Marine
Undersea HVDC cables, discovering some of the world’s top power interconnections
Undersea HVDC cables, discovering some of the world’s top power interconnections The HVDC undersea power cable SA.PE.I., Sardinia-Italy - Photo credits to: Terna The deepest submarine power cable in the world runs in the Tyrrhenian sea, 1,600 meters below sea level.
Intelligence in the abyss
Intelligence in the abyss Would you dive into a body of water populated by about 150 robots? That’s what could happen if you were to fall off a “gondola” in the Venice lagoon, where scientists from an initiative of seven European research institutes, are giving birth to the world’s largest population of autonomous robots .
Preventing “oceans of plastic soup”
Preventing “oceans of plastic soup” Approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste washes off land into the ocean each year. Bottle caps, toothbrushes, tiny plastic fragments, filaments, pellets, film and resin float about in the water columns.
Revolutionary System Monitors Water Pollution
Revolutionary System Monitors Water Pollution Toxic microalgae, viruses and chemical contaminants are floating in our waters. These hazardous materials pose a high risk to the livelihood of the sea dwellers. Especially the aquaculture is affected by this rising problem.
Early warning system for fish farmers
Early warning system for fish farmers The marine aquaculture sector has grown continuously over the past years, according to the FAO’s world review of fisheries and aquaculture.
Microbes clean up the oceans
Microbes clean up the oceans Human civilization is responsible for large traces of non-organic materials in the oceans, namely crude oil and plastics. Two European research projects are now investigating how microbes can help to eliminate these substances in the sea .
Ridding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragments
Ridding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragments Plastic products made of PVC, Polystyrene and other prominent plastics are flooding the market. They are a growing threat to the environment, as they are found in the sea or dumped in land fills .
Einar Eg Nielsen – Genetically tracking farmed fish escaping into the wild
Einar Eg Nielsen – Genetically tracking farmed fish escaping into the wild European sea product consumption is on the rise. With overfishing being a threat to the natural balance of the ocean, the alternative is to turn to aquaculture, the industrial production of fish and seafood.
Microbes – The New Bioplastic Factories
Microbes – The New Bioplastic Factories Scientists in Spain are growing bacteria that can transform organic waste into polymers inside their cells . And in Holland researchers are experimenting with algae which can also produce bioplastic components .
The road to sustainable tuna aquaculture
The road to sustainable tuna aquaculture Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is a much sought after delicacy. Due to huge fishing pressure, tuna stocks have decreased dramatically . There are now signs of recovery, according to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas .
Airbags for ships save lives, environment and cargo
Airbags for ships save lives, environment and cargo When a ship runs aground, or two vessels crash into each other, the damaged one may lose its stability, or worse, sink. But imagine if after a ship accident, balloons popped up like car airbags to keep the disabled vessel upright and afloat .
Decoding the oceans
Decoding the oceans The Oceans are filled with a diversity of life forms. This means that getting a complete picture of marine biodiversity is challenging.
Next generation cures born from the sea
Next generation cures born from the sea The life that inhabits the world’s oceans has almost infinite variety. It remains an untapped source of diversity.
Acoustic waves warn of tsunami
Acoustic waves warn of tsunami When a coastal area is about to be hit by the waves of a tsunami, time is everything. The earlier we know where and when it is going to hit the coast, the more chances there are to evacuate the area.
Bernard Kloareg: unlocking marine genomics’ potentials
Bernard Kloareg: unlocking marine genomics’ potentials Bernard Kloareg is the director of the Station biologique de Roscoff , a major science facility for marine research located in the Brittany region of France.
Metagenomics: hunting for new genes by sequencing seas samples
Metagenomics: hunting for new genes by sequencing seas samples One litre of sea water contains about one billion bacteria.
Tim O’Higgins: a new way forward for Europe’s regional seas
Tim O’Higgins: a new way forward for Europe’s regional seas Tim O’Higgins is a marine biologist in Scotland who has focused on those vital ecostystem services provided by estuarine and coastal waters.
Functional foods from the sea
Functional foods from the sea Seaweeds are not only tasty, but they are a source of nutrients that could be beneficial for health and wellbeing. And like terrestrial plants, seaweeds also contain significant portions of fibre that reach the colon undigested.
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic People living in Arctic areas can be more sensitive to pollutants due to their genetics , says researcher Arja Rautio at the Centre for Arctic Medicine in the University of Oulu , Finland.
Aquaculture: helping blue turn green
Aquaculture: helping blue turn green Sea bass or sea bream, by far the most consumed fish species around the Mediterranean area, increasingly originate from aquaculture.
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