SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 TWO WORDS APPEAR frequently in lauded YA author Patrick Ness’s new novel, And The Ocean Was Our Sky: “prophecy” and “harpoon.” This is no surprise since the novel is an homage of sorts to Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of …Read More »
“From a Low and Quiet Sea,” a new novel by the Irish writer Donal Ryan, recently longlisted for the Booker Prize, begins with a story snatched from life. When a group of fundamentalists in Syria crucify a small boy, a local doctor, Farouk, and his family decide to flee, taking …Read More »
Almost Dying for the Story: On Michael Scott Moore’s “The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast”
JULY 24, 2018 I MET A PIRATE once. It was the summer of 2009 in Somaliland, and I’d made the hot drive across a scrub of desert date, myrrh, and acacia trees to Mandheera, a no-stoplight town. A couple of miles off the road stood the most prominent building in …Read More »
Enlarge / We need your help to produce a new newsletter to chronicle the dynamic launch industry. Welcome to the first edition of the Rocket Report! This collaborative effort with readers of Ars Technica seeks to diversify our coverage of the blossoming launch industry. It publishes as a newsletter on …Read More »
El Faro, a 790-foot container ship, sank in 2015 off the coast of the Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 people on board died. It was the greatest American maritime disaster in 40 years, and the ship’s final hours were captured in remarkable detail on the ship’s voyage data recorder, …Read More »
In the 1980s, fishermen working off the coast of Indonesia made a surprising haul: a cargo of ceramic vessels, elephant tusks, sweet-smelling resin, and other artifacts from a ship that had lain on the bottom of the Java Sea for centuries. Most of the ship’s hull was long since gone; …Read More »
Enlarge / An Aplysia, also known as a sea hare. How does a brain hold on to a memory? There’s evidence for a number of processes, from potentially transient changes in gene expression, through long-term changes in DNA packaging, and up to alterations of the connections among cells. Complicating matters …Read More »
Sea Creatures From the ’20s and ’30s « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
May 14, 2018 AT 12:00 am Sea Creatures From the ’20s and ’30s Via National Geographic From the ethereal mating dance of seahorses to octopus tentacles emerging from a watery fog, Jean Painlevé presented common sea creatures as both scientific specimens and as works of art. The visionary filmmaker and …Read More »
Live Stream Whale and Dolphin Sounds from Under the Sea « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
May 2, 2018 AT 4:00 am Live Stream Whale and Dolphin Sounds from Under the Sea via MASHABLE Ever wanted to eavesdrop on a humpback whale? Scientists from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have, and are using deep-sea live streaming audio to do just that. Launched Wednesday, you can listen …Read More »
“‘That’s where we should be and that’s where the hurricane’s gonna be,’ Danielle said, laughing, always laughing, at the absurdity of their predicament. Photo Maine Maritime Academy students hold a vigil for missing El Faro crew members. Credit Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press “‘Gotta be a better way to go,’ Jackie …Read More »