Foghorn (A Call to Action!)
It’s month two of the longest shutdown in US history and there’s only one party who won’t allow a vote to reopen the government proceed. Have you called you senator today?
And while I have your attention, FYI:
Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)3-D Printing the Ulitmate Deep-Sea Christmas Tree
- Oceans Warming Faster Than Predicted, Scientists Say and Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds.
- Ministry hints Putin’s Arctic ambitions are not realistic. There is unease in several Russian government ministries as officials start to understand that the President’s objectives for the Northern Sea Route can not be reached. The only way to please the president might be to expand the sea route itself.
- Hagfish are so good. We don’t deserve hagfish.
Jetsam (what we’re reading from around the web)
- Fish story: How a coelacanth discovery set off a flurry of science, subterfuge
- 9 Ocean Conservation Groups You Don’t Know about…but Should by the legendary Ayana Johnson.
- Some of my kids from Make for the Planet Borneo! This Lobster Trap Aims to Protect Endangered Whales — and Fishers’ Livelihoods.
- Is foreign trawling benefiting West Africa?
- Deep-sea miner on the verge of bankruptcy. Check out my ongoing coverage of Nautilus Minerals at the Deep-sea Mining Observer:
- Meanwhile: Japan’s grand plans to mine deep-sea vents.
- Into the deep: Deep sea mining is upon us, whether you would risk it or not.
- All the golf balls! Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California.
- Should whale welfare be considered in sustainable fishing?
- Study: Conch fishery could disappear in 15 years.
- 3-D Printing the Ultimate Deep-Sea Christmas Tree, featuring my 3D-printable giant isopod!
- New plan to use Irish fishing trawlers to remove plastic from oceans.
- Not very, as it turns out: In 2019, how hungry is Japan for whale meat?
- The North Magnetic Pole is drifting towards Russian at about 50 km per year! Shifting North Magnetic Pole Forces Unprecedented Navigation Fix.
- What to Do With All Your Stuff That Doesn’t ‘Spark Joy’.
- The Joshua Tree Fiasco Is Why Parks Should Be Closed During the Shutdown
- Exxon Is Finally Being Forced to Turn Over Docs Showing What It Knew About Climate Change.
- It’s a documentary about all the people who love Moby Dick (but they didn’t ask me).
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Byagathvalli and friends (2019) A 3D-printed hand-powered centrifuge for molecular biology. DOI: 10.1101/519835.
- Humphreys (2019) Where Angels Fear to Tread: Developments in Cave Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98852-8_24.
- Rowlands and friends (2019) Satellite surveillance of fishing vessel activity in the Ascension Island Exclusive Economic Zone and Marine Protected Area. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.11.006.
- Rzeznik and friends (2019) Model investigations of discharge plumes generated by deep-sea nodule mining operations. DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.12.012.
Shipping News (academic and ocean policy wonkery)
- UC Takes on Publishing Giant, Fights for Open Access to Publicly-Funded Research.
- What Happens When the President Doesn’t Have a Science Adviser?
- I couldn’t make it in academia without my invisible support network.
- Can you afford to be a marine biologist? Or a scientist?
- Communication Woes: Are we speaking the same language?
- This is such a weird story: NEON ecological observatory in crisis again: Top scientist quits, Battelle fires advisory board and senior managers.
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