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What's New: February 2010

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Harmful Algal Blooms and Human Epilepsy

NOAA researchers have found that exposing laboratory animals to a toxin produced by blooms of microscopic ocean algae can induce seizures and eventually lead to epilepsy. More...

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Scientists Reveal 'Secret Pathologies of Dolphins'

Researchers from NOAA and its partner institutions recently discovered that bottlenose dolphins inhabiting estuaries along the Georgia coast have the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ever reported in marine wildlife. The term PCB encompasses a suite of persistent contaminants that have been banned in the United States since the late 1970s due to documented adverse health effects. More...

desk drawer from the USS Macon

Wreck of Airship USS Macon Added to National Register of Historic Places

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the loss of the U.S. Navy airship USS Macon, the wreck site on the seafloor within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. More...

Haiti Presidential Palace

NOAA Produces Images of Haiti for First Responders

On January 16, the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested NOAA's assistance in acquiring high-resolution aerial imagery for portions of Haiti impacted by the January 12 earthquake. More...