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July 02, 2014

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3:50 PM | Reviewers needed for Beached Bird Field Guide!
Thanks to the strenuous efforts of Beth Mellor in the Tufts Media Services department, we are approaching a full proof of the Field Guide to Beached Birds of the Southeastern United States! Now, before we go to print, I need many willing pairs of eyes to look it over at any level of thoroughness. If […]
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10:36 AM | From Despair to Repair: Protecting Parrotfish Can Help Bring Back Caribbean Coral Reefs
[php]Reef biologists over a certain age are haunted by memories of what glorious places Caribbean reefs once were. In our youth we studied them for all sorts of reasons but scarcely thought about reef conservation. We took the reefs for granted. Today, however, we know that most Caribbean coral reefs will disappear in 20 years if we don't restore the grazing fish that defend the corals from seaweed. This message comes through loud and clear in a new report, "Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral […]
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8:00 AM | wakatobidiveresort: One of the most exquisite parts of night...
wakatobidiveresort: One of the most exquisite parts of night diving is watching the coral feeding. Zooplankton rise from the nooks and crannies of the reef and drift past an ocean of mouths that include reef corals, sea anemones, brittle stars, and basket stars. Corals bloom after dark, absorbing nutrients from the water around them and looking truly beautiful. (Photograph: Wayne MacWilliams)
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8:00 AM | wakatobidiveresort: One of the most exquisite parts of night...
wakatobidiveresort: One of the most exquisite parts of night diving is watching the coral feeding. Zooplankton rise from the nooks and crannies of the reef and drift past an ocean of mouths that include reef corals, sea anemones, brittle stars, and basket stars. Corals bloom after dark, absorbing nutrients from the water around them and looking truly beautiful. (Photograph: Wayne MacWilliams)

July 01, 2014

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8:51 PM | Inked.
From ancient polynesians to seafaring sailors, tattoos in their various fashions have adorned the derma canvas for centuries. Used to represent tribal ranks, voyages to distant lands and conquests, or even bad decisions made last Saturday night, the artful body pieces have portrayed some pretty illustrious narratives. Lately, however, a new take on the popular art form has begun to take […]
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8:51 PM | Inked.
From ancient polynesians to seafaring sailors, tattoos in their various fashions have adorned the derma canvas for centuries. Used to represent tribal ranks, voyages to distant lands and conquests, or even bad decisions made last Saturday night, the artful body pieces have portrayed some pretty illustrious narratives. Lately, however, a new take on the popular art form has begun to take […]
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5:55 PM | Pondering the disruption of crowdfunding: It’s not a panacea.
On my train to work, I routinely am requested to donate money multiple times (and not just by the homeless guy outside the station). One comes in the form of a new project with a homemade advertisement up in the train station – and in the corner is a ‘find us on Kickstarter!’ logo. I’m […]
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12:07 PM | 5 EPIC Deep-Sea Giant Isopod (Bathynomus) Observations from JAPAN!
From the Toba Aquarium's Twipple AccountSince my trip to Japan, I've been watching a LOT more social media from Japan. Their culture, for many reasons, has a deep appreciation of ocean life, especially of invertebrates. The weirder and the more unusual, the better. Japan is an ocean-nation and as such, via fishing, swimming, and etc. their country encounters one of the richest faunas of invertebrates anywhere in the world.  Japanese pop culture has recently seen a HUGE uptick focusing […]
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1:04 AM | Meet Your Dr. Octopus: Surgical Octo Arms
Robotic surgery has proved itself to be less than perfect so far. Stiff robotic limbs, burning surfaces, numerous complications. But what if that surgeon’s assistant was less like a standard... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

June 30, 2014

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4:49 PM | New tools for science collaboration
  The problem with science is email. You all know what I mean. Nearly everything we do is done via email. On the one hand, email is faster than snail mail and enables me to effortlessly share large amount of information via attachments, links, etc.  Email – even more than Word, r, and Excel – is the […]
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2:11 PM | Amazing purple jelly sighting in the deep sea
I live for moments like this. Things like this make the long nights editing grant proposals, the paper rejections, the failed experiments all worth it. To me, the best part of science is stuff like this: seeing something that completely takes my breath away. Even after studying animals like this for the last five years, this video has me in […]
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2:11 PM | Amazing purple jelly sighting in the deep sea
I live for moments like this. Things like this make the long nights editing grant proposals, the paper rejections, the failed experiments all worth it. To me, the best part of science is stuff like this: seeing something that completely takes my breath away. Even after studying animals like this for the last five years, this video has me in […]
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8:00 AM | deepseanews: On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going...
deepseanews: On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going viral of an odd creature in the deep sea.  The running hypothesis among online communities is was it was a whale placenta.  It was not, more interesting it was the rather enimagic Deepstaria reticulum, one of the most spectacular jellyfish at the ti… http://deepseanews.com/2014/06/jellyfish-journalism-fail/
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8:00 AM | deepseanews: On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going...
deepseanews: On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going viral of an odd creature in the deep sea.  The running hypothesis among online communities is was it was a whale placenta.  It was not, more interesting it was the rather enimagic Deepstaria reticulum, one of the most spectacular jellyfish at the ti… http://deepseanews.com/2014/06/jellyfish-journalism-fail/
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12:02 AM | Jellyfish Journalism Fail
On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going viral of an odd creature in the deep sea.  The running hypothesis among online communities is was it was a whale placenta.  It was not, more interesting it was the rather enimagic Deepstaria reticulum, one of the most spectacular jellyfish at the time.  At the of the […]
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12:02 AM | Jellyfish Journalism Fail
On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going viral of an odd creature in the deep sea.  The running hypothesis among online communities is was it was a whale placenta.  It was not, more interesting it was the rather enimagic Deepstaria reticulum, one of the most spectacular jellyfish at the time.  At the of the […]

June 29, 2014

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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by koboldmaki eagle...
lifeunderthewaves: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by koboldmaki eagle ray at ‘manta point’
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by koboldmaki eagle...
lifeunderthewaves: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by koboldmaki eagle ray at ‘manta point’
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12:00 AM | Photo
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12:00 AM | Photo

June 28, 2014

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11:36 AM | Will never get enough of these sunsets!
Will never get enough of these sunsets!
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11:36 AM | Will never get enough of these sunsets!
Will never get enough of these sunsets!
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8:00 AM | deepsea: (via Square biscuit starfish - Pixdaus)
deepsea: (via Square biscuit starfish - Pixdaus)
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8:00 AM | deepsea: (via Square biscuit starfish - Pixdaus)
deepsea: (via Square biscuit starfish - Pixdaus)
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12:00 AM | rhamphotheca: kevincatalan:  Vampire Squid illustration My...
rhamphotheca: kevincatalan:  Vampire Squid illustration My final project from scientific illustration class!! Actualy had a lot of fun doing it and will now be proudly displayed on my girlfriend’s wall. Cheers!
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12:00 AM | rhamphotheca: kevincatalan:  Vampire Squid illustration My...
rhamphotheca: kevincatalan:  Vampire Squid illustration My final project from scientific illustration class!! Actualy had a lot of fun doing it and will now be proudly displayed on my girlfriend’s wall. Cheers!

June 27, 2014

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5:15 PM | realmonstrosities: Bathyteuthis berryi is a deep sea squid that...
realmonstrosities: Bathyteuthis berryi is a deep sea squid that has been spotted carrying a gelatinous membrane full of 360 eggs in their tentacles. Other squid attach their eggs to the sea floor and leave, never to see them again. Either that or they produce an overwhelmingly huge number of floating eggs and hope a few survive. For a food-starved squid living far above the ocean floor, neither option is viable, so it’ll have to be the old “carry a big, mucusy net of […]
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5:15 PM | realmonstrosities: Bathyteuthis berryi is a deep sea squid that...
realmonstrosities: Bathyteuthis berryi is a deep sea squid that has been spotted carrying a gelatinous membrane full of 360 eggs in their tentacles. Other squid attach their eggs to the sea floor and leave, never to see them again. Either that or they produce an overwhelmingly huge number of floating eggs and hope a few survive. For a food-starved squid living far above the ocean floor, neither option is viable, so it’ll have to be the old “carry a big, mucusy net of […]
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3:39 PM | Baldy Brings the Calf Count to 11!
Sometimes, the right whale calves seen in the Southeast US (aka SEUS, the only known calving ground) account for all the calves born that year- what you see down there is what the population gets! And sometimes, that number is added to well after the whales have migrated northward- maybe because observers weren't out surveying when those moms and calves were in the area, or those whales were
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11:30 AM | 10 ways drones can save the ocean
Over the last few months, I’ve been digging into the confusing tangle of laws that protect marine mammals and regulate the use of drones–small, semi-autonomous vehicles used by both researchers and hobbyists to observe whales and other marine mammals. You can check out the outcome of my findings over at Motherboard, where I just published Drones […]
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