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August 29, 2014

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1:16 PM | The official anthology of Rick Ross rapping about crustaceans
I generally bow to Dr. M and Alex when it comes to rap music knowledge, but I’m just going to add this little factlet to the DSN vaults. Rick Ross, raps about crustaceans. A LOT*. And after reading all these lyrics, I’m positive there is a special place in his stomach for all arthropods. What does this dude do […]
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1:16 PM | The official anthology of Rick Ross rapping about crustaceans
I generally bow to Dr. M and Alex when it comes to rap music knowledge, but I’m just going to add this little factlet to the DSN vaults. Rick Ross, raps about crustaceans. A LOT*. And after reading all these lyrics, I’m positive there is a special place in his stomach for all arthropods. What does this dude do […]
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11:04 AM | About a Blog
In his early collection of miscellaneous writing Paperweight, Stephen Fry includes a column from The Listener called Absolutely Nothing At All, about… writing a column. He prefaces it in the book with the excuse, “Journalist friends tell me that columnists are allowed to write one column of this nature once in their lives.” On the assumption that bloggers get the same allowance, here we go… * I’ve had this post largely worked out in my head for several weeks. […]

August 28, 2014

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6:20 PM | Exploring Arctic Ice Minima
Every year 2007-2013 had a lower Arctic sea ice extent than every year before 2007.  2014 seems likely to continue this record.  I'll also suggest below that maybe the Arctic has entered a 'new normal', with September ice extents bouncing around 4.7 million km^2. For some data to work with further, I pulled the NSIDC September figures.  It's a small, simple text file, so you can check yourself what follows.  First up, let's draw a figure of what we're looking at -- but […]
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7:09 AM | Ocean acidification and policy failure
Originally posted on Ocean acidification:The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) invites everyone to a free public lecture as part of the Sustainability in the Anthropocene series. Event date: Wednesday, 10 September 2014 Event time: 1-2pm Event location: Theatre C, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne Ocean acidification is potentially one of the most pervasive…

August 27, 2014

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9:33 PM | My 25 Favorite Things For Ocean Field Work
I am particular about my set of gear and equipment that I take when I am out at sea. Much time spent was spent on trial and error research and development of my sea kit. The items below reflect advice from my scientific mentors and advice about tools from my father and father-in-law, one an […]
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9:33 PM | My 25 Favorite Things For Ocean Field Work
I am particular about my set of gear and equipment that I take when I am out at sea. Much time spent was spent on trial and error research and development of my sea kit. The items below reflect advice from my scientific mentors and advice about tools from my father and father-in-law, one an […]

August 26, 2014

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9:21 PM | No way is that a Manta in the Kelp Forest…
Yes…yes it is.   This video was just taken off of San Clemente Island by spearfisherman Carter Jessop (used with permission). This is his account of the miraculous interaction: “The real excitement of the trip came on the second afternoon at the island. We were diving a spot with strong wind and current and I […]
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9:21 PM | No way is that a Manta in the Kelp Forest…
Yes…yes it is.   This video was just taken off of San Clemente Island by spearfisherman Carter Jessop (used with permission). This is his account of the miraculous interaction: “The real excitement of the trip came on the second afternoon at the island. We were diving a spot with strong wind and current and I […]
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12:08 PM | Review of Mission Blue Documentary about Dr. Sylvia Earle
On August 15, 2014, Netflix began streaming a biographical documentary on Dr. Sylvia Earle called “Mission Blue.” Sylvia is the pre-eminent oceanographer of our time. She has logged over 7,000 hours underwater, and even walked beneath the ocean untethered to 1,250 feet! She is often called “Her Deepness.” I have admired Sylvia for most of […]

August 25, 2014

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3:07 PM | A little unexpected Monday Morning Zen with a Portuguese Man-of-War
It’s monday morning and I’m dragging a little. You might be too. But this gorgeous video of Portuguese Man-o-War by Aaron Ansarov (via National Geographic) reminded me of all the amazing things and processes that remain to be studied in the ocean. And that just perked me right up! Ansarov is a retired U.S. Navy combat photographer, who […]
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3:07 PM | A little unexpected Monday Morning Zen with a Portuguese Man-of-War
It’s monday morning and I’m dragging a little. You might be too. But this gorgeous video of Portuguese Man-o-War by Aaron Ansarov (via National Geographic) reminded me of all the amazing things and processes that remain to be studied in the ocean. And that just perked me right up! Ansarov is a retired U.S. Navy combat photographer, who […]

August 23, 2014

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4:56 PM | The Etiquette of Flags At Sea
John Tissott from the East Fremantle Yacht Club in Perth, Australia has just developed an infographic (below) on the topic of flags flown at sea.  For example, I have just learned that flags are flown by owners and worn by the yacht.  Or in my case a dinghy with substantial hole. Over at the DSN HQ we […]
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4:56 PM | The Etiquette of Flags At Sea
John Tissott from the East Fremantle Yacht Club in Perth, Australia has just developed an infographic (below) on the topic of flags flown at sea.  For example, I have just learned that flags are flown by owners and worn by the yacht.  Or in my case a dinghy with substantial hole. Over at the DSN HQ we […]

August 22, 2014

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2:15 PM | What the “Call of the Reef” is Telling Us
Coral reefs are in crisis. They are fragile. They are complex. And they are disappearing faster than we are able to understand them. This threat is exacerbated by an ecological battle raging on reef lines between corals and seaweeds. When fish are removed, seaweeds run rampant, and corals suffer. This negative feedback loop is often […]
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2:15 PM | What the “Call of the Reef” is Telling Us
Coral reefs are in crisis. They are fragile. They are complex. And they are disappearing faster than we are able to understand them. This threat is exacerbated by an ecological battle raging on reef lines between corals and seaweeds. When fish are removed, seaweeds run rampant, and corals suffer. This negative feedback loop is often […]

August 21, 2014

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6:55 PM | Throwback Thursday: France’s Lab Buoy
I recently received an email from a colleague asking for a copy of a recent paper. In return, they sent me a plot of inertial current circles from 1965 along with this intriguing image. First thought…OMG it’s the french version of R/P FLIP! But after clumsily wading through a bit of french text with the help […]
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6:55 PM | Throwback Thursday: France’s Lab Buoy
I recently received an email from a colleague asking for a copy of a recent paper. In return, they sent me a plot of inertial current circles from 1965 along with this intriguing image. First thought…OMG it’s the french version of R/P FLIP! But after clumsily wading through a bit of french text with the help […]
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5:22 PM | Plaaaaaaaannnkktooooonnnnn In Spaaaaaccccce
According to several “news” agencies ocean plankton have supposedly been found on the outside of the International Space Station.  From the ITAR-TASS News Agency that broke the story, An experiment of taking samples from illuminators and the ISS surface has brought unique results, as scientists had found traces of sea plankton there, the chief of an […]
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5:22 PM | Plaaaaaaaannnkktooooonnnnn In Spaaaaaccccce
According to several “news” agencies ocean plankton have supposedly been found on the outside of the International Space Station.  From the ITAR-TASS News Agency that broke the story, An experiment of taking samples from illuminators and the ISS surface has brought unique results, as scientists had found traces of sea plankton there, the chief of an […]

August 20, 2014

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6:46 AM | What happens when a creature 5 times your size appears right in front of your eyes??
Originally posted on cook4edi:We have heard a lot about Whales and have seen pictures of the same in our school books or videos of the same on National Geographic Channel. Ever wondered what the experience would be like, when they appear right in front of your eyes? I had a chance to swim with…

August 19, 2014

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2:03 PM | Sequencing at Sea: Studying Small Things Using Big Equipment
[php]Microbes are some of the most important organisms in the sea. These miniscule organisms provide an important link in the food web between the dissolved nutrients in the ocean and larger organisms like corals, fishes, and sharks. Without the microbes nothing would be able to use those nutrients, and the machinery of the ocean’s food web would grind to a halt. While microbes are very easy to collect—just scoop up a handful of seawater—they are not very easy...

August 18, 2014

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6:14 PM | Future Shark: Living in an Ocean on the Brink
Last week Discovery Channel successfully botched yet another Shark Week. Big surprise there. Don’t get me wrong, there were some (and by some I mean few) shows I did enjoy, but seriously when will they let poor Megalodon just die? He and his buds have been extinct for quite a while now, no need to […]
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6:14 PM | Future Shark: Living in an Ocean on the Brink
Last week Discovery Channel successfully botched yet another Shark Week. Big surprise there. Don’t get me wrong, there were some (and by some I mean few) shows I did enjoy, but seriously when will they let poor Megalodon just die? He and his buds have been extinct for quite a while now, no need to […]

August 17, 2014

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7:34 PM | A Narrative of Coral-Dwelling Barnacles With the Aid of Internet Memes
Not everything on a coral is actually a coral.  Embedded into the hard coral’s surfaces are nearly 100 species of specialized barnacles—the Pyrgomatidae. New work by Machel Malay and François Michonneau indicate that our understanding of how different Pyrgomatids are related is…well horribly wrong. The team sequenced five different genes for over 350 specimens.  Using some […]
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7:34 PM | A Narrative of Coral-Dwelling Barnacles With the Aid of Internet Memes
Not everything on a coral is actually a coral.  Embedded into the hard coral’s surfaces are nearly 100 species of specialized barnacles—the Pyrgomatidae. New work by Machel Malay and François Michonneau indicate that our understanding of how different Pyrgomatids are related is…well horribly wrong. The team sequenced five different genes for over 350 specimens.  Using some […]

August 13, 2014

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12:21 AM | Shark Week snubs scientists, increases fear of sharks
As is becoming common this time of year, my Twitter feed has been swamped with Shark Week vitriol – from swimmers who are now more afraid to go in the water to scientists angry at the lack of consultation that goes into a few of the fake documentaries appearing during the event. Apart from the fact Discovery […]

August 11, 2014

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3:23 PM | Floating Forests
This is a guest post by one of our most fabulous DSN Scientist in Residence and shanty singing partners, Jarrett Byrnes. Jarrett is a professor at the UMass Boston where he studies food web complexity. There’s something I’ve always wanted. Something that would take kelp forest science to a new level. Something that would let […]
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3:23 PM | Floating Forests
This is a guest post by one of our most fabulous DSN Scientist in Residence and shanty singing partners, Jarrett Byrnes. Jarrett is a professor at the UMass Boston where he studies food web complexity. There’s something I’ve always wanted. Something that would take kelp forest science to a new level. Something that would let […]
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3:08 PM | A Great White Shark’s view of Shark Week
Hi, my name is Boo. I’m the star of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. At least my species is. I’m a great white shark. My name is Boo because I like to sneak up on my prey. The name “shark” already strikes terror in humans, but adding the “great white” part makes me sound […]
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