Category Archives:

deep sea

More than 100 marine scientists call for protecting the deep sea from trawling. Will you join us?

Conservation, deep sea, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 28, 2013

The least-impacted places in the ocean are mainly in the deep sea, but as fishing technology has improved, even seamounts, sponge gardens and deep-sea coral beds are no longer out of reach of our appetites for seafood. Bottom trawling, which involves dragging a heavy weighted net along the seabed, is so destructive to benthic habitats that it […]

This Week in the Deep

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Science, This Week in the DeepJanuary 26, 2013

New and noteworthy publications in deep-sea science for the week of January 21, 2013. Geobiology: Did life originate from a global chemical reactor? Many decades of experimental and theoretical research on the origin of life have yielded important discoveries regarding the chemical and physical conditions under which organic compounds can be synthesized and polymerized. However, such […]

Bring the trench to the bench or bring the bench to the trench? The future of deep-sea exploration

deep sea, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 15, 2013

Newsweek, in is new and impressive digital format, released a series of articles this week on deep-sea exploration, the challenges of human occupied and remotely-operated vehicles, and the decline in funding for ocean science, particularly in the deep sea. The main article, The Last Dive? Funding for Human Expeditions in the Ocean May Have Run Aground, […]

This Week in the Deep

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Science, This Week in the DeepJanuary 12, 2013

New and noteworthy publications in deep-sea science for the week of January 7, 2013. Deep Sea Research Part 1: Oceanographic Research Papers: Discovery of a new hydrothermal vent based on an underwater, high-resolution geophysical survey   A new hydrothermal vent site in the Southern Mariana Trough has been discovered using acoustic and magnetic surveys conducted by […]

Five organisms with real super powers that rival their comic book counterparts

deep sea, ecology, evolution, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceJanuary 2, 2013

There is no force more creative than the painstakingly slow process of evolution. Ever wanted to walk through walls? Naked mole rats can physically bore through concrete. How about fly? There are a couple dozen different ways to accomplish that goal, even if you’re a squid. Incredible power of regeneration? Flatworms, roundworms, and echinoderms have us beat. Among […]

Epilogue to the Return of the Science of Aquaman: Costume Palettes at Depth

Aquaman, deep sea, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceSeptember 14, 2012

In response to yesterday’s review of Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench, Al Dove made a simple request via twitter: This question is more complex than it first appears, and needs a little unpacking. Water is denser than air. When light passes through, the water acts as a filter, absorbing visible light in a predictable pattern […]

Return of the Science of Aquaman: Welcome to the Trench

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceSeptember 13, 2012

After reducing Aquaman to a hypothermic, hyposmotic, constantly famished, case study in psychological trauma, I figure that I owe the king of Atlantis a second chance. After all, Aquaman was and still remains the most interesting hero in the DC universe. A generous fan sent me a copy of Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench, arguing […]

Connect with SFS
  • Categorical Archives
    Chronological Archives

    Join 161 other subscribers