“[E]ngineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak,” reports Scientific American, has developed an algorithm which “removes the visual distortion caused by water from an image”, allowing us to “see true colors underneath the surface”. And it’s amazing.
When you keep chasing that single piece of cat poop that keeps rolling away from the scooper over and over and over again until you realize through your lack of eyeglasses that it isn’t rolling it’s running and it’s a spider.
“Those of us who live on metaphorically & literally higher ground in the rising climate crisis,” warns Michael Andersen (a senior researcher at Sightline Institute) in response to new research, “must organize immediately in every way to welcome more people soon.” When this inevitably happens, your neighborhood’s racist Nextdoor threads really will be quite the sight to behold.
While I tuned into Nautilus Live too late to watch during the astonishing whalefall and had to catch up after it happened, I’ve tuned in just in time for them all to be full of chocolate cake and terrible sea exploration puns.
‘There a huge amount of whether you want to describe it as hostility, unconscious bias or racism. Not just in the countryside, but in the environmental field. There’s a very condescending and controlling attitude that this is a white space,’ says Collier. ‘They might be gracious enough to share it with us but they’re the gatekeeper. It’s very difficult to operate as a black-led organisation because you’re always met in a very infantilised way, that you’re a child to their adult. People won’t always acknowledge you or see you as an equal operating as a skilled professional in the field.’
From Land justice and the uncomfortable issue of race by Amy Hall
I find Mark Bessoudo’s argument that “a plant-based diet is anti-human: it is a denial of the fact that we are creatures embedded within a complex (and messy) social and environmental ecosystem” pretty weird, in that there are all sorts of ways in which humans are creatures embedded in a wider ecological and evolutionary system that we nonetheless eschew or resist as a “higher” animals. Which isn’t to say that I’ve an opinion one way or the other on whether or not a plant-based diet somehow is “higher” (and, full disclosure, I very much myself am an omnivore). It’s only to say that unlike many or most other animals, we are a creature capable of choice. Exercising that choice, then, in any regard or capacity, is very much, although this term is as dumb as the other, pro-human.
You’ll want to watch the video of an octopus changing colors while dreaming (via Digg), which alerted me to the upcoming “Octopus: Making Contact” episode of Nature on PBS, which presumably is not about Old Night but definitely worth having just set my DVR to record it in case I forget between now and next week.