Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- Octopuses are weird. Really, really weird. Ed Yong covers yet another weird octopus thing in the Atlantic: Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes. And check out the original paper, below.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- This interview with Shay Akil McLean is one of the best introductions to the concept of decolonizing science: Hood Biologist Explains How to Decolonize All The Science. See also: We Need Decolonial Scientists.
- Free Radicals is one of the best new(ish) science blogs on the net: Zapatistas Reimagine Science as Tool of Resistance.
- Incidentally, the March for Science does not have a diversity problem.
Instead, I believe that this march needs to be completely apolitical and nonpartisan. I think that we should protest the current administration, which wants to repeal laws guaranteeing clean air and water, claim that climate change is a hoax, and remove scientists’ access to quality healthcare, but in a way that doesn’t alienate members of the current administration. We should demand change, but vaguely, and from no one in particular.
- If you love geophysical fluid dynamics, then you will love these foamy streaks in a lagoon. Deep Sea News, natch.
- With the legendary Erika Bergman at the helm, the Aquatica Submarine crew put eyes on a new glass sponge bioherm off the coast of Vancouver.
- Another article about the GOSH meeting where I rep-ed OpenROV and Oceanography for Everyone: Santiago de Chile, capital of the Global network for Open Science Hardware.
- As a card-carrying population geneticist, I second this piece: Getting your genetic disease risks from 23andme is probably a terrible idea.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Liscovitch-Brauer and friends (2017) Trade-off between Transcriptome Plasticity and Genome Evolution in Cephalopods. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.03.025.
Biological Conservation released an epic collection of Citizen Science papers (hilariously not open access, but Unpaywall will help you out with that):
- McKinley and friends (2017) Citizen science can improve conservation science, natural resource management, and environmental protection. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.015.
- van der Velde and friends (2017) Comparison of marine debris data collected by researchers and citizen scientists: Is citizen science data worth the effort? DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.025.
- Burgess and friends (2017) The science of citizen science: Exploring barriers to use as a primary research tool. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.014.
- Ballard and friends (2017) Youth-focused citizen science: Examining the role of environmental science learning and agency for conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.024.
- Liebenberg and friends (2017) Smartphone Icon User Interface design for non-literate trackers and its implications for an inclusive citizen science. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.033.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be an Andrew-curated linkfest without something on Deep-sea Mining.
- Fritz (2015) Deep Sea Anarchy: Mining at the Frontiers of International Law. DOI: 10.1163/15718085-12341357.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA by Doug Mack. America is bigger than you think and, yes, it does still have de facto colonies.
Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)
A round-up of all my old posts on 3D-printing. Check out my Thingiverse profile to access my 3D models.
- A precautionary approach to health, safety, and conservation while 3D printing in the home.
- Scanning the Sea: How I create 3D printable ocean objects using a smartphone and free software.
- A year of 3D printing in the home: does it live up to the hype?
- How a 10 Million Year old fossil, a smart phone, and a 3D printer recharged my #OceanOptimism.
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