Friday, 22 February 2013

Friday of Interesting News: 22nd Feb 2013

Sorry for the lateness of this everyone, I've been out all day supervising a dive for my boss and it took rather a lot longer than anticipated! Hopefully this'll give you something to read over the weekend though:

Nikon announce 24MP D7100 DSLR
Sony announces mirrorless camera (NEX-3N)
The iPhone gets a new underwater housing, but how good is it?
BT Tower takes a record-breaking panorama of surrounding London
Our World Underwater Competition 2013 Winners announced

Marine Biology
Unusual winter sighting of sperm whales off Scotland's west coast
Do fishery catches really reflect how many fish there are in the sea? World leading scientists are divided.

So your beef might be horse? Big deal! Red Snapper could be one of 30 species
New fishing net cuts cod bycatch by 60% in langoustine fishery

Deepest ever hydrothermal vents found by UK team at 5000m...
...and they're dropping pig carcasses nearby. Find out why. 
Velvet belly lanternshark avoids predators using glowing spines

Alvin returns to servicebut are subs the best tools for deep-water exploration?

Arctic ice in a 'death sprial'. Will we have an ice-free Arctic again?
Sea level rises are a settled fact and will come with global warming

Great Barrier Reef to be photographically mapped to establish rates of change

Divers save a stabbed tiger shark
And a baby dophin is freed from an 'aerobie'
More evidence that dolphins call each other by 'name'
Whales benefit from reductions in ocean noise
The end of the sawfish?

Could squid fly? Totally! (if they really wanted to)
Raja Ampat shark & ray reserve is approved
Why marine reserves could benefit even oceanic sharks
The world's most abundant virus has been found in the deep-sea

That's your lot! Have a good weekend!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Friday of Interesting News: 15th Feb 2013

Since yesterday was Valentine's Day, I thought we'd go with a bit of a romantic theme today!

Think your Valentine's Day was romantic? See how the marine world does it:
Better late than never! The best marine themed Valentine's Cards this side of the interwebs:
Marine Biology
And finally...
*I know LOADS of birds do this too, but blue footed boobies are my favourites so that's what you get.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Friday of Interesting News: 8th February 2013

Now that I'm back from the land of snow and ice that is Austria, it's time to get back to our almost-regularly scheduled Fridays of Interesting News!

National Geographic disappoint by awarding a photo of a captive tiger top prize in their competition
Jason Isley turns tiny sea beasts into terrifying man-eaters in his wonderful portfolio
Feeling the cold? Not these guys! A wonderful shot from BBC's new series 'Spy in the Huddle'

Marine Biology

Sea urchins may hold the key to creating an effective carbon capture device...
...But sharks could hold a treatment to cancer!
MEPs vote to reform the common fisheries policy this week and end discarding - find out what it means here
Polar bears 'doomed' without a plan to save them
A new species of 'lazy predator' (a zoarcid fish) has been found in the deep sea

Want to learn everything cool about the sea? Check out the TED Ocean Wonders talks!
Don't have time for TED? This'll do instead.

How big can a giant squid get?
Corals look very cool under a laser microscope
The 10th MBA Postgraduate Conference is open for registration as of this week.

Tomorrow I'm off out with the RIB to the Clyde to give some of my colleagues a bit of boat handling practice, so if I have any decent photos to share with you from that trip I'll hopefully get them online over the weekend.

Have a good weekend!