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Innovative, new “road map” for kelp crop improvement

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Connecticut license kelp germplasm collection to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Woods Hole, MA – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the  University of Connecticut, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have executed a license agreement for a kelp germplasm, or collection of microscopic cells called gametophytes, containing more than 1,200 samples all…

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WHOI Engineers Invent Sampling System for AUVs used in Oil Spill Response

The oil that enters aquatic environments can have significant ecosystem impacts. Most spilled oil from platforms and vessels floats on the water surface, but spills under the water can be more challenging to detect and observe. Underwater oil spills require additional observation measurements from remote sensors, surface vessels, and remotely operated and autonomous vehicles, which…

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Startup Spotlight: Q+A with ARMADA Marine Robotics, Inc. Founders, Jeff Kaeli, Robin Littlefield, and Rusty Warren

Armada Marine Robotics

In 2017, WHOI engineers Jeff Kaeli and Robin Littlefield entered the WHOI Office for Technology Transfer Pitchathon, intending to win translational funds to advance what was then just an idea, the Asymmetric Thruster. This novel propulsion system, now a patented and demonstrated technology, produces forward thrust – as with a traditional multi-bladed propeller – but…

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Exploration at New Heights and Depths

On average, Mars is about 140 million miles from Earth. The deepest parts of our ocean, called the Hadal Zone, are about 6.8 miles below the surface. At first thought, these places may not seem like they have much in common; but both sites face limitations for exploration and present unique technological challenges. Whether investigating…

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WHOI Technologies to be Featured in BBC’s ‘Blue Planet Live’

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will be a featured part of the upcoming BBC program “Blue Planet Live,” which will air over four nights beginning March 24. The series will include two live broadcasts from the research vessel Atlantis showing launch and recovery of the human-occupied submersible Alvin. As part of “Blue Planet Live,” several WHOI scientists and…

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