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A Pill to Treat the Bends? The U.S. Navy has announced it's researching the possibility that the common malaria prophylaxis, the antibiotic Doxycycline, may work as a treatment for decompression sickness, preventing severe effects. Studies are just beginning.

Jason deCaires Taylor Underwater Art Installation in the Maldives as we reported, was smashed up on orders of the Maldivian President, because, with human likenesses, it contravened Muslim law. Well, it's been resurrected as a coral regeneration project with soaring sculptures constructed of more than 500 ceramic 'starfish' designed to attract fish and crustaceans -- the hard shells catch and hold biomass, or 'fish food,' which encourage coral larvae to attach and thrive.

Rays of Hope. Shortfin and longfin mako sharks and 16 species of 'rhino rays' such as guitar fish and are to be added to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Scuba divers have been among conservationists campaigning to win this protection for the threatened species. More than 23,000 Project AWARE supporters have signed its #Divers4Makos campaign petition.

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