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ROV Hercules launches off of the E/V Nautilus to search for meteorite fragments in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo: Susan Poulton/OET)

Possible Meteorite Fragments Found in Marine Sanctuary

meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years. They recovered from the ocean what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock.The golf cart-sized meteorite crashed into NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary on March 7 around 7:15 p.m. PST, about 15 miles off the Washington coast. Despite having broken into many pieces before falling to the sea, its impact was so violent it registered on seismometers as far away as Manitoba, Canada. The cosmic burst, picked up by NOAA’s NEXRAD weather radar, created a giant fireball called a bolide, as well as a sonic boom,

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Wave Gliders to Study Arctic and Southern Oceans

platform to conduct advanced scientific research in inhospitable and remote regions of the Arctic and Southern Oceans.Using Liquid Robotics’ wave and solar powered Wave Gliders, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington (APL-UW) will obtain real time data and rare insights into the dynamic conditions that drive the world’s weather and climate. This data is critical for scientists to understand and improve global ocean weather modeling and climate prediction.The oceanographers leading these missions are:Dr

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EnBW, Trident Winds JV for Offshore Wind Project in California

at EnBW. EnBW's first step in the American market is to focus on the West Coast of the United States, and in particular the state of California, which has a strong economy, continuously growing energy demand and ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. EnBW North America and Seattle, Washington-based company, Trident Winds Inc., have formed a joint venture to advance the 650–1,000 megawatt "Morro Bay" offshore wind project off the central coast of California with a grid connection in Morro Bay. Together, both companies will work on the development of the first large-scale

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Schlumberger Wins in US Supreme Court on Patent Damages

, and a federal jury in Houston found that Ion infringed the patents and caused the company to lose contracts.The jury awarded $12.5 million in royalties and $93.4 million in lost profits stemming from foreign contracts the company said it missed out on as a result of ION's infringement.In 2015, the Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent issues, ruled that Schlumberger could not recoup the lost profits portion because U.S. patent law does not cover the overseas use of infringing products.President Donald Trump's administration backed Schlumberger

JW Fishers set up shop in a booth in the Lucas Oil Stadium and brought its entire product line to display, demo and discuss. (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Showcases Tech for Firefighters

the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first conference was held in 1929 in Chicago and was organized to discuss training measures, standards and firefighting best practices. By 1939, attendance had reached a high of 247 people from 28 states as well as Washington, D.C. Almost nine decades from its inception, the 2018 show attracted more than 34,000 attendees from 65 countries across the globe. JW Fishers set up shop in a booth in the Lucas Oil Stadium and brought its entire product line to display, demo and discuss. The show also allowed the JW Fishers

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

National University of Singapore and École de Technologie Supérieure (Canada) placed second and third, respectively.Smaller awards in specially judged categories went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; École de Technologie Supérieure; Texas A&M University; Washington State University; University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (Puerto Rico); San Diego Robotics 101; University of Alberta (Canada); Ohio State University; and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Poland).Other U.S. teams included: Amador Valley High School; Beaver Country Day School; California

Soundnine XTP Sensors Deployed on Polar Buoy

An experimental drifting buoy equipped with eXpendable Temperature and Pressure (XTP) sensors from Soundnine Inc. was deployed for the UpTempo project.  The UpTempO project, headed by Dr. Mike Steele of the University of Washington, Polar Science Center, uses inexpensive buoys to measure the Upper layer Temperature of the Polar Oceans. The buoy was deployed in northern Hudson bay on June 14, 2018 by Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. It transmits real-time temperature and conductivity data to 25 meters deep, enabling scientists to measure the rate of surface warming as Arctic sea ice

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Scientists Map Fast-moving Fault off Alaska

too deep for any obstructions to pose a threat to marine traffic.This research is part of a larger two-year effort between the NOAA Integrated Coastal and Ocean Mapping Program and USGS to map large portions of the Cascadia continental margin in federal waters offshore of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

possible with additional commitments from the Nippon Foundation in 2016, will allow the program to be more comprehensive in its research scope and be more policy-relevant.   New partners include:  University of Wollongong (Australia) Harvard University (USA) University of Washington (USA) Arizona State University (USA) University of South Carolina (USA) Agrocampus Ouest (France) Monterey Bay Aquarium (USA) Stanford University (USA) University of Ottawa (Canada) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Rutgers

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US-built Survey Vessel Bound for Israel

A new 32’ x 11’ survey catamaran constructed by Washington based boat builder Armstrong Marine for an Israeli engineering firm was launched on January 19 and completed sea trials on January 25.   Twin 225hp diesel inboards power the vessel, which also includes a 4.5 kW generator, autopilot and engine compartment fire suppression system. An AC unit, cuddy cabin berth, galley and head with shower are designed to keep crew comfortable. The survey package includes a computer work station for three, hydraulic A frame, aluminum davit and aft deck moon pool for equipment deployment.

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Public Safety Dive Teams: Always Ready

competitors. The SAR-1 was introduced to the market in 2017 and has become indispensable to dive teams. Specifically designed for black water operations the SAR-1 is a must have tool for teams that must succeed when visibility and dependability are a factor and failure is not an option.   The Washington County Water Recovery Unit was also in attendance at the conference. The team is part of the Water, Parks, and Trails Unit. The team is responsible for underwater search and recovery operations that have been directed or requested by the Sheriff. The dive team covers the entire county and aides

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

; Zinke said.   While oil companies say they have met with Interior officials on Gulf of Mexico access to new regions, Zinke said they must go through the official comment process.   "They know my position: we put everything on and will go line by line," he said.   While Washington continues to discuss the opening with states, oil companies are turning to well-mapped basins in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and other nations were deepwater drilling or auctions are ongoing, like Brazil, Mexico and Guyana.   "We are constantly scouring the planet to really understand

Fig.3. Located at 200 m depth, two ADCPs (150 kHz, 5-beam 600 kHz) are installed on the fixed platform of an SPM. (Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1832, VISIONS ‘15 expedition)

ADCPs: Action in OOI's Cabled Observatory

real-time data via a cable connection to shore.   A prime example is the Cabled Array in the NE Pacific Ocean. This observatory is part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Engineered by the Applied Physics Laboratory / University of Washington (APL / UW), the Cabled Array uses dedicated telecoms cables. They provide a high voltage supply and high-speed communication links to nodes as far as 500 km from shore.   Besides its high-tech infrastructure, the Cabled Array holds 150 instruments. Included are nine ADCPs operating at four

UW’s New Research Vessel Ready for Work

The University of Washington School of Oceanography took delivery of the former R/V Aora last August in Hartlepool, England after purchasing the vessel from a private party. The vessel, renamed R/V Rachel Carson, underwent a drydock maintenance period at MacDuff Shipyard in Scotland and was transported to the Pacific Northwest via two cargo ships.    Since the vessel’s arrival at UW on December 28, 2017, UW has been preparing and transforming the former fisheries research vessel into a capable Local Class oceanographic research vessel. R/V Rachel Carson's first research cruise starts

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How Could a ‘Sand Motor’ Help the Great Lakes?

Shea.   Adam Bechle, the J. Philip Keillor Wisconsin Coastal Management and Wisconsin Sea Grant Fellow, and Gene Clark, Sea Grant's coastal engineering specialist based in Superior, have also been involved in this work.   The group has been studying a potential site just south of Port Washington, where there is a beach known to have problems retaining sand.   While the Netherlands is currently home to the world's only sand motor (sometimes also called a sand engine), the United Kingdom will soon be implementing one along its eastern coast. Said Shea, "I’m really interested

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Schlumberger Fights to Boost Patent Damages at US Supreme Court

a competing system and sold it to surveying companies abroad. WesternGeco sued in 2009, and a federal jury in Houston found that Ion infringed the patents and caused the company to lose contracts. The jury awarded $12.5 million in royalties as well as the $93.4 million in lost profits.In 2015, the Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent disputes, ruled that Schlumberger could not recoup the lost profits portion, saying U.S. patent law does not apply outside the country.President Donald Trump's administration backed Schlumberger, and urged the

RV Thomas G. Thompson (Photo: University of Washington)

US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

(AGOR-23) has gained a new lease on life following a recently completed 18-month upgrade to improve operating systems, bolster its research capabilities and extend its working life for the U.S. Navy and scientific organizations.The Navy-owned vessel has been operated and maintained University of Washington since 1991, under a charter lease agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-which manages the ship on behalf of the service.The $52 million refit, which was sponsored by ONR, the University of Washington and the National Science Foundation, extended the Thompson's life by another 15-20

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