- 30 October 2012 | Environment
Shark brains hold the key to the perfect repellent for the killer great white species. The solution can be as simple as marking patterns on surfboards and wetsuits.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia believe that shark brains share several features with human brains. The creation of effective anti-shark devices may be developed when the complete studies are finished.
"Great white sharks have quite large parts of the brain associated with their visual input, with implications for them being much more receptive to repellents targeting visual markers", explains Kara Yopak.
- 09 October 2012 | Environment
Ireland will be monitoring the quality of coastal water with the combination of satellite observations and data from ocean buoys.
The European Space Agency (ESA), Ireland’s TechWorks Marine and Greece's Planetek Hellas are working together to deliver timely, high-quality information for water and waste management operators.
The project will not only improve water quality, but also provides a new opportunity for growth in Ireland.
- 02 October 2012 | Environment
Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral richness in the last 27 years.
Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science believe that the world's largest coral reef has accelerated the pace of damage, since 2006.
Coal and gas shipments, destructive starfish and climate change are the main threats to this natural treasure. Coal is one of Australia's top export earners and the state of Queensland is the country's largest coal-producer.