Thursday, March 11, 2010

Want to go to the Arctic? Just donate 25K to the La Jolla Symphony

Check out this article:

Dr. James Swift, from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is offering up the chance to go on the Coast Guard icebreaker, the Healy, for a research cruise up in the Arctic. All you have to do is donate 25,000 smackaroos or more to the La Jolla Symphony, and you get entered in to the drawing.

Sure glad I study the ocean; I got to go for free :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


This past Friday, March 5, 2010, the AUV ABE was lost during a dive off the coast of Chile. Here is the formal WHOI obituary, I mean announcement, and here is an nice exert highlighting some of ABE's many accomplishments during his life:

Built as a prototype, ABE quickly became a workhorse. It was the first autonomous robot to make detailed maps of mid-ocean ridges, the 40,000-mile undersea volcanic mountain chain at the boundaries of Earth’s tectonic plates where new seafloor crust is created. It was also the first AUV to locate hydrothermal vents, where hot chemical-rich fluids spew from the seafloor and sustain lush communities of deep-sea life. ABE explored seamounts, undersea volcanoes, and other areas with harsh, rugged terrain. In addition to researchers and students from the United States, ABE advanced research for scientists and engineers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Italy, Ecuador, and most recently Chile.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Chilean Earthquake Shortens Earth Days

Scientists now estimate that our Earth days are ~ 1.26 millionth of a second shorter. Here is a nifty blog post explaining why.