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Electronic driving systems don’t always work, tests show

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Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects...
Flooding in the Creeds section of Virginia Beach (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Fire Department)

The state needs to increase flooding resiliency, so the governor asked VIMS for help

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An Executive Order from Gov. Ralph Northam calls on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to leverage its long-term monitoring programs and expertise in...
Low oxygen levels can force striped bass from the cool bottom waters they prefer. (Southside Daily/D. Malmquist/VIMS)

Here’s one type of weather that can clear up the Chesapeake Bay’s ‘dead zones’

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A recent report shows the Chesapeake Bay's oxygen "dead zones" are still as prevalent as last year, but uncovers a key factor in improving...

Can a holographic screen help a new phone break out?

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Most leading phones offer the same basics: Big screens, decent battery life and good cameras. So when a newcomer brings something innovative to the...
2018 Striped Bass Seine Survey Crew From L: Brian Gallagher, Emelia Marshall, and Matt Oliver --- field crew for VIMS' 2018 Juvenile Striped Bass Seine Survey --- retrieve a seine net from a sampling site on the James River. (Southside Daily/D. Malmquist/VIMS)

Juvenile striped bass maintain average abundance in Virginia waters in 2018

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Preliminary results from an ongoing long-term survey conducted by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science suggest an average year class of young-of-year...
The bay nettle Chrysaora chesapeakei. (Southside Daily/Courtesy J. Lefcheck/VIMS)

New study helps explain recent scarcity of bay nettles

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Wondering why you saw so few jellyfish in the Chesapeake Bay this summer? A new, long-term study of how environmental conditions affect the abundance and...
Paleontologist Rowan Lockwood examines the fossilized remains of shellfish to understand present and future environmental implications. She has used fossil oysters to make recommendations on policy for the Chesapeake Bay and is a co-author on a paper that examines the fate of shellfish during a long-past episode of global warming known as the PETM. (Southside Daily/Courtesy Stephen Salpukas)

What can fossil shellfish tell us about our environmental future? Plenty

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The Earth’s climate is changing, and it’s changed before. The world’s oceans are warming, and they’ve warmed before. Past episodes of oceanic warming — and their...
Barriers to inland wetland migration, such as this Dutch dike, are common in Europe and China. (Southside Daily Photo/Courtesy of Rijkswaterstaat/Joop Van Houdt)

Coastal wetlands will survive rising seas, but only if we let them

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When Florence slogged ashore in North Carolina last week, coastal wetlands offered one of the best lines of defense against the hurricane’s waves and...