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August 11, 2014

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4:34 AM | RV Investigator scientific sea trial video!
Originally posted on Investigator @ CSIRO:A few months ago one of RV Investigator’s crew members had the brilliant idea of grabbing his drone before jumping on board for the scientific sea trials. Then, some of the Marine National Facility support staff got creative with a GoPro and captured on board images and some action shots of equipment being deployed. The…

August 09, 2014

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3:00 PM | The Superiority Complex
“The marlin I just caught was an infant by comparison with the great fish, only 120 pounds and about four years old, but it is not the size that matters here… What matters is that the fish are proof that the wonders of the sea are not only real, but tangible. Through the shivering line […]
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3:00 PM | The Superiority Complex
“The marlin I just caught was an infant by comparison with the great fish, only 120 pounds and about four years old, but it is not the size that matters here… What matters is that the fish are proof that the wonders of the sea are not only real, but tangible. Through the shivering line […]
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8:11 AM | New shellfish reefs to be planted in Victorian bay
Dredging and bottom trawling of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria have destroyed most of the natural shellfish reefs in the 230 years since European settlement of Australia. This new plan reported in the Age newspaper last week will help to restore shellfish reefs in the bay with the aim of increasing habitat for flathead, snapper and other […]

August 07, 2014

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7:17 PM | A New Inside Anus Found Very Deep
One of the most obscure invertebrates of all of the ocean is the Entoprocta. It doesn’t take a student of Latin to understand that it’s name means “anus inside”.  Sure, it’s unfortunate, and all the well-to-do invertebrate biologist prefer the name Kamptozoa, meaning “curved animals”, but I prefer Entoprocta for the same reason I prefer […]
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7:17 PM | A New Inside Anus Found Very Deep
One of the most obscure invertebrates of all of the ocean is the Entoprocta. It doesn’t take a student of Latin to understand that it’s name means “anus inside”.  Sure, it’s unfortunate, and all the well-to-do invertebrate biologist prefer the name Kamptozoa, meaning “curved animals”, but I prefer Entoprocta for the same reason I prefer […]

August 04, 2014

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3:08 PM | By-the-Wind Sailors Washing Up on US West Coast Beaches
By-the wind sailors, also known by their scientific name Velella velella, have been washing up by the thousands along the West Coast of the United States. They have been found from Monterey, California all the way up the coast to Oregon. What are Velella? They are distantly related to jellies as both are cnidarians. Velella […]
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12:00 PM | How many links does it take?
How many links does it take to go from one part of science to another?  To be a little more concrete, how many steps do you have to take to get from a paper on exercise physiology to a paper on black holes?This was the question my son and I discussed some Sunday night.  It arose because I'd suggested PubMed as a good place for him to get information about exercise (what's good, or not, for you).  PubMet is a great resource.  At least the abstract of every paper (within some […]
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