Fun Science Holidays – The World’s Smallest Snowman

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Fun Science Friday, Life in the LabDecember 31, 2016 • 1~2 min read • 0

As 2016 winds to a close, and in the spirit of the holiday season behold the world’s smallest snowman, measuring in at 3 microns. To put that into perspective, the smallest grains of sands are approximately 60 microns. This creation is the work of Canadian nanotechnologists from the Western Nanofabrication Facility. The snowman is made from […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Fight Ocean Pollution

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, Environmentalism, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, Science, toxicologyDecember 16, 2016 • 2~2 min read

Plastics, more importantly microplastics, clog our oceans. This phenomena in the ocean has been likened to smog around cities. These plastic particles are dangerous because they can absorb toxins, subsequently be consumed by zooplankton and invertebrates, and bioaccumluate up the food web to fish that are consumed by humans. A study in Nature found that 25 percent […]

The Worlds First Empirical ‘How-To’ Get Into Graduate School Book

Academic life, Education, Personal Stories, publishing, Science publishingDecember 15, 2016 • 2~2 min read

Many years ago as a graduate student at the College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, my former officemate (Noelle Relles) and I came up with a novel idea: take all the disparate information out there about strategies for getting into graduate school in the natural sciences and coalesce them into a single […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Water to Wine? Close, CO2 to Alcohol (ethanol)

climate change, Fun Science Friday, Natural Science, Open Science, ScienceDecember 2, 2016 • 2~2 min read

Science brings us many wonderful things (honestly if you enjoy the benefits of the modern era, go out and hug a scientist). One of humanities age old desires is the ability to convert something invaluable, or a nuisance, into something desirable. The old midas touch if you will. Recently some scientist stumbled onto the process of […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Visualize the Seafloor

biodiversity, Citizen Science, deep sea, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, Open Science, Public perceptions of wildlife, Science, UncategorizedNovember 4, 2016 • 1~2 min read

Happy FSF! As some of you may know (and for those who don’t), I study the bottom of the ocean, and I do so primarily using innovative technology to image the seafloor (e.g., Wormcam). The interesting work I’ve conducted has resulted in me having the opportunity to present my work to a larger lay audience, […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Underwater World of Pollination

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, biology, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 14, 2016 • 2~2 min read

Pollination. I think most people understand why this is important (or maybe I should say, I hope). To put it simply, the process of pollination facilitates reproduction in plants by transferring pollen from one plant to another. In the terrestrial world, this can be mediated by physical forcing (e.g., wind) or by animals (e.g., insects) – and its why […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Drug Resistant Bacteria, The Movie

biology, evolution, Fun Science FridaySeptember 9, 2016 • 1~2 min read

In today’s FSF we bring you both a jaw dropping, and somewhat terrifying cinematic visualization of how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, and overtime can become super bugs immune to any antibiotic treatment.  A concise and detailed description is presented below: This stunning video of evolution in action captures how bacteria with no resistance to an antibiotic […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Shark Daycare

biology, Conservation, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, sharks, UncategorizedSeptember 2, 2016 • 2~2 min read

A great white shark nursery in the North Atlantic that was discovered in 1985 south of Cape Cod in the waters off Montauk, New York  has received renewed attention due to the increased activity of white sharks off cape cod in recent years. The nursery was first documented in 1985 by Casey and Pratt who deduced the presence […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Glaciers Lost in Time

UncategorizedJuly 29, 2016 • 1~2 min read

Human induced climate change is real. It feels weird that I have to say that, but the overwhelming body of evidence suggest human activity post the industrial revolution is having irrevocable damage on our environment. One of the major implications of climate change is the loss of the polar glaciers (and subsequent sea level rise). Danish […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Open-Acess Science for the Masses

Citizen Science, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, Oceanography for Everyone, Open Science, UncategorizedJuly 15, 2016 • < 1 min read

The oceans belong to all of us. With this simple statement in mind, the Oceanography for Everyone (OfE) project was launched with the goal of making ocean science more accessible. One of the biggest hurdles in conducting ocean science is instrumentation costs, and 4 years ago the OfE team began trying to make one of […]

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