Hydrothermal vents, methane seeps play enormous role in marine life, global climate

Hydrothermal vents and methane seeps on the ocean floor that were once thought to be geologic and biological oddities are now emerging as major players in global climate.

Common antimicrobial agent rapidly disrupts gut bacteria

Research suggests that triclosan, an antimicrobial agent found in consumer products ranging from hand soaps to toothpaste, can rapidly disrupt bacterial communities found in the gut.

Sea star juveniles abundant, but recovery is anything but guaranteed

An unprecedented number of juvenile sea stars have been observed off the Oregon coast over the past several months – just two years after an epidemic nearly wiped the population out.

"Eve" and descendants shape global sperm whale population structure

The mitochondrial DNA from more than a thousand sperm whales examined during the past 15 years came from a single “Eve” sperm whale tens of thousands of years ago.

Study finds limit on evaporation to ice sheets, but that may change

Although coastal regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet are experiencing rapid melting, much of the sheet's interior has remained stable – but a new study suggests that may not continue.

OSU to issue RFI on ship project after design completion

The design phase for a project to construct a new regional class research vessel to replenish the United States academic fleet is complete and OSU will issue an RFI to shipyards interested in the vessel construction phase.

Vitamin E protects critical nutrient, prevents neurologic damage and death in embryos

A deficiency of vitamin E in laboratory animals can cause neurological impairment and other problems in developing embryos, in part by loss of the protection it provides to DHA.

Xanthohumol in lab tests lowers cholesterol, blood sugar and weight gain

Xanthohumol, a compound found in hops, may have the potential to help address issues such as obesity, high cholesterol and elevated blood sugar.

Study finds lack of diversity among fisheries scientists

Researchers who study fish put a high value on biodiversity in the field, yet a new study found a surprising lack of diversity among fisheries scientists themselves.

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