The area is so far flung that the nearest humans are often those aboard the International Space Station. But even that hasn’t saved it from the scourge of microplastics
Forget ‘Spidey sense’ – the seafloor-dwelling mantis shrimp can perceive light and colors invisible to humans. Scientists are investigating its complex and utterly bizarre vision system and how it could help create advanced underwater cameras, medical devices and robots.
Lionfish are decimating valuable native species in the western Atlantic Ocean, but spearing the predators hasn’t been enough to slow their spread. Now scientists and fishers are developing traps and other technology to catch the voracious fish en masse.
As the world’s marine ecosystems face increasing threats, scientists disagree on whether the trend toward huge, remote reserves is a promising new development or a worrisome distraction.