Shrimp species named after Pink Floyd
A new species of shrimp has been named after prog rock group Pink Floyd. Described in the journal Zootaxa, Synalpheus pinkfloydi is a new pistol shrimp species from the tropical eastern Pacific. It uses its outsized pink claw to generate sounds that exceed 210 decibels to stun prey. According to the scientists that made the discovery, the name is based on the shrimp’s claw color, rather than the noise it creates.
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Nikon announces the D7500
Nikon has announced their D7500 DX SLR camera. It features the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor and EXPEED 5 processor as the D500. Native ISO range is 100-51,200 and it utilises the 51 point AF phase detection module from the D7200. Video is 4K UHD, with uncompressed output via HDMI.
The cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay could be eliminated by budget cuts
The clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay could nearly be eliminated by the proposed budget cuts from the Trump administration. This 360 degree video from the New York Times visits the places that could be affected by these proposed cuts including an oyster restoration center and a cattle farm.
GoPro announces trade-in scheme
GoPro has announced their “TradeUp” scheme. This allows existing GoPro owners to get a $100 reduction on a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model. The trade-in can be in any condition, including non-functional. The old cameras will be recycled responsibly.
Boxfish takes orders for Boxfish 360 camera
Boxfish Research has announced the Boxfish 360 immersive 360° camera. It has three frame-synced MFT cameras, with images from each combining to create single immersive, 5K 360-degree video and DNG RAW photo. Runtime is around 90 minutes and the anodized aluminum housing is rated to a depth of 300m (1000ft).
Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached
Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia have recorded more bad news for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is undergoing a further bleaching episode, primarily in the previously unaffected middle third of the reef. The northern end was bleached in 2016, so this leaves only the southern third unaffected.
New species discovered in Easter Island
In March of this year an expedition to Easter Island concluded with a slew of new species discovered living in the island’s “twilight zone”, the area between 200 and 500 feet deep. The team consisted of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and was the sixth expedition of the CAS’s Hope for Reefs initiative to study and restore coral reefs worldwide. Definitively the expedition recorded four new species of fish and one new species of sea biscuit that reside in the twilight zone.
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