Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/18/2019 - 11:02
Ocean Leadership ~ The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego (http://scripps.ucsd.edu; http://ece.ucsd.edu) invite applications for the joint faculty position listed below. We seek a motivated, broad-thinking scientist-educator to establish a vigorous research program and provide intellectual leadership in their field while complementing existing expertise at SIO, ECE, and other UC San Diego departments. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The departments are interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, and service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We invite applications for a joint Assistant Professor position with a research focus on signal processing in applied ocean sciences. Of interest are all aspects of signal processing in the ocean including but not limited to: the development of innovative signal processing and parameter estimation approaches for use with data collected from arrays of marine sensors (acoustic, seismic, electromagnetic), environmental inversions, data assimilation, and marine environment sensing technology development. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated the potential capacity to develop/maintain an innovative sea-going research program along with mentorship of both graduate and undergraduate students and an established record of exceptional classroom instruction. Applicants are required to have a PhD or advancement to candidacy at the time of application in Engineering, Physics, Oceanography or a related field, a competitive record of publication and service, as well as evidence of ability or strong potential to secure extramural funding and conduct an active research program. The position requires teaching of University studies at the undergraduate and graduate level. Salary will be consistent with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and with University of California pay scales. For full consideration, please apply by the 3/8/19 deadline at: http://apptrkr.com/1371798 UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu). The post Joint Assistant Professor in Signal Processing in Applied Ocean Science, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) (Mar. 08) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
01/18/2019 - 10:56
Scientists surprised by haul of crustaceans and tardigrades in undisturbed subglacial lake Scientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice. The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, also known as “water bears” or “moss piglets”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole. Continue reading...
01/18/2019 - 08:01
Two missing Humboldts were found this week in Strelley Village after a tipoff Two penguins have been found by police officers two months after they were stolen. The pair of Humboldt penguins were taken in November last year from a zoo in Nottinghamshire. Continue reading...
01/18/2019 - 07:49
Products withdrawn because of serious contamination are on the rise, report finds The number of meat and poultry products recalled in the US for potentially life-threatening health hazards has nearly doubled since 2013, according to a report by a consumer watchdog group. The US Department of Agriculture logged 97 meat recalls for serious health hazards in 2018, ranging from 12 million pounds of raw beef that made close to 250 people ill with salmonella to the withdrawal of 174,000 pounds of chicken wraps for possible contamination with listeria. Continue reading...
01/18/2019 - 07:07
Elon Musk says he has no choice but to reduce electric car manufacturer’s headcount Tesla is cutting more than 3,000 jobs, or 7% of its workforce, after experiencing a year its founder, Elon Musk, said was both its most challenging and most successful. The chief executive of the electric car manufacturer told staff on Friday that “the road ahead is very difficult” because its products were not yet affordable for most people and it was up against a big incumbent industry. Continue reading...
01/18/2019 - 02:00
Vedanta Resources in fresh appeal to have water contamination claim brought by 1,800 people heard in Zambia A British mining company has appealed to the supreme court to prevent 1,800 Zambian villagers bringing a pollution case involving its subsidiary from being tried in the UK. Lawyers for Vedanta Resources told Britain’s highest court that the case – brought by villagers who allege that their land and livelihoods were destroyed by water contamination from Vedanta-owned Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) – should be heard in Zambia instead. Continue reading...
01/17/2019 - 13:51
Greg Clark knows nuclear cannot compete with the likes of wind and solar – but he is not giving up There was excellent news within Hitachi’s decision to shelve its plan to build a £16bn nuclear plant at Wylfa in Anglesey. Finally, a government minister may have grasped the basic problem with nuclear power. It is being “out-competed” by alternative technologies, especially wind and solar, the business secretary, Greg Clark, had to concede in the Commons. Exactly. So drop the obsession with nuclear, last century’s answer to our energy needs. As Clark also said, the package offered to Hitachi was generous. The price of the power, at £75 per megawatt hour, was lower than in EDF’s Hinkley Point C contract, but on this occasion the government would have taken a one-third stake and committed to providing all the debt financing for construction. Adjust for the different financial structure and the package looked very Hinkley-like – in other words, hugely expensive for the poor old bill payer. Continue reading...
01/17/2019 - 13:33
Hitachi’s decision to walk away from two projects, despite hefty subsidies, indicates strongly that the UK’s current policies don’t add up The scrapping of three nuclear power station projects in just over two months should prompt immediate and serious thought about the future of energy in this country. Hitachi expects the axing of the Wylfa plant on Anglesey in Wales to cost it £2.14bn. Around 300 people at its UK subsidiary Horizon will lose their jobs along with around 1,000 in the supply chain, and a second Hitachi power station in Gloucestershire will never be built. That another Japanese company, Toshiba, pulled the plug on another nuclear project in Cumbria in November, after trying and failing to sell it, makes the need for a considered response from policymakers all the more pressing. The problem, in a nutshell, is that the new generation of nuclear power stations is proving too expensive. Hitachi walked away from a package including a guaranteed price for its electricity of £75 per megawatt hour for 35 years, well above the wholesale price of around £50, but still below the £92.50 awarded to EDF Energy for power generated at Hinkley Point C. With the price of offshore wind as low as £57.50 and expected to fall further, and with renewables now supplying 33% of power (up from 6.7% in 2009), the contrast with nuclear is increasingly unflattering, as business secretary Greg Clark acknowledged when he told MPs that nuclear is being “outcompeted”. Continue reading...
01/17/2019 - 10:42
Model attacks rising Amazon deforestation and sets out her environmental credentials The Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen has rebutted an extraordinary attack by Brazil’s agriculture minister, who called her a “bad Brazilian” for her environmental activism and said she did not know “the facts”. Bündchen said the “bad Brazilians” were those responsible for Brazil’s worst deforestation figures in a decade. Continue reading...
01/17/2019 - 09:06
The options remaining, with three projects shelved and old plants reaching end of road Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales Does Hitachi decision mean the end of UK’s nuclear ambitions? Britain’s old nuclear power stations supply about a fifth of electricity supplies and are a key part of the energy system. However, their share of the mix has been gradually shrinking as renewables have grown and energy demand has fallen. Continue reading...