Cool Shit From The Scientific Community

Well guys, it’s been a while.  We’ve missed some days, and been busy- really dropped the ball on our end- but I’m here to make it all up to you.  I’ve found three really cool recent stories out of the science community, and I’m going to share them with you today.  These are all stories that came out in the last week or so, that you need to hear about!  I’ve got some really cool star-nosed mole facts, some glowing mushroom research, and the god damn coolest looking research ship you ever did see. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Portuguese Man Of Wars

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Today I want to talk about something that I’m honestly surprised we’ve yet to discuss in the past: The Portuguese Man of War.  In case you haven’t heard of them before, Portuguese man of wars are a marine species infamous for their excruciatingly painful stings.  The Portuguese man of war, however, is more than just its sting (more specifically, three things more).  What’s really cool about them is that they are essentially just the Power Rangers of the oceans (just without the sweet guitar accompaniment).  So let’s talk about Portuguese man of wars. Continue reading

Conservation On The Frontlines: The Sea Shepherd

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Quite often there is a hole when it comes to conservation, called enforcement. In the common story line of conservation there is a bad guy (ex. Fishing vessel, oil tycoon, poachers) breaking laws or damaging the environment, then the conservationist comes in and exposes the injustice and then new rules are put in place to stop the bad guys from doing more harm. But how do we make sure that the bad guys have stopped? In many instances, we don’t. Conservation campaigns, like everything else in the world, cost money… a lot of money, and quite often the funds to enforce environmental laws aren’t available. That’s why many environmental laws and regulations are left to the Honour System. The Sea Shepherd is an organization that fills that void. Continue reading

May Conservation Series: Corals!!!

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Another month, another conservation series! This month we’re putting the spotlight on coral reefs! I sadly have not had the pleasure of seeing a coral reef in-person, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate them. There are over 8,000 reef-building coral species that construct arguably the most stunning structures in the natural world! Along with their beauty, corals offer countless ecosystem services that so many species, including us, depend on. Therefore this month it is all about coral reefs! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Luana Manzano: Life As We Really Didn’t Expect It

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Nowadays, it seems like we can’t predict what’s up next when it comes to our environment. One day there are fires spontaneously burning through acres and acres of land, and the next day one of the earth’s richest ecosystem is flourishing right beneath an oil rig off the coast of California. get link Yes, you read that right. Now, you must be thinking, like I certainly did, “ http://dreamingoutloud.nl/tag/film/ How the heck is that even possible? That defies anything and everything I’ve ever learned about the environment! Is my whole life a lie?!?!?” Allow me to explain before any of us start questioning many other great mysteries of life. Continue reading

New Technology Could Clean Up Our Oceans In 10 Years

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Ocean pollution is a huge environmental issue that has been ongoing for decades. Unfortunately a lot of what we throw out eventually finds its way into our waterways. Currently it is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. The pollution in our oceans has been shown to harm ocean ecosystems, marine wildlife, our economy, and even our own health. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 9-14

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Some weeks, finding interesting earthy-type news to write about can be difficult.  Other weeks it’s all too serious for my liking.  But sometimes, sometimes you hit gold.  This week, I think we hit gold.  Deadly cows, freeing Willy, and new archaeological findings all kinda set this week apart.  We’ve got the smart with the funny, with a dose of weird in this week’s Round Up. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 2-7

It’s that time of the week again: it’s the Weekly Round Up!  This week was all over the place.  There were steps forward in the fight to get people to realize that global warming is a thing- like Canada getting a Minister of the Environment and Global Warming as well as Canada’s scientists getting unmuzzled- but also steps backward- ignorance surrounding NASA’s Antarctica study.  There was also some really cool new eel and jellyfish research that could have some pretty neat biomimicry ramifications.  So, something for everyone- dig in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 19-24

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Once again, nature continues to both amaze and puzzle us at the same time! Scientists were able to create a robotic insect, as well as link coral destruction to sunscreen, and a Coca-Cola bottle facility was charged with falsifying pollution data. In some good news, Oslo plans to ban cars in the city! But in some bad news, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency can’t work with dead fish… Enjoy! Continue reading

Top 10 Live Animal Cams

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You know, travelling around the world and seeing nature in all its natural beauty is pretty difficult and pretty expensive.  Fortunately for us lazy, poor people, we have the internet, and with the internet comes certain perks.  We can get news for free, we can illegally torrent things to feel like pirates, and we can watch some awesome live feeds of animals in their natural habitats.  Today, we’re more focused on that last one, by bringing you the best of the best when it comes to live animal cams.  Sure, sometimes nothing much is happening with them, but when they’re on, they’re on!  So here are, in no particular order, our 10 favourite live animal cams! Continue reading

Master Imaginers! Jacques Rougerie and His Floating City!

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I firmly believe that if we have to be the change we want to see in the world. I also believe that our imagination is one of the most popular tools humans have to create a sustainable future for Earth. That’s why when I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a picture of a stingray that is meant to house 7000 people (!), I honestly didn’t understand what it was all about at first… I thought some celebrity billionaire had just had too much money and was like “I’ll make the largest yacht possible!” Where in fact the conception of this ship is much, much different. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Sea Lamprey

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Lampreys, or the devil’s suction cups, are terrifying.  In fact they don’t even look real, and are a much better reason to never go into the ocean than sharks.  But what’s cool about them, other than the fact that they look like something out of a horror film, is that they actually pre-date sharks and other fish, breaking off of the tree of life first!  Oh and they’ve made they’re way into the Great Lakes water system all the way from the Atlantic Ocean.  Yeah, they’re pretty much in your backyard… So let’s talk about lampreys! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: April 27-May 1

Here is this week’s round up of all the coolest environmental and nature news around the world, along with some serious stuff too.

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The death toll in the 7.9 magnitude in Nepal climbs to 6,200 people. The earthquake caused avalanches on Mt. Everest and toppled historical and contemporary buildings. Governments and organizations are delivering goods to the people of Nepal. To give donations, please check out the links below:

https://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/

https://www.oxfam.org/

https://give.wfp.org/5279/?step=country&lead_source=2015-wfp-nepal-emergency&form_tag=2015-wfp-nepal-emergency Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Cuttlefish

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Cuttlefish are one of the coolest marine creatures out there! And they aren’t actually even a fish at all, but a mollusc. There closest relatives include squids and octopuses; and they are found in mostly-shallow tropical waters off almost all coasts except the Americas.

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The first cool thing about cuttlefish, though, is that they have a unique body part, the cuttlebone. The cuttlebone is an internal structure made from aragonite, a natural crystalized version of calcium carbonate. The cuttlebone keeps the cuttlefish buoyant, by changing the gas-to-liquid ratio within the cuttlebone. So let’s talk about them. Continue reading

Rare Black Sea Devil Filmed For The First Time!

 

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With the name “Black Seadevil”, you would expect this video to be of a brand new super villain. However, this is the name given to a rare, deep-sea anglerfish. A remotely operated vehicle, off the coast of California, was able to capture the never-before seen footage, 1900 feet below sea level. Even more impressive is that the team of researchers were able to bring the female anglerfish up to the surface, in tact, and have transferred her to a research facility to observe this little-known species. Continue reading