Nearly 3,000 shipping containers have fallen into the ocean since November

What's to blame for the recent uptick in containership accidents?

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  • At any given time, 6,000 containerships are moving the vast majority of global trade on the world's oceans.
  • The average number of annual containership accidents has been on a downtrend for the past decade, but accidents have become more common since the start of the pandemic.
  • One factor behind the recent rise in containership accidents could be rising demand for imported goods from U.S. consumers.
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Whales warned each other about hunters in the 19th century

Digitized logbooks from the 1800s reveal a steep decline in strike rate for whalers.

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  • Newly digitized whalers' logbooks allow researchers to analyze trends in 19th-century whaling.
  • The records show that whales soon learned to anticipate and evade predation from humans.
  • The behavioral changes suggest social learning at work since the change in their behavior occurred too quickly to be evolutionary.
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    New research reveals why some octopuses punch fish

    "Don't tread on me" is a slogan of the deep sea, too.

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    • Octopuses are part of multispecific collaborative hunting groups with bottom-feeding fish.
    • New research shows octopuses defending their territory by punching fish.
    • The team believes this research helps reveal underlying game structures in the deep sea.
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    Here's a 10-step plan to save our oceans

    By 2050, there may be more plastic than fish in the sea.

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    • 2050 is predicted to be a bleak milestone for the oceans - but it's not too late to avert disaster.
    • Here are 10 actions the world can take to strengthen and preserve our oceans for generations to come.
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    New animation shows a billion years of continental drift

    A new model of plate tectonics offers a chance to look back a billion years with new found accuracy.

    • A new way of looking at plate tectonics offers evidence for how the world looked up to a billion years ago.
    • By focusing on plate boundaries rather than the continents and land itself, it avoids the pitfalls of other methods.
    • The model doesn't account for everything but is still a great step forward in our understanding of continental drift.
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