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The Perfect Wave: Beyond the Sea

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September 17, 2013
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There are around 20 million active surfers worldwide all chasing the same thing: the perfect wave. The problem is that, as a natural phenomenon, the perfect wave is pretty hard to come by. The thrill of the chase has spurred on a new industry, with businesses competing to design the best artificial wave-generating systems. In Bilbao, one German seems to have cracked it. Her concept, "Wavegarden," has become a huge success.


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Reuters (Nov. 25, 2013) British scientists have created a molecule they say could greatly improve the effectiveness of sun-screens and reduce the incidence of skin cancer. Whereas most sun-screens protect against exposure to short-wave, ultraviolet B rays, the scientists are targetting long-wave UVA rays which they say cause just as much damage. Jim Drury has more.
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Concrete to Combat Illegal Fishing: Protecting the Sea, Italian Style

Concrete to Combat Illegal Fishing: Protecting the Sea, Italian Style

Deutsche Welle (Oct. 22, 2012) People may say there's plenty of fish in the sea, but fisherman Paolo Fanciulli knows that their numbers aren't infinite. He and his colleagues earn their living from the sea. The Italian acknowledges that there "needs to be a balance between profit and environmental protection." So, together with the Italian authorities, he's helped sink hundreds of concrete blocks into the sea. They've been put there to tear the illegal nets used by large fishing trawlers.
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Sinking England

Sinking England

National Geographic (Feb. 8, 2012) The British Coastlines are threatened by erosion by the North Sea. British people are debating what they can do to hold back the rising tide in their ever-shrinking island. Tilting geology and rising sea levels from global warming add to the problem. Salt marshes are also threatened by flood defenses, such as sea walls.
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Italy Makes Waves With Sea Power Plan

Italy Makes Waves With Sea Power Plan

Reuters (June 25, 2013) An Italian energy company is preparing to build the world's first sub-surface wave farm with machines designed to utilize the motion of the Mediterranean Sea for power generation. The first prototype generator - capable of powering 80 homes - is undergoing onshore tests before being towed out to see to start work next month.
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