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Coral Reefs

Deep-sea corals

When we think of corals, for most people this brings up colorful views of clear blue waters and colorful tropical reefs around which swim a multitude of exotic fish.  However, these are not the only coral reefs present in our ocean, there are highly productive and extensive reefs in the colder and deeper waters of our oceans. Continue reading →

We want your links!

Dear MOOCers This weeks activity has been to share your info graphics with us relating the amount of salt in the sea, to another known volume, and we have had some amazing creations, I have particularly enjoyed the "7 Billion Elephants" analogy, and the excellent image relating how much sea water would be needed to obtain Juan Mata's weight in salt! One of the highlights of facilitating on this course has been the interaction between students, facilitators and educators, and a lot of... Continue reading →

Oceans Movies!

As we approach the end of Week 2, and the weather has been so awful this week, I thought you might appreciate a list of ocean based movies from a selection of PhD students here at NOCS. These are in no particular order, and are a mix of documentaries and fiction. Some are all about the ocean, some focus on natural disasters, and some focus on the significant threats to the ecosystem from human activity. Continue reading →

The analogy between corals morphology and the “Theory of Everything – The E8 Geometry”

The Theory of Everything Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that possibly answers all the big questions. The E8 theory attempts to describe all known fundamental interactions in physics and to stand as a possible theory of everything. Garret elegantly highlights the analogy between the morphology of coral polyps and the E8 theory. I encourage you to see Garrett's talk in TED about the E8 theory. Continue reading →