We’ve polluted hadal zones (deep sea trenches) before we could even explore them

Introduction: Researchers have just found pollutants that were banned since the 1970’s have become concentrated in today’s deep-sea environments (hadal zones).  These pollutants are likely toxic (Figure 1) and seem to be stuck in the food chain. Background: What pollutants … Continued

Tardigrade (a.k.a. “water bear” a.k.a. “moss piglet”) extravaganza!

Introduction: Tardigrades are microscopic animals and they are awesome.  They can withstand more abuse than any other known animal.  They can tolerate heat, cold, dehydration, and even the vacuum of space!  But they are not extremophiles (critters that love environments … Continued

Humanity’s oldest ancestor was a tiny Packman-like sack with bad breath

Introduction: Scientists (Han et al., 2017) have just discovered well-preserved fossilised remains of humanity’s oldest ancestor (Figure 1).  The little dude—your greatest grand pappy—was called Saccorhytus coronarius. Details: Where, when and how old? S. coronarius lived in the seafloor during … Continued

A gigantic iceberg is about to crack off of Antarctica, here are three things you should know

Introduction: Several groups of researchers are reporting that a large rift (Figure 1) is stretching across the West Antarctic Ice Sheet’s Larsen C Ice Shelf (e.g. MIDAS and IceBridge).  This crack will eventually separate an iceberg the size of a … Continued

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