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.
Tutorial: Creating Custom Camera Calibration Profiles in Lightroom
Adobe’s Lightroom app offers many editing tools for image makers. One of these is the ability to generate custom color profiles for specific cameras. As underwater image makers, these profiles can help make our RAW images look more like the images we viewed on our camera’s LCD screens immediately after capturing them. Wetpixel presents a short tutorial covering the basics of creating custom camera calibration profiles.
Sony announces SSDs for external recorders
Sony has announced the release of new solid state drives (SSD) specifically designed for use with external recorders like the Atomos Ninja 2. The SV-GS96 960GB model has a 2,400 terabyte rating will allow the drive to be fully written on five days a week for ten years without failing, while the 480GB model (SV-GS48) gives about half that durability. Both models feature data protection technology and a special connecter with 6 times the durability of SATA connectors.
Auction to name a new species of sponge
An auction to benefit the Greater Farallones Association has been announced. Here is your chance to have a new species named after you. A previously undescribed species of sponge was found on the USS Independence at a depth of 2,600 feet off the Farallon Islands. The auction runs from April 13th to April 25th and the winner will name the new species of sponge, receive a photographic print of the sponge and a bound copy of the scientific publication where the sponge is described for the first time.
Magic Lantern adds experimental firmware offering 4K RAW to EOS 5D Mark III
Magic Lantern has released an experimental build of their firmware that offers 4K RAW recording on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Also within the build is a Live View mode that shoots at 5796x3870 at 7.4 fps, even at faster shutter speeds. This will produce rolling shutter however. Magic Lantern point out that the current build has “plenty of bugs,” but expect that these will be worked out over time.
Apple confirms support for pro users
In a frank interview on TechCrunch Apple has provided some information regarding its plans to satisfy the demands of pro users. The company has been widely criticized for abandoning this sector of the market, with many pros porting their systems over to Windows. As of today, Apple is shipping two new Mac Pro models and have committed to releasing a whole new model, along with an external pro display in 2018.
A paper shows the positive impact of the marine reserve in Palau
A paper recently published in the scientific journal PLOS One shows the positive impact a marine reserve can have on a country. Two years ago the island nation of Palau established a marine reserve the size of California, 193,000 square miles, in its waters. No fishing or mining is allowed in the reserve.
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