Featured image: The Luzon Strait serving as a breeding ground for internal waves. Alternating streaks of rough and smooth water are visible traversing the sea floor. (courtesy MIT)
This week, we host Robert Nazarian, graduate student in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, to talk through his research on ocean dynamics and internal waves. How complicated is the motion of the sea, and how can this massive system be modeled? Rob’s research focuses on energy flows through the sea, where waves carry heat from one place to another. How do ocean flows, large-scale motion and small-scale turbulence alike, affect the environment in and out of the water? Further, Rob will talk about his outreach, and how he has used innovative teaching techniques to engage students in learning about oceanography.
In other news:
- The woolly mammoth developed strange signs of rib mutation in its final days, say a group of researchers in the Netherlands.
- Subway stops are governed by the patterns of statistics, and some of them work more efficiently than others.
- A nova explosion in deep space was seen by Korean astronomers in 1437, and the star it birthed has been rediscovered in our present-day skies.
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