Chris Baraniuk’s Contributions:
The Gruesome Ways Volcanoes Kill Fish
Whether the eruption is underwater or on land, fish don’t have an easy time dealing with nature’s fury.
Apr 26, 2023 | 750 words, about 3 minutes
Did Climate Change Kill This Greenlander 70 Years Ago?
In 1952, a landslide caused a tsunami that killed a Greenlandic man. Some researchers think he might have been an early victim of anthropogenic warming.
Feb 1, 2023 | 800 words, about 4 minutes
How Animals May Have Conquered Snowball Earth
We know there were animals during Earth’s chilliest era. The question is, What did they look like?
Dec 19, 2022 | 900 words, about 4 minutes
Memories of the End of the Last Ice Age, from Those Who Were There
As Earth’s ice melts once more, heed these ancient tales of land lost to the sea.
Oct 3, 2022 | 900 words, about 4 minutes
The Making of a Marine Pudding
In Ireland, a seaweed has a long culinary history, but its future lies in the hands of regular folks who enjoy a challenge.
Aug 25, 2022 | 1,500 words, about 7 minutes
What Lurks Inside Shipping Containers
Seizure-inducing methyl bromide and carcinogenic formaldehyde are only some of the poisonous chemicals scientists found inside cargo containers.
Jul 7, 2022 | 950 words, about 4 minutes
Satellite Observations Enhanced with Inuit Knowledge Chart a Changing Arctic
By incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into how he interprets satellite imagery, this scientist is giving his community sea ice news they can use.
Jan 17, 2022 | 650 words, about 3 minutes
Behold, the Deepest-Dwelling Squid Known to Science
They went looking for a war wreck 6,000 meters under the sea—and found a squid instead.
Dec 29, 2021 | 750 words, about 3 minutes
Rounding Out the Story of Three Legendary Boulders
A scientific analysis has added new details to the origin story of Makin Island’s distinctively out-of-place rocks.
Sep 29, 2021 | 800 words, about 4 minutes
The Aquaculture Industry Needs a Heat-Loving Salmon
Climate change is a huge threat to salmon farming. Scientists are on the hunt for a fish that can handle the heat.
Sep 15, 2021 | 1,000 words, about 5 minutes
Cut Off From the Ocean by a Volcanic Eruption, These Fish Had to Learn to Live in a Lake
For the past 300 years, a small population of Arctic char has been eking out an existence in a remote lake.
May 3, 2021 | 700 words, about 3 minutes
Found, Then Lost, Then Found Again: Scientists Have Rediscovered the Sand Octopus
How Brazilian fishers helped solve the riddle of a long “lost” species.
Apr 8, 2021 | 1,000 words, about 5 minutes
The Plan to Rear Fish on the Moon
To boldly farm fish where no one has farmed fish before.
Feb 22, 2021 | 800 words, about 4 minutes
The Pandemic Is Undermining Weather Monitoring
Scientists are scrambling to patch the cracks forming in the global marine weather monitoring system.
Jan 19, 2021 | 1,500 words, about 8 minutes
Riding on a Magic Carpet of Bubbles
A technology called air lubrication offers a way to make large ships more efficient.
Nov 12, 2020 | 500 words, about 2 minutes
Did a Solar Ejection Hinder the Titanic?
Space weather may have played a small role in the famed steamer’s sinking.
Sep 14, 2020 | 850 words, about 4 minutes
For a time during the Great Depression, clamshells were golden in Pismo Beach, California.
Jul 9, 2020 | 700 words, about 3 minutes
How Low Can an Octopus Go
In 1971, scientists photographed an octopus living 5,100 meters beneath the waves. It was the deepest-dwelling octopus ever seen—until now.
Jun 29, 2020 | 600 words, about 3 minutes
The Evasive Behavior of Blue Whales
Observations of a tagged blue whale show that it may have learned to avoid ships.
Mar 11, 2020 | 700 words, about 3 minutes
Australia’s Plant Virus Sting Operation
In Australia, an experiment shows that honeybees can help scientists spot novel diseases.
Feb 12, 2020 | 600 words, about 3 minutes
A Volcano, an Earthquake, and a Typhoon Put Sea Life to the Test
Back-to-back natural disasters off the Taiwan coast give researchers the opportunity to observe adaptations to changing ocean conditions in real time.
Jan 17, 2020 | 600 words, about 3 minutes
Sunburns Can Plague Farmed Fish
Trapped near the ocean’s surface in cages or nets, farmed fish can suffer a host of problems by not being able to escape the light.
Dec 2, 2019 | 600 words, about 3 minutes
Thousands of photographs taken by a mining firm may reveal new species on the ocean floor.
Nov 27, 2019 | 650 words, about 3 minutes
The Ancient Underwater Boneyard That Tells a Dark Story
A snapshot of the sea, 75 million years ago.
Nov 8, 2019 | 1,000 words, about 5 minutes
Don’t Call Me Lobster
Charmed by the large and delicious lobster-like langoustines found in a Northern Irish market, a writer heads to the source.
Sep 19, 2019 | 1,200 words, about 6 minutes
International Fish Fights on the Rise
A new report shows that there is increasing competition between countries for access to seafood.
Jul 5, 2019 | 600 words, about 3 minutes
The Salmon that Were Born to Survive
Most salmon die after their first spawning. But not all do. Scientists call the survivors “kelts.”
Mar 28, 2019 | 1,200 words, about 6 minutes
Snapping the Snapper Snatchers
A remote camera on a nearby hill spies fishers ignoring the rules in an Australian no-take zone.
Feb 6, 2019 | 650 words, about 3 minutes
A Town on the Thames Embraces a Beluga
For three months, a wayward whale has been hanging out near Gravesend, England, and the locals are chuffed.
Dec 24, 2018 | 1,000 words, about 5 minutes
An Unexpected Hint of a Limb Found in a Fish’s Fin
By flicking a genetic switch, scientists showed how one long-dormant gene gives fish limb-like structures.
Nov 26, 2018 | 800 words, about 4 minutes
Is This Fish Self-Aware?
The cleaner wrasse appears to have passed the mirror test—a standard test of self-recognition. If the finding holds, this humble fish will join a very exclusive club.
Sep 6, 2018 | 1,000 words, about 5 minutes