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Cocaine found in shrimp, shocking study reveals

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A study looking at freshwater marine life in the U.K. has an alarming conclusion – cocaine and illegal pesticides inside freshwater shrimp.

The research looked at the exposure of wildlife, including the freshwater shrimp Gammarus pulex, to different micropollutants when the researchers came to the startling revelation.

“Although concentrations were low, we were able to identify compounds that might be of concern to the environment and crucially, which might pose a risk to wildlife,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Thomas Miller, said in a statement.

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Dr. Miller continued: “As part of our ongoing work, we found that the most frequently detected compounds were illicit drugs, including cocaine and ketamine and a banned pesticide, fenuron. Although for many of these, the potential for any effect is likely to be low.”

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(Credit: Kings College of London)

Ketamine is a powerful drug that has been used to provide pain relief and sedation and is often likened to opioids, but it is not a member of the opiate family.

Samples were tested from 15 different locations across Suffolk and all of them came back positive for cocaine, which Dr. Leon Barron found “surprising.”

“Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising,” Dr. Barron said in the statement. “We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments.”

At this time, it’s unclear how the cocaine and the banned pesticides entered the shrimp, Dr. Barron added.

Further research is needed to determine if it’s an issue only for Suffolk or if the issue is more widespread, Bury said. “Whether the presence of cocaine in aquatic animals is an issue for Suffolk, or more widespread an occurrence in the UK and abroad, awaits further research. Environmental health has attracted much attention from the public due to challenges associated with climate change and microplastic pollution.”

“However, the impact of ‘invisible’ chemical pollution (such as drugs) on wildlife health needs more focus in the UK,” Bury added.

The study was published in the scientific journal Environment International.

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South Koreans jailed over ‘treasure-laden’ Russian shipwreck scam

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A South Korean court has sentenced several business executives to prison after they tricked investors out of millions of dollars in a fraud involving a supposedly ‘treasure-laden’ Imperial Russian shipwreck.

The executives attracted $7.6 million from investors after claiming that the ship contained a massive 200 tons of gold, according to Yonhap News Agency. Estimates indicated that the purported gold haul would be worth a staggering $132 billion.

Yonhap reports that the claims of sunken treasure were found to be groundless. On Wednesday, a court in Seoul sentenced a number of people to prison terms over the scam.

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The former vice chairman of the business formerly known as Shinil Group, identified only by his surname, Kim, received a 5-year prison sentence, according to Yonhap. The former head of the group, identified by the surname Ryu, received a 2-year sentence, Yonhap reports, adding that another key accomplice was sentenced to 4 years in jail.

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The stern of the Dmitry Donskoi. (PRNewsfoto/Shinil Group)

Last summer, salvage company Shinil Group said that the stern of the vessel, the Dmitry Donskoi, had been discovered off South Korea’s Ulleungdo Island, attracting massive attention across the globe. The ship was badly damaged following an attack by Japanese warships during the Russo-Japanese War and was scuttled in the Sea of Japan on May 29, 1905.

News of the supposed ‘discovery’ sparked an investor frenzy in South Korea, prompting the country’s financial regulator to issue a warning against possible investment losses.

SUNKEN IMPERIAL RUSSIAN WARSHIP MAY CONTAIN $130 BILLION IN GOLD

There was, however, plenty of skepticism about the veracity of the supposedly amazing ‘discovery’ and experts had long questioned the rumors of sunken treasure that swirled around the Dmitry Donskoi. According to The New York Times, one historian told Bloomberg in 2000 that it would have been safer to send the gold to the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok by rail, as opposed to using a ship.

Some experts also said it was unlikely that the Donskoi, a thickly armored warship with more than 12 artillery pieces, 500 sailors and presumably 1,600 tons of coal, would have had room for 200 tons of gold, which at the time of the ‘discovery’ was double the current gold reserves at South Korea’s central bank. Similar skepticism was expressed on social media.

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Huge ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid to pass near earth in 2029: report

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A 1,110-foot-wide asteroid named for the Egyptian god of chaos will fly past earth in 2029 within the distance of some orbiting spacecraft, according to reports.

The asteroid, 99942 Apophis, will come within 19,000 miles of earth on April 13, a decade from now, but scientists at the Planetary Defense Conference are already preparing for the encounter, Newsweek reported. They plan to discuss the asteroid’s effects on earth’s gravity, potential research opportunities and even how to deflect an incoming asteroid in a theoretical scenario.

NASA CHIEF WARNS ASTEROID THREAT IS REAL: ‘IT’S ABOUT PROTECTING THE ONLY PLANET WE KNOW TO HOST LIFE’

Scientists say most asteroids that pass near earth aren’t more than 30 feet wide, making Apophis, named for an Egyptian god of chaos, a rare opportunity for research.

The asteroid will be visible to the naked eye and will look like a moving star point of light, according to NASA. It will pass over the United States in the early evening, according to WUSA 9.

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Apophis was discovered in 2004 and, after tracking it for 15 years, scientists say the asteroid has a 1 in 100,000 chance of striking earth decades in the future – after 2060, Newsweek reported.

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‘Organs on chips’ set for launch to the International Space Station

The next resupply mission to the International Space Station will contain sophisticated ‘organs-on-chips’ designed to provide valuable scientific data for future human spaceflight and diseases on Earth.

Around 100 chips will be carried to the ISS, containing living human cells designed to replicate the function of key organs.

The CRS-17 mission is SpaceX’s 17th resupply mission to the orbiting space lab. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, an unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule will carry the cargo to the ISS. The launch was originally scheduled for April 26, but a power issue on the space station has pushed the launch back to May 3, at the earliest.

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The Tissue Chips in Space project involves the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the International Space Station U.S. National Lab.

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MIT’s tissue chip research (International Space Station U.S. National Lab)

Dr. Michael Roberts, deputy chief scientist at the ISS U.S. National Lab, told Fox News that the chips give scientists an opportunity to monitor the cells in microgravity.

“It’s a very useful model for us here on Earth,” he said. “The National Institutes of Health is interested in that to combat disease – NASA is interested as research into long-duration space missions.”

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Scientists are sending four different types of tissue chips to the ISS. These include a cartilage, bone and synovium (joint tissue) chip developed by MIT, a lung host defense chip developed by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a kidney chip, developed by the University of Washington. A “blood-brain barrier” chip developed by biotech specialist Emulate will be used to study the semi-permeable brain membrane.

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File photo – The International Space Station is seen in this view from the space shuttle Discovery after the undocking of the two spacecraft in this photo provided by NASA and taken March 7, 2011. (REUTERS/NASA/Handout)

The MIT-developed chip will be used to study the ability of bone and cartilage to recover after damage, according to Roberts, while the kidney chip will offer insight into the onset of advanced kidney disease in a microgravity environment. The chip containing lung cells will be used to study the effect of pathogens on the lungs, while the “blood-brain barrier” chip will be used to study brain disease.

“That has very important implications for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and has very important implications for drug delivery,” Roberts added.

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“The tissue chips themselves can be adapted for any type of cell culture,” he said.

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MIT worked to develop a cartilage, bone and synovium (joint tissue) chip. (International Space Station U.S. National Lab)

An initial set of chips for cell aging analysis were sent to the ISS on a SpaceX resupply mission in December. These will be returned to Earth on same Dragon capsule making the forthcoming resupply mission.

“The investigators will have the samples back in their hands and some data within about 40 days [of the chips’ return to Earth],” Roberts said.

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Scientists will also be studying the tissue samples sent into space for insight into how astronauts will fare on epic missions. NASA’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s – a roundtrip journey to the Red Planet could take 2.5 years.

“This tissue chip is a really great step,” former NASA astronaut Terry Virts told Fox News. “Astronauts complain if you want their brain tissue or stomach tissue,” he quipped.

Virts is a consultant for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which runs the ISS U.S. National Lab.

“Just testing out the technology is very important,” he said, explaining that pioneering science projects involve a lot of trial and error. The benefits, however, could be significant, both on Earth and in orbit. “Any help in fighting Alzheimer’s or osteoarthritis, this would be amazing,” Virts explained.

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Moon mystery solved? Study suggests giant space rock hit Earth 4.5B years ago

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A new study suggests that the formation of Earth’s Moon may have stemmed from a giant space rock that hit our planet nearly 4.5 billion years ago, while it was still forming.

The research, published in the scientific journal Nature, suggests that the previous explanation, two protoplanets colliding (including one known as Theia), may not be entirely correct.

“Here we propose that a giant, solid impactor hit the proto-Earth while it was covered with a magma ocean, under the conventional collision conditions,” the researchers wrote in the study’s abstract.

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There has been no shortage of theories on how the Moon formed over the years, including the aforementioned protoplanet collision. But it’s the possibility of magma from the still-nascent Earth that has never been pondered before.

“Prior work on lunar formation basically ignored the effect of the magma ocean,” the study’s lead author, Natsuki Hosono, told Space.com in an interview. “Our research concluded that the magma ocean is one of the most important things for the moon-forming giant impact.”

“These calculations demonstrate that, because of the large difference in shock heating between silicate melts and solids (rocks), a substantial fraction of the ejected, Moon-forming material is derived from the magma ocean, even in a highly oblique collision.” the study abstract added.

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(NASA/Thomas Campbell)

If the two protoplanets did collide, then the Moon should be made up of approximately 60 percent of Theia’s material, according to computer models that have run the “Giant Impact Hypothesis” scenario, Space.com added. However, rock samples that have been collected of the lunar surface show the Moon is strikingly similar to the Earth.

In January, researchers described a chunk of Earth that could be 4.1 billion years old and has been described as the planet’s “oldest rock” was found and dug up on the Moon by Apollo astronauts.

Last month, NASA announced it had chosen nine teams, giving them a total of $8 million, to help study lunar samples collected during the Apollo space missions for the first time in an effort to better understand the Moon, as well as help prepare for future space exploration.

The Moon has been a source of fascination for humanity for eons and since the Apollo space missions of the mid-20th-century, humanity’s knowledge about our celestial satellite has increased significantly.

Scientists recently learned that the Moon loses water when meteoroids smack its surface, according to a study published in March.

NASA’s ARTEMIS mission also revealed that solar winds greatly impact the lunar surface and expose it to radiation from the Sun, leaving scars on the surface, akin to a “sunburn,” due to the Moon’s weak magnetic field.

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Mysterious ice on Saturn’s moon Titan stretches for thousands of miles

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Saturn’s moon Titan has a mysterious ice formation that stretches nearly halfway across its massive surface.

Scientists, who are unsure what type of geologic feature the ice block may indicate, based their new research on data gathered from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which spent 13 years examining the Saturn system.

“It’s a good example of how we’re doing really well at continuing to mine these amazing Cassini data for new results,” Jani Radebaugh, a planetary scientist at Brigham Young University who wasn’t involved in the new research, told Space.com. “We’re far from being finished with understanding Titan to the degree we can with Cassini.”

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Titan, which is 50 percent larger than Earth’s Moon, has an atmosphere that’s rich in nitrogen – and contains some methane, hydrogen and other gases –  where liquids made of organic compounds rain down on its surface. The moon’s surface temperature is a bone-chilling −179.2 degrees Celsius, and Titan only receives 0.1 percent of the light that the Earth gets.

“What we’re curious about is, beyond that global gentle snowfall of organics, what’s happening?” Radebaugh told Space.com. “It can be really hard to see through that layer to be able to see what’s going on.”

Researchers used a technique called principal component analysis, which allows them to pick up on smaller elements in the data that might be overlooked otherwise, according to Space.com.

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Still, scientists said more research is needed to discover what exactly caused the uncovered ice on Titan’s surface.

“It’s a big feature that tells us something about the way that Titan was in the past, but we don’t know really what it is,” lead author Caitlin Griffith, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, told Space.com. “I think right now it’s basically telling us that it’s complicated, the surface is fairly complicated.”

The research is described in a paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

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Alaska’s excelsior glacier is being replaced by a lake 5 times the size of Central Park

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Seventy years ago, Alaska’s Excelsior Glacier stretched its cold fingers from a vast plain in the state’s southern edge nearly all the way to the North Pacific Ocean. Now, the glacier is separated from the sea by a meltwater lake more than five times the size of New York City’s Central Park.

In a recent blog post on the American Geophysical Union (AGU) website, glaciologist Mauri Pelto of Nichols College in Massachusetts shows how that relatively new lake — now called Big Johnstone Lake — has more than doubled in size over the last 24 years as rising global temperatures force Excelsior Glacier into a hasty retreat. [The Coldest Places on Earth]

Big Johnstone Lake first began forming in the 1940s, Pelto wrote, as the glacier started to retreat from the small strip of forest that separates it from the North Pacific Ocean. A series of three images taken by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellites over the last 24 years plainly show how Excelsior’s demise has accelerated significantly since then. Excelsior Glacier has retreated from the sea by nearly 3 miles (4.7 kilometers) since 1994, losing about 650 feet (200 meters) of ground every year, Pelto wrote. This is roughly double the melt rate seen between 1941 and 1994, he wrote, and the glacier has since lost about 30% of its length in just 24 years.

Meanwhile, Big Johnstone Lake has doubled in size, from 3.5 to 7 square miles (9 square km to 18 square km), and it has been gradually filled by slabs of ice calved from the edge of the melting glacier.

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As long as researchers have been photographing the lake, large flotillas of these ice chunks have been plainly visible bobbing through the cold waters like oversized bath toys. But not anymore, Pelto wrote. For the first time, 2018 Landsat images show the lake without any slabs of glacial ice — likely because the lake is close to reaching its maximum size. Near the lake’s new northern edge, Excelsior Glacier steepens suddenly, probably lifted by elevated terrain underneath, Pelto wrote.

Even if no more calving ice makes its way into Big Johnston Lake, the glacier will continue to retreat, but probably at a slower pace than the rapid melting observed over the last 25 years. A similar fate has already befallen many neighboring glaciers in Alaska and British Columbia, Pelto wrote, providing yet more examples of how climate change is rapidly redrawing the map of our world.

Originally published on Live Science.

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NASA chief warns asteroid threat is real: ‘It’s about protecting the only planet we know to host life’

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is sounding the alarm that an asteroid strike is not something to be taken lightly and is perhaps Earth’s biggest threat.

Speaking at the International Academy of Astronautics’ 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Md., on Monday, Bridenstine said the space agency and other asteroid scientists need to make sure people understand that the threat is very real and not just the imagination of big-budget blockbuster movie directors.

“We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about movies,” Bridenstine said at the conference, according to Space.com. “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life, and that is the planet Earth.”

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“We know for a fact that the dinosaurs did not have a space program. But we do, and we need to use it,” Bridenstine added, attempting to portray planetary defense on the same level as a return trip to the Moon. The Trump administration wants to see astronauts return to the Moon by 2024, with or without the help of NASA.

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Bridenstine knows the perils of asteroid strikes all too well. In February 2013, he had been a Congressman in Oklahoma for just a month when a devastating asteroid streaked across the Russian sky.

Known as the Chelyabinsk Event, it was the largest known meteor strike in over a century and it injured more than 1,600 people. It “released the energy equivalent of around 440,000 tons of TNT,” according to NASA.

“I wish I could tell you these events are exceptionally unique,” Bridenstine said during the presentation, noting they have occurred three times in the past 100 years. “But they are not.”

Currently, there are two asteroid-centric missions going on around the world —  NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe, which reached the Bennu asteroid in December 2018, and the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft, which recently “bombed” the Ryugu asteroid in an effort to learn more about it.

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Bridenstine highlighted the scientific importance of both of these missions but added that planetary defense is also an important component. “Yes, it’s about science, it’s about discovery, it’s about exploration, but one of the reasons we do those missions is so that we can characterize those objects to protect, again, the only planet we know to host life.”

“We have to use our systems, use our capabilities to ultimately get a lot more data, and we have to do it faster,” Bridenstine said.

Planetary defense

When it comes to planetary defense, NASA is not sitting on its haunches, having taken several steps to protect Earth by detecting and tracking near-Earth Objects, also known as NEOs.

Last June, NASA unveiled a 20-page plan that details steps the U.S. should take to be better prepared for NEOs, asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of Earth. Lindley Johnson, the space agency’s planetary defense officer, said at the time that the country “already has significant scientific, technical and operational capabilities” to help with NEOs, but implementing the new plan would “greatly increase our nation’s readiness and work with international partners to effectively respond should a new potential asteroid impact be detected.”

There are approximately 18,000 known NEOs and that number is constantly growing.

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In 2016, NASA formalized the agency’s prior program for detecting and tracking NEOs and put it inside its Science Mission Directorate.

NASA will launch its first asteroid defense mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, in 2022. Earlier this month, NASA awarded a $69 million contract to SpaceX, the space exploration company led by Elon Musk, to help with DART.

Currently, asteroid scientists from around the world are conducting a drill showing what the various global agencies would do about a potential asteroid collision. For the first time, the drill is being played out over social media. Updates of the hypothetical event are being shared on the ESA Operations Twitter account until May 3.

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NASA aims to probe mysterious atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

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Nearly 30 years after a NASA spacecraft visited the farthest planets in our solar system, Uranus and Neptune, the space agency is looking to go back.

Utilizing advancements in technology over the past 30 years, a NASA scientist and his team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. are dreaming up new instruments that could potentially explore the atmosphere of both planets. Uranus and Neptune are relatively unexplored, the space agency said, despite the fact that Voyager 2 snapped photos of both planets in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

“Available materials, filters, electronic detectors, flight computing, and data management and processing have all improved,” Shahid Aslam, who is leading the team developing the next-gen flight hardware, said in a statement. “Frankly, we have better technology all the way around. It’s clear that the time is now to develop the next generation of this instrument for future atmospheric entry probes.”

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NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon, Triton, in the summer of 1989. This image, taken at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, shows the Great Dark Spot and its companion bright smudge. These clouds were seen to persist for as long as Voyager’s cameras could resolve them. (Credit: NASA)

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Aslam and his team want to create a new device similar to the net flux radiometer on board the Galileo mission that helped uncover Jupiter’s atmosphere and adapt it to the atmospheric conditions of both the ice giants, which the researcher said would be important to the mission.

“Actually, you can learn a lot from net flux data, especially sources and sinks of planetary radiation,” Aslam added

There are several differences between the proposed craft and device and the one that visited Jupiter. These include the use of thermopile sensors (able to convert heat or infrared wavelengths into electrical signals), infrared channels (to measure heat), additional viewing angles and a tighter field of view.

It’s also likely that the device will be smaller and be able to support faster data sampling, Aslam said.

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This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2, which flew closely past the seventh planet from the Sun in January 1986. (Credit: NASA)

Right now, there are no formal plans to send a spacecraft to either Neptune or Uranus.

Even though both planets have not been studied to the length others have, such as Mars or Saturn, some information is known about them. They contain a “slushy mantle of water, ammonia, and methane ices, while their atmospheres consist of molecular hydrogen, helium, and methane gas.” NASA added in its statement.

The color of the planets may be due to the level of methane in their atmospheres, but something else is causing the two planets’ distinctive colors, Aslam added. Uranus appears as a “hazy blue-green” and Neptune is deep blue.

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In March, scientists at NASA JPL proposed a mission that would explore Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, which some have theorized could have an ocean hiding underneath its surface.

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Scientists on a sailboat just found nearly 200,000 viruses hiding in Earth’s oceans

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Scientists aboard a single sailboat have identified nearly 200,000 marine virus species, increasing the number of known marine viruses from the 15,000 documented in previous surveys.

The new survey has revealed new details about the distribution of marine viruses across the ocean ecosystem.

Viruses exist at the fringes of life. They don’t have cells or perform normal biological processes or independently reproduce. Instead, they’re more or less bags of genetic material that bump into living cells and inject those cells with the genetic instructions to produce more viruses. [6 New Findings about Viruses]

But whether or not viruses count as life, there’s no denying they play an important role in the ecosystems where they’re found.

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“Because they’re present in such huge numbers, they really matter,” Matthew Sullivan, a microbiologist at The Ohio State University and senior author on a paper published in Cell today (April 25) describing the findings, said in a statement.

Despite that, marine biologists knew very little about the viruses dwelling in our oceans. To remedy that, the scientists embarked on a globe-spanning viral hunt between 2009 and 2013, circumnavigating both poles aboard a boat named Tara. The researchers were surprised to find the sloshing ocean currents did not mix viral species very well. Instead, viruses divided roughly into five regional categories. The researchers also found many viruses in the Arctic, where little had been known about any local viruses.

The new research will help biologists understand how viruses affect the marine ecosystem. Among other things, the authors noted, viruses may change how the ocean pulls carbon dioxide out of the air and into the water, the researchers said Viruses, like any organic thing, are made in large part from carbon. [The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth]

“In the last 20 years or so, we’ve learned that half of the oxygen that we breathe comes from marine organisms,” Sullivan said. “Additionally, the oceans soak up half of the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

Understanding what viruses are present, and where, could help flesh out that story.

Originally published on Live Science.

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