Ocean Kickstarter of the Month: Meet Norman the Nurse Shark

Education, ScienceOctober 6, 2015 • 2~2 min read • 0

In this book kids learn about sharks and the oceans as they travel with Norman on his adventure through the Bahamas. Sharks4Kids First Book: Meet Norman the Nurse Shark Sharks4Kids is an educational non-profit based in Florida that produces curricula and media designed to teach primary-school age kids about sharks and shark conservation. They also […]

Robots Versus Aliens – Anticipatory conservation in technology-drive initiatives

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, Environmentalism, ScienceSeptember 30, 2015 • 2~3 min read • 0

This week, I and a team of marine ecologist, explorers, and ocean technologists published Robots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs. This paper, conceived and largely produced during the ROV2PNG Marine Science Short Course in Papua New Guinea, represent the current best practices for minimizing or eliminating the […]

Keeping your robot invasions under control.

Conservation, Education, ScienceSeptember 28, 2015 • 1~2 min read • 0

It’s been a big week for papers here at Southern Fried Science. This morning, Amy, myself, William (of Bomai Cruz fame), and Dominik and Erika of OpenROV published our guidelines on minimizing the potential for microROVs to act as invasive species vectors in Tropical Conservation Science. The abstract: Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) present a potential risk […]

Combating fake science in popular media – six months later

#SciComm • < 1 min read • 0

As noted earlier, David and my paper on twitter, social media, Shark Week, and fake documentaries came out last week. Since scientific publishing has a “long tail” — the time between when we actually wrote the paper and when it was published, in this case, was almost 9 months — we thought it might be […]

Congressional Republicans hold Ocean Science Hostage Over Failed Anti-health Care Bill

ConservationSeptember 25, 2015 • 2~2 min read • 1

All summer and into the fall, Congressional Republicans have been attempting to pass a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides critical health care needs to women across the country. After the latest bill failed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to put forth a “clean bill” that would avoid an October government shutdown. With […]

Fish tales: Combating fake science in popular media

#SciCommSeptember 23, 2015 • 1~2 min read • 0

Yesterday, after months of waiting, David and my magnum opus on our efforts to stem the tide of fake documentaries was, at last, made available online: Fish tales: Combating fake science in popular media. What role should scientist play in correcting bad science, fake science, and pseudoscience presented in popular media? Here, we present a case […]

A Natural History of the Starwhale

Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science FictionSeptember 21, 2015 • 3~5 min read • 1

Whales, those magnificent leviathans of the deep, have an uncanny knack for ending up in space. Science fiction is flooded with stories of starwhales–sometimes entirely new creatures that happen to resemble terran cetaceans in either behavior or appearance, sometimes evolved leviathans from our own world, and occasionally hapless, confused, ordinary whales. This is no fluke. […]

Ocean Kickstarter of the Month: Recycled Fishing Net Sunglasses

ConservationAugust 18, 2015 • 2~3 min read

Yesterday on twitter, I discussed what I look for when assessing ocean-themed crowdfunding projects. Before I fund a crowdfunding campaign, I do quite a bit of due diligence, looking at the past success of the creators, the soundness of the project, and whether or not the goals, rewards, and timelines are reasonable. My criteria are: […]

A 3D-printable, drone and ROV-mountable, water sampler

Education, Life in the Lab, Natural Science, oceanography, Open Science, ScienceAugust 10, 2015 • 2~2 min read

The Niskin bottle, a seemingly simple tube designed to take water samples at discrete depths, is one of the most important tools of oceanography. Coupled with a CTD, an array of Niskin bottles fit into the rosette, a Voltron-esque amalgamation of everything an oceanographer needs to profile the ocean. Niskin bottles are neither cheap nor particularly easy […]

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