The Navy must really like their spy jellyfish. We knew they were exploring jello territory last year with a team from Virginia Tech, and this year, with the five-year grant from the Office of Naval Research, it looks like RoboJelly has a new name as well: Cyro. It has also ballooned from a palm-sized prototype [...]
Californian designer Roxy Russell hopes her Medusae collection of lamps literally illuminates the problem of plastic pollution in oceans and seas. It’s a noble desire — though it’s one she acknowledges as being ironic since the glowing lamps are also made of plastic. However, as she puts it: ‘… the PET is (not) an evil [...]
The sea, there’s a little place in our hearts we reserve just for it. Bridging the gap between everyday life and sea creatures is Australian-based photographer Kim Preston’s Plastic Pacific series, where she raises awareness of hazardous plastic waste floating around in the north Pacific, by transforming everyday plastic materials into sea creatures and capturing these as snapshots in the most atmospheric way. The showercap jellyfish and Ziploc fish are just astounding.
If you haven’t noticed by now, we have a weakness for robotic animals. Especially when they are recruited for decidedly unnatural tasks like, er, spy research. Now a bunch of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas’ Virginia Tech are now hard at work on the Robojelly which is funded by the US navy.
Although these jellyfish died of natural causes before they were frozen in liquid nitrogen and made into paperweights, they still make me shudder a little. At least the manufactures promise they ‘will not crack or break when dropped’. Good to know.
In 2007, Russian underwater photographer Alexander Semenov graduated from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in the department of Zoology. He specialized in the study of invertebrate animals, with an emphasis on squid brains. Soon after, he began working at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) as a senior laborer. After four years of working at the WSBS dive station, he became chief of the diving team. He now organizes all WSBS projects, and dives by himself, always with a camera.