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

ConservationSeptember 25, 2015 • 2~2 min read

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

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

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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