The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report put out by the Centers for Disease Control makes for fascinating reading sometimes. One came out recently that contains three startling case reports linked to clam beds on the US east coast, but they do not involve, as you might expect, infectious diseases. In the first case a member . . . → Read More: You want mustard with that clam?
Growing up in Arkansas, in the epicenter of Tornado Alley, a sound has coded on my psyche. When I hear this sound my breathing accelerates, adrenaline levels rise, and a tightness emerges in my gut. The sound of the sacred tornado siren (above), a cultural icon in the South and Midwest, will elicit a . . . → Read More: Loud Noise Makes Crabs Even More Crabby
And no not in the romanticized, like to drink, and wears eyepatches kind of way. In the our activities put people’s live and ships endanger on the high seas kind of way. “When you ram ships, hurl glass containers of acid, drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders, launch smoke . . . → Read More: Sea Shepherd, Without A Doubt, Pirates
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In the third or, um, sixth Star Wars movie, Emperor Palpatine finally reveals himself as the evil Sith lord Darth Sidious when he orders the assassination of every Jedi in the Galaxy by clone soliders (who either later or earlier become the infamous storm troopers of the first or, er, fourth episode). This edict is . . . → Read More: Execute order 66
This is Guest Post from Dr. Daniel Jones a deep-sea biologist with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Project Coordinator for SERPENT (described below). Dan research focuses on how organisms in the deep sea are impacted by both natural and human disturbances. Drilling for oil is far from rare, even in deep . . . → Read More: Can Beasts of the Deep Survive the Impact of Drilling for Oil?
News of an rogue iron-dumping experiment off British Columbia, Canada, broke in the Guardian on Monday, and was followed up by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and io9. Dr. M explained why this was appalling news, and ever since we’ve been having a vigorous discussion in the secret Deep Sea News lair on . . . → Read More: Satellite imagery of the rogue Canadian iron dumping experiment
The Planktos Incident continues. Just when I thought it had died. Russ George, former head of the defunct Planktos, has decided to, despite the scientific community asking for a more cautious and sensible approach and international moratoriums, dump 100 tons of iron into the ocean. In discussing the DSN core value of Awareness Through Scrutiny, . . . → Read More: Here We Go Again With Dumping Iron Into the Ocean
Practically nothing was known about the biology of whale sharks up until about 15 years ago. Since that time there has been a veritable explosion of interest in the world’s largest fish. As we have learned more about them, some surprising aspects of their life history have emerged, including a tendency to be far more . . . → Read More: Whale shark ecotourism: the good, the bad and the ugly
The post title was exclaimed by French oceanographer Philippe Cury upon hearing the news that a tiny non-profit organization won a major battle with a large multinational corporation. Despite the backdrop of the overwhelming disappointment surrounding Rio+20, French deep-sea biologist extraordinaire Claire Nouvian and her small nonprofit BLOOM (who have an adorable logo!) made huge . . . → Read More: “Small Victories Win Big Wars”