What it's like to dive under a giant oil rig in Gabon

Over at National Geographic, marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is posting photos and accounts from his expedition, diving off the huge oil rigs in Gabon. The oil company TOTAL is allowing him and his team to dive off "several of their oil rigs." And this first view of the massive dark shape underwater, with coral… » 10/10/12 10:35am 10/10/12 10:35am

Get Out Of The Water! Stingray photo bomb will scar your soul

The Stingray photo bomb is a horrifying experience for everyone involved — including the Ray. Presumably taken in the Cayman Islands (possibly at Stingray City) the greatest animal photobomb ever created was discovered by Redditor epic676. But don't get all freaked out for future Stingtay hugs next time you're… » 9/27/12 12:31pm 9/27/12 12:31pm

Google launches underwater Street View, blows everyone's goddamn mind

Google has rolled out some damn impressive additions to its ouvre of street-viewable locales over the last few months, including Kennedy Space Center, the Amazon Rainforest and Antarctica, but this may be the most spectacular of them yet. Working in collaboration with The Catlin Seaview Survey, the company has… » 9/27/12 7:10am 9/27/12 7:10am

Why Romney and Obama's Written Science Answers Aren't Enough

Romney and Obama have agreed to answer questions on science and science policy, but it's a bittersweet victory. A few weeks ago we told you about ScienceDebate, an independent citizens' initiative devoted to having Obama and Romney face off over fourteen questions about science in a publicly televised debate. Now,… » 8/30/12 11:00am 8/30/12 11:00am

It's time to bring science to the fore of political discourse by having…

If you want to see Obama and Romney devote time to addressing important questions about science and science policy in a publicly televised debate, you're going to have to fight for it. Back in 2008, an independent citizens' initiative, known simply as "ScienceDebate," pushed to have 14 such questions addressed in a… » 7/20/12 11:06am 7/20/12 11:06am

U.S. Government insists that mermaids do not exist

Of course, that's what they would say, isn't it? The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement explaining that no evidence of the existence of mermaids "has ever been found." NOAA explains helpfully that belief in mermaids may go back as far as 30,000 years, to a time when humans first… » 7/03/12 6:20am 7/03/12 6:20am

Watch the ocean currents turn the Earth into a living Van Gogh

Who knew that our ocean currents were constantly painting Van Gogh's Starry Night across the planet? This visualization, created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, captures the surface currents that danced and twisted across Earth's oceans from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007 while… » 3/25/12 10:00am 3/25/12 10:00am