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Scariest sea creatures

1. Blobfish Looks harmless, but I do not know what I would do if I found a "brain" swimming next to me... 2. Frilled shark Look at those teeth. And the killer look! 3. Giant squid Just compare the size of the scientists and that of the squid. It's called giant for a good reason. The fact that the pic is black and white makes it even more terrifying (like a Hitchcock movie) 4. Vipefish Thought to put the angler fish, but looking at that picture I changed my mind. 5. 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 →

Ocean Quotes 4: James Cameron

This quote is from a very inspiring person. James Cameron is a film producer (Titanic, The Abyss), and a deep-sea explorer. On March 7, 2012, Cameron took the DeepSea Challenger submersible to the bottom of the New Britain Trench in a five-mile-deep solo dive. " I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean". James Cameron Click on the image to learn a bit more about James Cameron DeepSea challenge project. Continue reading →

Your Word Cloud!

Good Evening MOOCers! Just a quick update tonight, so far we have had over 500 words submitted in the "What does the ocean mean to you?" activity, it is fair to say that the most enjoyable aspect of facilitating this course so far has been the overwhelming response on the Padlet walls, we have each really enjoyed looking at the nearly 1000 pictures you have uploaded or shared with us, and it has really made it clear that the ocean means something special and unique to all of us. Continue reading →

The Trieste, 1960.

Good evening MOOCers! There has been such a lot of discussion about the course content, it is great to see so many of you enjoying the course! We have had a lot of comments on the timeline where you can discover the history of ocean exploration, so I thought I would share an additional resource about a dive that has always fascinated me. Continue reading →

Course Overview

  Before we get started on Monday, the course team thought you might appreciate a very brief overview of what to expect from the MOOC, and the topic outlines for each week: Week 1: A hidden landscape (starts 03 February) Getting started in the course The history of ocean exploration Modern mapping of the oceans  Week 2: Mobilis in mobili (starts 10 February) How much water is there? Tides Our spinning planet Week 3: A living soup (starts 17... Continue reading →