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Monday Morning Salvage: November 28, 2016

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)

Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)

Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. Caitlin gave the keynote at last week’s SciCommCamp and it was phenomenal. Her first book, on the death industry and how to reclaim meaningful death rituals is an important and surprisingly funny read.
  • The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire. A book about underwater welding of the coast of Nova Scotia becomes a powerful exploration of fatherhood.
  • A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat. Mowat’s classic story of his attempt to rescue a stranded fin whale in Newfoundland still resonates over 50 years later.

Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)

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Marine science and conservation. Deep-sea ecology. Population genetics. Underwater robots. Open-source instrumentation. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


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