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.

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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