This is a repost of KZ’s winning post for Open Laboratory 2009: The Best Science Writing on the Web. Congrats to KZ! ———————————————————————————————————— This is a tale of cause and effect in the deep sea woven by threads of hypotheses held together by the loom of targeted sampling efforts and multiple lines of evidence. You . . . → Read More: Repost: Deep-Sea Corals and Methane Seeps
The Solar Sailor front diagonal view. Photo courtesy of Solar Sailor In November, Hong Kong’s harbor will see four solar-powered ferries. On a sunny day, 3/4 of ferries’ energy needs will be met by solar power. On a “typical sunny day” they will operate mainly using the sun’s energy, and also with liquid petroleum gas…The . . . → Read More: Solar-Powered Ferries
From the New York Times… The House passed legislation on Friday intended to address global warming and transform the way the nation produces and uses energy. The vote was the first time either house of Congress had approved a bill meant to curb the heat-trapping gases scientists have linked to climate change. The legislation, which . . . → Read More: Moving forward too slowly?
Post by Jon Copley. Dr. Jon Copley is a lecturer in marine ecology at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. He is also director of SciConnect Limited, a company providing training in science communication and media skills. Jon is an avid deep sea explorer and studies the reproductive ecology of deep sea invertebrates, especially . . . → Read More: Sex At Vents: Lights On or Off?
Cities around the world shut the lights at 8:30pm Saturday. The WWF sponsored Earth Hour event calls on you to shut the lights for an hour this Saturday at 8:30 pm local time. This is one of the most compelling experiments of recent times, an exercise in political will. The event will take place around . . . → Read More: Earth Hour goes darkly this Saturday night
Six months ago in the yesteryear of 2008, Machlis and Hanson outlined in Bioscience a new subfield of study titled warfare ecology. As the authors state “among human activities causing ecological change, ware is both intensive and far-reaching. Yet environmental research related to warfare is limited in depth and fragmented by discipline.” The paper is . . . → Read More: Warfare Ecology
Rick notes that… US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today his intention to shelve plans passed on the final business day of the Bush administration to open much of the U.S. coast to oil drilling, including 130 million acres off California’s coast from Mendocino to San Diego. To those of you from the . . . → Read More: Yeah!