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Scott Pruitt and the EPA: One of these statements is not like the other

The EPA: The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. Scott Pruitt’s first address to the EPA employees (paraphrased): Let’s all be civil and compromise. I learned about it in a book about the founding fathers. Alexander Hamilton said let’s reduce state debt. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison said, sure…but only if we […]

So yeah ocean sunfish are ridiculous, dolphins are @#$@&, and deep-sea anglerfish are monsters

Recently a couple of interesting posts sparked some introspection on how I view, label, and discuss the denizens of the oceans.  Carla Litchfield, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, at the University...Show More Summary

Reef raving revisited: 4 good reasons for fish to glow in the dark

This is a guest post form Maarten De Brauwer, a PhD candidate at Curtin University. You can find more of amazing work from Maarten on his social media sites, listed at the end of the article!      It isn’t the first time DSN gets it’s underwater rave on, whether we are showing you the fluorescent […]

And now for the all robot performance of “To Catch a Fish”

Give a robot a fish, you will feed it for a day. Teach a robot to fish, you will feed it for a lifetime. At least that’s what researchers at MIT have done with this freaky, clear robotic arm made using a new and novel hydrogel. It’s sort of rubbery, sort of tough and sort of […]

The Legacy That Lives On.

This past year, I was fortunate to visit many of our National Parks. In light of recent events and those yet to come, I saw it fitting and therapeutic to summarize some of those experiences. I hope you enjoy and can, at some level, relate. Cheers.  The Legacy That Lives On. I have stood in […]

Ocean Sunfish are the most useless animal (an epic rant)

Ocean Sunfish, also known as Mola Mola, look like a pancake and are just the weirdest fish. I was ambivalent about these creatures until reading this absolutely EPIC Facebook rant about their sheer uselessness – and now I can’t help but LOL wondering how they even continue to exist in nature. Mola Mola – the Pandas […]

The Kelp of Luxury

How do you define class? How do you define luxury? How do you define an experience like no other at 30,000 feet in the sky? Why, by reaching 30 feet deep. That’s the lesson of Emirates Air that will now provide their first class travelers with the ultimate definition of a life of luxury. What […]

How do bone-eating worms eat bones?

The deep-sea Osedax bone-devouring worms could easily have been the poster child for Deep-Sea News instead of the Giant Squid.    I love them because Osedax these little soft sacks resemble snotty little flowers.  Perhaps that’s why the first named species got the Latin name of Osedax mucofloris, literally bone devouring mucus flower. The females are all […]

A research cruise as depicted by a high-seas adventure cartoonist? YAAASSSS

It has now come to our attention that EVERY cruise needs a high seas adventure cartoonist. Lucy Bellwood’s comic on her three weeks at sea with the Schmidt Ocean Institute is just perfection. As the artist-at-residence on the R/V Falkor she describes the ship, the science and the techs/technology/scientists behind the science. And you will meet the […]

Am I a Robot or am I a Plankter?

I just learned that the ocean robots I work with are taller than me. Since being insecure about size seems to be a thing now, I clearly need to surround myself by other which inflates alternative height bigly. This is why I NEED this navy of tiny ocean robots.  Although I was hoping this robotic fleet was deployed for total […]

Fight against the #EPAfreeze – Because you don’t want sewage on your beaches, right?

Would you want your taxi driver using a paper road map from 1892? Or would you rather he plug in the route on his Google Map iPhone app? You just got off a 14-hour flight from Australia, you’re exhausted and sore, and counting down the seconds until you can crawl into the soft comfort of your […]

A New Year, A Look Back

January. A time for half-baked resolutions, fully-baked apple crisp, 2.5 weeks of dutifully honoring my pre-paid annual gym membership, and a buttload of retrospective, end-of-the-year lists. In between shirking my gym commitment and shopping for rolled-oats for some apple crisp, I found time to document my own idiosyncratic look-back on 2016. This being me, I’m […]


For when it’s Thursday and everyone needs a little bit more cute, cuddly, and slightly slimey things in their life…Etsy never let’s us down. I have seen a lot (LIKE A LOT) of fun ocean arts and crafts in my day, but I couldn’t help but SQUEEEE when I saw these adorable woolen nudis by artist […]

Look at the Size of that Kelp

I think one reason DSN wanted to rope me in was that Alex wanted another algae nerd on staff. And I hope I make her proud. For you see, it was not always this way. I started my life academic as an invert guy – sea squirts à la dock. It’s taken me some time, […]

Can you hear me, Major Tom?

“Can you “Here am I floating ’round my tin can Far above the moon Planet Earth is blue And there’s nothing I can do” -Space Oddity (Bowie) A few weeks ago I took a visit to one of my favorite places in Los Angeles, The Huntington Library. Usually, I go because I am obsessed with […]

What did the Boyan Slat and the Ocean Cleanup do last summer?

Because I haven’t written an update on the Ocean Cleanup and Boyan Slat in a while… They deployed a 100-m long prototype that is really 30-year old RO-BOOM technology with some new fancy hardware.   Deployed in only 30 m of water during a calm summer the prototype failed after 2 months. Because shackles. It cost […]

New video shows the hidden world under Antartica’s ice

I’m constantly amazed by the beauty and diversity of life under Antartica’s ice. Below is one of the best videos I’ve seen of this stunning natural wonder. The water is below freezing, at a heart-stopping -1.5°C (29.3°F), a meter of ice covers the surface for much of the year, and the whole ecosystem is plunged into Antartica’s winter […]

Rocky Intertidal v.2.0

Last year, DSN compatriot and Captain of the rag-tag crew over at Southern Fried Science, dropped a science outreach bomb. Dr. A.D. Thaler struck some ecological/technological brilliance in the form of the Scanning the Sea project. In a word, I was inspired and wanted to do my part in pushing this magical ocean outreach toolbox forward and to […]

In the evolution of fishes, this is a one seahorse race

alternative titles include “Looking a gift seahorse (genome) in the mouth”, “My kingdom for a seahorse genome”, “Hold your seahorses“, and “The galloping evolution of seahorses“. Let’s face it, seahorses, pipefishes, and seadragons are messed up. That’s not a subjective opinion but an evolutionary fact.  It’s like all the approximately 300 species in Syngnathidae (the […]

AUV with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

How does Santa get presents to the deep sea? With ocean robots of course! Enjoy Oceaneerings Holiday Card with 8 tiny ReinROVs. And if you need to deliver gifts on land, Boston Dynamics has also got you covered.

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