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External Panel Focuses on Laboratory’s Future

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) recently completed an onsite retreat as a means to integrate external expert recommendations and guidance to help develop future research investments for the laboratory. On February 28th and 29th, NCCOS administrators and scientists hosted four external panelists at the laboratory. The external panelists included: Dr. Tracy Collier (Science […]

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Social Coast Forum 2012, Social Science for Coastal Decision-making

Susan Lovelace, Maria Dillard and Trey Honeycutt participated in the Social Coast Forum hosted by the Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC February 15-16. The purpose of the Forum was to gather management practitioners and social scientists to share information about management needs and social science research and capabilities for addressing those needs. Honeycutt served the Forum with IT […]

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NOAA Scientists Provide Technical Input to the Health Sector section of the National Climate Assessment 2013 Report

Climate change imperils human health, posing real and potential threats and costs. To gain a broader understanding of the health effects of climate change in the Southeastern United States and also to inform the 2013 National Climate Assessment report, a workshop under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program brought together biological, physical and social scientists and […]

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Dolphin, Whale Blubber Harbors Chemicals : Discovery News

Toxic chemicals are accumulating in the bodies of dolphins and whales, according to two new studies, and concentrations tend to be highest in the most populated and developed areas. The findings are not necessarily surprising. Scientists have known for years that the blubber of marine predators harbors pollutants. Still, the new studies offer the most […]

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Experts Evaluate “Indicators of Well-being” Needed to Monitor Communities Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Monitoring the well-being of communities that depend on our oceans and coasts can indicate whether environmental conditions are enhancing or degrading quality of life for coastal residents.  In the case of an industrial disaster, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, monitoring well-being can also provide a roadmap for community […]

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Making Waves: Powerful Fish-Killing Toxin May Lead to Human Health Benefits (Episode 36)

In 2002, a mysterious disease began killing fish at a commercial aquaculture facility in North Carolina. Lots of fish. Over 21,000 striped bass died during the outbreak. At the time, no one knew what caused this massive fish kill. Why did it happen? Would it happen again? We now know that the culprit behind the […]

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Phytoplankton Toxin Kills Cancer Cells

A National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science scientist and partners  have identified and characterized a powerful fish-killing toxin that has cancer-killing properties. Laboratory tests indicate that even low concentrations of euglenophycin led to a significant decrease in cancer cell growth, and can kill cancer cells.  Preliminary studies show the toxin is highly effective against renal […]

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