VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Eureka Moments: Inspiration Comes from Unexpected Places
How do scientists get inspired? What drives them to keep discovering? Where do they find motivation? When do they do their best thinking? Why do they keep pushing the limits of knowledge?
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: The LASER Cruise: Meet Eric D’Asaro
In January 2016, an international team of scientists assembled for a 31-day research mission to track ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico and then process the data in the months afterwards. Nicknamed the LASER Cruise, the scope of the project was enormous. So how do you manage such an incredible undertaking with so many facets? You get someone like oceanographer Eric D’Asaro to be your chief scientist.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth
If human civilization were to be destroyed and its cities wiped off the map, there would be an easy way for future intelligent life-forms to know when the mid-20th century began: plastic.
From the 1950s to today, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced, with around half of it made since 2004. And since plastic does not naturally degrade, the billions of tons sitting in landfills, floating in the oceans or piling up on city streets will provide a marker if later civilizations ever want to classify our era. Perhaps they will call this time on Earth the Plastocene Epoch.
Photo courtesy of Guillermo Cervera.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
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