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The promise is awesome: thousands of sailors voluntarily collecting valuable ocean data as they cross the seas — work that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars if research vessels were used. But there’s peril: Can you trust the data? “There is always an element of ‘data unreliability’ when many different people are collecting data,” admits Federico Lauro, the leader behind the project to crowdsource sea science described this week in the journal PLOS Biology.   But the team has an answer: Keep it simple. “Our approach is to use automated instrumentation that will self-collect samples and eliminate the ‘human error’ aspect,” says Lauro, a marine microbiology professor at Australia’s University of New South Wales. For the Indigo V Expeditions team, crowdsourcing sea science on a global scale is doable and critical. “We are seeing the rise of ocean dead zones, acidification … and the demise of 90 percent of the big fish and 50 percent reduction in coral reefs,” says co-leader Rachelle Jensen, citing estimates from other studies. “So it’s important for people to understand why we should all care about the oceans and understand what a critical role the oceans play in supporting habitable life on the planet.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE   The Globe and Mail – ‘DIY Science: Researchers Look to Sailors for Ocean Data’ With cutbacks in research dollars around the world, a group of international biologists believes it’s time for some DIY science. The team is developing simple observations and tests […]

The Curious Case Of The Locked Bathroom Door and How a Leatherman Saved the Day

Imagine if you will a South African working in Singapore in the publishing industry. A Managing Editor proofing the latest publication of a property magazine that will be published in the next two days. His mobile phone rings. “You’re not going to believe this: says his wife ” I’ve locked myself in the bathroom”. Of course the lady in question is 7 months pregnant – however at least she has access to the facilities. “I’ll be right there darling. You people continue proofing – back in a bit”. A short cab ride later and up to the eighth floor and sure enough – daughter number one is ready with a hammer and has already laid into the door. “Mom’s stuck”. Says the beautiful 8 year old. Thankfully I do have a Leatherman as every person who grew up in Africa has. Let the expats laugh at the addition to the belt. There’s many a time that I’ve got them out of a jam with the tools. On this occasion it was slightly more challenging. Not because the multitool wasn’t up to the job – but because dealing with a cat and a small child with a hammer, as well as the fact that there wasn’t any toilet paper on the other side of the door. So – first the cat. No idea where the can opener is – but a Leatherman will sort that out no problem. Can opener – check. Small child with hammer? No problem – door’s got […]