Newly-hatched salmon use geomagnetic field to learn which way is up

Researchers who confirmed in recent years that salmon use the Earth’s geomagnetic field to guide their long-distance migrations have found that the fish also use the field for a much simpler and smaller-scale migration: When the young emerge from gravel nests to reach surface waters.

Special screenings of Oregon State-produced coral reef documentary offered

Oregon State University filmmakers will be offering three free special screenings of a feature-length documentary on coral reefs that they produced after spending three years traveling around the world to document the decline of coral ecosystems.

Country's largest estuary facing increasing acidification risk

Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States and one of the largest in the world, is facing new risks from a layer of highly acidified water some 10 to 15 meters below the surface.

Study: Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period

A new study published this week in the journal Nature found that methane from tundra and marine sediments did not spike during the Earth's last warming period, coming out of the last ice age.

Are blue whales finding new "microphone channel" to communicate in?

A new study suggests that blue whales may be able to control the frequency of their calls, which are lowering - possibly because of ocean noise.

September workshop set to explore drilling project at Newberry Volcano

An international group of geoscience experts will convene in Bend Sept. 10-14 to develop a proposal for drilling one of the hottest wells in the world at Newberry Volcano in central Oregon.

New assessment identifies global hotspots for water conflict

More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries.

OSU inks largest research grant in its history to begin ship construction

OSU has just received a grant of $121.88 million from the National Science Foundation to spearhead the construction of a new class of research vessels. 

Study finds Earth's magnetic field 'simpler than we thought'

Scientists have identified patterns in the Earth’s magnetic field that evolve on the order of 1,000 years, providing new insight into how the field works.

Krill hotspot fuels incredible biodiversity in Antarctic region

A perfect combination of tides and wind is responsible for a hotspot of Antarctic krill along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

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