Easily the coolest thing I own: An official National Geographic Society Expedition flag given to my by the NGS Explorer Program for use in my research expeditions later this year.

Gulf Oil Spill “Not Over”: Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.

Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report. In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are dying in record numbers, and the evidence is stronger than ever that their demise is connected to the spill, according to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, which issued the report.

—More than 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the oil spill area since April 2010. If you stretched the corpses lengthwise, that’s 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of dead dolphins, Inkley said. Scientists know that is more than in previous years because they’ve been recording deaths and strandings in the Gulf for a decade.

—There are five species of sea turtle that live in the Gulf, and all of them are listed as threatened or endangered by the Endangered Species Act. About 500 dead sea turtles have been found in the spill region every year since 2011—”a dramatic increase over normal rates,” according to the NWF. What’s unknown is how many turtles died at sea and were never recovered by scientists.

—An oil chemical from the spill has been shown to cause irregular heartbeats in the embryos of bluefin and yellowfin tuna. That’s a critical stage of development for the fish, so there’s a lot of concern that the damage could cause heart attacks or deaths, Inkley said. 

—Loons, birds that winter on the Louisiana coast, are carrying increasing concentrations of toxic oil compounds in their blood.

—Sperm whales that swam near the BP well have higher levels of DNA-damaging metals in their bodies than in the past. The metals in their bodies, such as chromium and nickel, are the same ones that were present in the well.

Download the full report:
Four Years Into the Gulf Oil Disaster: Still Waiting for Restoration (pdf)


Astrophotography from 1908 — 1919

These images were taken about 100 years ago. I can’t even describe how much respect I have for early astronomers.

Image courtesy: Yerkes Observatory, Royal Observatory of Greenwich, Mount Wilson Observatory

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Scientific engravings from 1850

by John Philipps Emslie

(via the Wellcome Collection)

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This pi may be old, but it’s still delicious.  

Gah, I love vintage Coronet Instructional Films. You can watch the whole Coronet archive here, for free!

via okkultmotionpictures:

Happy OKKULT Pi Day

EXCERPTS >|< Meaning Of Pi (1949)

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A series of Animated GIFs excerpted from Meaning of Pi (1949). The video Explains how pi denotes the ratio of a circle to its diameter, shows the use of circles in art, industry and commerce, outlines a procedure by which the numerical value of pi can be checked and reviewed, and describes the discovery and importance of pi.

We invite you to watch the full video HERE

Excerpts by OKKULT Motion Pictures: a collection of GIFs excerpted from open source/unknown/rare/controversial moving images.
A digital curation project for the diffusion of open knowledge.


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The record for lowest arctic ice coverage (at 3.41 million square kilometers) and largest melt of the greenland ice sheet (at 97% melted) was set in 2012. in 2008, the u.s. classified the polar bear as a threatened species, the first with its survival at risk due to global warming. “it’s a fact that early sea ice breakup, late ice freeze-up and the overall reduction in ice pack…could erase half of a population in a single year.” - Andrew Derocher, co author, “rapid ecosystem change and polar bear conservation.” | Photos by Flip Nicklen and Ole Jorgen Liodden


We are doing this to species all over our globe. Future humans will look back on humanity of today and wonder why we just sat back and let this happen.

I’m not gonna just sit back.

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"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” — David Attenborough

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Astronauts Winston E. Scott and Takao Doi wait for a chance to retrieve the Spartan satellite and put it in the Space Shuttle Columbia's cargo bay, 25 November 1997. (NASA)

There is no cooler job out there. None.

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Martian sunrises, as seen by the HiRISE orbiter

These aren’t actual images from HiRISE orbiter camera. They are topographical renderings made by Dutch artist Kees Veenenbos using data from NASA’s Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, an instrument aboard the space agency’s Mars Global Surveyor that mapped the planet from 1997-2006. More information here at huffpostscience.

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How Did Famous Creative People Spend Their Days?

Creative Routines by RJ Andrews  

I love this.

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$200 3D printer: It’s real, it’s cute and it’s raised $650k+ in 12 hours


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Bran Ferren has spent 4 years and millions of dollars constructing the most audacious exploration vehicle ever built.

It’s mission: Take his 4-year-old daughter camping.

[MORE: The Most Insane Truck Ever Built and the 4-Year-Old Who Commands It]

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