A mesmerizing deep-sea dancer by the name of Enypniastes eximia is enjoying a moment in the limelight after being filmed in the Southern Ocean off East Antarctica for what officials describe as the first time in that region. The footage of the sea cucumber, which is colloquially referred to as the “headless chicken monster,” comes courtesy of new underwater camera technology being used by researchers to aid in marine conservation efforts. Video of the holothuroid was shared Sunday by the Australian Antarctic Division, which is part of Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy. According to the division, the Enypniastes eximia had previously only been filmed in the Gulf of Mexico. “For me what is remarkable about this discovery is that we had no idea that this organism would be found in the Southern Ocean. All the previous specimens we could find records of are from further north than where we recorded it at Heard Island,” Australian Antarctic … [Read more...] about Mesmerizing Deep-Sea ‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Filmed in the Southern Ocean
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The six-person crew flew into Kona airport about a week before their Mars mission was about to start. They spent their last free days on Earth practicing putting on their space suits and operating their new habitat's water, power and communications systems. The crew took care to enjoy the sun and the Hawaiian breeze as they wouldn't feel either directly on their skin for another 365 days. On the last Thursday in August, they had their final earthly supper, a Japanese feast of sushi and sake. The next morning, the crew—a medical doctor, a soil scientist, a flight engineer, a physicist, an astrobiologist and an architect specializing in human habitats in extreme environments—entered their new home-and-work space, a 1,400-square foot dome that is as close to living on another planet as Earth-bound humans can currently get. Like Matt Damon's botanist character in Ridley Scott's The Martian, these six scientists … [Read more...] about Meet the 6 scientists living out ‘The Martian’ in real life
Popular Science writer Rose Pastore spent three weeks watching a live feed from a submersible in the Gulf of Mexico, and she's turned her most fascinating finds into a series of gifs. Pastore says: For the past three weeks, we've been following an incredible livestream of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, filmed from a submersible operated by researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer. The expedition, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ended this week. Using the sub's high-def camera, the scientists captured footage of parts of the ocean floor never before seen by humans, including ancient shipwrecks, unidentified species, and rare geology. We'll have much more coverage of this expedition next week, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, enjoy these animated GIFs of deep-ocean creatures that wound up in the sub's LED beams—many of them likely experiencing bright light for the first time. JUST LOOK AT THESE LITTLE BUDDIES!!! (These are just stills. Click … [Read more...] about Kick Off Your Weekend with These Adorable Sea Creature Gifs!
Docked off San Francisco's Pier 27 and rocking calmly in the bay, the Okeanos Explorer awaits its return to sea. The ship--once a U.S. Navy vessel now under control of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)--is in the midst of being outfitted exclusively for deep-ocean exploration and discovery. Its purpose will be to investigate unknown, misunderstood, and other below-the-surface phenomena. It is expected to be fully operational by next summer. With up to 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, there are vast amounts of research for the ship to pursue. However, the Okeanos Explorer will have a second function as well: education. On Friday, NOAA announced a five-year partnership with San Francisco's Exploratorium that will enable the public to learn about discoveries in real time as the vessel crisscrosses the globe. "Imagine being there as discoveries are made," said Richard Spinrad, assistant administrator for NOAA. "That's what we'll be able to do with this … [Read more...] about Okeanos Explorer to delve the depths of the seas
Olympus hasn't done much to tweak the design of its flagship TG series since the introduction of the TG-1 in 2012. Features have been added bit by bit, and the newest Tough TG-4 ($379.99) is essentially the TG-1 with a higher resolution 16-megapixel sensor, a more ambitious 50-foot depth waterproof rating, in-camera Wi-Fi, and—the latest addition—Raw shooting support. You can't fault Olympus too much for resting on its laurels; we've yet to see another rugged compact that deserves to be called the best in its class. The Nikon 1 AW1 trumps the TG-4 in image quality, but it's a larger, bulkier interchangeable lens camera, and it's a lot more expensive. The TG-4 is our Editors' Choice for photographers in want of a pocket-friendly camera that can be dropped, kicked, crushed, and go swimming deep underwater. Design and FeaturesThe TG-4's design is largely unchanged from its predecessors, and with good reason. The company markets some accessories, including a LED Light … [Read more...] about Olympus Tough TG-4