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Follow ocean acidification at COP21

The following organizations and individuals will be tweeting and/or blogging on the ocean during COP21 starting next week in Paris. Look out for the hashtag #OceanCOP21! Jean-Pierre Gattuso, CNRS/UPMC/IDDRI: @jpGattuso Scripps Institution of Oceanography:  @scripps_ocean AND @ucrevelle Plymouth Marine Laboratory: @plymouthmarine LemonSea: @lemonseatron  Filed under: Meetings

Practical Training Course on Ocean Acidification: “How to set up relevant ocean acidification experiments with limited resources”, Mozambique, 8-12 February 2016

Deadline for applications: 21 December 2015! Host institute: Inhaca Marine Biology Research Station, Inhaca Island, Mozambique Dates: 8–12 February 2016 Organizers: The University of Gothenburg, Sweden; The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON). Show More Summary

Sensitivity of Mediterranean bivalve mollusc aquaculture to climate change and ocean acidification: results from a producers’ survey

Human-induced climate change and ocean acidification are global environmental phenomena with a common driver: anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide. Both processes potentially threaten the Mediterranean bivalve mollusc aquaculture sector, which is economically relevant to several regions and countries. Show More Summary

Those Darn Pterosaurs!

Concept art for Creation (unproduced) by Willis O'Brien Concept art for King Kong By Byron Crabbe Concept Art for One Million Years B.C. by Ray Harryhausen From HERE

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The fighting has further intensified. 11 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded in the last 48 hours. Fighting remains mostly concentrated around Donetsk and Gorlovka, but stretches down to the Sea of Azov and sputters in the Lugansk Oblast. Show More Summary

Quantum Memristors

Quantum MemristorsAuthors:Pfeiffer et alAbstract:Technology based on memristors, resistors with memory whose resistance depends on the history of the crossing charges, has lately enhanced the classical paradigm of computation with neuromorphic architectures. Show More Summary

Most of Mars' Missing Carbon Escaped to Space, Implies Thinner Deep Time/Noachian Atmosphere Than Normally Thought

Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere--one that is far too thin to prevent large amounts of water on the surface of the planet from subliming or evaporating. But many researchers have suggested that the planet was once shrouded in an atmosphere many times thicker than Earth's. Show More Summary

McCain Blasts the United Launch Alliance for Manufacturing a Crisis

Just days after United Launch Alliance dropped out of the Pentagon’s competition to send satellites into space, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee accused the Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture of attempting to...Show More Summary

Brazilian Navy Purchasing French LPD, ex FS Siroco

The Brazilian Navy will commission the French Foudre-class FS Siroco (L 9012) landing platform dock (LPD) by 31 December, the service told IHS Jane's on 18 November.The exact date for commissioning is yet to be finalised, the service...Show More Summary

US Marines Choose BAE & SAIC for Amphibious Combat Vehicle Prototypes

The Marine Corps chose BAE and SAIC from a field of five competitors to build competing prototypes for the long-awaited Amphibious Combat Vehicle. BAE, a dominant player in tracked armored vehicles, had teamed with Italian armsmaker Iveco to offer a variant of the Italians’ wheeled SuperAV. Show More Summary

Some sea creatures are cute. Some are beautiful. Some are kind...

Some sea creatures are cute. Some are beautiful. Some are kind of weird. Without the ocean, we wouldn’t have any of them! Thanks, Ocean!

Chinese Su-35 Deliveries Will not Start Until late 2018/Early 2019

Russia will implement the contract for delivery of 24 Su-35 fighters to China in three years, TASS reports with reference to a source close to the military-technical cooperation system.“All the contract liabilities of the Russian part will be fulfilled in three years,” the source said answering the corresponding question. Show More Summary

Britain Cutting Type 26 Global Combat Ships From 13 to 8

The SDSR has re-cast plans for the future size and shape of the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) surface fleet, announcing an intention to increase frigate/destroyer numbers over the long-term through the introduction of a new class of general purpose frigate, but trimming the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) programme back to just eight vessels. link.More info here, too.

Canada to America: DIE, DIMETRODON! DIE!

Re-evaluation of the historic Canadian fossil Bathygnathus borealis from the Early Permian of Prince Edward IslandAuthors:Brink et alAbstract:The holotype and only known specimen of Bathygnathus borealis is a partial snout with maxillary...Show More Summary

It’s a fine day for a shark-tagging trip! Our white shark...

It’s a fine day for a shark-tagging trip! Our white shark research team studies the habits and population size of this threatened species. Help us protect the future of the ocean—we promise you don’t have to put the tracker on the shark! 

Comparing the Radii From 89 Specimens of the Sierra de Atapuerca Hominins

Fossil hominin radii from the Sima de los Huesos Middle Pleistocene site (Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain)Authors:Rodriguez et alAbstract:Complete radii in the fossil record preceding recent humans and Neandertals are very scarce. Here we...Show More Summary

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaur Skeletons

Regular readers will know that I can't get enough of dinosaur pop-up books, having reviewed several over the years, and 1991's Dinosaur Skeletons is a worthy addition to the canon. Intriguingly, the book's concept is remarkably similar...Show More Summary

Blue Origin Successfully Flies, Lands New Shepard Rocket

Blue Origin announced Nov. 24 that it launched its New Shepard suborbital vehicle on a second test flight, flying to the edge of space and successfully landing both sections of the vehicle.New Shepard launched from the company’s West Texas test site at 12:21 p.m. Show More Summary

The Tyranny of Taphonomy

I have been watching this deer to collect its skull and antlers since it was first hit by a car. With the rains first coming, I stopped checking on its decay/readiness to pick up. Alas, it seems someone or something did a highlander and took the head. Show More Summary

Two whales killed by sole fish stuck in their blowholes

Pilot whales spotted last year off the UK coast may have had to change their diet – which meant choking to death for two later found on the Dutch coast

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