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Mermaid Myth: Government Blog Debunks 'Aquatic Humanoids'

Mermaid Myth: Government Blog Debunks 'Aquatic Humanoids' | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"Get ready for a shock: mermaids don’t exist, according to the U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The revelation came in an “Ocean Facts” blog post on June 27, although the news is only now going viral on Facebook."

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We can learn to understand and transform complex social realities by studying how we interact with the ocean
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Last of the Sea Nomads · by James Morgan

Last of the Sea Nomads · by James Morgan | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
A story on Maptia by James Morgan (jamesmorgan) — Marine nomads, the Bajau Laut, have lived in the waters of the Coral Triangle for centuries but their way of life and their uniquely intimate relationship with the ocean is being destroyed.
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Ocean Currents Map

Ocean Currents Map | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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Representation and agency: encountering the ocean, like any other encounter, has a representation dimension, a protocol for maping and recreating the experience in other plane.

 

(via Alyce Santoro)

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Underwater Kites Harness Ocean Currents and Tides for Power

Underwater Kites Harness Ocean Currents and Tides for Power | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Researchers are working on harnessing ocean currents and tidal flows using underwater kites. The potential: Power equal to about 10 nuclear power plants.
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Giant, rare

Giant, rare | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute was snorkeling off the coast about 20 miles southwest of L.A. when she spotted an 18-foot-long oarfish.
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Citizen Journalism: How the Internet Will Cover the Next Superstorm

Citizen Journalism: How the Internet Will Cover the Next Superstorm | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Join our friends at The Citizens Campaign for a series on Citizen Journalism in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  The first of three events will take place on Saturday, October 5 in Toms River, New Jersey.
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Interactive Coral Reef Panoramas Will Make You Hate Your Landlubbing Life - Wired Science

Interactive Coral Reef Panoramas Will Make You Hate Your Landlubbing Life - Wired Science | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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Male Humpback Whales Attract Mates by Singing in Chorus - Wired Science

Male Humpback Whales Attract Mates by Singing in Chorus - Wired Science | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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Even sex needs cooperation.

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New Antarctic ice core reveals secrets of climate change | The Raw Story

New Antarctic ice core reveals secrets of climate change | The Raw Story | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

A newly revealed cylinder of ancient ice could change the way we think about climate change. A study published August 14 in the scientific journal Nature looked at 30,000 years of ice in more detail than has ever before been possible.


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Odd-Looking Orcas May Be a Distinct Species | Wired Science | Wired.com

Odd-Looking Orcas May Be a Distinct Species | Wired Science | Wired.com | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
A strange-looking and mysterious killer whale living in the heaving seas ringing Antarctica might be a distinct species.
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Source of endless mysteries: monsters, threats of all kinds, new animals when we tahought we knew it all. 

 

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Ship graveyards - Infocult: Uncanny Informatics

Ship graveyards - Infocult: Uncanny Informatics | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
io9 has a nice post on wrecked ship graveyards. Gorgeous, melancholy visions: (thanks to Randy McCall)
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Humanizing the ocean: ship graveyards.

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Crowdfunding a tool to enable oceanography for the masses: OpenCTD

Crowdfunding a tool to enable oceanography for the masses: OpenCTD | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
CTD, or "Conductivity, temperature, and depth," are the three measurements with which marine scientists "unlock ocean patterns hidden beneath the waves." A group of scientists who believe in accessibility have a crowdfunding project to create...
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The limits between academia and tradiional reseacrh have been slowly but irreversibly changing, being redrawn into a new configuracion of prcatices where art and social activism play a fundamental role.The Ocen is a priviledged "object" where his trasformation is taking place.

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Huge Jellyfish Robot Is an Underwater Spy

Huge Jellyfish Robot Is an Underwater Spy | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Engineers at Virginia Tech have created a five-and-a-half-foot jellyfish robot that could one day be used for ocean surveillance.
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Photography exhibition under the sea

Photography exhibition under the sea | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
For the last two months, Viennese artist Andreas Franke has had a new show of photographs on exhibition near Barbados. Thing is, you needed to SCUBA dive to see them.
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Phone app helps visualize sea level rise

Phone app helps visualize sea level rise | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Looking Glass is a prototype phone application that allows you to see the future of sea level rise right in front of your face.
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Technology enabling imagination.

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Seahack

Seahack | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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A very interesiting directory of resources for the exploration of the sea.

(via http://boingboing.net/2013/11/19/seahack-participate-in-sea-ex.html)

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Upcycled floating island, open-source

Upcycled floating island, open-source | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
The demand for floating islands rises with the sealevels. Let´s build a low-budget island out of trash and bamboo, then share the island + manual with the world
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Take a look!

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Volunteers Wanted for Yearlong Mock Mars Mission in Canadian Arctic

Volunteers Wanted for Yearlong Mock Mars Mission in Canadian Arctic | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
If you're ready to take a timeout from your life and spend a year living in the Arctic on a simulated Mars mission, the Mars Society wants to hear from you.
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Will we use the ocean to rehearse our ability to detroy other planets?

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Deep Sea Creatures? Floating Trash? Nope, Just Fantastic Underwater Sculptures | Wired Design | Wired.com

Deep Sea Creatures? Floating Trash? Nope, Just Fantastic Underwater Sculptures | Wired Design | Wired.com | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
These artists make fantastical sculptures that are designed to live under the waves.
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Sculptures under the sea. Is it not a way to aknowledge some level of agency, some subjeive dimension to the Ocean, for whom we design and deploy aestethic objects? 

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Google Street View Conquers the Oceans [VIDEO]

Google Street View Conquers the Oceans [VIDEO] | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Google Street View Oceans takes you through the coral reefs of the world.
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The more we explore the ocean, the more we know about ourselves. Science and control (knowledge and survelillance), that is, humanan domination over the seas and over other humans. #panopticon #alienation #emancipation #foucault
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Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated

Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Update: The original version of this story incorrectly summarized this study as showing populations to be displaced by 2100 if current trends continue.

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Deadly Sea Lion Mystery Draws Biologists to Remote Island in Search of Clues - Wired Science

Deadly Sea Lion Mystery Draws Biologists to Remote Island in Search of Clues - Wired Science | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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Undersea colony ruins - Infocult: Uncanny Informatics

Undersea colony ruins - Infocult: Uncanny Informatics | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Back in the 20th century Jacques Cousteau organized an undersea living pilot. People lived in spacecraft-sized underwater containers for a while, then the project ended. The remains can be seen in photos, or in video (below).
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In the beginning, there was Cousteau...

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In the beginning, there was Cousteau...

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TED Weekends dives into the deep sea | TED Blog

TED Weekends dives into the deep sea | TED Blog | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Underwater, there’s a world full of the bioluminescent and colorfully firework-like creatures. This is what David Gallo showed us ...
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... "we have only explored about 3% of the world’s oceans" ...


I guess the question is if our exploration of the ocean will be similar to Europan "exploration of the world, from the XVI Centrury, in whcih case this 3% is a good thing (ask the so claled "primitives" of the non-European world) or rathe our exploration means something completely different: an encounter without domination or explotation.

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Overfished and under-protected: Oceans on the brink of catastrophic collapse

Overfished and under-protected: Oceans on the brink of catastrophic collapse | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
As the human footprint has spread, the remaining wildernesses on our planet have retreated. However, dive just a few meters below the ocean surface and you will enter a world where humans very rarely venture.
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Thank you Kimi. Man's intervention can have two very different and opposite forms: we can either integrate with and cooperate with the non-human world (without loosing our freedom), and the Ocean is part of that world, or we can frce a "humanization" of everything non-human, which is some extrapolated form of anthropocentric colonialism.

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The changing face of landscape photography - in pictures

The changing face of landscape photography - in pictures | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
As the Earth's landscapes rapidly change, so landscape photography embarks on a new era – as shown by a remarkable exhibition at Somerset House, London
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