Thwaites Glacier: melting fast

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which holds enough water to raise global seas by several feet, is about to collapse, according to scientists from the University of Washington.

Using detailed topography maps and computer modeling, researchers concluded the ice collapse appears to have already begun.

"Previously, when we saw thinning we didn't necessarily know whether the glacier could slow down later, spontaneously or through some feedback," explains Ian Joughin, a glaciologist at the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory.


Santa Maria: Christopher Columbus' favorite flagship

A team of underwater explorers might have discovered the long-lost remains of Christopher Columbus' flagship Santa Maria, off the coast of Haiti.

In 1492, Santa Maria was one of the three ships that departed from Europe towards the Americas. It ran aground on Christmas Day, near the Caribbean islands, and had to be abandoned.

Now, a group of treasure hunters led by underwater explorer Barry Clifford believes to have enough evidences to prove that Santa Maria has been found.


Kelp: still no signs of Fukushima radiation

The first collection of kelp samples along the western US coastline revealed no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

Scientists working on "Kelp Watch 2014" got the results from samples primarily collected from February 24 through March 14.

"Our data does not show the presence of Fukushima radioisotopes in West Coast Giant Kelp or Bull Kelp," Steven Manley, marine biology professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).