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Posted on May 22, 2017 - 1:31pm, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

"This month, teams from Japan and China have successfully extracted methane hydrate, a hydrocarbon gas trapped in a structure of water molecules, off the seafloor. The substance looks like ice but can be set on fire, and it’s energy-dense—one cubic meter of methane hydrate can contain 160 cubic meters of gas."

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Posted on May 22, 2017 - 8:43am, by nwehner

Via Science Success

"I just read an excellent blog post about networking at https://femstem.com/called It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know: Networking 101 (written by Melissa C. Márquez).  Given that I have several colleagues attending conferences in the near future, I thought I would share some of my networking tips for conferences.  This list is not exhaustive, but it is a start."

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Posted on May 19, 2017 - 2:52pm, by abrown

Via Phys.org

"A team of researchers from Taiwan and the U.S. has found evidence of higher levels of anthropogenic surface nitrogen in the South China Sea, likely due to an increase in atmospheric nitrogen levels."

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Posted on May 19, 2017 - 2:25pm, by abrown
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Via Phys.org

"WCS scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change. The bad news is that the reefs are showing signs of being overfished and weak compliance with local fisheries laws needs to be reversed to maintain the fish that help to keep reefs healthy. The scientists describe their findings in the journal Ecosphere."

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Posted on May 18, 2017 - 2:23pm, by nwehner
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Via Edie

"The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit have today (18 May) launched a $2m innovation prize, calling on companies to create new ways of designing packaging that limits the amount of plastic polluting the oceans."

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Posted on May 18, 2017 - 9:47am, by nwehner

Via LinkedIn

"Since leaving the MMO, I have reflected on our achievements, and our failings, order to to create a framework for delivering integrated marine management (IMM) that can be used in any governmental situation. I have also been reconnecting with some of my academic colleagues, and realised that I found it quite difficult to map my experiences within government onto many of the theoretical constructs of marine governance in the academic literature. I have a feeling that this is mainly because in government, you are focused on the political reality of delivery, which can be capricious at times, rather than sticking to a rigid decision making theory or philosophical approach. This often results in delivery mechanisms and decision making frameworks that may not be perfect from a theoretical point of view, but allow good, proportionate decision making to take place."

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