Lepas anatifera from Washington state, USA. Photo credit: David Cowles 1997. Barnacle evolution was recently rewritten by a large effort of Perez-Losada and colleagues in 2008. Using a combination of genes and morphological traits they rejected some of the ideas that were foundational to barnacle biology and taxonomy, while giving new support for other . . . → Read More: Barnacle Evolution I: Phylogeny Served Without Plates
They are probably with your mom right now. FUCK FIDELITY JUST REPLICATE LIKE A BOSS « ZOMGSCIENCE.NET.
I’m a contrarian. Majority consensus makes me shudder. I just like rooting for underdogs*. Those undersea ridges at the boundaries of tectonic plates, spewing molten magma to form new crust are o’ so popular these days. Spreading plate boundaries…meh. What I do like is new research basically stating, and I am paraphrasing here, that spreading . . . → Read More: I Like Sills But Not A Fan Of The Popular Or My Friend’s Ex
Nautilus Mining is the virus that will not go away. You have to admire their persistence if it did not come with destruction of deep-sea ecosystems. Nautilus Minerals estimated in a September 2009 corporate presentation that “thousands of underwater sulphide systems [hydrothermal vents] exist,” and “if only half of underwater systems are geographically viable, seafloor . . . → Read More: Tapping the Oceans Mineral Wealth With Deep Sea Mining
Scientists from the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen on board the German research vessel Meteor have discovered a new hydrothermal vent 500 kilometres south-west of the Azores. via New deep-sea hot springs discovered in Atlantic . . . → Read More: New New Hydrothermal Vent in Atlantic Discovered
The researchers used high-resolution video clips of flow from the Deepwater Horizon well to measure volume. Credit: U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works That’s right, new work suggests BP’s estimates of oil flowing from the broken well were an order of magnitude off. With these revised estimates, the BP Gulf Spill is 10 . . . → Read More: That’s 56,000 Barrels A Day…Not 5,000
Inspired by the Are Headlines Hogwash? series at Dr. Carin Bondar’s wonderful blog, the editors at DSN (i.e. Kevin and I) have initiated a news series called Bull Patrol! Our goal is to call out the media for the getting carried away with headlines and reports, not doing their homework, making a mockery of colleagues’ . . . → Read More: Bull Patrol: NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED zOMG!
An occasional series where we briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! ———————————- Symphurus sp. collected from Macauley Volcano; scale is 5 cm long. Courtesy M. Clark (NIWA). The western Pacific is broken land, plates are crashing every which way creating earthquakes and volcanoes from Russian Kamchatka to New Zealand. . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Divergent Flatfish, Eavesdropping Fiddler Crabs, Hurricanes Kill Urchins
An occasional series where we briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! A new report from Lambert et al. reports on a new fossil sperm whale skull, teeth, and mandible from Peru. Dating back to the 12-13 Mya from the Middle Miocene, Leviathan melvillei possessed a 3 meter (~10 feet) . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Super Sperm Whales, Extinction Debts, and Vent Conservation
Deep-sea mining as been our radar for awhile. Now it’s on NYT’s Green Blog. Put it on yours. The Chinese government announces plans for deep-sea mining; it will seek copper, nickel and cobalt 5,000 feet down in international waters. Prior DSN posts about mining the seafloor NIOT will starts the next phase of fields trials . . . → Read More: On Our Radar: Deep-Sea Mining