Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Whale experts like Kerr want tissue samples to determine the health of the beasts, the problem being that it's somewhat difficult to do a biopsy on an enormous creature that only periodically comes to the surface to breathe.

Welcome to the Age of ‘Airbnb for Everything’

Welcome to the Age of ‘Airbnb for Everything’

Baumgarten turned her brothers’ headaches into Boatsetter, “the Airbnb for boats.” Boat owners can list their vessels on the platform, and people who want a day on the water can rent one for a few hundred dollars.

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

So, if the boat can travel at 30 mph and it has 41 minutes to get to the rendezvous spot for the fairing, how big of a target area do you need.

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

This boat is light and fast, and folds origami-style into a 30-inch square that’s just 15 inches deep—small enough to fit in a car trunk or hall closet. The 40-pound Haven is one of the only tandem kayaks light enough for one person to carry.

Afield with the Gar Professor

Afield with the Gar Professor

And Solomon continues to reach new people every year – students, anglers, social media users – with his love of gar and other primitive fish. I scanned the water and soon saw the first fish come to the surface, a bowfin , another primitive species also of research interest to Solomon.

Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Data gathered during that underwater expedition, which lasted more than 50 hours and covered some 60 miles, is now being fed into climate models to better predict how fast the ice shelf might melt and how its disappearance will affect global sea level rise, the British Antarctic Survey says.

Electrofishing Threatens A Rare Dolphin-Human Partnership

Electrofishing Threatens A Rare Dolphin-Human Partnership

But the dolphins that live here in the Ayeyarwaddy River are extremely special — they’ve learned to fish with humans. Naing Lin says that electrofishing is jeopardizing fish populations that both the dolphins and legal fishermen rely on for food.

A Red Tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast Has Been a Huge Hit to Tourism

A Red Tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast Has Been a Huge Hit to Tourism

I don’t want them jumping in the water and then leaving me a negative review.” More red tide coverageThe Deadly Toll of the Red TideAug. 31, 2018A Toxic Tide Is Killing Florida Wildlife July 30, 2018Although Labor Day weekend usually marks the last summer spike in tourism along this coast, an unusually persistent red tide — the longest in the area since 2006 — has driven away would-be visitors, turning a survey of the Intracoastal Waterway, which would normally be buzzing with boats, into a quiet nature tour, despite bright blue skies and a cool breeze.