Updates, Updates, Updates

A lowdown of what's happening with the oceans and the people that care about them:

1) Dr. Jeremy Jackson delivers a lecture on the Brave New Ocean tonight at Harvey Mudd College.

2) Oceana is again running their Freakiest Fish contest. Check out their site and vote for your favorite freak fish. Currently the vampire squid is in the lead.

3)Another deep-sea dwelling fish that is "surprisingly cute" (and thus not up for freakiest fish) has been filmed for the first time by a Japan-UK team. It is suspected Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis is the deepest living fish found to date. Watch footage of it at the BBC.

4) At least jellyfish are good for something! Today two Americans and one Japanese scientist share the chemistry Nobel Prize in part for discovering how to exploit the genetic mechanism responsible for luminosity in jellyfish. The technique was then used in all sorts of medical ways, like to tag brain cells and cancer cells. Read more here.

5) Check out the new Microdocs: The Short Attention Span Science Theater on Ecological Sustainability with Steve Palumbi

6) Something FREE in New York? Huh? You didn't think it was possible but it's true. The Senate Groundlings film from Shifting Baselines will be shown as part of an evening of free science films in Brooklyn on Wednesday, October 22nd. Looks like a fun event for New Yorkers!

That's all for now, people. More soon!

More like this

Jeremy Jackson calls it "The Rise of Slime". Daniel Pauly sees a future in jellyfish burgers. And given that this week is the 2nd International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium--where D. Pauly will deliver the keynote address (having not been able to attend the 1st symposium in Alabama in 2002)--it…
A joint UK-Japanese team has discovered the new record holder for the world's deepest living fish. At 7.7km deep in the Japan Trench, the researchers managed to take some great video of Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis doing its thing. The clowns at Deep Sea News have already covered this and we…
Overfishing, eutrophication, acidification, and climate change are leading to what Dr. Jeremy Jackson describes as the rise of slime in the oceans. For some recent evidence, check out this invasive algae in Crystal RIver or this recent story about increase in jellyfish on the Jersey shores.…
Three shifting baselines to note today: 1) An article in today's New York Times by Andrew Revkin discusses how "scientists are setting baselines to gauge future effects on the seas." The article is a nice summary of some of the latest attempts to document the decline in ocean health even if it's…