People come up with all sorts of wacky ideas to explore the oceans. And here is another one of those ideas. Meet the Polar Pod, a manned research platform dreamed up by French Explorer/Physician Jean-Louis Etienne to drift around Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. My first thought when I saw this concept was WTF. . . . → Read More: Is this Polar Pod genius or just plain insanity?
Love, love, love, love this video. Marine scientist Cassandra Brooks strapped a camera to the front of NSF’s icebreaker the Nathaniel B. Palmer as it sailed for two months through the ice-choked Ross Sea off Antartica. But unlike her, you don’t have to sit through two-months of ice smashing while fighting your shipmates for the . . . → Read More: Break through 2 months of Antarctic sea ice in 5 minutes
Mariners have a long-standing tradition of naming their vessels after the ladies. However, when it comes to research vessels this has not been the case…until now. For the first time, a research ship will be named after a woman. The Navy’s next ocean-class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) will be named after Sally Ride, the . . . → Read More: The only lady of the academic seas
Art and science. Their paths don’t always cross, but when they do the results can be absolutely stunning. And this is exactly why I am highlighting the wonderful new collaboration by scientist Kristin Laidre and artist Maria Coryell-Martin, “Imaging the Arctic. ” It is an elegant field blog based around Dr. Laidre’s fieldwork with Narwhals . . . → Read More: New field blog: Imaging the Arctic
When I was about 15 or 16, I went fishing with my step-brother. We weren’t really catching anything so we decided to drop a hook down to the bottom and try our luck. And then something bit. It was big. Almost much too big for the toothpick poles we were using. After much effort, we . . . → Read More: Big ugly fish eats cute little seabird.
Have you ever laid in your bed at night, dreaming what your favorite entertainment personalities would look like re-imagined as narwhals? Well wonder no more my friends. Artist Hayley Casset has done all the hard work for you at her awesome Etsy shop. Just because narwhals lost their science epic battle to elephant seals, doesn’t . . . → Read More: Narwhals Gone Wild.
Some people might think I am crazy for waking up at 4:45 AM on a Sunday morning to tour a plane, but you would too if you got a chance to tour NASA’s supercool P-3B’s Airborne Laboratory. And I mean that literally with the bad pun intended. As part of Operation IceBridge, this plane is . . . → Read More: Observing the Cryosphere from the Troposphere: NASA’s P-3B Airborne Laboratory
Kids, we all know that crack is bad for your body. And when it comes to sea ice, the same policy applies. Too much crack is whack. Starting in mid-February a bunch of giant cracks in sea ice, or leads, began forming in the Beaufort Sea. Now a couple of leads are not unusual, but . . . → Read More: This ice crack is whack.
I’m just going to come out and say it, any project that touts itself as the “World’s first realistic Ocean Clean-up Concept” is just asking to be torn apart. “The Ocean Cleanup” is the brainchild of a 19-year old Boyan Slat. He proposes using the oceans themselves to clean up plastic. By setting up a . . . → Read More: The Ocean Cleanup. The newest of the new plans to remove marine plastic.
What happens when non-scientists continually distort the facts on climate change? Climate scientists fight back with this amazing angry rap video! Featuring real climate scientists talking about real science. They even rap about peer review. And they even call out other scientists for letting others put words in their mouth. I heart this SO HARD. . . . → Read More: Hell yeah! “I’m a climate scientist” An epic rap.