Claudia Geib

Man, the Compassionate Carnivore


I had been a vegetarian for three years, and a pescatarian for all of 14 days, when the lobster incident happened.

On my part, the decision to grill two languid, mottled-blue and orange lobsters on a pleasant July day was motivated partially by a sense of adventure and partially by pure stubbornness. My boyfriend, Matt, had recently moved to Cape Cod: shellfish country, a place where most of his neighbors would never set off for a day at the beach without their clam rake. I was converted to their worldview with little resistance, out to dinner one night, by a bite of littlenecks swimming in white wine and butter. Full Article »

The Stellar Forge


The heart of every star is a forge for the building blocks of the universe. Since the day the universe began, stars have been taking the materials spit out by its formation and transforming them into the elements that make up everything we know: deserts, dinosaur bones, oak trees, apartment buildings, giant squids, jellybeans, and you. Full Article »

Hunting A Tempest in the Deep: The Story of the Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment


Floating west of Bermuda on a clear day in 1959, a group of oceanographers noticed something odd. Henry Stommel, James Crease, and John Swallow, aboard the navy-hulled research ship Aries, had just deployed a swarm of oceanographic floats at different depths. Swallow had designed the floats and thought he knew what they would do: drift slowly north on leisurely currents believed to dominate the deep sea. Yet almost immediately, the floats began moving in every direction, clipping along at speeds ten times more than anticipated. Full Article »

The West Coast Is Still Safe from Fukushima Radiation


Two researchers are laying to rest continued fears about radiation from the Fukushima meltdown on North American shores. Jay Cullen and Ken Buesseler, with the help of a team of citizen scientists, have been hunting for radiation in water samples and fish specimens up and down the west coast since 2012. Their results have shown there is more radioactivity in a dental x-ray than in the Pacific—yet fear lingers in the air about what might be lingering in the water. The continued questions about Fukushima’s influence show that, as one researcher put it, “the greatest health impact from Fukushima has been the psychological impact.” Read more at NOVA Next.

Antarctica’s Melting Ice Sheets Could Slow Climate Change


Climate change is making the Antarctic blue—and that might be good news for the rest of the planet. Seafloor communities are flourishing beneath newly ice-free Antarctic seas, and as they grow, they are turning into carbon sinks, gobbling up carbon that might otherwise end up in the atmosphere. Read more at NOVA Next/

The Birds and the Bees Should Take a Lesson from the Octopus


They sound like a typical couple. A male and a female share a home. They go about their business during the day but come together for meals. After dinner, they have sex, entwined in a face-to-face embrace.

Typical, perhaps, for humans. Yet this couple is a pair of larger Pacific striped octopuses, and their behavior defies what scientists thought they knew about these denizens of the deep. Full Article »

Study Finds Overlooked Relationship in Human Seafood Consumption


Serve a scientist a plate of fish swimming with mercury, and she will tell you not to eat it. Pass a nutritionist a fish high in fatty acids, and he’ll extol the health benefits of your meal. But if these fish were one and the same—high in both a well-known toxin and a well-known nutrient—neither expert could recommend the fish. Full Article »