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Oceana’s 2014 Balearic Seamount Expedition: Diaries from the Field

The SOCIB R/V vessel used during this expedition, pictured during a ROV immersion at Fort d'en Moreu, Cabrera, Balearic islands, Spain. (Photo: Oceana in Europe / Flickr) As you may have previously read on The Beacon, Oceana in Europe...Show More Summary

When DID Placental Mammals Really Evolve?

Ancient dates or accelerated rates? Morphological clocks and the antiquity of placental mammalsAuthors:Beck et alAbstract:Analyses of a comprehensive morphological character matrix of mammals using ‘relaxed’ clock models (which simultaneously...Show More Summary

Edestus: The Weirdest Shark EVER?!

Edestus, the Strangest Shark? First Report from New Mexico, North American Paleobiogeography, and a New Hypothesis on its Method of Predation moreAuthor:Itano Abstract:Two incomplete teeth of the chondrichthyan genus Edestus are reported. Show More Summary

Court Requests Changes to the North Pacific Fisheries Observer Program be Reconsidered

A National Marine Fisheries Service observer checks the dimensions of a net and its catch. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Observer Program) Earlier this month, the United States District Court for...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Florida Receives Federal Help for Oyster Recovery, Climate Change Linked to Iceland’s Puffin Decline, and More

An Icelandic puffin. (Photo: Martin Ystenes / Flickr Creative Commons) - Florida is receiving $6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for oyster recovery in Apalachicola Bay in northwest Florida—a fishery that crashed in 2012 and 2013. Show More Summary

Haootia quadriformis: a Muscular Cnidarian From Ediacaran NeoProterozoic Newfoundland, Canada

Lucernaria quadricornis (extant) and Haootia quadriformis (ediacaran) Haootia quadriformis n. gen., n. sp., interpreted as a muscular cnidarian impression from the Late Ediacaran period (approx. 560 Ma) Authors:Liu et alAbstract:Muscle tissue is a fundamentally eumetazoan attribute. Show More Summary

Projecting and Minimizing Future Agricultural Carbon Impacts

Global agriculture and carbon trade-offsAuthors:Johnson et alAbstract:Feeding a growing and increasingly affluent world will require expanded agricultural production, which may require converting grasslands and forests into cropland....Show More Summary

Singapore has Been Quietly Boosting its F-15 Numbers

Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and US congressional reports.Singapore originally bought 12 F-15SGs - with an option for eight more - under a contract signed in December 2005. Show More Summary

US/NZ host international workshop on ocean acidification

An International Workshop on Ocean Acidification: State-of-the-Science Considerations for Small Island Developing State, August 28-29, 2014, Apia, Samoa Jointly hosted by New Zealand and the United States in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programm. Show More Summary

Australia's Strategic Decisions

In World War II, this country served the allied cause as a giant aircraft carrier and port, providing planes, men and materiel to deploy throughout the Pacific. Allied aircraft flew from the northeastern town of Cairns during the Battle...Show More Summary

8/23-26/14 - Lots of Ts for Lots of Days!

Saturday - Tuesday, August 23-26 (Ts first - Residents next)...so many days with so many Ts in so many places......the T34s, T36s, T65As, T99s, T90s, T124D and baby, and I don't know who else!...and the next day...they came the other...Show More Summary

How to write a computer book

I’ve designed an outline, which can be used as a table of contents, for a computer book about anything. In this case, about foo bar. Preface Forward Introduction Overview What is foo bar? Before you start A brief history of foo bar A longer history of foo bar Why you want to use foo bar…

Quantum Imaging With Undetected Photons

Quantum imaging with undetected photonsAuthors:Lemos et alAbstract:Information is central to quantum mechanics. In particular, quantum interference occurs only if there exists no information to distinguish between the superposed states. Show More Summary

Awareness of Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Rising, but Little Acceptance

While awareness of cryptocurrencies is rising, very few people have actually used them. A new survey, from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the Massachusetts Division of Banks, found that 51% of people in the U.S. were aware...Show More Summary

First Day of School for Both Kids

kindergarten and 4th grade for the son and daughter.

Textron AirLand to Offer Scorpion Variant for US Air Force T-X Trainer

Textron AirLand plans to enter a modified version of its Scorpion aircraft into the US Air Force’s T-X trainer replacement competition, a top company official said.The company is also eyeing the international training market as an area...Show More Summary

Project 4202: The Russian Entry Into the Hypersonic Arms Race

Hypersonic vehicles seems all the rage these days - China reportedly tested one, named Wu-14 on August 7, the United States made an attempt to test its own on August 25. Neither of these tests was a success, but it is clear that the tests will continue. Show More Summary

My 25 Favorite Things For Ocean Field Work

I am particular about my set of gear and equipment that I take when I am out at sea. Much time spent was spent on trial and error research and development of my sea kit. The items below reflect advice from my scientific mentors and advice about tools from my father and father-in-law, one an […]

Aptian Cretaceous "Cold Snap" Signature Identified in Russia

Eustatic, tectonic, and climatic signatures in the Lower Cretaceous siliciclastic succession on the Eastern Russian PlatformAuthor:Zorina Abstract:A methodical approach to identifying major abiotic events in the siliciclastic succession...Show More Summary

What Happens to Complex Organic Molecules Under Martian Conditions?

Laboratory insights into the chemical and kinetic evolution of several organic molecules under simulated Mars surface UV radiation conditionsAuthors:Poch et alAbstract:The search for organic carbon at the surface of Mars, as clues of past habitability or remnants of life, is a major science goal of Mars’ exploration. Show More Summary

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