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MH 370 and the case for oceanic observation
People / Science / Technology

MH 370 and the case for oceanic observation

Despite the human race perceiving the seas as the ‘first frontier’ since the establishment of our species, NOAA estimates that 95% of the world’s oceans remain unexplored. From what you know of satellite capabilities and many of the resources you’ve seen on this very blog, this statement might be confusing and even unbelievable. But I … Continue reading

The Sci-Poetry of Sleeping Dinoflagellates
Art and Literature / Science

The Sci-Poetry of Sleeping Dinoflagellates

Dinoflagellate; the combination of the Greek δῖνος/dinos, “whirling” and Latin flagellum, “whip, scourge.”  I recently ran across a poem, written back in 2001 by a scientist named Mary Harrington who was in the midst of some phytoplankton research. She published her poem, transcribed below, in the Journal of Biological Rhythms. Science to follow! — FEEDBACK If the lazy dinoflagellate … Continue reading

Marine CookBook Entry #73: How to introduce jellyfish into your diet
Fun / Science

Marine CookBook Entry #73: How to introduce jellyfish into your diet

As we fish down the food chain, some of our traditional fisheries become less sustainable, while others (particularly the prey of species that we have overfished) seem to overrun certain parts of the ocean. Some fishermen turn to unconventional marine species as sources of sustenance for ever more demanding – and hungry – human populations. … Continue reading