VIDEO OF THE WEEK
What inspired these people to become scientists? Each had a different path from childhood: Some favored playing with Tinkertoys, while others built elaborate contraptions with soldering sets. Still, all these future researchers and innovators share a lifelong love of the outdoors and a curiosity for the mysteries contained in the depths of the ocean.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: The Science of Dispersants
Dr. Noshir Pesika (Tulane University) and Dr. Claire Paris-Limouzy (University of Miami) are working to understand the effects of dispersants sprayed during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Dispersants are chemicals meant to help the cleanup effort by breaking oil apart into smaller droplets and keeping it from sticking to other surfaces.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Scientists Rescue Ice From Melting Bolivian Glacier
Researchers say global warming is rapidly melting the glaciers of the Andes so a team of international scientists is transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica for study and preservation before the glacier disappears.
The international “Ice Memory” expedition took samples from the glacier on Illimani mountain in the Andes and will store them in Antarctica at the French-Italian base of Concordia.
Photo courtesy of The Guardian.
Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf – 2” 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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