Whale and nine new species provide insight into ocean’s depth

Scientists recently stumbled upon a whale skeleton on the ocean floor near Antarctica. This is one of only six natural whale skeletons found worldwide and, quite remarkably, they also found nine never-before-seen species of deep-sea organisms feeding on the bones and skull.

Scientists recently stumbled upon a whale skeleton on the ocean floor near Antarctica. This is one of only six natural whale skeletons found worldwide and, quite remarkably, they also found nine never-before-seen species of deep-sea organisms feeding on the bones and skull.

The whale is believed to be a Minke whale. The deep-sea organisms included a type of bone-eating Osedax worm. Researchers say this discovery, which was made almost a mile below the surface in an underwater crater, will provide new insights into life in the sea depths.

An article about the discovery is available from Science Direct,

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Weird Science: Biotechnology as Art Form

Tissue cultures, genetic modification, bacterial colonies. Over the last decade, more and more artists have been giving up the studio in favor of the laboratory.

Tissue cultures, genetic modification, bacterial colonies. Over the last decade, more and more artists have been giving up the studio in favor of the laboratory. These works has been to draw the public into discussions about what genetically modified organisms are and what possible social and political implication. Article by Carolina A. Miranda in ArtNews here.

Genome sequence of a Neanderthal

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, has completed the genome sequence of a Neanderthal and makes the entire sequence available to the scientific community today.

More information: http://www.eva.mpg.de/neandertal/index.html and http://phys.org/news/2013-03-german-publish-full-neanderthal-genome.html

STEAM Journal

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The  STEAM Journal is a transdisciplinary, international, theory-practice, peer-reviewed, academic, open access, online journal with a focus on the intersection of the sciences and the arts. The STEAM Journal integrates perspectives from a variety of contexts and fields. The STEAM Journal inaugural issue ‘Luminare’ Vol. 1, Iss.1 3/13/13 is here! The STEAM website here