2014 News Releases

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CNO Greenert

NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Chief of Naval Operations Visits WHOI

Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, visited WHOI Nov. 6 for firsthand discussions with scientists and engineers conducting research and building technology with potential to enhance Naval capabilities and operations.

NOVEMBER 10, 2014

Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast

Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California.

OCTOBER 30, 2014

New Study Finds Oceans Arrived Early to Earth

Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth’s water come from and when?—

illustration of oil on seafloor

OCTOBER 27, 2014

Study Provides Some Answers to Fate of Deepwater Horizon Oil

Nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion spilled roughly 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are still working to answer the question: Where did all the oil go?

OCTOBER 9, 2014

David Gallo Selected for Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award

The Explorers Club has chosen David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), as one of the recipients of this year's Lowell Thomas Award. He is among six recipients who will be honored for their "imagination in exploration" at a dinner on October 11, 2014, at the Bowers Museum in Southern California.

OCTOBER 9, 2014

Stunning Finds from Ancient Greek Shipwreck

A Greek and international team of divers and archaeologists has retrieved stunning new finds from an ancient Greek treasure ship that sank more than 2000 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera. The rescued antiquities include tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue.

OCTOBER 7, 2014

New Collaborative Effort to Gauge National Marine Biodiversity

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers are part of a collaborative effort to understand and monitor changes in marine biodiversity within U.S. coastal waters. Marine biodiversity is a key indicator of ocean health and critical to sustaining natural resources such as fisheries.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Alvin 50th Celebration Highlights Essential Research

The human-occupied sub Alvin was the “guest of honor” this week at House and Senate staff briefings and a reception at the U.S. Capitol, commemorating 50 years of service as our nation’s deepest diving research submersible.

ctd operations

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Scientists Apply Biomedical Technique to Reveal Changes Within the Body of the Ocean

In a study published in the journal Science, a research team led by WHOI demonstrated that they can identify and measure proteins in the ocean, revealing how singled-celled marine organisms and ocean ecosystems are operating.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

WHOI Scientists Receive $1 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

WHOI scientists have received a $1 million grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to develop science-based climate change adaptation solutions for coastal communities.

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