New PDF release: Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas

By Stefan Helmreich

ISBN-10: 0520250613

ISBN-13: 9780520250611

ISBN-10: 0520250621

ISBN-13: 9780520250628

Alien Ocean immerses readers in worlds being newly explored via marine biologists, worlds often out of sight and succeed in: the deep sea, the microscopic realm, and oceans past nationwide barriers. operating along scientists at sea and in labs in Monterey Bay, Hawai'i, the Woods gap Oceanographic establishment, and the Sargasso Sea and at undersea volcanoes within the jap Pacific, Stefan Helmreich charts how revolutions in genomics, bioinformatics, and distant sensing have pressed marine biologists to work out the ocean as lively through its smallest population: marine microbes. Thriving in astonishingly severe stipulations, such microbes became key figures in medical and public debates concerning the starting place of lifestyles, weather switch, biotechnology, or even the opportunity of lifestyles on different worlds.

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A call from the Aquarium interrupts my ROV tutorial. Through our shipboard monitor of the Aquarium auditorium, Knute and I see stock footage of the very control room in which we sit. I squint at the image of the docent on our screen and hear her tell her audience, in a tinny television voice, "Nothing is larger or more important than the ocean. We get food, minerals, and pharmaceuticals from it. And with the ROVs, we can enter this alien world. None of this would be possible without MBARI's research vessels.

She tells me that in trying to figure out what might be unique about a library from Hawai'i, for example, she consults the log of the ship on which samples were collected, looking through records of salinity, temperature, and the like. She shows me a website from which she can retrieve such data and comments on the constant need to think of context. Sometimes, she tells me, if she is looking at a microbe living near the surface, she will think back to surfing or scuba diving, trying to remember temperature and light shifts.

Slowly transposing his bodily motion, a fragment of his presence, into the robot deep below, tries to be mindful of the clams. D. : If I sit down here, I can try not to disturb them. PETE: They're pretty happy. They're gigantic! [Looking at camera controls, realizing things are not what they seem] oh! We're zoomed in. The Message from the Mud / 43 FIGURE 6. Oceanic sublime meets mathematical, media sublime. ROV control room on the Point Lobos. ©MBARI. Reproduced with permission. "19 Just so, Pete and the ROV pilots behave as different parts of a distributed body, adjusting to each other's perceptions and prosthetics.

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