Squid typically aren’t my thing, but I can certainly be wooed by their microbes. Example: the very awesome symbiotic relationship between the Hawaiian bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, and its “luminous symbiont” bacteria, Vibrio fischeri. This squid, like us, has its own body clock dictating it’s routine. But instead of waking up in the morning and . . . → Read More: All hail! Bacteria that control their squid overlords
Happy World Oceans Day folks! The theme for this years WOD is “We all have the power to protect the oceans” and there are events on all over the place in celebration of our Blue Planet. To kick off WOD celebrations, we were super fortunate at Georgia Aquarium to get a short-notice visit from James . . . → Read More: For World Oceans Day: the Deepsea Challenger
Ever dreamed of owning your own ship? Sail the seven seas? Pillage? Adventure? Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, boldly go where no one has gone…oh wait…not that ship…but same idea. If commanding your very own seafaring vessel is on your bucket list, look no further. Thanks to . . . → Read More: Building Spanish Galleons 101
Dear Abby, It’s just not fair. There I was, a freshly produced sand tiger shark embryo, developing nicely and making my way down the ovarian ducts to one horn of the uterus. I had blastulated like a boss, totally owned gastrulation and even did a half decent impersonation of ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny. Things were looking . . . → Read More: It’s not uterUS, it’s uterME
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
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
The Head of the FP herself.Source: Wikimedia Commons We have a fashion emergency. White after labor day? No. Horizontal stripes? Not exactly. Wardrobe malfunction? Definitely No. Too much skin showing at the Grammys despite CBS’s best efforts to keep those scandalous celebs on the straight and narrow? No…oh wait….Yes…but not the example I was referring . . . → Read More: Quick! Someone call the Fashion Police.
There is not much to add to the whole story on disposable penises after Ed Yong wrote about it. So being a big fan of the Ten Hundred Most Used Words challenge (Can you explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words?), I decided it was time I give it a . . . → Read More: Disposable Penises in Ten Hundred Most Used Words
Something to think about: the recent Gibbons et al. (2013) PNAS paper found that *one* site in the English Channel showed a 31.7-66.2% overlap in microbial communities when compared to any one of 356 datasets collected as part of the International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM). That’s a ridiculous overlap! As the paper title suggests, . . . → Read More: Endemic Genomes? Reason #1 to sequence the Deep Sea