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DEEP-SEA STAR  This fuzzy white sponge — identified as a new species, thanks in part to star-shaped skeletal parts — encrusts metal-filled rocks that could be a target for deep-sea mining.

gooseneck barnacles on a boat

STOWAWAYS  Pelagic gooseneck barnacles cling to a boat that got washed out to sea after the 2011 tsunami in Japan and floated to the U.S. coast. A new study catalogs hundreds of species that have made this ocean crossing.

portable tower for measuring wind speed

Engineer Jon Sinnreich of the University of Florida and colleagues work on a portable tower used to measure wind speeds during Hurricane Irma. Scientific data from hurricanes and other natural disasters help inform efforts to prepare for future crises.  

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