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March 30, 2015

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1:08 PM | The Plankton Chronicles
WARNING: Scrolling down might result in relinquishing a good portion of your Monday watching videos of squishy, wonderful plankton. If this is the kind of procrastination you are looking for, then by all means, enjoy. However, Deep Sea News, our partners, and affiliates are not responsible for your lack of productivity in watching said videos, only […]
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1:08 PM | The Plankton Chronicles
WARNING: Scrolling down might result in relinquishing a good portion of your Monday watching videos of squishy, wonderful plankton. If this is the kind of procrastination you are looking for, then by all means, enjoy. However, Deep Sea News, our partners, and affiliates are not responsible for your lack of productivity in watching said videos, only […]
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11:43 AM | Thermoplastic ketchup bottles
After all those text-heavy posts this week, here is something that really fascinated me recently. I had an empty ketchup bottle lying in my sink when I strained some pasta. Some time later I picked up the bottle and noticed … Continue reading →
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2:36 AM | The Id of the Squid
Does the squid consider with only revulsion The prospect of sex under jet propulsion? Or does he think it all slightly spectacular, This flying embrace so tightly tentacular? Or perhaps he is shy, so he cleverly thinks, “Any loving we do will be hid by our inks.” But when they embrace, whether flying or hid, […]
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2:36 AM | The Id of the Squid
Does the squid consider with only revulsion The prospect of sex under jet propulsion? Or does he think it all slightly spectacular, This flying embrace so tightly tentacular? Or perhaps he is shy, so he cleverly thinks, “Any loving we do will be hid by our inks.” But when they embrace, whether flying or hid, […]

March 27, 2015

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11:51 AM | Activating students – a vicious circle?
Can we become “too motivating”? One thing I’ve been pondering recently are vicious circles, especially in teaching and learning contexts. Imagine this situation: You observe that your students are not as active as you would like them to be. Hence … Continue reading →

March 26, 2015

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10:06 PM | ARC Research Associate – Ocean acidification on benthic marine life
Originally posted on Ocean acidification:Job no: 493373 Work type: Fixed term – Full-time Location: Adelaide Categories: Faculty of Sciences Closing date: 10 April 2015 The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874,…
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2:25 AM | Shark Attack 2: Revenge of the Tabloid Headline Writer
When I was Sydney last October, preparing for the IUCN World Parks Congress with the French marine protected areas agency, this headline above was splashed in similar formats across several Australian newspapers. Shark scientists were kept very busy responding to misinformation, stupidity and downright dangerous reporting in the Australian spring and summer – and this headline (and […]
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1:17 AM | Programming: the Legos of Math
Why should you learn to program? In my (limited) experience in the world of marine science, fisheries, and ecology, programming is more and more becoming part of the expected tool set. Consequently, many grad students in these fields are struggling … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

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3:07 PM | How to pick cherries
The not-so fine art of contriving to support the conclusion you predetermined is cherry picking.  Really not a good thing for a scientist to do or condone, but pretty common in politics.  The latest example comes from politician (now presidential candidate) Ted Cruz, being condoned/defended (even praised) by scientist Judy Curry. Suppose you're interested in global warming, just in understanding what's going on -- not in 'proving' that there is warming, or cooling, or that […]
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2:09 PM | Let's Get Our Hands Dirty This Women's History Month
[php]In the ocean world, there are many women to celebrate during Women’s History Month. Consider Rachel Carson, who started her career as a marine biologist, Sylvia Earle (“Her Deepness”), or our very own Nancy Knowlton, a self-proclaimed #OceanOptimist after years of coral reef doom and gloom. This March, we are...
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11:14 AM | Watching the solar eclipse using “household items”
Different methods to project the sun to watch it safely. During our recent PBL workshop, we came up with a number of different ways to watch a solar eclipse by projecting the sun’s image on a screen, using “household items” … Continue reading →

March 24, 2015

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7:53 PM | So what do you call a group of cuttlefish?
Octopuses are generally loners. Squids often form schools. But cuttlefish (or seacuttles if you will)…they outright just don’t get along with one another. In the video below two Giant Australian Cuttlefish males that are bit cranky fight over a female. They are both flashing the characteristic Zebra “Don’t F**K With Me” pattern.  Make sure you […]
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7:53 PM | So what do you call a group of cuttlefish?
Octopuses are generally loners. Squids often form schools. But cuttlefish (or seacuttles if you will)…they outright just don’t get along with one another. In the video below two Giant Australian Cuttlefish males that are bit cranky fight over a female. They are both flashing the characteristic Zebra “Don’t F**K With Me” pattern.  Make sure you […]
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10:30 AM | BODC at Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference
The 11th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference takes place at Manchester Conference Centre on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 March 2015. It is hosted by the University of Manchester's School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). This annual event, first held in 2005, will build on the success of previous conferences - furthering its aim to foster an integrated UK coastal research community.YCSEC 2015 ©Coastal physical process research in the UK occurs […]
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3:36 AM | Wilsons Promontory – amazing spot for coastal hiking
Anyone who has ever travelled a decent amount of Australia could make a list of their top 10 places to visit. When it comes to Victoria, the most common one I hear is the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. Having lived for three years at the end of the GOR and within an […]

March 23, 2015

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3:08 PM | 10 Fabulous Facts About Sea Snakes
Note on picture: Sea kraits are sea snakes that go onto land, true sea snakes spend their whole lives in the water. 1. Sea snakes are reptiles and need to breathe air. 2. 50 different species of true sea snakes live in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. 3. A beaked sea […]
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12:00 PM | The EDC of the SEA
Grab your glow sticks. Throw on all the neon swag you can possibly find. Turn up the Calvin Harris and DROP. THAT. BASS. We are going Reef Raving. Reef Raving, more formally know as Fluorescence Diving, is a relative newer, underground form of sea exploration. Utilizing the power of blue light flashlights (the only light available […]
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12:00 PM | The EDC of the SEA
Grab your glow sticks. Throw on all the neon swag you can possibly find. Turn up the Calvin Harris and DROP. THAT. BASS. We are going Reef Raving. Reef Raving, more formally know as Fluorescence Diving, is a relative newer, underground form of sea exploration. Utilizing the power of blue light flashlights (the only light available […]
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11:14 AM | Problem-based learning: Solar eclipse, part II
PBL – the final steps. Two weeks ago, I described the first five steps of the problem-based learning (PBL) method. Last week, we continued with the workshop and went through the final steps. Step 6, the research phase, was completed … Continue reading →

March 20, 2015

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10:59 AM | Solar projector
In preparation of our solar eclipse PBL workshop, my parents came to play. And they brought the Astromedia solar projector cardboard kit! It took us the better part of a day to assemble, but when we were done we could even … Continue reading →

March 18, 2015

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12:02 PM | I prefer my seafood without sperm, thank you
With the first taste of palolo I understood the Samoans’ love for it. Certainly it suggested a salty caviar, but with something added, a strong, rich whiff of the mystery and fecundity of the ocean depths. —R. Steinberg. Pacific and Southeast Asian cooking. Time-Life Books, New York, 1970 (opening quote from from Schulze 2006) This […]
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12:02 PM | I prefer my seafood without sperm, thank you
With the first taste of palolo I understood the Samoans’ love for it. Certainly it suggested a salty caviar, but with something added, a strong, rich whiff of the mystery and fecundity of the ocean depths. —R. Steinberg. Pacific and Southeast Asian cooking. Time-Life Books, New York, 1970 (opening quote from from Schulze 2006) This […]
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11:24 AM | Problem-Based Learning: Solar eclipse
Workshop on PBL, using the upcoming solar eclipse (on Friday!) as a case study. I am currently attending a workshop run by one of my all-time favorite colleagues, Marisa, on Problem-Based Learning. The workshop is aimed at people who want to use PBL … Continue reading →

March 17, 2015

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7:52 PM | These Are A Few of Our Favorite Species: Mandarinfish
Coral reefs are synonymous with colorful fish, but in a world teeming with Technicolor extravagance, few fish can rival the psychedelic spectacle of the Mandarinfish. Named after the brightly-dyed silken robes of the imperial Chinese elite, these kaleidoscopic colors could be the swirling pattern of Grace Slick’s flowing dress at Woodstock, the pulsating rainbow light […]
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7:52 PM | These Are A Few of Our Favorite Species: Mandarinfish
Coral reefs are synonymous with colorful fish, but in a world teeming with Technicolor extravagance, few fish can rival the psychedelic spectacle of the Mandarinfish. Named after the brightly-dyed silken robes of the imperial Chinese elite, these kaleidoscopic colors could be the swirling pattern of Grace Slick’s flowing dress at Woodstock, the pulsating rainbow light […]
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2:14 PM | Let’s Get Sea Star Wasted!
  We have ALL had one of THOSE nights. The epic evenings characterized by fun and debauchery, a handful of good friends, and more than enough Kraken Rum to go around. However, in the midst of squid shots and shanties, every once in a while these matters can get a little too crazy. One might […]
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2:14 PM | Let’s Get Sea Star Wasted!
  We have ALL had one of THOSE nights. The epic evenings characterized by fun and debauchery, a handful of good friends, and more than enough Kraken Rum to go around. However, in the midst of squid shots and shanties, every once in a while these matters can get a little too crazy. One might […]
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1:03 AM | Squid 1, Shark 0
In the South Pacific, hovering over the peaks of seamounts at depths more than one kilometer deep swims a squid. This dark red squid, Idioteuthis cordiformis, well over one meter in length (3.2 feet) hovers here…waiting.   Other species in the whip lash squid family are diminutive with microscopic suckers. These species likely feed by dangling their […]
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1:03 AM | Squid 1, Shark 0
In the South Pacific, hovering over the peaks of seamounts at depths more than one kilometer deep swims a squid. This dark red squid, Idioteuthis cordiformis, well over one meter in length (3.2 feet) hovers here…waiting.   Other species in the whip lash squid family are diminutive with microscopic suckers. These species likely feed by dangling their […]
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