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Great Videos of Evolution in Action

Scientists have developed a way of watching and filming bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

View the video at this The Atlantic webpage.

Posted September 14, 2016


National Weather Service Education Topics

 JetStream - Tropical Cyclone Introduction

Hurricane Isabel on September 15, 2003. NASA image.

A great science education site from NWS. This is just one topic.

Posted September 14, 2016


University of Guam College of Natural and Applied Sciences

is offering a free e-book, Flora and Fauna of Guam.

"Visually stunning photographs document magnificent mantas, endangered snails, and rare plants taken by CNAS professors, researchers, students, and graduates. Chamorro language lovers will find duk-duk, ababbang, hilitai, and more. Learn more about our island’s unique species and celebrate the beauty of the natural world. A gift from CNAS." - from the UOG website

Posted May 29, 2016 


NOAA's Okeanos Explorer ROV has live broadcasts from the deep that you can view on your computer.

 Posted April 28, 2016


Scientists in Micronesia establish new way to determine health of coral reef ecosystems.

"While island societies can do little to control carbon emissions from developed nations, they can manage their local resources to enhance the ecosystem services that coastal habitats, including reefs, provide for people. In this spirit, the political leaders of five nations in Micronesia initiated the Micronesia Challenge in 2006 as a commitment to “effectively conserve” at least 30 percent of their marine resources and 20 percent of their terrestrial resources by 2020. With regards to coral reefs, the Challenge was established due to growing concerns of stressors such as climate change, unsustainable harvest of fisheries, and land-based pollution." from the article in The Saipan Tribune, Sept 25, 2015

Posted September 28, 2015


 (Call for Presentations)

NOTE: We are sorry to say that the November 2015 APASEEM meeting has been posponed to 2016 because of storm damage to our venue. New dates will be announced as they are scheduled. Posted October 23, 2015

(The Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management (APASEEM) is pleased to put forth this Call for Presentations for our upcoming annual meeting (2015). We also encourage regional scientists, science teachers, and resource managers to contribute announcements via our website, at www.apaseem.org. Please help us distribute this announcement widely to all on your friends/professional contacts list.

In keeping with tradition, we will be scheduling the week before Thanksgiving for the presentations’ conference. Per interest and needs the date(s) will be scheduled between Monday, November 16th and  Friday November 20th. As in the past, we plan to hold the event at the American Memorial Park Auditorium, which seats up to 117 people. The park is presently closed due to the recent major storm but anticipates being open by the planned conference. If needed an alternative venue for particular days will be sought.                                                         

All interested science and environmental professionals--and teachers and students of these disciplines--are encouraged to develop a 15 to 20 minute presentation on an aspect of their recent work which may be of interest to the CNMI's science, science education, and environmental management community. To get scheduled on the meetings' agenda, just contact any officer (see email addresses below). A topical title and a brief abstract (one paragraph) of your talk will help us to better advertise our conference, so please send us these when able to. For examples please see past year's talks via our website. Last year we began to put our conference talks onto a YouTube site with links to these talks on our website. If presenting please indicate if it is ok for us to put your talk on the web as well.

We are also using this opportunity to continue our ongoing membership drive. Spread the word we mostly operate on annually due membership fees and contributions. If you've been thinking about becoming a dues-paying active member, or if your affiliation or agency is able to do so, please encourage this and please join. A reminder--most of us remember to pay at or around the date of our annual conference and that fees for professional organizations are tax deductible. Remember speakers get half off on annual fees if they've presented sometime during the previous year. Group rates available for any organization, public or private--see our website for fees and mailing address. Potential new members and/or potential group officers are highly encouraged to make contact with us. If helpful we will be pleased to email an invoice for these fees to persons and/or supporting organizations, just let us know who to send these to.  

As background, our updated Academy's Synopsis document is included on our website.

Please contact Michael Trianni (president) via mtrianni@ymail.com; or John Furey (vice-president) via jfurey.saipan.com@gmail.com; or Julie Mushynsky (secretary) via julie.mushynsky@flinders.edu.au; or Andre Kozij (treasurer) via akaspn@hotmail.com; or John Fraser (webmaster) via johnfraser1@gmail.com to get on this year’s conference schedule. APASEEM also has a Gmail account for general correspondence and this address can also be used for getting scheduled to speak at this year’s conference, apaseem@gmail.com.)

Posted on September 28, 2015


Scientists at Cook University say Great Barrier Reef coral four times safer in no-take fishing reserves.

"It is the first time a study has shown marine reserves enhance coral health on the Great Barrier Reef. The lead author, Joleah Lamb, said the finding had important implications for fish stocks across the reef and fishers whose activity had otherwise been restricted." - from the article in theguardian.com

Posted on June 6, 2015


Ecology of Bird Loss Project Blogspot

The Ecology of Bird Loss Project now has a Blogspot page.

Posted May 15, 2015


Seeking applicants for the CRI Summer Internship (due Apr 4)

PLEASE be advised that:
  • PRIORITY will be given to students who are from the CNMI and currently pursuing undergraduate studies at NMC or elsewhere. CNMI high school students who are graduating this May and will be pursuing higher degrees are also welcome to apply. 
  • Many of these opportunities require swimming / snorkeling skills - PLEASE be upfront about your abilities in the water. If you are uncomfortable in the water (or if you are 18 or younger and your parents will not sign the release forms) we will not be able to hire you for certain positions. 
  • You are required to submit a police clearance from within the LAST 3 MONTHS - if you have been living outside of CNMI for over 6 months, your clearance must be from where you are currently living / studying. 
  • To participate in this internship you are required to commit to working 20 hours a week for 10 weeks generally between June and August (exact dates are still being determined.) You will be expected to complete your work during government working hours (7:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F). Please keep this in mind if you are looking for other summer jobs as well. 
  • You are allowed to participate in this program twice. If you have participated in this program once in the past, you are welcome to apply again!
 
All application materials must be submitted to Avra Heller - avrahellerdeq@gmail.com (in a single email please, with documents attached in the order that they are listed below) by April 4th. 
 
SUBJECT LINE SHOULD READ: Your Name, Application for CRI Internship 2015
 
If you have problems scanning certain documents, please email me, and we can arrange for you to drop them off in person. 
 
Thanks to Avra Heller of DEQ for the above announcement.
 
Posted March 30, 2015

Humpback Whales in the Marianas

 Humpback whale mom/calf pair, photographed on 6 March 2015. Biopsy sample fcollected rom the mom. (Photo credit: Amanda Bradford)

"We had heard previous accounts of humpbacks swimming relatively close to shore outside of the lagoon and outer reef off the west side of the island.  While we were initially setting up our shore station, we spotted a breaching whale several miles offshore.  We knew then that we were in luck, and our timing was right!  We found humpbacks every day we went out on the water for a small-boat survey." - from the article by Marie Hill, Allan Ligon, Adam Ü, and Amanda Bradford

Posted March 26, 2015


New Film - Stories of the Islands Unit

New short documentary on human experiences from the Islands Unit of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, Stories of the Islands Unit.

The JIMAR Human Dimensions group and Urban Spider Design collaborated on a short documentary called Stories of the Islands Unit. The documentary showcases Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) residents’ experiences from the islands and waters surrounding Uracas (Farallon de Pajaros), Maug, and Asuncion, the area now known as the Islands Unit of the of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. JIMAR Human Dimensions researcher, Dawn Kotowicz interviewed scientists, fishermen and former residents about living, fishing, exploring and studying this region to provide a unique and personal perspective on this infrequently visited area. This project was funded by NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office.

Thanks to Heidi Hirsch of the NOAA Marine National Monuments Program for this description of the film.

Posted March 20, 2015

 

U.S. court says farms can be held liable for pollution from manure. 

(Yahoo News) Posted January 27, 2015


2014 was hottest year in modern history in the USA 

(Yahoo News) Posted January 27, 2015


New Island in South Pacific Thanks to Tongan Volcano

(Yahoo News) Posted January 27, 2015


New Education Theme pages on NOAA OER website

Educators:

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research recently designed Education Theme Pages to provide educators with the best of what the Ocean Explorer website has to offer on a number of popular ocean science topics. Each Theme Page provides links to content essays, lessons, multimedia interactive activities, career information and associated past expeditions. Current Theme Pages include: Seamounts, Deep-sea Canyons, Archaeology, Deep-sea Corals, Mesophotic Corals, and Vents and Volcanoes. There will soon be pages on Cold Seeps, the Arctic and Bioluminescence. Look for more theme pages to be added over time.

Take a look at http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/themes/welcome.html! 

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Posted January 12, 2015


Pacific Coast sea bird die-off being investigated by scientists

"Mass die-offs of the small, white-bellied gray birds known as Cassin's aucklets have been reported from British Columbia to San Luis Obispo, California." - from the article at http://news.yahoo.com/

Cassins Auklet Ptychoramphus aleuticus (Image: Wikimedia. Author: Sabine's Sunbird)

Posted January 6, 2015

 


 


Call for Presentations

The Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management (APASEEM) is presently putting forth this Call for Presentations for our upcoming annual meeting (2014). APASEEM is also pleased to encourage regional scientists, science teachers, and resource managers to contribute announcements via its website, at www.apaseem.org. Please help us distribute this announcement widely to all on your professional contacts list.

In keeping with tradition, we will be using the week before Thanksgiving for the presentations’ conference. The date(s) scheduled are Tuesday, November 18th and Wednesday November 19th, and if needed, Thursday November 20th. As in the past, we are reserved to hold the event at the American Memorial Park Auditorium, which seats up to 112 people.                                                                              

All interested science and environmental professionals--and teachers and students of these disciplines--are encouraged to develop a 15 to 20 minute presentation on an aspect of their recent work which may be of interest to the CNMI's science, science education, and environmental management community. To get scheduled on the meetings' agenda, just contact any officer (see email addresses below). A topical title and a brief abstract (one paragraph) of your talk will help us to better advertise our conference, so please send us these when able to. For examples please see past year's talks via our website.

We are also using this opportunity to continue our ongoing membership drive. Spread the word we mostly operate on annually due membership fees and contributions. If you've been thinking about becoming a dues-paying active member, or if your affiliation or agency is able to do so, please encourage this and please join. A reminder--most of us remember to pay at or around the date of our annual conference and that fees for professional organizations are tax deductible. Remember speakers get half off on annual fees if they've presented sometime during the previous year. Group rates available for any organization, public or private--see website for fees and mailing address. Potential new members and/or potential group officers are highly encouraged to make contact with us. 

As background, our updated Academy's Synopsis document is included on our website.

Please contact Michael Trianni (president) via mtrianni@ymail.com; or Ken Kramer (vice-president) via ken_kramer0886@yahoo.com; or Andre Kozij (secretary) via akaspn@hotmail.com; or John Furey (treasurer) via jfurey@saipan.com to get on this year’s conference schedule. The organization also has a Gmail account for general correspondence but can also be used for getting scheduled to speak at this year’s conference, apaseem@gmail.com.

Posted October 14, 2014


Special Weather Advisory, Tue, 23 Sep 2014

From the Marianas Variety:

Category: Community Bulletin Published on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 00:00 

(Press Release) — Based on information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan Guam and compiled by CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Gov. Eloy S. Inos wishes to inform the general public that an area of disturbed weather was forming southeast of Guam yesterday.

A monsoon trough had become very active from south of Guam to the north of Chuuk.

A broad ill-defined circulation was centered about 450 miles southeast of Guam. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms were in several large areas to the south and east of the Mariana Islands.

Most computer models indicated that the circulation would move northwest toward the CNMI in the coming days.

The monsoon trough was also expected to lift northward and cause periods of showers along with gusty west to southwest winds for Guam and the CNMI through the end of this week.

This is a dynamic and developing weather pattern that will need to be monitored closely, so stay informed about this developing situation. Keep abreast of the latest forecasts and listen for any further statements or warnings from Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office.

Official bulletins will be available through local media sources and NOAA weather radio broadcast on 162.5 megahertz. You may also dial 211 or call 237-8000. For those in the Northern Islands, contact the CNMI Emergency Operations Center at high frequency single sideband radio on frequency 5.205.0.

Thanks to the Marianas Variety for permission to post this article.

Posted September 23, 2014


Rota Brown Tree Snake's stomach was empty.

Although not a certainty, an empty stomach suggests that the snake might have not eaten for a while and could have come from a vessel entering the harbor. A snake living locally might very well have food in its stomach. 

Posted September 23, 2014


Dead fish on Tank Beach baffle residents, authorities.

From the Marianas Variety:

Published on Monday, September 22, 2014 00:00 By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - cherrie@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff

RESIDENTS and authorities have found several dead fish on Tank Beach in Kagman.

The fish are locally known as “hiyok” or blue-banded surgeon fish (Acanthurus Lineatus).

Department of Land and Natural Resources Secretary Arnold I. Palacios, who is on leave, said the sight of dead fish washed ashore has been going on for some time now.

“We have been asking folks from off-island to come and check it out,” he said in a phone interview. “It started on Guam then Rota and apparently it is now here on Saipan, particularly Tank Beach.”

He added, “We started monitoring this issue since people first reported it. It is kind of strange that the dead fish belonged to one species only.”

In a separate phone interview, Rep. Tony Benavente, chairman of House Committee on Natural Resources, said that he will look into the matter to find out why it’s happening.
 

Photo courtesy of Nora Sablan

“It’s something that is not ordinary and it is something very bad so I want to find out why it’s happening.

“Definitely, we will get into the bottom of this. It is bad that something is affecting our natural resources and we will investigate. We will look at it. This is a very critical issue. We will also ask DLNR to check on this matter. It is sad that it is happening to our natural resources.”

Variety learned that the dead fish were spotted on Friday afternoon by some beach-goers who then reported it to the Department of Public Safety and the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

A resident told Variety that when they came back to the beach on Saturday and Sunday, they saw more dead fish floating in the ocean.

No one was cleaning the area or taking out the dead fish from the shore, the resident added.

Thanks to the Marianas Variety for permission to post this article.

Posted September 23, 2014


Division of Fish and Wildlife launches new website

From the Marianas Variety:

Category: Community BulletinPublished on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 00:00

(Press Release) — The Department of Lands and Resources-Division of Fish and Wildlife announced the launch of its new website www.cnmi-dfw.com/.

Funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program, the new site is designed to assist and encourage members of the public to make the most of the many fishing, hunting and outdoor recreational opportunities available in the commonwealth.

“The Division of Fish and Wildlife manages eighteen marine and wildlife conservation areas,” wildlife program public information officer and website designer Pete Perez said, “The new website will help people to learn where they are, what their goals are, and what each has to offer in terms of opportunities for public enjoyment, including hiking and nature trails, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and recreation.”

In addition to maps and information on marine and wildlife areas, visitors to the website can find the locations of boat ramps and marinas on all islands, information on fishing methods, lists of dangerous fish and even a Marianas Field Guide for bird identification that is optimized for smartphones.

“The information available on the website goes quite deep.” said Perez, “Scientists, researchers and students can find wildlife and conservation area plans and strategy documents, technical reports and scientific papers, plus detailed information on current and ongoing research and conservation programs. Educators will find teaching materials, downloadable wildlife posters and flyers as well as Powerpoint presentations created by staff biologists and program managers on a range of subjects including marine protected areas, brown tree snakes, sea turtles, fisheries and open ocean fish aggregating devices. Recreational fishermen and hunters will be pleased to know that fishing and hunting regulations are now online.”

Division of Fish and Wildlife acting Director Manny Pangelinan hopes that the new website will help the public to better understand the division’s role in the community. “Most people are aware of the role we play in protecting our island’s natural resources through conservation law enforcement,” he said, “But of course we do much more. I am hopeful that the new website will help people understand the purpose and the depth of our efforts to safeguard our wildlife resources. We’re working hard to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.”

Thanks to the Marianas Variety for permission to post this article.

Posted September 23, 2014


Aldabra banded snail, declared extinct in 1997, found on an island in the Seychelles.

Since rediscovered, "...several other Aldabra banded snails have been found — including juveniles, which hadn’t been seen since 1976. While the discovery gives hope that a self-sustaining population still exists on the island, the species is still under heavy threat from climate change." - from the article at TheEpochTimes.com

Posted on September 12, 2014


Live Brown Tree Snake caught on Rota (Marianas Variety, Monday, September 08, 2014 00:00)

(Office of the Governor) — On September 3, 2014 at about 11:35 a.m., CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources- Division of Fish and Wildlife Brown Tree Snake K-9 Handler, Shelwyn Taisacan with assistance from Robert Uloa, reported that a live BTS was caught in one of the snake traps along the Rota Seaport fence line.

Details about the case were not released until Sylvan Igisomar, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coordinator/Biologist, assigned to the CNMI BTS Program, arrived on Rota to gather more information and conduct an analysis of the situation. The BTS was determined to be a male, measuring 40.16 inches long and weighing about 42 grams.

A coordinated effort between the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Governor’s Office, the Rota Mayor’s Office, Rota Municipal Council, and the U.S. Geological Survey led to nighttime visual inspections to determine if other BTS were on island. “I commend the coordinated efforts between the local and federal teams led by the BTS Rapid Response Coordinator, Adam Knox, Rota Mayor’s Office, USDFW, and DLNR DFW BTS for continuing the surveillance in and around the Rota Seaport,” said Gov. Eloy Inos. Six individuals — including personnel from DLNR-DFW, the USGS BTS Rapid Response and Igisomar — participated in the nighttime visual inspections using headlamps.

“As of today, no further sightings have been made, but surveillance efforts continue and trap placements are being expanded in land,” said DLNR acting Secretary Manny Pangelinan.

Additional traps will be installed around the Rota Seaport area to supplement the existing traps.

Scientists will use their knowledge to strategically place more traps around Songsong village and other areas in order to effectively remove this highly destructive alien species. Brown tree snake rapid response inspections are ongoing on Rota. “Coordination efforts between the agencies will also continue, so that we can ascertain whether the captured BTS entered Rota on its own or was accompanied by others,” added acting Secretary Manny Pangelinan.

The Offices of the Governor, Mayor of Rota, Department of Lands and Natural Resources and the CNMI BTS Program are asking residents of Rota to cooperate with the searchers as they conduct their inspections and to report any BTS sightings. You may contact the Rota BTS Program at 287-ROTA, CNMI DFW at 664-6004, CNMI BTS Program 664-6014. More information will be provided as the situation develops.

Thanks to the Marianas Variety for permission to use this article.
 
Posted September 8, 2014
 

Portuguese Man-of-War images from National Geographic

"A portrait of the Portuguese Man-of-War by Jane J. Lee with photographs and video by Aaron Ansarov." - from the National Geographic article

Posted September 8, 2014


Incredibly big manits shrimp-like animal caught off Ft Pierce, Florida fishing dock.

                           Photo - Steve Bargeron

"The mantis shrimp is in a class of its own in terms of power. Within its shell are hinged arm-like claws, with fist-like clubs at their ends. They lash out with the speed of a .22-caliber bullet—the fastest punch in the world—and literally smash the shells of prey." - from the article at grindtv.com

Posted September 8, 2014


IMPORTANT - Marianas Trench National Marine Monument Visitor Center Working Group Public Listening Sessions Scheduled

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are in the process of preparing a Monument Management Plan and environmental assessment (MMP/EA) for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (Monument). The Monument encompasses approximately 61 million acres of unique submarine geologic features and waters of the Mariana Archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. The draft MMP/EA is expected to be available for public review this winter."

Listening Session Schedule for the Visitor Center Working Group::

Tinian
Date: September 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Fleming Hotel

Saipan
Date: September 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: American Memorial Park

Rota
Date: September 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mayor of the Municipality of 
Rota, Conference Room

The above is from the Federal Wildlife Service Announcement. For the entire announcement (pdf) click on: Announcement


A Super Weather Cell Over the US Carolinas

A pilot photographed a huge storm column that towered 50,000 feet above North and South Carolina in the USA.

Posted September 4, 2014


Lionfish as an Invasive Species

"Lionfish, which are covered in venomous spines, are such successful invaders because they can tolerate a variety of habitats and they reproduce at alarming rates. They also have a voracious appetite and aren't too picky about what they eat. In some spots in the Atlantic, scientists estimate lionfish have wiped out 90 percent of native fish." - from the article at http://news.yahoo.com/ posted on August 15, 2014

Posted September 4, 2014


NASA's NuSTAR telescope allows observation of bending of space, time and light waves.

The immense mass of black holes affects space, time and light waves in their vicinity. The NuSTAR telescope can detect changes related to those effects.

Posted September 4, 2014


Can seed dispersal be renewed after the original dispersing animals are gone?

"Dr. Haldre Rogers, an adjunct professor at the University of Guam Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, is conducting research of what happens to a forest when native seed dispersers such as birds are no longer present in the place they once called home. For the first time, Rogers and her collaborators will also be examining possible ways to recover seed dispersal in the forests of Guam." - from the Saipan Tribune Article posted on Aug 07 2014

Posted September 4, 2014


Big Bang breakthrough might be broken.

Data might be from dust emmission and not gravity waves.

Posted June 23, 2014


Cetacean Surveys of the Southern Mariana Islands: Guam (May 15-27, 2014)

L-R, Top to Bottom: 1. Location of the Marianas and the survey area within the southern islands. 2. Short-finned pilot whale satellite tagged off Guam on 25 May 2014 (ID# 128914) (photo credit: Marie Hill).3. Pantropical spotted dolphins encountered off Guam on 23 May 2014 (photo credit: Adam Ü). 4. Satellite tracks of short-finned pilot whales tagged off of Guam on 19 May and 25 May.

Posted June 14, 2014


Maybe this is why Koalas like to hold on to trees...

                                            Creative Commons Photo  

                                                                                           Koala

Posted June 10, 2014


Coronal mass ejection photographed for first time by NASA's IRIS observatory.

Image: NASA/LMSAL/IRIS/SDO/Goddard

Posted June 2, 2014.


Comb jellies found a different way than most species to develop a nervous system.

                                             http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/  

                                                                      Comb Jelly

These alien-like creatures can regenerate lost body parts and even an elementary brain.

Posted May 29, 2014.


New phylogenetic order of sea life established.

Boloceroides daphneae, often considered the world's largest anemone at 6 meters long, has been renamed Relicanthus daphneae and placed into a new order. The new order is called Incerti ordinis, which is Latin for "of uncertain placement". That order is used for groups that have an uncertain or undefined relation to others. The creature's new family is Relicanthidae (Rodriguez & Daly, 2014), genus Relicanthus (Rodriguez & Daly, 2014) and species daphneae (Daly, 2006).

 Relicanthus daphneae (Photo: NERC Chesso Project)
 
 

Posted May 22, 2014.


Argentinian farmer finds bones of biggest dinosaur ever.

New, unnamed species weighed 77 tons and was three times the size of a T Rex.

Poated May 15, 2014.


Club sandwhich - Life on moons?

 

Layers of ice and liquid salt water oceans may provide conditions for life on Jupiter's moon Ganymede.

Posted May 5, 2014.


Looks like another El Nino is on the way.

Forecast models also show that the next El Nino might be a big one.

Posted May 1, 2014


Living "chemical free" is an impossible goal.

 That's literally true because everything is made of chemicals.

Posted May 1, 2014.


Sea Cukes are increasing in demand in Florida.

Four-fold increase in harvest in 2013 leads Florida to limit daily catch to 200 sea cucumbers per vessel.

Posted May 1, 2014.


Palau on track to be hit by tropical storm Peipah

Also see our "Weather, Ocean Conditions & Warnings" page for the latest information.

Posted April 6, 2014


Report on the coral bleaching event, Summer 2013 (pdf)

"We report the first known severe, widespread bleaching and mortality event across the three largest islands in the lower Marianas Archipelago: Guam, Rota, and Saipan." - from the article

Posted April 3, 2014


A Boost for the Big Bang Theory

Gravity waves, discovered by a telescope at the south pole, give direct evidence of the cosmic inflation produced by the theoretical big bang.

Posted March 19, 2014


The Extreme Life of the Seas

Extremes of speed, depth and temperature in the oceans are explored in this new book by father and son Stephen R Palumbi and Anthony R. Palumbi.

Posted March 12, 2014


Zircon crystal determined to be oldest known rock fragment on earth.

Counting the number of Lead atoms produced by decay of Uranium allows scientists to date rocks even older than the earth.

Posted February 26, 2014


El Nino or Not?

One group of scientists say there is a 3 in 4 chance of an el nino happening this year. Another team has problems with the methods and data used to make that forecast.

Posted February 25, 2014


Sunspot larger than Jupiter seen in new photos from a backyard imager in Dayton, Ohio.

Sunspots are the result of an interaction between plasma and the sun's magnetic fields and appear as dark, cooler areas against the usually hotter, bright surface of the sun.

Posted February 21, 2014


Wildflowers and Ice Age Extinctions

Ice age animals who relied on protein-rich wildflowers for food might have declined as the wildflowers disappeared.

Posted February 7, 2014


Web Soil Survey now available for Hawaii, American Samoa, Micronesia (Marianas Variety)

HONOLULU (U.S. Department of Agriculture) —Curious about the ground beneath you? The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service updated soil data for each of the soil survey areas mapped in the Pacific Islands Area.

These surveys cover the State of Hawaii, the Territory of American Samoa, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. This effort updated the spatial (soil mapping) and tabular (physical and chemical properties, and interpretations) data for all soil survey areas.

Web Soil Survey or WSS is the most widely used website for accessing soil information used to make important land use decisions. The updated data means that WSS will work for all PIA soil surveys. This is the first time WSS has worked for PIA soil surveys outside of Hawaii. In WSS soil maps are overlain on satellite imagery and users can make custom soil maps and interpretation reports. WSS can be accessed at http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/. Detailed instructions on how to use the features of WSS are provided at that site. And, it’s all free.

“We are excited to have this data readily available for our customers and partners,” said Christine Clarke, acting director for the NRCS Pacific Islands Area. “Accurate and timely soil survey information is critical to those managing our natural resources. It is exciting to provide this information to the public to support sound decision making and wise land use choices.”

For more information about Web Soil Survey, contact Dr. Cindy Stiles at cynthia.stiles@hi.usda.gov for assistance with soil surveys in Hawaii and American Samoa or Dr. Bob Gavenda at bob.gavenda@pb.usda.gov for assistance with soil surveys in the CNMI, Guam, Palau, the FSM and the Marshall Islands. You may also visit www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov.

Thanks to the Marianas Variety for permission to use this article.

Posted on February 3, 2014


New Study on Source of Toddler Agression

Posted January 24, 2014


 250 herded dolphins which are captive at Japan's Taiji Cove might be slaughtered.

"Although the hunting of dolphins is widely condemned in the West, many in Japan defend the practice as a local custom -- and say it is no different to the slaughter of other animals for meat." -from the article

Posted January 21, 2014


Wave buoy in Saipan provides data to keep ocean users safe. - Marianas Variety

(Press Release) — On Jan. 16, 2014, the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System or PacIOOS swapped its wave buoy off Tanapag for one with fresh batteries.

[PacIOOS wave buoy at Tanapag, Saipan. The wave buoy is 3ft. in diameter and weighs 500 lbs. PacIOOS requests boaters steer clear of the buoy by 50ft. and not to tie off onto the buoy.

The buoy measures wave height, wave direction, wave period, and sea surface temperature every 30 minutes. PacIOOS wave buoys in the Mariana Islands stream data to inform safe transit and recreation and provide critical information for the National Weather Service to produce accurate high surf forecasts and advisories and surf zone forecasts out of the Guam Weather Forecasting Office.  

“Since we first deployed the wave buoy at Tanapag in October 2012, it has provided valuable information that enabled the National Weather Service to warn ocean users and beach goers in the Mariana Islands of impending hazards,” explains Melissa Iwamoto, PacIOOS outreach and program coordinator. “We are excited to offer data to help ensure the safety of stakeholders that work, recreate, and live in the coastal zone.”  

PacIOOS requests boaters steer clear of the buoy by 50ft. and not to tie off onto the buoy.

Recovery and redeployment of these buoys is expensive and challenging, as the team relies on calm ocean conditions to safely deploy these sensitive instruments that weigh 500 lbs.

               Contributed photo

The buoy is part of PacIOOS’ network of 12 near-real-time wave buoys in Hawai’i, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Marshall Islands.

Data stream from the buoys to the PacIOOS Voyager (http://pacioos.org/voyager), the PacIOOS website (http://pacioos.org), and to the Coastal Data Information Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Data streaming is made possible through long-term partnerships between PacIOOS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Coastal Data Information Program

To view the data from the Tanapag wave buoy, go to http://pacioos.org/wavebuoy/tanapagbuoy.php.  

On the go? Click on http://pacioos.org/voyager/mobile/index.html? region=cnmi&variable=waves to go to the PacIOOS Voyager Mobile tool and click on the wave buoy for near-real-time wave conditions.

Based within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, PacIOOS is the Pacific Islands regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System.

PacIOOS is a partnership of data providers and users   working together to enhance ocean observations and develop, disseminate, evaluate, and apply ocean data and information products designed to address the environmental, economic, and public safety needs of stakeholders who call the Pacific Islands home.

Signatory partners of PacIOOS in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands include the Office of the Governor, Department of Environmental Quality, and Pacific Marine Resources Institute.

For more on this regional program, visit www.pacioos.org.

Thanks to the Marianas Variety for permission to copy this article.

Posted January 21, 2014


Rare liver cancer cause of death in rare Mariana Crow.

This rare kind of cancer in Mariana Crows is not known to be related to the decline of the species.. 

Mariana Crow, Corvus kubaryiPhoto from apaseem.org: Local Organism ID

Posted January 21, 2014


Population concentrations of Green Turtles in Indonesia create local food shortages and damage sea grass roots.

Green Turtle marine reserves become overpopulated because of food scarcity and preditors outside ot the protected areas.

 

 

 

Green Sea Turtle Chelonia Midas by John Fraser

Posted January 17, 2014


Japanese have new plan to get rid of space junk.

Researchers hope that a 300 meter electromagnetic tether will slow space junk enough to come out of orbit and burn up harmlessley in the atmosphere.

Posted January 17, 2014


Recent Bee Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD) Study Findings

"...the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once." - from the article at treehugger.com

Posted January 15, 2014


Key link in evolution of hind limbs found in ancient fish.

"Scientists investigated fossils of a 375-million-year-old fish known as Tiktaalik roseae, discovered in 2004 in northern Canada's Ellesmere Island, finding they may have evolved rear legs before moving to land." - from the article at livescience.com

Posted January 14, 2014


Two Stories about Bioluminiscent Fish

More than 180 species of fish have flourescent coatings.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/08/world/fish-light-up/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

http://news.sciencemag.org/evolution/2014/01/fish-put-light-show

Posted January 12, 2014


Drones for Wildlife Conservation

"Commonly called "drones," UAVs were once the domain of the military; now, these devices show great promise in strengtheningwildlife law enforcement." - from the article at news.yahoo.com

Posted January 12, 2014


Copper pit mine avalanche was largest in modern history.

Utah lanslide in April 2013 was big enoug to trigger 16 small earthquakes.

Posted January 8. 2014


 

What we can learn from Chipmunks: They are exceptional examples of formulation and execution of plans that contribute to a balanced and stable life. - Report of a Princeton study that observed Chipmunk habits over an 18 month period.

 

Public Domain Image

 

Posted January 5, 2014

 


Age of Saturn's rings estimated in Cassini spacecraft study.

Amount of dust accumulated by Saturn's rings over time is very low, suggesting that Saturn's rings are billions of years old.

Image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Posted Januaty 5, 2014




BEGIN 2014 POSTINGS, ABOVE




Beer brings forth civilization.

"Archaeologists have long hinted that Neolithic, or Stone Age, people first began growing and storing grain, like wheat and barley, to turn it into alcohol instead of flour for making bread." - from the article in businessinsider.com 

 

Posted December 27, 2013
 


Cetacean Report for 2013 (pdf)

Excerpted Introduction:

"The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s (PIFSC) Cetacean Research Program (CRP) 
conducted surveys for cetaceans in the waters surrounding Guam and the Commonwealth of 
the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in an effort to further develop a record of cetacean 
occurrence in the region.2 This was the fourth year conducting cetacean surveys aboard NOAA-
chartered small boats (7.6 – 12.2 m) around the southern Mariana Islands of Guam, Rota, 
Saipan, Tinian, and Aguijan (Figure 1.1). The collected data are being used to reveal the 
occurrence and distribution, stock structure, and movements of cetaceans within the study 
area."  

For the rest of the document, click on the title above.

Posted December 22, 2013


Commonwealth Codes now on CNMI Law Revision Comission website

Click link above for the Saipan Tribune article of Dec 18, 2013 or this link for the Commonwealth Codes themselves at the Law Revision Comission website.

Posted December 18, 2013


Drones for Agriculture

"Under 10 pounds and 5 feet long nose to tail, the aircraft is the size of a turkey and [Idaho farmer Robert] Blair uses it to get a birds-eye view of his cows and fields of wheat, peas, barley and alfalfa." - from the article at news.yahoo.com

Posted December 16, 2013


Eruption of submerged volcano produces tiny new island for Japan.

New island arises in regional "Ring of Fire", of which the CNMI is a part with its own nine active volcanos.

Posted November 21, 2013


Ocean acidification rate alarming.

"The world's oceans have become 26% more acidic since the start of the Industrial Revolution and continue to acidify at an "unprecedented rate," threatening marine ecosystems, aquaculture and the societies that rely on them, scientists say." - From the article at edition.cnn.com

Posted November 16, 2013


Early life on earth probably pretty putrid.

"If you had walked the Australian beaches of 3.5 billion years ago you would see this "slimy mass of purple or brown fibers emitting this stench of sulfur compounds but living very happily," Hazen said. "This is not a place you would want to go to on your summer vacation."" - from the article at news.yahoo,com

Posted November 16, 2013


Six-Tailed Asteroid Imaged by Hubble Space Telescope

Reason behind tthe asteroid's multiple comet-like tails unknown but might be the result of a 200 million year old collision.

Posted November 11, 2013


Milky Way's Center Imaged by Hubble in Infrared Spectrum.

"The crowded center of our galaxy contains numerous complex and mysterious objects that are usually hidden at optical wavelengths by clouds of dust — but many are visible here in these infrared observations from Hubble." - from the article at http://www.redorbit.com

Posted October 16, 2013


Two Bryde's Whale Populations Revealed by DNA Tests.

"In their study, the scientists found that there are actually two subspecies of Bryde's whales: a larger one that roams offshore waters and a smaller one that lives in more coastal marine habitats." - from the article at http://news.discovery.com

Posted October 11, 2013


The Paleobiology Database

...seeks to provide researchers and the public with information about the entire fossil record. It has expanded continuously since 2000 thanks to the efforts of 339 paleontologists from around the world.

You can use the site to find out about fossil collections, individual plants and animals,taxonomic groups, references to publications, stratigraphic units, time scales, and time intervals.

Posted October 7, 2013


The Sun Is About To Flip Its Magnetic Core.

From geology classes, you might know that the earth flipped its magnetic field every once in a while, as recorded in the cooling magma from mid oceanic ridges, but did you know the sun also flips its magnetic field?

Posted October 7, 2013


Water found in Martian soil.

"Research recently published suggests that the soil from the Martian surface contains about 2% water by weight." - from the article at http://edition.cnn.com/

Posted October 2, 2013


World's largest coral reef library becomes available.

An extensive collection of mages of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is now accessible to anyone with an internet connection. "Visitors to the online library will be able to explore approximately 180,000 panoramic underwater coral reef images with another 200,000 panoramas expected by late 2014." - from the article at http://phys.org/news

Posted October 2, 2013


Readers' comments no longer accepted by Popular Science.

“A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics,” writes Suzanne LaBarre. “Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to ‘debate’ on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.” - from the article at Yahoo.com

Posted September 30, 2013


Vegetation Map of Saipan(pdf)

Now available is a detailed color vegetation map of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands produced by the US Forest Service.

Posted September 15, 2013


 NASA's Voyager 1 exits solar system.

   Voyager 1

                                                                                                     Nasa Photo

Posted September 20, 2013


   Facts About September's Full Moon - The Harvest Moon

                                 The Harvest Moon

  Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted September 20, 2013


Ancient male and female ancestors genetically related to present-day males.

 

By analysing both the Y-chromosome and Mitochondrial DNA from the sampled men, theiir

respective male and female ancestors were traced back

roughly 99,000 to 156,000 years.

 

Y-Chromosome, highlighted, among other chromosomes.

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mitochondrion - Click to enlarge.

Images: left: NIST  right: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Kelvinsong

Posted Aug 4, 2013


Free online textbooks for Math and Physics students

"All the undergraduate mathematics & physics content you need: made interactive, social and free.

Flooved uses existing lecture notes, handouts and study guides from the worlds best professors and turns them into online interactive resources.…

Quickly find content using our great search & discovery tools or by intuitive topic discovery: let the content find you.

Flooved is completely free and we do not and will never charge access to use the content." - from the website

Posted July 28, 2013


Marianas wave forcasts updated by new system.

High resolution, 7.5 day wave forecasts now possible.

Posted July 28, 2013


Discovery announced of giant viruses.

The newly recognized viruses are big enough to be seen under an ordinary light microscope and might form a new domain in the classification of living things.

Posted July 28, 2013


Neutron stars collide; precious metals and other heavy elements are formed.

Posted July 28, 2013


NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer determines that our Solar system has a Comet-like tail

Posted July 16, 2013


Alien planet is blue. 

"For the first time, scientists have seen the visible color of a distant alien world." - from the article at  news.yahoo.com

Posted July 16, 2013


Space-Time Loops May Explain Black Holes.

"... some advanced physics theories are trying to bridge the gap between general relativity and quantum mechanics, tounderstand what's truly going on inside [black holes] the densest objects in the universe." from the article at news.yahoo.com

Posted July 16, 2013


Marianas Cetacean Surveys 2013: Guam Summary (June 22-July 1)


Seismic survey of Marianas Trench traces the water cycle within subduction zones. 

“We think that much of the water that goes down at the Mariana trench actually comes back out of the earth into the atmosphere as water vapor when the volcanos erupt hundreds of miles away,” ... from the article

Posted July 11, 2013


DNA analysis reveals 5,000 year old ancestors of Native American people.

Mitochondrial DNA was recovered from fossil remains discovered on the northern coast of British Columbia, Canada, and compared with contemporary people from the First Nations tribes in the area.

Posted July 6, 2013


Molten rock in Earth's mantle moves tectonic plates.

Posted June 27, 2013


Sperm whale washes ashore on Guam

"A large sperm whale washed up dead onto the edge of a reef in the Turtle Cove area of Yona about four days ago and may be there for another few weeks." - from guampdn.com article

Posted June 14, 2013


Rocking instead of rolling might have moved Easter Island's famous stone heads. 

A new theory says logs were not needed to move the giant sculptures.

                                                                       photo: Aurbina at the English Wikipedia project

Posted June 10, 2013


Saipan students win 2013 Real World Design Challenge.

The students created an efficient system for an unmanned drone aircraft to conduct a search and rescue mission.

Posted June 7, 2013


Saipan resident a sunspot and comet hunter.

Dr. Norman Butler has spent his two years on saipan searching nightly to discover a new comet.

Posted June 4, 2013


Synthetic Biology - Engineering Plants To Glow at Night

Posted May, 2013


Sun Exposure Could Benefit Health and Prolong Life

High blood pressure is associated with arteriosclerotic diseases like heart disease and stroke. A blood pressure lowering chemical, nitric oxide, is produced by sun exposure and is a separate effect from the well know production of Vitamin D. So far it looks like the benefits of sun exposure outweigh the risks of sun related skin cancer.

Posted May 8, 2013


Zombie Worms and Whale Bones

- An interesting science story that combines some research topics such as whale bones, symbiotic bacteria, deep waters, and ocean thermal vents

Posted May 1, 2013


Sulfate breathing bacteria gave early earth a rotten egg smell

Posted May 1, 2013


New insights gained from the Large Hadron Collider about the amount of matter vs antimatter in the universe.

Posted April 25, 2013


"Proposed" Corals Identifications Guide(PDF)

Above is a link to the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Island Region guide to identification of the 59 species of coral that are being proposed for listing under the

 Endangered Species Act.

"NOAA Fisheries is proposing Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings for 66 coral species: 59 in the Pacific and seven in the Caribbean.

- In the Pacific, seven species would be listed as endangered and 52 as threatened.

- In the Caribbean, five would be listed as endangered and two as threatened." - from the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Island Region website.

Posted April 24, 2013


Here is an update on the

Monument Management Plan (MMP) for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument

from Laura Beauregard of the Hawaii & Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC):

Hafa Adai -

A multi-year, multi-agency planning process continues to develop a Monument Management Plan (MMP) for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. As stated in Presidential Proclamation 8335, the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce are required to complete a MMP to guide the management of the monument’s resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working together in the development of the MMP, and in cooperation with the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. I am pleased to announce the availability of our latest planning update. Planning Update 3 provides a summary of the comments and questions we received during the public scoping meetings on Saipan, Rota, Tinian, and Guam last year, along with the initial agency responses.

To download, please visit:
http://www.fws.gov/marianastrenchmarinemonument/planning.html

Thank you,

Laura Beauregard

Hawaiian & Pacific Islands NWRC
300 Ala Moana Blvd, Rm 5-231
Honolulu, HI 96850
808-792-9558

Posted April 19, 2013


Using Fresnel Lenses to Cook Food with the Sun

and other green energy ideas...

Photo: greenpowerscience.com

Posted April 16, 2013


Shark tooth weapons are evidence that spotfin and dusky sharks used to ply the waters around Kiribati.

Close up of a Gilbertese shark tooth weapon showing how the teeth of the Dusky Shark, Carcharhinus obscurus, were attached using braded cord.

 

 

 

 

Photo from Drew J, Philipp C, Westneat MW (2013) Shark Tooth Weapons from the 19th Century Reflect Shifting Baselines in Central Pacific Predator Assemblies. PLoS ONE 8(4): e59855.

 

Posted April 5, 2013

 


Helicopter Drone for Spotting and Inventoring Wildlife

"...some biologists are turning to less obtrusive unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to spot species including whales, dolphins, sea lions and penguins. From small helicopters to planes with a 10-foot (3 meters) wingspan, the battery-powered craft could become a popular new tool." From the article

Posted March 25, 2013


Building Moon Bases Out of Baked Lunar Dust

"A team of space architects presented their concept for a 3D-printed Moon base called SinterHab near the Lunar South Pole in March, after Foster and Partners together with ESA announced that they had conducted first tests for another design and concept in January this year. The concept would use a microwave sintering technique to bake bricks and other elements from the lunar dust, called regolith, by utilizing a large NASA spider robot" - From the article

Posted March 25, 2013


The Evolutionary Role of Your Sinuses


Two recent stories about life at the very bottom of the ocean:

Lots of microscopic life at a depth of 36,000 feet in the Mariana Trench.

Microbes Discovered Thriving in Deepest Oceanic Trench on Earth

The above stories based on this research paper:

High rates of microbial carbon turnover in sediments in the deepest oceanic trench on Earth

Posted March 20, 2013


  

Gold From Water via Seismic Events

Posted March 18, 2013


Paleontologist discovers four-winged bird fossils In China.

Posted March 16, 2013.


New carbon membrane has potential to drastically reduce cost of water desalination.

"The development could spare underdeveloped countries from having to build exotic, expensive pumping stations needed in plants that use a desalination process called reverse osmosis." - quote from the article in Yahoo news

Posted March 14, 2013.


The Golden Plover — nature’s frequent flier

"THE Pacific Golden Plover, (scientific name Pluvialis fulva) is known as dulilili in Chamorro and ghuliing in Carolinian. This bird spends the winter months (August to March) on tropical Pacific islands in Polynesia and Micronesia, and as far south as Australia and New Zealand. Every spring and fall these plovers make an astonishing migration between their wintering grounds in the Pacific and their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle, travelling a remarkable 10,000 to 16,500 miles round trip each year." -  from Lainie Zarones' article in the Marianas Variety.

Thanks to the Marianas Variety for permission to use quotes and photo.

Photo by Shally Kremer

Posted March 14, 2013


Confirmation of Higgs boson particle is nearing.

Posted March 8, 2013


Size and origin of Russian meteor determined.

"A meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this month likely hit Earth after a long trip from beyond the orbit of Mars, scientists say." from the article at Yahoo.com

Posted March 1, 2013


Airborne poison mice to combat Brown Tree Snake on Guam.

                         USGS Photo

Posted Feb 23, 2013


Comments sought for Marianas Trench Marine Monument Fishing Regulations

There is a current comment period on proposed NMFS regulations regarding the establishment of fishery management measures consistent with Presidential Proclamations 8335, 8336, and 8337 that established the Monuments.

You can view the Federal Register notice, environmental assessments, and other supporting documentation here:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0070

Posted Feb 22, 2013


Asteroid vs. Dinosaurs: Thanks to already deteriorating conditions on earth, the extinction might have played out more quickly than previously thought.

   NASA image

Posted Feb 14, 2013


  How did birds evolve ultraviolet vision? Click link for article at Yahoo! News

 

 

   The Common Kestrel can see the ultraviolet trail of its vole prey.

 

 

 

Image from Wikimeda Commons.

Posted Feb 14, 2013


Asteroid to pass very close to earth on February 15, 2013. Click link for the story at Discovery.com.


British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace letters now on line.

 

 

Wallace is regarded as the "father of evolutionary biogeography" and

co-discoverer, along with Charles Darwin, of evolution by natural selection.

 

 

 

Image from British Natural History Museum Collections.

Posted Jan 27, 2013


Storm clouds and hailstones found to contain bacteria and chemicalsfrom Yahoo.com

Posted Jan 25, 2013.


Is it going to hit us? NASA's Near Earth Object Program searches for, tracks and evaluates whether near earth objects are a danger to our planet.

Radar imagery of asteroid Toutatis taken by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012.

 

 

 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 

Posted Jan 13, 2013


Click this link for an informative article in Legal Planet called

"The Significance of NOAA’s Recent Proposal to Protect 66 Coral Species"

                         credit:NOAA Photo Library

Posted Jan 8. 2013. 


Brand new video produced by APASEEM: First Voyage to the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Posted Jan 5, 2013.


 

A good year for science, 2012. "Science racked up some big wins in 2012, not least the Higgs boson, Mars Curiosity rover and successfully calling the non-ending of the world due to ancient Maya inscriptions. We look at a busy year." - from the article at usatoday.com/tech Posted Dec 26, 2012


Endangered Coral Hearings coming to Northern Marianas Islands. Feb 11, 12, 13 & 15, 2013. click link to go to complete article in our Environmental Management section.


New volcano theory challenges meteriorites as cause of dinosaur extinction in the mass die-off of 65 million years ago known as the K-T extinction.

                                                 Photo By Gerta Keller, NSF


Beginnings of life thought possible from deepest Pacific. This article includes quotes from James Cameron, who guided the Deepsea Challenger to the deepest ocean point on earth. Posted 12-10-2012.


NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Martian Soil Samples "PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients, showed up in samples Curiosity's arm delivered to an analytical laboratory inside the rover." From NASA press release  Posted 12-04-2012

For more information about Curiosity and other Mars missions, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/mars


NASA Voyager 1 Probe Encounters New Region in Deep Space.  "NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space." - from the NASA news press release.

                               Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

For more information about the Voyager spacecraft, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/voyager. Posted 12-04-2012


Super monster black hole found.

 

Hubble Telescope image of galaxy NG1277,

which contains the black hole.    

 

Posted 12-02-2012.


Possible recovery of extinct Galapagos Island Tortoise Species by cross breeding of tortoises which share extinct specie's genes.

Posted 11-23-2012.


American Samoa has new regulations which protect sharks and three species of reef fishfrom press release in Saipan Tribune 11-23-2012


Very large solar flare caught by NASA satellite video camera, November 16, 2012.

                                                    Photo By NASA/SDO/Steele Hill


New study shows that humans caused the Collapse of Australia's Great Barrier Reef beginning in the first half of the 20th century. Posted November 18, 2012


The WWII Maritime Heritage Trail: Battle of Saipan website is now live! Check it out, read about the Battle, download dive guides and look at the gorgeous photos.

Also, friend us on Facebook at WWII Maritime Heritage Trail: Battle of Saipan


New website - The Austrailasian Institute for Marine Archaeology

"AIMA is an organisation for anyone interested in maritime archaeology. Our members are professional maritime archaeologists,  SCUBA divers, historians, photographers, students, historical archaeologists, conservators - a whole range of people who are interested in this fascinating aspect of our heritage in the Australian/Asia-Pacific region.

We are pleased to welcome you to our site and hope you enjoy browsing, viewing some fantastic images in the galleries, visiting links to others sites, agencies and projects, and dropping into our shop to check out membership, publications and merchandise. Bookmark us and please visit often; we have regular news updates on maritime archaeology around the world. You can subscribe to receive notofications of these updates, or if you become a member, you can join our members-only email list and gain access to the exclusive members area with member benefits and discounts.

Take care of our precious maritime heritage when visiting shipwrecks and other underwater heritage sites and remember the motto, 'take only photos, leave only bubbles' " from the website


Newly discovered comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) may, or may not be, one of the brightest on record when it passes close to the sun in late 2013. This article is from National Geographic's Daily News.

Comet Halle-Bopp in 1997. Photo coutrtesy of Wikimedia Commons.



Photos of galaxies from 13.2 billion years ago

show the earliest stages of the universe.in this

article from lightyearsblogs at cnn.com

 

Bue objects are young galaxies; red objects are older, more mature galaxies in this NASA XDF photo.

 

First  pictures of the cosmos returned from new Dark Energy Telescope.

 

This photo from the new Dark Energy Camera, taken in September 2012, shows the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, in the Fornax cluster of galaxies, which lies about 60 million light years from Earth.

            Photo by Dark Energy Survey Collaboration               Click image for more photos.

 


On Guam: Spider population increases thanks to Brown Tree Snake that eats spider-eating birds.



New DNA encyclopedia shows complex inner workings.

 

 

Illustration: US National Library of Medicine

 

 

 


Migration of corals from central to eastern Pacific region blocked by Eastern Pacific Barriieran effect first proposed by Darwin.


 Pod of Pilot whales beached in Floridafive of 22 saved..


Happiness gene for women The MAOA gene is found in both men and women but It might not have the same effect on both of the sexes.


Explore Diverse Ideas at bigthink

"Big Think is an online knowledge forum that features interviews, multi-media presentations, and roundtable discussions with major intellectuals from a wide range of fields." - from tech.in


Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' Criticizes Denying Evolution

"Here are these ancient dinosaur bones or fossils, here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but they're at a different point in their lifecycle. The idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent." - Bill Nye


Where the Beaked Whales Are - a New York Times blog by Scott Baker

For more information on Beaked Wales, you can read the

detailed article at the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS)

Drawing by Maurizio Würtz, Artescienza, Genoa

 


CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low. Cheaper natural gas has led power plants to convert from coal to cleaner natural gas. Reduction in coal burning has resulted in an unexpected drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.


Discovery may hold key for universal flu vaccine. 

"Researchers at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and Crucell Vaccine Institute in the Netherlands say they have discovered a human antibody that protects against essentially all influenza A and B strains." - from the article in ABC News online


Mars rover makes historic landing. 29 photos of the Mars Rover Landing from the article at Yahoo News


11-Year-Old Cheetah Breaks Land Speed Record - from Yahoo News Thu, Aug 2, 2012


Greenland ice melt biggest in 123 years 

"Three satellites show what NASA calls unprecedented melting of the ice sheet that blankets the island, starting on July 8 and lasting four days. Most of the thick ice remains. While some ice usually melts during the summer, what was unusual was that the melting happened in a flash and over a widespread area." - from the article at news.yahoo.com 

                                    NASA image before (left) and after (right) ice melt


14July 2012: Solar storm is on its way to earth at 3 million miles per hour.

"The space weather forecast for Earth looks a bit stormy this weekend, but scientists said not to worry." - from the story at yahoonews.com by ALICIA CHANG | Associated Press

For more on solar weather you can go to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.


Article: New insight concerning transoceanic migratory pathways of Pacific Golden-Plovers (Pluvialis fulva): the Japan stopover and other linkages as revealed by geolocators.

 From the journal Wader Study Group Bulletin 119(1): 1–8

Click the title for whole article (pdf). Click this link for abstract (pdf).

Authors:Johnson, O.W., Fielding, L., Fisher, J.P., Gold, R.S., Goodwill, R.H., Bruner, A.E., Furey, J.F., Brusseau, P.A., Brusseau, N.H., Johnson, P.M., Jukema, J., Prince, L.L., Tenney, M.J. & Fox, J.W.


Recent news about the Higgs Boson, one of the universe's fundamental building blocks from news.yahoo.com

 

 

This photo shows the magnet core of the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet (CMS, Compact Muon Solenoid) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)'s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator in Geneva Switzerland.  (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini, File)

 


Lonesome George, Galapagos giant tortoise, dies

"Famed giant tortoise Lonesome George has died on the Galapagos Islands, leaving the world one subspecies poorer. The only remaining Pinta Island giant tortoise and celebrated symbol of conservation efforts in the Galapagos passed away Sunday with no known offspring, the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador said in a statement." - from the article at yahoo news AFP photo/click to enlarge

 

 


Cetacean surveys show presence of dolphins, whales in NMI 

"The near-shore cetacean surveys being conducted in the Northern Mariana Islands by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center have led to a great deal of sightings of different species of dolphins and whales that would enable scientists to have a closer look at the behavior of these marine mammals and the oceanic framework in the area." - from Saipan Tribune article 26Jun2012

 


Australia to create marine haven June 14 2012- "The Australian environment minister unveils plans for the world's largest network of protective marine parks". - from Reuters.com


West Coast prepares for Japanese tsunami debris

A woman looks at the massive dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach on Wednesday in Newport, Ore. The dock was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year's tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. - from the article in USAToday/News 

Photo by Rick Bowmer, AP


Science can be done by amateurs as well as professionals.

All you need is the scientific method [1], [2], appropriate tools and something to study.

This article illustrates how that happens:

Guess What's Cooking in the Garage at Popular Science online magazine, POPSCI. "The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist." (from the website)


 

Special report from the National Science Foundation (NSF):.What Science is telling us about climate change.

More about the NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. MORE (from the NSF website) NSF Photo

                                                                                                                                                     


STUDY: CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICS KNOW MORE ABOUT SCIENCE THAN BELIEVERS - article from The Blaze

"Despite allegations that they are tantamount to “flat earthers,” a study published Sunday in the Nature Climate Change journal indicates that climate change skeptics actually tend to have a slightly higher level of general scientific knowledge than those who believe in the theory". - from The Blaze article


Read about the possibility of a Presidential Science Debate at Sciencedebate dot org.


 Whale exhibit at American Memorial Park, April 17, 18 & 19 Marianas Variety Apr 17, 2012

The bones of the Bryde’s whale stranded at Masalog Beach on Saipan's neighbor island of Tinian in 2005 are being displayed for the first time.

See article in the Marianas Variety Thursday April 19, 2012.


Ocean Acidification Linked With Larval Oyster Failure In Hatcheries from www.sciencedaily.com

Oysters at hatcheries in Oregon are showing the effects of ocean acidification. (Credit: OSU)

 

 

A study by the scientists found that increased seawater carbon dioxide levels, resulting in more corrosive ocean water, inhibited the larval oysters from developing their shells and growing at a pace that would make commercial production cost-effective.

 

 

Oysters at hatcheries in Oregon are showing

the effects of ocean acidification. (Credit: OSU)

 

More about Science Daily, the source of the above article, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Science Daily is a news website for topical science articles. It features articles on a wide variety of science topics including: astronomy, exoplanets, computer science, nanotechnology, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, geology, climate, space, physics, mathematics, chemistry, archeology, paleontology, and others.
The website was founded in 1995 by science writer Dan Hogan. The articles are selected from news releases submitted by universities and other research institutions. Some articles are written by Science Daily staff. The site is updated once daily, although more new articles are added during a given weekday than on the weekend. Users can subscribe to a free daily newsletter distributed by email, which contains links to all articles for the day and a short introduction to each article.
In 2011, Quantcast listed it as a top 653 site with 2,000,000+ U.S. people visiting per month and this being 60% of all visitors.


TAGS, the CNMI based Turtle Advocacy and Guardian Society, is looking for volunteers for the upcoming sea turtle nesting season on Saipan. For details, see the article in the Saipan Trubune, March 27, 2012.

TAGS also has a facebook page.


James Cameron talks about the future of his deep sea research in the Mariana Trench. - From the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Daily News


Coral Links Ice Sheet Collapse to Ancient 'Mega Flood - from ScienceDaily

"ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2012) — Coral off Tahiti has linked the collapse of massive ice sheets 14,600 years ago to a dramatic and rapid rise in global sea-levels of around 14 metres."


James Cameron: ‘Avatar’ sequels to draw on Micronesian master navigators

"Cameron said, “The best inspiration I got for ‘Avatar’ 2 and 3 was dealing with the master navigator culture in Micronesia”.

"The Micronesians, a seafaring culture who navigated the Pacific for centuries without the aid of compasses or charts, already have a lot in common with the blue Na’vi residents of Pandora — they’re an indigenous, matrilineal culture, colonized by outsiders. And the cerulean and aquamarine tones of “Avatar” and its inhabitants seem drawn from postcards from the watery Micronesian region." - from the article in herocomplex.latimes.com, March 30, 2012

Photo: James Cameron with his submersible, the Deepsea Challenger (Mark Thiessen/National Geographic)

 


  On March 26,  James Cameron returns safely from his dive to the deepest place in the ocean,

   the Challenger Deep, in the nearby Mariana Trench.

 

"His plans include a future submersible dive to the second-deepest place Sirena Deep, within the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. Although the date of the dive to Sirena Deep is not yet known, Cameron will be the first visitor ever to the Trench Unit of the monument. The Challenger Deep area is not within the monument." -Saipan Tribune, March 28, 2012

 

 

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