oceanography

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai island, January 2017
Landsat 8, NASA, https://tinyurl.com/y4okdbfe

Meet the world’s newest island. It was born in a volcanic eruption in 2015 and connected two existing islands, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai in Polynesia. Once it cooled off, fishermen and scientists started taking a closer look at the new land mass.

On Living Lab Radio this week:

  • Scientists are working on a new definition of the second.
  • A study started as the MeToo movement ramped up, suggests that women sharing their stories may have helped alleviate the stigma of reporting sexual harassment on the job. 
  • Hundreds of thousands turned out for the March for Science in 2017. Those numbers have dwindled, but the impact hasn’t been lost.
  • Ocean warming is devastating coral reefs around the world. But some reefs can take the heat, and they may represent the future of corals.

Team Salient. From left, Stephen, Ray, and Eric Schmitt. Stephen and Eric are Ray's twin sons.
Nancy Copley

We’ve got 10-day weather forecasts. We’ve got NOAA seasonal outlook forecasts. But there’s a no man’s land in between, and that’s where predictions get really tricky.

Dunk Works opens to a wider group of organizations on August 1.
Elsa Partan

Maker spaces have popped up everywhere, typically outfitted with tools and materials that allow people to try making their prototype dreams a reality. Now, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has just launched a maker space for ocean-related innovations called “Dunk Works,” a play on Lockheed Martin’s legendary Skunk Works lab.