Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Shark Week Starts Tonight

Screen Shot 2011 07 31 at 8.14.51 PM Shark Week Starts Tonight
Just a reminder that Shark Week on Discovery starts tonight at 9PM EST. Enjoy! LINKMore:

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Alien Invaders Reach Atlantic

dreamstimefree 2258337 300x198 Alien Invaders Reach Atlantic There’s an invasion in the works in the Atlantic Ocean, and these aquatic species don’t come in piece. Receding ice above North America is opening a clear portal larger each year which allows foreign species to pass through into the Atlantic. Everything from whales to microscopic plants and jellyfish are making their way across this new northern passage, and the ecological results are sure to be nothing short of disastrous. Read on after the break.… More:

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Shark Massacre Inside Galapagos National Park

dead sharks San Cristobal Shark Massacre Inside Galapagos National ParkSharks are amazing creatures and I have been fortunate enough to have personally worked with several species.  They’ve held my fascination for years and I can’t learn enough about them (I used to be able to rattle off respiration rates for some of the more commonly kept species).  The following should be viewed as bittersweet and I’ll explain after.… More:

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Hairy Frogfish Caught on Video

dreamstimefree 376806 225x300 Hairy Frogfish Caught on Video Frogfish, otherwise known as anglers, are very interested and unusual species to study. Frogfish come in many varieties, but they always have a few common features. They are extremely adapt at using camouflage to blend into the background, and with a huge mouth designed for swallowing fish nearly as big as themselves, they make for a great ambush predator. Frogfish, or anglers, also come armed with a small lure that they can dangle in front of their mouth to attract prey. Video after the jump.… More:

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EcoTech Marine jumps into the LED Scene

radion 85263960 EcoTech Marine jumps into the LED Scene Released today, EcoTech Marine added a new listing to their current trademarks for a Radion LED.… More:

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DIY: Money Saver or Shredder

dollar sign DIY: Money Saver or ShredderLet’s face it, this is an expensive hobby. I’ve read signature lines written by forum members like “I have the key to making a small fortune, start with a large one and then take up reefing”. Because of the cost involved with even mid-range priced equipment, many hobbyists turn to Do It Yourself in hopes of having a piece of equipment that will perform as well as or better than a high dollar, high quality manufactured item. … More:

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Robot Octopus. You have all been warned.

Screen Shot 2011 07 27 at 8.28.03 PM Robot Octopus.  You have all been warned. Remember that scene from one of those bad “The Matrix” sequels where the last remaining human beings living underground go to war with giant flying robot octopuses that basically drill into their lair?  Apparently we’re one step closer to that fun sounding apocalypse with the development of an octopus-like neural network that drives the above tentacle.  A link over at Boing Boing explains that this is all in the name of humanity as scientists work to replicate the complex distributed brain functionality that exists in the octo world. A cool video after the jump.… More:

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Cost-effective really means Greater Patience

rock Cost effective really means Greater Patience
Live rock versus dry rock… which one costs more?  You’d think the answer is obvious, but there is more to consider.… More:

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