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An illustration of an organism infected with the giant virus known as Mimivirus. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Surprising Enzymes Found in Giant Ocean Viruses

include: Andrew Warrilow, Claire Price, and Steven Kelly (Swansea University Medical School); Marie True and Tom Poulos (University of California Irvine); and David Nelson (University of Tennessee).The research was supported by a USA-UK Fulbright Scholarship, grants from the Royal Society, the Boston University Superfund Research Program, European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government Project and by National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grants to the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health.The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's new Deputy Director & Vice President for Research Rick Murray (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Names Murray Deputy Director & VP for Research

has accepted the position of the Deputy Director & Vice President for Research of the institution. He will assume the office on September 1, 2019.A geochemist whose research focuses on interpreting chemical records of climate change and volcanism in marine sediments, Murray joins WHOI from Boston University, where he has been since 1992 and is currently a professor of Earth and Environment. Murray was director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2015-2018. In addition to his regular duties at NSF, he also co-chaired the Subcommittee on Ocean Science

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Mexican Wave Energy Project Moving Forward

commercial breakthroughs have so far been limited, experts say.“Ocean energy has not yet reached the commodity phase of development. If you want solar, go buy some solar panels. If you want wind energy, go buy a wind turbine,” said Mark Horenstein, professor of electrical engineering at Boston University“In the case of ocean energy, no one company or entity has come up with the killer application that’s going to be the definitive method for ocean energy.”Any ocean technology also has to be able to survive a “100-year storm” - the worst storm expected over a century

Researchers converted their three-finger soft manipulator to a two-finger version, seen here performing a pinch grasp on an extremely delicate sea cucumber. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

A Soft Solution to a Hard Underwater Problem

in the lab, making it faster, easier, and cheaper to create solutions to existing problems.”Additional authors of the paper include Kaitlyn Becker and Mortiz Graule from the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS, Brennan Phillips, Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, Randi Rotjan, Ph.D. from Boston University, Timothy Shank, Ph.D. from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Erik Cordes, Ph.D. from Temple University.The research was supported by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences

Horizon Marine Adds Three New Hires

as a MetOcean Analyst with a B.A. in Earth and Oceanographic Science from Bowdoin College. Drew’s physical and biological oceanographic research and experience is in data processing, numerical modeling and remote sensing.     Aaron Rosenberg received a B.S. in Marine Science from Boston University and dual M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Aaron’s focus to date has been in air-sea interactions as they relate to storm surge forecasting, numerical modeling and ocean observations.   Michael Leber is a 2013 cum laude graduate

Oceanic Lava Flow: Photo courtesy of the Researchers

Oceanic Lava Flow Research Explains Earth's Formation

suggests that sulfur—likely derived from the hydrothermally-altered oceanic crust—was subducted into the mantle more than 2.5 billion years ago and recycled into the mantle source of the Mangaia lavas,” said Rita Cabral, the study’s primary author and a graduate student in Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment. The data also complement evidence for sulfur recycling of ancient sedimentary materials to the subcontinental lithospheric mantle previously identified in diamond inclusions. Other study co-authors are: Matthew G. Jackson of Boston University

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Hydroid Hires Two New Employees

Data Services, where she managed client services, project management and business integration for U.S. and international clients. Her focus at Hydroid will be on client communication, improving processes and client training programs. Kelly is a graduate of Tufts University and holds an MBA from Boston University. www.km.kongsberg.com/hydroid  

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