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Alternative Energy

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Going nuclear: radioisotopes from Fukushimi power plant stay in sand for years

Nuclear power plants are often located along coasts. In 2011, one of these power plants, Fukushima Daiichi, was hit by a tsunami. Nuclear meltdown ensued, and radioactive elements were released into the environment. Now, a group of scientists found a new reservoir of radioactive materials left from this accident. Sandy beaches up to 100 km […]

New Year, new innovations: energy and climate science

Research in marine renewable energy and climate systems will grow ever more important in the future. The research for these areas are not just done on the coast, however – I ventured into the mountains to learn more. Zoe GentesZoe has an M.S. in Oceanography and a B.S. in Geologic Oceanography from URI, with a […]

Tides and Waves: Sources of Endless Energy

Today’s guest post by Amin Mivehchi is a brief introduction on harnessing tidal energy from the power plants of the future: OCEANS! More than 70% of our planet is covered by bodies of water and it’s time to invest in harnessing this infinite source of renewable energy. Carrie McDonoughI am the founder of oceanbites, and […]

Fueling Science with Science (& hydrothermal fluid)

Wouldn’t it be wicked cool if scientists could overcome the obstacle of power limitation by plugging their instruments directly into the sea floor? Now they can by using thermoelectric converters to take advantage of the Seebeck effect at hydrothermal vent fields! Anne M. HartwellHello, welcome to Oceanbites! My name is Annie, I’m a marine research […]

Cooling in North Atlantic Defies Global Warming

Sluggish ocean circulation can’t keep up with global climate change and this has caused the North Atlantic to cool. Hillary ScannellHillary received her MS in oceanography from the University of Maine in 2014 and works in the Ecosystem Modeling Lab at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, ME.

Need help counting bubbles? Now you can use sound!

Bubbles elicit scenes of childhood summers playing on the front stoop or backyard. On the other hand, put bubbles at the bottom of the ocean and you will find highly educated adults toiling with complicated mathematical equations and state-of-the-art technology. Sarah FullerWith academic backgrounds in oceanography, geology, and environmental education, Sarah has traveled to far […]

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