9/20/13 Link Round-Up

Happy Friday, everyone! We have a very full and interesting link round-up for you this week, including several articles covering the changing chemistry of oceans and rivers, whale ear wax, Tamu Massif updates, moon illusions, and more. We hope you enjoy, learn something new, and have a fantastic weekend!

  • A new multimedia masterpiece about ocean acidification, “Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn, came out the in The Seattle Times late last week. Is is overflowing with interesting and engaging information, photos, videos, and more.
  • Is an individuals “belief” in climate change driven by their understanding of the science and evidence, or by the cultural group they belong to? In this Yale e360 interview,¬†Yale professor Dan Kahan discusses his research and asserts the latter plays a larger role in climate change beliefs.
  • From acid rain, to an acidifying ocean, you might be wondering how fresh water rivers are becoming more basic, or alkaline. The NPR story “‘River on Rolaids’: How Acid Rain is Changing Waterways” explains the science behind this change in chemistry.
  • Despite all of the modern marvels technology affords us, researchers still struggle to measure the exact pH of seawater because tests are expensive and difficult to conduct. This need has prompted a “New X PRIZE to Help Track Increasing Ocean Acidity.” The search for a cheaper and more accurate sensor is on, and the prize is $1 million.
  • Does the thought of a foot-long column of whale ear wax make you cringe a little? Then try thinking of whale ear wax like tree rings. Learn more in the story “Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminants.
  • Last week we introduced you to the Tamu Massif volcano, claimed to be the largest volcano in the world. The question this week is, “Is This Undersea Monster Really the World’s Largest Volcano?”
  • Do you know why the moon looks bigger closer to the horizon than it does up in the sky? No? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone…you’re actually in the company of Aristotle and other great minds. The TED-Ed video describing the conundrum is fantastic both for the information, and the way it’s presented.


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