Clouds in the ocean: Microsoft touts viability of underwater data centres

Hellen Wadman

Project Natick, Vessel retrieval Stromness, Orkney. Microsoft - Tuesday 7th to Wednesday 15th of July 2020

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In 2014, Microsoft was convinced a sealed container on the ocean floor could provide ways to improve the overall reliability of data centres so, in 2015, it tested its first underwater data centre. 

After working on its design and proving its viability, the company in 2018 deployed a pod full of servers off the coast of Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

The Northern Isles underwater data centre was manufactured by

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Can Ocean Forests Help Solve The Climate Crisis?

Hellen Wadman

By Emma Bryce

Sixty years ago, Tasmania’s coastline was cushioned by a velvety forest of kelp so dense it would ensnare local fishers as they headed out in their boats. “We speak especially to the older generation of fishers, and they say, ‘When I was your age, this bay was so thick with kelp, we actually had to cut a channel though it,'” says Cayne Layton, a postdoctoral research fellow

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The dwarf planet Ceres might be home to an underground ocean of water

Hellen Wadman

Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system, seems to have liquid water seeping onto its surface, according to a new paper in Nature Astronomy. Data from NASA’s Dawn orbiter, the study suggests, show signs that it may be harboring an ocean deep underground. 

The background: Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, was studied intensely by the Dawn orbiter from March 2015 to

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The Ocean Farmers Trying to Save the World With Seaweed

Hellen Wadman

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Amy McConnell, a Canadian Kelp Resources Ltd. lab technician, holds up a piece of giant kelp in the Trevor Channel on Vancouver Island, on Aug. 19, 2020. Credit – Melissa Renwick for TIME

In a cove in Bamfield, a coastal community in British Columbia, Canada, Louis Druehl steers his boat, The Kelp Express, a mile along the mountainous coastline. For 51 years, this boat has taken Druehl to the

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ESG investors slow to make waves in the $2.5tn ocean economy | Reuters Events

Hellen Wadman

While investor interest in ‘blue finance’ for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans is growing, challenges including the opacity of ownership of companies in the seafood sector means it is still a drop in the ocean, writes Mike Scott

The ocean economy is estimated to be worth $2.5tn a year, meaning that if it were a country it would be the world’s seventh-largest by GDP. At the same time,

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Droegemeier and Neumayr: Why Trump’s making ocean exploration a top priority

Hellen Wadman

In January 1960, two fearless oceanographers eased themselves into a small steel sphere attached beneath a 50-foot submersible vessel and began an untethered descent to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Almost five hours later, six-and-a-half miles down, under crushing pressure and surrounded by a pitch-black void, explorer Jacques Piccard and then U.S.

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Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world

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Scientists considered Pluto to be a planet when it was discovered, but it later became the first dwarf planet. It’s not the closest one to Earth, though. Ceres is a dwarf planet and the largest object in the Great Asteroid Belt, and it has a new distinction today: ocean world. The latest data from NASA’s Dawn mission proves the almost-planet has a vast repository of salty water hiding below its

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Let’s Get the Nature of Mauritius Back with Japanese Technology

Hellen Wadman

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 31, 2020–

On July 25, 2020, the Japanese bulk carrier ship WAKASHIO, owned by a subsidiary of Nagashiki Shipping Co., Ltd. of Okayama, Japan, became stranded off the coast of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, and about 1,000 tons of heavy oil spilled into the beautiful ocean.

If we do nothing, native sea turtles, classified as an endangered species, would disappear from this world. There are waterfowl habitats

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Surface clean-up technology won’t solve ocean plastic problem

Hellen Wadman

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Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won’t solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows.

Researchers compared estimates of current and future plastic waste with the ability of floating clean-up devices to collect it – and found the impact of such devices was “very modest”.
However, river barriers could be more effective and

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Ocean City’s Dolan Grisbaum to swim for Boston University | Atlantic City Sports News

Hellen Wadman

Ocean City High School swimmer Dolan Grisbaum was impressed by the coaches and the academics of Boston University in conversations and during a July visit.

Seeing the campus helped, too.

Grisbaum, a 17-year-old rising senior and Ocean City resident, has committed to attend the university and will swim for the Terriers’ NCAA Division I program.

“It’s certainly humbling and overwhelming, but it’s definitely exciting,” said Grisbaum, a first-team Press All-Star

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The Marine Technology Society announces its 2020 award recipients

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IMAGE: The Marine Technology Society has announced its 2020 Award Winners. The diverse field of individual recipients have distinguished themselves in their work, through technological accomplishment, volunteer service, or mentorship. In…
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WASHINGTON, DC– The Marine Technology Society has announced its 2020 Award Winners. The diverse field of individual recipients–students, young professionals, and career professionals–have distinguished themselves in their work, through technological accomplishment, volunteer service, or mentorship.

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The Versatile Bag Line Upcycled from Plastic Bottles in Ocean Ecosystems

Hellen Wadman

It’s all too easy to think of summer travel that could’ve been: that rafting trip planned with your crew, the yearly pilgrimage to Chicago’s Riot Fest, flying across the country to surf, the list goes on. Someday we’ll be there again, whining about overbooked flights and mishandled luggage along the way. Until then, we need to make the most of the end of summer and fall with the adventures reachable

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NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

Hellen Wadman

While approximately 20% of the seafloor has been mapped to modern standards, only about 5% of the ocean has actually been explored.

Sometimes menacing, sometimes serene, there’s still so much to be learned about our ocean and what lies beneath its surface. Image courtesy of Art Howard, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2019 Southeastern U.S. Deep-sea Exploration. Download image (jpg, 9.9 MB).

The

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Great Ocean Explorers, Tobacco, Locomation And A Good Sign For AV Progress

Hellen Wadman

A previous article “Christopher Columbus And Evaluating Autonomous Vehicles As An Investor” discussed the nature of the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) investment space. The article emphasized that true progress in the AV space is not driven by investments or partnerships. Rather, one must look for nuggets of progress which demonstrate actual technical capability. Connecting with the Columbus great voyage analogy, one needs to see the tobacco. 

Recently,

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Surfing champion Mark Occhilupo’s world-first wave pool opens in Central Queensland

Hellen Wadman

In a paddock in Central Queensland, professional surfers and body boarders have spent the past two weeks training at a world-first wave pool prototype.

The Surf Lakes pool, half-way between Rockhampton and Yeppoon, generates five different types of waves for surfers of varying abilities and is designed to produce over 2,000 waves an hour.

The machine-made peaks are the result of new technology on display at the site and it

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DARPA Progress With ‘Ocean Of Things’ All-Seeing Eye On The High Seas

Hellen Wadman

DARPA has awarded a contract for the next phase of development of its Ocean of Things (OoT), a project to seed the seas with thousands of floating sensors, monitoring everything that passes from aircraft to submarines.

The name is a play on the Internet of Things and the aim is to achieve persistent maritime situational awareness over large ocean areas. While satellites can provide some information, DARPA project manager John

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Ocean Protocol to perform token swap on August 21

Hellen Wadman

OCEAN will move to a new ERC20 contract in preparation for network rewards and staking.

The Ocean Protocol Foundation (OPF) is conducting a token swap on August 21, 2020 at 2400 SGT / 1800 CET / 1200 ET. The token swap will allow for the activation of the full capabilities of Ocean technology for their upcoming v3 and v4 milestones, Data Tokens & Staking and Community Funding, respectively. 

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A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren’t well understood

Hellen Wadman

Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law.



Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test.


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Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test.

Seabed mining for valuable materials like copper, zinc and lithium already takes

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New way to study ocean life

Hellen Wadman

Like spirits passing between worlds, billions of invisible beings rise to meet the starlight, then descend into darkness at sunrise. Microscopic plankton’s daily journey between the ocean’s depths and surface holds the key to understanding crucial planetary processes, but has remained largely a mystery until now. A new Stanford-developed rotating microscope, outlined in a study published Aug. 17 in Nature Methods, offers for the first time a way to

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Integrated ocean management for a sustainable ocean economy

Hellen Wadman

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