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Scientists seek ways to treat acidified ocean, keep shellfish hatcheries open (text & audio)

New technology allows monitoriing of ocean acidification as it occurs. Alaska’s Shellfish hatcheries are worried that they may have to shut down their operations like hatcheries further south did when waters got too acidic to grow healthy shellfish. Willey Evans, a researcher with the Hakai Institute in British Columbia is working with Aleutic Pride shellfish […]


So, Cruz (7), Trump (6) and Rubio (!!) (6). With Carson (2) and Paul (1). Well now. I was thinking Rubes was toast. As toasty as Bush the Least.

Happy Marine Mammal Monday! The gray whale migration is in full...

Happy Marine Mammal Monday! The gray whale migration is in full swing off our back decks. We were even treated this morning to a curious calf exploring the kelp (and scaring some surf scoters) on its coastal cruise to Baja Californi...

A Particular Set of Skills

Novmeldt slowly opened the door. He was sneaking in. Quietly. It was his daughter's birthday and despite his career choices he'd always been one of those Dads. The ones who were always there on the kid's birthdays. Always doting on the kids. Show More Summary

What’s kraken, baby octopus?

A juvenile two-spot octopus plays with pebbles in our Egg Lab Have you checked out the Egg Lab in our Tentacles exhibition lately? That’s where you can spot cephalopod eggs and recent hatchlings. Hatchlings like this itty bitty two-spot octopus! At just three-and-a-half-months old, it’s currently about the size of a walnut. Show More Summary (Barracuda) is shutting down

Suddenly my computer tells me that is shutting down as a cloud storage service. That sucks, since I had a few terabytes of free storage with them. I will now have to seek an alternative. What are your experiences with cloud storage, free or otherwise?

Trump is going to lose the Iowa Caucus, and here’s why

I’m privileged to live in Minnesota, which is Iowa’s neighbor and thus not so different from Iowa, except our college football teams are better. And it isn’t just the corn, but also, the caucus. We do that here too. Our caucus system is similar enough to Iowa that one can have a sense of what…

A Sneaky Peek of the Schleich Dunkleosteus

Schleich Dunkleosteus –   A Sneaky Peek Team members at Everything Dinosaur got the chance to get up close to a number of the new for 2016 Schleich prehistoric animal models the other day.  Feedback from our customers, those had already viewed the pictures on this blog in previous articles, has been positive, but we […]

Vogworks: Click on Through the Vog

A friend of mine, Cary, has his own blog called Vogworks. I have known Cary for 15 years now, ever since I took that crazy job at LBNL/NERSC. I wanted to get the word out about his blog. His is devoted to his passion for photography and he's quite good. I thought I'd try to help boost his readership and so, click on through!

Hidden population of up to 200 lions found in remote Ethiopia

An expedition reveals that two national parks in Ethiopia and Sudan could be home to around 200 lions – a rare extension of their wild habitat

Scuffle in the South China Sea #22

On Saturday, Jan 30, 2016, the USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nm of the Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea, in this case, Triton Island in the Paracel Islands.McCain and Forbes are pleased with action. The Chinese have stated the American destroyer violated Chinese law with its sail-by. Show More Summary

Who Won The Iowa Caucus 2016?

We don’t know yet! But I will post what I know here when I know it. Meanwhile, you might want to follow live results, which will not be available until evening Monday 1 Feb, here: Live Results Iowa Caucus Meanwhile, we can speculate on who might win. Who will win the Democratic Iowa Caucus? Recent…

“OA-ICC Highlights”, October-December 2015

The “OA-ICC Highlights” is a one-page quarterly newsletter summarizing the project’s main activities and achievements, over a period of three months, in its three major areas of work: science, capacity building and communication. A special section entitled “OA-ICC Highlights” was also created on the OA-ICC website. In order to access all the previous editions of […]

Ocean acidification addressed in the “World Ocean Assessment I”

The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, also known as the “World Ocean Assessment I” is the result of the work invested by hundreds of scientists from many countries, representing various disciplines and steered by a 22-member Group of Experts. This expert task force examined the state of knowledge of the world’s oceans and the ways in […]

A short-term survival experiment assessing impacts of ocean acidification and hypoxia on the benthic foraminifer Globulimina turgida

The oceans are absorbing increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a result of rising anthropogenic atmospheric CO2 emissions. This increase in oceanic CO2 leads to the lowering of seawater pH, which is known as ocean acidification (OA). Simultaneously, rising global temperatures, also linked to higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, result in a more stratified surface […]

Combined effects of ocean acidification, warming, and hypoxia on marine organisms

A suite of parallel anthropogenic changes affects contemporary marine ecosystems. Excessive carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution results in warmer, more acidic oceans with lower dissolved oxygen (DO) levels, meanwhile the emission of reactive...Show More Summary

Mechanical robustness of the calcareous tubeworm Hydroides elegans: warming mitigates the adverse effects of ocean acidification

Development of antifouling strategies requires knowledge of how fouling organisms would respond to climate change associated environmental stressors. Here, a calcareous tube built by the tubeworm, Hydroides elegans, was used as an example...Show More Summary

Individual and population-level responses to ocean acidification

Ocean acidification is predicted to have detrimental effects on many marine organisms and ecological processes. Despite growing evidence for direct impacts on specific species, few studies have simultaneously considered the effects of ocean acidification on individuals (e.g. Show More Summary

Physical and biogeochemical controls on the variability in surface pH and calcium carbonate saturation states in the Atlantic sectors of the Arctic and Southern Oceans

Polar oceans are particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification due to their low temperatures and reduced buffering capacity, and are expected to experience extensive low pH conditions and reduced carbonate mineral saturations states (?) in the near future. However, the impact of anthropogenic CO2 on pH and ? will vary regionally between and across the Arctic […]

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