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.
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 ... watch video
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 ... watch video
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 ... watch video
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 ... watch video
Reuters (Aug. 24, 2012) Scientists say Arctic sea ice is likely to shrink to its smallest recorded size sometime next week. The ongoing thaw has opened new sea lanes to shipping, with a Chinese icebreaker recently becoming ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Oct. 1, 2013) Heligoland is Germany's only high-sea island, located in the middle of the North Sea. Until now, islanders relied on income from tourism. But now the idyllic island is undergoing transformation: to ... watch video
CBC (Jan. 4, 2012) British scientists have discovered a "lost world" of new species of yeti crab, starfish, barnacles, sea anemones — and potentially an octopus — on the sea floor near Antarctica. ... watch video
Feb. 12, 2016 A new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass has been discovered by researchers. Both the yeast strain ... read more
Feb. 12, 2016 As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it's important to understand belugas' ... read more
Feb. 11, 2016 A dynamic model that focuses on site scale conservation has been developed to give conservation decision-makers the capacity to assess multiple interacting stressors at the ... read more
Feb. 12, 2016 New research confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million ... read more
Feb. 18, 2015 A Swedish company has cracked the challenge of scaling up wave energy, with the help of new technology. CorPower Ocean's new wave energy system, which uses a gearbox design, generates five times ... read more
Mar. 24, 2014 Pioneering research could provide a significant boost in the vital quest to harness wave power as a viable renewable energy source for the future. Researchers deployed wave measurement buoys and used ... read more
Aug. 21, 2012 One of the first public wave energy testing systems in the United States began operation this week off the Oregon coast near Newport, and will allow private industry or academic researchers to test ... read more