Dispatches E-News: Barataria Dolphins, Marine Snow & Another Hidden Figure (10/18/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Dolphins of Barataria Bay (Part 1)

Barataria Bay’s salt marshes and mangroves are fertile nesting grounds and nurseries for birds and fish. And despite being hit hard by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon event, these waters teem with hundreds of species of marine animals. It’s also the permanent home for 1,300 bottlenose dolphins. Unfortunately, they are still suffering health effects from the oil spill. Scientists are trying to understand the full impact — and their journey starts thousands of miles away with a healthy control group.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

Marine snow is made up of particles of tiny algae, plants, feces, and pieces of dead animals. These particles get colonized by organisms and become the food web that is transported to the deep ocean. Biological oceanographer Uta Passow’s research focuses on how oil affects marine snow and how marine snow affects oil.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Hidden Figure: A Woman You Never Heard of Helped Enable Modern Weather Prediction

In 1950, the first electronic computer — the ENIAC — was used by a group of meteorologists to successfully produce a weather forecast using the ENIAC’s numerical prediction techniques. It marked the beginning of numerical weather prediction as we know it today. What has gotten lost in history is that a Hungarian-born computer programmer, Klara Dan von Neumann, played a key role in the pioneering process of weather prediction.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army.

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A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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