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Stories by Rose Eveleth

Arts and crafts day on the Knorr

Yesterday was officially arts and crafts day on the R/V Knorr. We had a very specific project: decorate styrofoam cups.If you're wondering why, just hold on a minute.

June 29, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

On the importance of names. Or, "Are we at the hump or the hole?"

If you look at our recent GPS trajectory, you might think our navigator is, well, under the influence.But actually, our course is a planned path between 3 specific spots:Da Base: Our home base for the past few days.Da Hole: A location slightly south of Da Base, where the satellites showed chlorophyll levels looking a little low.Da Hump: A spot slightly north of Da Base, where the satellites indicated chlorophyll levels were a little higher than the surrounding areas.So we started at Da Base, went down to Da Hole, back to Da Base, up to Da Hump, back to Da Base, down to Da Hole, back to Da Base, and now we're heading back to Da Hump...

June 28, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

Jumborizing: a brief history of the R/V Knorr

In the library here, there's a fabulous oil painting of Ernest R. Knorr, an engineer and cartographer after whom our boat is named. Since her first launch in 1968, the Knorr has logged over a million miles, sailing far enough to go the the moon and back twice. You've seen parts of the boat, and you'll see more in the upcoming weeks as I get lost and find new places, but the general specs are as follows...

June 27, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

Wildlife watch!

A running joke among oceanographers who don't study whales and dolphins is the fact that everyone *thinks* they study whales and dolphins. For the people onboard who are so committed to their plankton, however, they sure do get excited about dolphins and whales...

June 26, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

The superstar sensor: what is a CTD?

There's a lot of science lingo I don't know. There's also a lot of nautical lingo I don't know. Combined, I often have no clue what some of the people on the boat are talking about.

June 18, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

Steaming North: how the scientists are trying to find plankton

June 16th, 2012We've set sail! Here's proof:You can also tell by this graph of the ship's speed over the last few days.The few hours before we set off were full of tying down all the science equipment and negotiating with customs officials to get a piece of equipment that had been shipped.If I had live Tweeted our departure, it would have gone something like this:@roseveleth: Customs finally arrives with the box that's been sitting in the Ponta Delgada airport for a week...

June 17, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

Big Herds Attract Plenty of Parasites

Humans, of all species, should know that there are some big advantages to social living. Groups of animals can hunt together, defend one another, and keep each other clean and safe.

June 5, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

All Aboard: how you can be a part of our research blog

Hi there! I'm Rose, a science journalist and producer. I live in Brooklyn now, where I write, produce and generally try to explain science-y things. But in a few weeks, I'll be writing to you from somewhere far, far away from Brooklyn: the North Atlantic Ocean.I’m heading out to sea with a research group trying to learn about a globally important type of phytoplankton called coccolithophores, and a virus that routinely attacks them...

June 1, 2012 — Rose Eveleth
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