#JacquesWeek Debrief: The Silent World

#SciCommJune 28, 2016 • 2~3 min read • 0

Last night, as part of #JacquesWeek, we watched The Silent World. The Silent World was Cousteau’s first feature film, was released to wide critical acclaim in 1954, and quickly vanished in a puff of weird copyright shenanigans. Most USians, even die-hard Cousteau fans, have never seen the Silent World. It’s a tough watch. In order […]

Open source. Open science. Open Ocean. Oceanography for Everyone and the OpenCTD

Oceanography for EveryoneJune 24, 2016 • 3~5 min read • 2

Nearly four years ago, Kersey Sturdivant and I launched a bold, ambitious, and, frankly, naive crowdfunding initiative to build the first low-cost, open-source CTD, a core scientific instrument that measures salinity, temperature, and depth in a water column. It was a dream born from the frustration of declining science funding, the expense of scientific equipment, […]

#JacquesWeek 2016 Official Schedule

EducationJune 16, 2016 • 2~2 min read • 0

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Yves Cousteau Summer is here, and with it comes the perennial ocean explosion that is Shark Week. Last year, in response to Shark Week burn out (heck, David and I even published a paper on it) and being tired […]

Dive the Wreck of the Steamship Tahoe with OpenROV!

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Education, Oceanography for EveryoneJune 6, 2016 • 1~2 min read • 0

One-hundred-fifty meters hardly seems like anything at all. Standing in the parking lot of OpenROV, I pace out 150 meters. The small sign, hanging against the wall of the battered warehouse, pointing visitors towards the entrance, is clear. One-hundred fifty meters is less than half a lap around a standard running track. It’s the height […]

A precautionary approach to health, safety, and conservation while 3D printing in the home.

Conservation, Education, EnvironmentalismMay 13, 2016 • 1~2 min read

3D printers are awesome. That sentiment really shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows this blog. From oceanographic equipment, to farm tools, to just things around the house, over the last year I’ve made 3D printing a standard part of my toolbox. A conversation last week on Twitter got me thinking again about 3D printers, safety, and […]

Six thoughts about Greenpeace’s attack on Ray Hilborn.

Conservation, policy, Science • 2~2 min read

Update: Both the University of Washington and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have reviewed Greenpeace’s claims and concluded that Hilborn did not violate their disclosure policy. First, some background: Fisheries Scientist Under Fire For Undisclosed Seafood Industry Funding Ray Hilborn: Overfishing Denier Hilborn’s Response to Greenpeace Or, just read Trevor Branch’s timeline. […]

Build your own BeagleBox 2!

Life in the LabMay 9, 2016 • < 1 min read

A more comprehensive build guide, along with the 3D printer files, can be found in the BeagleBox GitHub Repository.    The BeagleBox 2 is a dirt-cheat, tough, versatile field computer built from 3D-printed parts, off-the-shelf hardware, and a single board computer. You can read all about it here: The BeagleBox 2: a dirt-cheap, tough-as-nails, 3D-printed, versatile […]

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