the Ray. Presumably taken in the Cayman Islands (possibly at Stingray City) the greatest animal photobomb ever created was discovered by Redditor epic676. But don't get all freaked out for future Stingtay hugs next time you're… » 9/27/12 12:31pm 9/27/12 12:31pm

Google launches underwater Street View, blows everyone's goddamn mind

Google has rolled out some damn impressive additions to its ouvre of street-viewable locales over the last few months, including Kennedy Space Center, the Amazon Rainforest and Antarctica, but this may be the most spectacular of them yet. Working in collaboration with The Catlin Seaview Survey, the company has… » 9/27/12 7:10am 9/27/12 7:10am

Read Obama and Romney's answers to the country's top science questions

Where do the two men who would be President stand on crucial questions about science? Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have released their answers to a series of incisive, science-themed questions assembled by ScienceDebate. » 9/05/12 4:00pm 9/05/12 4:00pm

Why Romney and Obama's Written Science Answers Aren't Enough

Romney and Obama have agreed to answer questions on science and science policy, but it's a bittersweet victory. A few weeks ago we told you about ScienceDebate, an independent citizens' initiative devoted to having Obama and Romney face off over fourteen questions about science in a publicly televised debate. Now,… » 8/30/12 11:00am 8/30/12 11:00am

It's time to bring science to the fore of political discourse by having…

If you want to see Obama and Romney devote time to addressing important questions about science and science policy in a publicly televised debate, you're going to have to fight for it. Back in 2008, an independent citizens' initiative, known simply as "ScienceDebate," pushed to have 14 such questions addressed in a… » 7/20/12 11:06am 7/20/12 11:06am

U.S. Government insists that mermaids do not exist

Of course, that's what they would say, isn't it? The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement explaining that no evidence of the existence of mermaids "has ever been found." NOAA explains helpfully that belief in mermaids may go back as far as 30,000 years, to a time when humans first… » 7/03/12 6:20am 7/03/12 6:20am

Toxic oceans created the greatest explosion in biodiversity Earth has…

About 600 million years ago, life on Earth was pretty much just a homogeneous bunch of simple, soft-bodied species. But in an evolutionary blink of an eye, that all changed. A longstanding geological mystery could explain why our distant ancestors suddenly developed skeletons. » 4/19/12 12:46pm 4/19/12 12:46pm

The Bering Land Bridge nearly wrecked the Earth's climate

The land bridge that once connected North America and Asia rose from the seas 80,000 years ago. And at the same time, North America's climate began experiencing violent climate swings, with average temperatures shifting as much as ten degrees every decade. » 4/09/12 4:40pm 4/09/12 4:40pm

Watch the ocean currents turn the Earth into a living Van Gogh

Who knew that our ocean currents were constantly painting Van Gogh's Starry Night across the planet? This visualization, created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, captures the surface currents that danced and twisted across Earth's oceans from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007 while… » 3/25/12 10:00am 3/25/12 10:00am

Squids evolved giant eyes to watch out for sperm whales

The colossal and giant squids that lurk in the ocean depths are truly remarkable creatures. If there's one feature that's really striking, it's their gigantic eyes, which are any times bigger than any other known marine organism's eyes. » 3/15/12 11:21am 3/15/12 11:21am