Humpbacks swap songs at remote group of islands in the South Pacific.
- 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.
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.
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
Fionn Ferreira will receive $50,000 for winning Google's annual student competition.
- 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.
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.