Year's Best In Science


Fox News discusses the years best in science. I was excited because two of these are deep-sea related, the Yeti Crab and the recent capture of the Architeuthis. DSN was there when these stories cracked bringing you “a fair and balanced coverage”. Most of these findings are old news and were diligently covered by blogosphere. Below the fold I list all these finding and link to a blogger who covered them. Stay tuned for the BEST OF DSN 2006 from Peter.

If you blogged on any of these topics add a link in the comments section.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

2 Replies to “Year's Best In Science”

  1. Haha! I was still living in Maine when the beardog story came out. Ridiculous.

    One thing that’s great about Maine is that the news media regularly covers conservation and ecology stories. Still, that mysterious dog creature was on TV for, like, a week…

  2. In reference to the ‘Yeti’ crab and the numerous articles and web-postings associated with its discovery, nowhere is there a mention of the Alvin Pilot, Anthony Tarantino, who I believe promoted its collection. It was the typical case where the folks in the submarine were so focused on getting their scheduled tasks accomplished that it took prodding from the pilot (i.e. “I think that looks different, I’ve never seen that before, we should collect it.”) to get the creature to the surface. Now it’s a world wide phenomenon and Anthony’s contribution has been marginalized to “He ran the slurp gun.” I find it uncanny that the important assistance and expertise that the hard working group of Alvin pilots brings to every science cruise is often conveniently forgotten particularly when it comes time to publish an important finding. Many of the folks in the Alvin group have significantly more time on the bottom of the ocean than any senior scientist. One might argue that our input and labor have significantly and positively impacted the study of the deep ocean and the careers of those people that work with us. We are more than just ‘taxi drivers’ of the deep.

    W. Bruce Strickrott
    Chief Pilot DSV Alvin
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    on board R/V Atlantis

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