Editor's Note: "The Richest Reef" follows members of a scientific dive team as they attempt to pinpoint the center of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystem in the world...
Note: James Cameron’s National Geographic film “Deepsea Challenge 3D” documenting his trip to Challenger Deep at the bottom of the Mariana Trench has been released at last — to about 300 “select theaters” on August 8...
Efforts to explore the deepest recesses of Earth's oceans were dealt a heavy blow last weekend when one of history's most accomplished deep-sea explorers imploded several kilometers beneath the Pacific and resurfaced in pieces...
ABOARD THE R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON—In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 10, we were on the seafloor in the deepest part of the Kermadec Trench when all of the video screens in the Nereus control room went dark...
The sounds, not the sights, may reveal hidden eruptions
Companies and governments are counting on underwater turbines, submerged "wind" farms, and wave-riding electrical generators to use ocean turbulence to keep the lights on
By certifying species as endangered, government programs can backfire
Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute sent an aquatic robot on a test run deep below the Pacific Ocean this summer
Scientists are struggling to get a grasp on the huge volumes of water flowing through the world's oceans
20 Years After the Exxon Valdez: Preventing--and Preparing for--the Next Oil Spill Disaster [Slide Show]
The biggest oil spill in U.S. history sparked improvements in tanker construction and navigation technology, along with better crew training, but the danger remains
Biologists are directing the evolution of corals to prepare them to fight climate change
Research on sharks, and knowledge about them, is still just gaining speed as marine biologists race to learn about the cartilaginous predators before they are fished out of existence
The Census of Marine Life's decadelong quest to take stock of sea life comes to a close with a slew of new species, population estimates and plenty of big unknowns
Scientists hope that real-time information about potential solar disturbances can be used to warn those relying on operations in the increasingly crowded low Earth orbit
2011 Lemelson-M.I.T. Student Inventor Prizes Offer a Glimpse of the Future in Medical and Security Screening Tech [Slide Show]
Automatic gear shifting for safer and more efficient wheelchairs; a technique for harnessing terahertz spectroscopy; "humanized" lab mice; and cheaper, more accurate malaria testing--meet this year's crop of Lemelson-M.I.T...
A recent study suggests a mystery pathogen acting in concert with human-induced stressors may be the culprits
Surviving the Unwired Wild: 6 Mobile Offline Apps Make a Smart Phone an Essential Part of a Camper's Tool Kit [Slide Show]
Identify local flora and fauna, map your location, and survey the night sky using the power of your smart phone
Recent insights into how animals see without eyes reveal that vision and light-detection are older and more widespread than biologists previously realized
It’s a strange but true fact that the young of many familiar sea creatures look nothing like them. Drifting on currents to distribute their kind, they are an unsung part of the plankton, itself an unsung part of the sea...