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Seafront Sea Urchin Inspired Home Inspires Me On So Many Levels

dnews files 2014 09 sea urchin 140917 670 jpg 1 300x196 Seafront Sea Urchin Inspired Home Inspires Me On So Many LevelsDiscovery News posted this a few days ago but I seemed to have missed it until late last night (ok, super early this morning). The Hydroelectric Tidal House, the brainchild of architectural designer Margot Krasojević, harvests tidal energy and converts it into electrical current. Krasojević was inspired by some of the ocean’s most bizarre creatures, such as echinoderms like starfish and sea urchins. The nautical abode sports a turbine system of magnets and copper wire coils stored in an electrostatic capacitor. This is far from the first strange and unique concept Krasojević has proposed. Check out his ideas for an electric coral reef station, a cliff-hanger hotel (I need to book a room immediately here), and a 3D printed sea shell shaped lamp. I’d love to see what other brilliant ideas this man has in store for us – I like the way his mind works. I’m also really curious as to what the inside of the echinoderm structure would look like.

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Cute Babies Turned into Cuter Sea Creatures

Ok, someone just turned the cuteness factor way up. Anne Geddes, a photographer well-known for her creative and adorable baby portraits, has created the best baby calendar in the world. Simply titled the “Under the Sea”, it features 12 unique scenes that have babies dressed up as mermaids, sea turtles, hermit crabs, nudibranchs, and even coral polyps. But it’s not just the babies that got all dressed up. The scenery created also involved a lot of work and planning. Each backdrop was handcrafted with such detail so as to truly capture the marine environment. We have never seen such aquatic cuteness all in one place.According to the video above from ET Now, the calendar photoshoot took nearly a year of planning and pre-production, 12 days of shooting, 20 babies, and probably a ton of patience. But this isn’t Anne’s first rodeo. MORE: Cute Babies Turned into Cuter Sea Creatures

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Wild: ‘Plankton Boom’ Lures in Giant Jellyfish of The Deep to The British Coast

74791014 jelly 300x168 Wild: Plankton Boom Lures in Giant Jellyfish of The Deep to The British CoastFile this under your “pretty damn cool” tab for the day and take a look at these massive four-foot giant jellies spotted on the Southern Coast of Britain spotted over the past few weeks. Believed to be barrel jellyfish, experts hypothesize the Rhizostoma pulmo were enticed by a plume of plankton out of their normal habitat further out to sea. MORE

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Want a rare maxima clam? Check out two-face.

unnamed 300x143 Want a rare maxima clam? Check out two face.Hailing from the waters of French-Polynesia, this two faced maxima clam comes from the remote Austral Islands. Believe it or not, the genetic mismatch that causes this dual colored mantle to occur, only happens once in 2 million clams. So do you want an uber rare genetic coloration added to your reef? If so, this guy will be arriving at Pacific East Aquaculture in Salisbury, Maryland next week. The cost for a randomly occurring coloration, that takes a whopping 2 million clams to find, a mere $ 2,000.00. Certainly not chump change, even for the most financially well endowed hobbyist, but considering it takes millions of clams to find such diversity, the price is understandable. For more information, take a peak at Pacific East Aquaculture, and perhaps shoot a call or email over to the owner, Dr. Mac Terzich.    

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AlgaGen’s Live Feeds Program – An In Depth Look

4dfd1410878073868 150x150 AlgaGens Live Feeds Program   An In Depth LookAlgaGen’s Life Feeds Program (LFP): The use of live feeds in reef keeping is not a new concept. Aquarists have been collecting, culturing live feed organisms for years as a means to keep their reef happy and healthy. The issue is that live feeds are NOT readily accessible to all. Live feeds take some level of work and space to culture or collect which can discourage many from using them. In an attempt to make live cultures readily available AlgaGen has developed a Live Feeds Program (LFP). The concept is to provide participating stores with clean, hi-quality cultures each week. This way the store does not have to spend its time culturing but maintaining and selling the cultures. The aquarist community on the other hand now has wide access to fresh, quality cultures to experiment with in their MORE

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Planctontech’s New Planctondose: In Depth Review

DSC 0546 planctontech planctondose 400 Planctontechs New Planctondose: In Depth Review The New Planctondose from Planctontech is a zooplankton dosing station for marine aquarium, designed for benthic organisms, but also all the different types of corals and fishes that can be hosted in aquarium.  Testing such an object like the New Planctondose of Planctontech is not a simple affair. Beyond the technical aspects of our review, one of the key points is the actual need to feed live zooplankton in the marine aquarium.  MORE

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Awesome 137 Ft Deep Pool Opens In Italy

 Equal to the height of a 12 story building, this new enormous pool defies imagination at 137 Ft depths. Named ‘Y-40 The Deep Joy’, the pool is located in the Hotel Terme Millepini near Padua, Italy. This massive pool allows scuba divers to train in controlled conditions for deep water diving. There are numerous underwater viewing windows for spectators and instructors to keep an eye on students, along with a transparent tunnel 16 ft down. Imagine filling this pool with some deep water species to create a one of a king pool diving experience! MORE

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Who’s Up For a Challenge? Man Sets Record For Deepest Dive

CFD51726 A468 4C7D A65DF4C4580BAB9F article Whos Up For a Challenge? Man Sets Record For Deepest DiveThis title put me off a bit: “Man Sets World Record for Deepest Underwater Dive”… what other kinds of dives are there? Skydiving? But then that’s a fall? Whatever, I suppose if it just said “dive” I’d say “into what?”. Moving on. So this Egyptian daredevil recently took a plummet into the depths of the Red Sea for the love of science – and dropped down a mind-blowing (nearly) 1,100 feet (!!!!), give or take. 41-yea- old Ahmed Gabr took on to set the Guinness World Record in hopes of proving that humans could actually survive the conditions of deep-sea immersion. Wonder if the previous holder of the record, Nunes  Gomes of South Africa, will try to trump Mr. Gabr for the title. Scientific American was kind enough to put these numbers into perspective for us – the depths of Gabr’s dive would be the equivalent of more than three American football fields laid end to end. It took this guy no more than twelve minutes, TWELVE MINUTES, to reach this depth. Did he nab the record for fastest swimmer as well? That’s insane. Interestingly enough, the trip back up was a grueling 15 hours. I don’t even like flying for that long, let alone physically swimming! However, this is done to avoid decompression sickness amongst other physical ailments that can result from catapulting yourself out of the ocean. Most divers dive to an average depth of 130 feet, just to put things into perspective for you.  Gabr has been training for nearly four years for this feat, and has been a diving instructor for 17 years. Looks likes the next contender has their work cut out for them.

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