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July 17, 2014

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2:17 PM | Microbes Help Corals Pick a Home and Settle Down
[php]Bacteria are everywhere in the ocean. They live in the water, on virtually every living and non-living surface, and even inside other organisms. There are 1 million bacterial cells in every milliliter of seawater; that translates to roughly 5 million bacterial cells per teaspoon! With so many bacteria in the ocean you have to wonder—what are they doing? Thanks to new technological advances, we understand more and more about the important roles that bacteria play in the health and...
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11:54 AM | The Launch of the R/V Botryllid
Woohoo! It’s another amazing research season out here at the Shoals Marine Lab. We’re in the midst of our push to sample SML, Salem Sound, and the Boston Harbor Islands. The weather is glorious, and the water is…ok, not warm. … Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | These things are related.
Exhibit A. At Boing Boing, Maggie Koerth-Baker publishes an article talking about her disenchantment with Richard Feynman after learning that he was a gigantic womanizing creeper. Matthew Francis follows up with more information about Feyman’s inexcusable behavior. Armies of Feyman supporters rush to his defense, arguing that we should judge him as a product of […]

July 16, 2014

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1:29 PM | Runoff: How activities near and far from the ocean affect the ocean
I spent last week in the US Virgin Islands, collecting samples to reconstruct re...
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8:11 AM | Shark Weak
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4:00 AM | Sea Cucumber Skin Up Close! Bizarre & Beautiful!
Via Wikipedia commons. Photo by Nick HobgoodCool Crowdsourced Photo time! This week..some gorgeous closeups of the neat skin textures on tropical sea cucumbers!Some of these give you an idea of how colorful and unusual the skin in sea cucumbers can be. This one is called  Thelenota rubolineata (the species name literally means "red lines"). This is an example of what the whole animal of one of the pics below looks like...What do they feel like? Sort of soft and rubbery. Firm. And yes, […]
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12:00 AM | sixpenceee: Did you know that sperm whales sleep...
sixpenceee: Did you know that sperm whales sleep vertically?  SOURCE
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12:00 AM | sixpenceee: Did you know that sperm whales sleep...
sixpenceee: Did you know that sperm whales sleep vertically?  SOURCE

July 15, 2014

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4:39 PM | Seabird die-offs in Iceland
Though the United States stretches across a continent between two oceans, when it comes to seabirds, we here on the east coast have a great deal more in common with our neighbors in Europe, Iceland, and Greenland than we do with our Pacific compatriots. For this reason, we always keep an eye on the goings-on […]
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3:30 PM | Why exploding whale stories just won’t die and how we can use them to help save the ocean
Exploding whales are an endless source of amusement, even when they don’t explode. When a cetacean detonation made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, it was clear that we had reached peak exploding whale saturation. Now that we’ve all had a few months to decompress, it’s time to take a step back and look at why […]
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12:28 PM | DNA Finds New Octopus Species Hiding in Plain Sight
Describing a new species for science is not quite as easy as it was in the days of 17th- or 18th-century naturalists. But that just means we have to look a little more closely. Such as, into an... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:00 AM | madamjellyfish666: pleatedjeans: Seal with a data-logger on...
madamjellyfish666: pleatedjeans: Seal with a data-logger on it’s head. [x] "LOOK! LOOK! I’M A NARWAL!" I’ve been laughing for about 20 minutes now
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8:00 AM | madamjellyfish666: pleatedjeans: Seal with a data-logger on...
madamjellyfish666: pleatedjeans: Seal with a data-logger on it’s head. [x] "LOOK! LOOK! I’M A NARWAL!" I’ve been laughing for about 20 minutes now
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5:59 AM | Which Sea Shell Are You?
Which Sea Shell Are You?: A fun way to find out if you’re a gastropod, cephalopod, bivalve, or...
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5:59 AM | Which Sea Shell Are You?
Which Sea Shell Are You?: A fun way to find out if you’re a gastropod, cephalopod, bivalve, or...

July 14, 2014

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6:24 PM | Females Crabs Only Eat Their Own Young When They’re Hungry
For many ocean invertebrates, the first stage of life occurs as tiny larvae in the plankton.  The toughness of the planktonic larval life has caused many scientists to wax poetically, as we tend to do on subjects of invertebrates. As noted by Emery in 1973, these larvae face a “wall of mouths” ready to consume […]
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6:24 PM | Female Crabs Only Eat Their Own Young When They’re Hungry
For many ocean invertebrates, the first stage of life occurs as tiny larvae in the plankton.  The toughness of the planktonic larval life has caused many scientists to wax poetically, as we tend to do on subjects of invertebrates. As noted by Emery in 1973, these larvae face a “wall of mouths” ready to consume […]
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6:24 PM | Females Crabs Only Eat Their Own Young When They’re Hungry
For many ocean invertebrates, the first stage of life occurs as tiny larvae in the plankton.  The toughness of the planktonic larval life has caused many scientists to wax poetically, as we tend to do on subjects of invertebrates. As noted by Emery in 1973, these larvae face a “wall of mouths” ready to consume […]
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6:24 PM | Female Crabs Only Eat Their Own Young When They’re Hungry
For many ocean invertebrates, the first stage of life occurs as tiny larvae in the plankton.  The toughness of the planktonic larval life has caused many scientists to wax poetically, as we tend to do on subjects of invertebrates. As noted by Emery in 1973, these larvae face a “wall of mouths” ready to consume […]
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2:00 PM | The Ocean Cleanup, Part 2: Technical review of the feasibility study
INTRODUCTION This is the second of a two-part post. In the first installment, Kim presented alternatives to this project. This installment is a collaboration between Kim and Miriam. Dr. Kim Martini is a physical oceanographer who has been involved in the deployment of a variety of deep sea oceanographic moorings. Dr. Miriam Goldstein is a […]
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2:00 PM | The Ocean Cleanup, Part 2: Technical review of the feasibility study
INTRODUCTION This is the second of a two-part post. In the first installment, Kim presented alternatives to this project. This installment is a collaboration between Kim and Miriam. Dr. Kim Martini is a physical oceanographer who has been involved in the deployment of a variety of deep sea oceanographic moorings. Dr. Miriam Goldstein is a […]
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1:00 PM | The Ocean Cleanup, Part 1: Alternatives to reduce ocean plastic
This is the first of two-part post. This installment is written by Kim, who will present alternatives to the Ocean Cleanup project to help curb the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. The second installment is a technical review of the Ocean Cleanup feasibility study and is a collaboration between Kim and Miriam . Last […]
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1:00 PM | The Ocean Cleanup, Part 1: Alternatives to reduce ocean plastic
This is the first of two-part post. This installment is written by Kim, who will present alternatives to the Ocean Cleanup project to help curb the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. The second installment is a technical review of the Ocean Cleanup feasibility study and is a collaboration between Kim and Miriam . Last […]
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9:30 AM | Charm City’s Water Wheel: The first truly feasible ocean cleaning array is already afloat
Ocean plastic is bad news. Last week we were learned that not only did every ocean have its own, personal garbage gyre, but that a huge amount of plastic is “missing” from the ocean–that is, it has been incorporated into the ecosystem in ways we don’t yet understand. While there is plenty of misinformation floating around out […]
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8:00 AM | quinnidae: Illustration of the feeding mechanism of the sea...
quinnidae: Illustration of the feeding mechanism of the sea gooseberry. When relaxed its tentacles expand, acting like a spider’s web to capture prey. Instead of stinging cells, these tentacles are lined with special adhesive cells to prevent prey from escaping.  They had these little guys at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a while, and I was absolutely fascinated by how much their tentacles can stretch. Really cool!
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8:00 AM | quinnidae: Illustration of the feeding mechanism of the sea...
quinnidae: Illustration of the feeding mechanism of the sea gooseberry. When relaxed its tentacles expand, acting like a spider’s web to capture prey. Instead of stinging cells, these tentacles are lined with special adhesive cells to prevent prey from escaping.  They had these little guys at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a while, and I was absolutely fascinated by how much their tentacles can stretch. Really cool!
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5:22 AM | The environmental cost of collecting seashells | Conservation
The environmental cost of collecting seashells | Conservation: It’s a normal part of every summer...
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5:22 AM | The environmental cost of collecting seashells | Conservation
The environmental cost of collecting seashells | Conservation: It’s a normal part of every summer...

July 13, 2014

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10:13 PM | Frequently asked questions about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered shark for fun
On Friday afternoon, Slate published an article I wrote about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered hammerhead shark. Since that time, there has been an active discussion about the article and the surrounding issues on twitter (follow me here) and Facebook (like my page here). Some of the same questions keep coming up, so I decided […]
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7:42 PM | Northern & Central California Kayak Visit
I recently received an email from a researcher, who studies climate impacts on birds in Sweden, asking for trip recommendations for an upcoming 10-day visit to California. As a biologist and kayaker, he said he was looking for “places where I could go for a … Continue reading →
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