Holly Fearnbach, John Durban, and Lance Barrett-Lennard are on board. They’re whale scientists on a mission. They’re about to use a hexacopter—a remote-controlled drone with six propellers—to collect some whale snot.
Whales are mammals. They have lungs and cannot breathe underwater. Whales hold their breath when underwater, then rise to the surface to breathe, using their blowholes kind of like how humans use their two nostrils. What you see spurting out from a whale’s blowhole isn’t a plume of water—it’s actually condensed whale breath! As the whale exhales, its breath comes out warm and mixed with droplets of snot. The warm air from the whale’s lungs condenses the cold air and forms a misty, snot-filled plume.
A humpback whale like the one Holly, John, and Lance have been tracking can exhale at a speed of 300 miles per hour, causing the blow to reach nearly 10 feet high or higher! As their boat approaches the giant whale, the three scientists get the hexacopter ready.
The hexacopter is battery powered. It’s small, sturdy, and lightweight. The scientists have attached a powerful digital camera to its bottom side, a collection plate to its front, and a petri dish to its top. When a humpback blows, the hexacopter is a perfect tool for collecting the whale’s snot.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
SNOT-COPTER: Drone at Work
THE BOAT IS on the move. It speeds over icy waters toward a humpback whale.
Fruity Valentine Nachos
Strawberries are red; Blueberries are blue. Valentine nachos Say, “I love you!”
Soured on Pickles
IT STUCK TO the bar of soap in the bathtub, so you didn’t want to wash with it.
HAVE YOU EVER wondered how your cat does such a good job of cleaning herself using just her tongue? Try this activity and find out!
SPRAY HOW YOU feel this Valentine’s Day by sharing this silly card with your friend or family!
The Stolen Smell
A Peruvian Folktale
Ophelia's Last Word - Blowhole Your Nose
Not feeling whale? Stop your blubbering, and turn your tissue box into the biggest thing on land or sea!
The War of the Noses
It could have happened anyplace: Two noses met up face to face.
Doodlebug & Dandelion
Very Skunky Valentine
The Sacrifice of the Rainbow Bird
A Tale from the Lenni Lenape
LONG LIVE THE KING
JEAN LE CAM WAS ALREADY A LEGEND, NOW HE’S THE UNDISPUTED HERO OF THE VENDÉE GLOBE, WRITES ED GORMAN
ARE YOU BLUEWATER READY?
WHAT ARE THE SKILLS YOU NEED BEFORE CASTING OFF ON A TRANSOCEAN OR BLUEWATER ADVENTURE? OFFSHORE TRAINING SKIPPERS SHARE THEIR ADVICE
Keanu & Alexandra's - EXCELLENT DOUBLE DATE!
Whoa! Keanu Reeves’ girlfriend Alexandra Grant has a fan in his Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure costar Alex Winter.
PUBLISHING AMID A PANDEMIC: How Board Games Survived and Thrived in 2020
COVID’s lasting impacts on our health and economy are still far from being understood. It will take many of us years, perhaps even a decade, to unravel what has changed in the last year. But some patterns are emerging, at least in the board gaming hobby, that indicate many publishers were well ahead of the curve even before the threat of a pandemic affected their supply chains worldwide. As the world began locking itself down to quell the threat of COVID-19, people continued to find solace in hobbies. Soon, the business journals and magazines of the world began tracking the increase of sales across a wide swath of interests as people did anything and everything to take their minds away from the weight of a pandemic circling the globe. Turns out, everything from toys, guitars, crafts, and board games were selling well despite a deflated economy. Report Linker’s “Board Games Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2021-2026” estimates that sales in the hobby will grow by 13 percent in the next five years, even with continued lockdowns. But what about the hobby as a whole? This article examines how 2020 affected the board gaming industry through three facets — big box stores, local board gaming cafes and stores, and the digital space — and how the pandemic has shaped them in the interim as well as moving forward. Is this projected forecast of its growth still as rosy?
John F. Martin – The Early '70s Manhattan
"This series was shot around Manhattan in the early '70s. I was using a Pentax Spotmatic loaded with Tri-X film. I processed the film and printed it. These are scans from the prints and negatives".
A Wee Dram
There’s more to love about Scotland’s favorite libation once you discover the magic
SLIDING FOR ADVENTURE
For the last 25 years I’ve been riding off road on everything from a 450cc lightweight to a heavily laden 1200cc adventure motorcycle. Although I was usually able to handle anything through rough terrain at slower speeds, I struggled at higher speeds on loose surfaces. And the biggest pucker moments occurred while approaching tight turns on gravel roads at high speed—barely navigating them safely.
“I'm Your Huckleberry” Has a Double Meaning for Old Tucson
Saving the old girl is more than a dream.
GWYNETH GOOPS UP TO RUB OUT WRINKLES!
SLOWLY ripening Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t above using a little “goop” to smooth out the age lines!
THE MAKING OF PEARL
JANIS JOPLIN IN 1970: A NEW B AND AND THE MAKING OF HER CLASSIC ALBUM, PEARL.