Whales songs indicate where they’ve been — where they were born

Humpbacks swap songs at remote group of islands in the South Pacific.

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  • A whale's song reflects its geographical and social history.
  • A new study identifies for the first time a major migratory crossroads where whales meet.
  • The discovery sheds light on the mystery of how whale songs evolve across the Pacific.
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Sea snail goo could help prevent colon cancer, study shows

How many other disease-fighting compounds might we find in the ocean?

  • The Australian sea snail secretes a purple goo that protects its eggs from the bacteria-rich marine environment.
  • This goo contains a compound that appears to be remarkably effective at preventing colon cancer in mice.
  • The ocean is a vast resource for potential cancer treatments, though it remains mostly untapped.
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Is this the world map of the future?

North America and Europe peripheral on China's 'vertical world map'

  • Europe has dominated cartography for so long that its central place on the world map seems normal
  • However, as the economic centre of gravity shifts east and the climate warms up, tomorrow's map may be very different
  • Focusing on both China and Arctic shipping lanes, this vertical representation could be the world map of the future
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Irish teen wins Google Science Fair for method to remove microplastics from water

Fionn Ferreira will receive $50,000 for winning Google's annual student competition.

Fionn Ferreira
  • Google holds an annual science fair that's open to students ages 13 to 18.
  • Fionn Ferreira won for developing an effective way to remove microplastics from water.
  • Microplastics can be found in many habitats around the world, posing a threat to marine life and, therefore, people who eat fish.
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Scientists discover tiny ‘pocket shark’ that glows in the dark

It's only the second pocket shark specimen ever discovered.

  • The pocket shark is an extremely rare deepwater fish about which little is known.
  • This new specimen, first discovered in 2010, measures just 5.5 inches long and has pocket glands thought to emit a bioluminescent fluid.
  • The finding "underscores how little we know about the Gulf [of Mexico]," wrote one researcher involved with the recent study.
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