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Latest X Prize aims to measure acid in oceans

The $2 million challenge tasks competitors with accurately measuring ocean acidification, a step toward improving the health of our seas and inspiring new market-based uses of the oceans.

By Sep. 9, 2013


Correction: How CO2 affects the oceans

This story was corrected to clarify how carbon dioxide affects the oceans' pH acidity.

By Mar. 2, 2012


Oceans are acidifying faster than ever

Acidity in the Earth's oceans is increasing more rapidly than any time in the last 300 million years, leading to severe consequences for marine ecosystems.

By Mar. 1, 2012


Cameron and Branson race to bring urgent attention to oceans

The efforts of James Cameron, the first person to make a solo dive to the ocean's deepest spot, and those by Richard Branson are finally putting ocean exploration in the public eye.

By Mar. 26, 2012


Autonomous Wave Gliders travel the oceans collecting data

Liquid Robotics launches a fleet of four wave powered oceanic robots called Wave Gliders on a record setting journey across the Pacific.

11 Images By Nov. 17, 2011


Google Earth for Android dives into oceans

The Android version of Google Earth adds a layer to explore the planet's oceans. It also enables two-fingered rotation on a larger number of handsets, and an enhanced look-around gesture on Android 2.2 phones.

By Aug. 24, 2010


Oceans' salvation may lie in exploration

A gala event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first--and only--manned dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench highlights just how much work needs to be done if mankind hopes to rescue the planet's oceans from their rapidly degrading health.

By Apr. 15, 2010


The next frontier: 'Seasteading' the oceans

A visionary collection of Silicon Valley engineers and financiers has created the Seasteading Institute, which opened its doors in Palo Alto two weeks ago. The goal: to colonize the world's oceans.

By Feb. 2, 2009


Photos: Oceans open to Google Earth

Google lures notables including Al Gore and Jimmy Buffett to the launch of Google Earth 5.0, which adds a view of the ocean to the virtual exploration software.

14 Images By Feb. 2, 2009


Census of Marine Life reveals hidden life in oceans (photos)

The most massive undertaking of its kind, a 10-year project to understand the ocean ecosystem is complete.

17 Images By Oct. 5, 2010