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!Attention Website Designers! Oceanus is looking to upgrade our current website!

!Attention Website Designers!

oceanus, lending vision to hope

Our current website: http://www.titan-oceanus.com

Oceanus is currently looking for a talented, experienced web designer to take the reins on upgrading our website.

Our current website is an acceptable springboard: it functions well, gets the point across, is educational, minimalistic, tells a story… but it is not quite on the level it needs be for a project of this scope and magnitude.

We are looking for someone to create a top-notch site for us; A website that is leagues beyond our current site in the realms of quality, graphics, support, structure, readability, optimization, responsiveness, accessibility, usability, and professionalism.

Our Oceanus website 2.0 needs to be able to handle a large flow of traffic; have its metadata optimized; be modern, clean, crisp, streamlined, uncluttered, visually stimulating, easy to navigate, responsive to different devices, simple yet bold, and should be able to tell our story within 30 seconds of a visitor landing on our page. It needs to be crystal clear as to where users are to go to access specific information. It needs to contain the vast majority of the information on our current site, plus a good amount of other information as well (which will be added during creation), as well as able to add further information with ease (pages, blogs, videos, etc). Think of our current website beneficially amplified on all fronts. Quality is of the utmost import.

Someone with a love for the environment, and with the desire to see our project succeed, is a definite plus. Someone who is interested in joining our team, being an ongoing asset when it comes to things like search engine optimization, upkeep, updating the site, troubleshooting, and just overall being a part of making this vision become reality (someone who has a vested interest in Oceanus’ success) will take precedence in regards to applicants.

Although we have had a great many responses to this call to action already, we will continue to contact each and every person who is interested, and go over each applicant’s portfolio and areas of expertise to see exactly who will be the best fit for the position. There are great opportunities here for the right person, and we intend on finding that person. Here’s to hoping it’s you!

If interested, contact us in one of the three ways below:
Email us: contact@titan-oceanus.com
Message us directly through our website: http://www.titan-oceanus.com/contact-us.html
Message us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oceanusproject

Remember, we’re looking for the practical evolution of our old website, as designed by a dynamic and valuable member of Oceanus- someone who can step our website up to the next level and show us new ways in which to shine!

A brand new type of rock has formed from our plastic waste.

plastiglomerate, plastic rock, pollutionScientists have announced the existence of a new, trash-based rock type: plastiglomerate.

The new type of material will stay in the Earth’s rock record forever, according to a new study, and will one day act as a geological marker for humanity’s impact on the planet.

The research from the University of Western Ontario in Canada has revealed plastiglomerates form when melted plastic rubbish on beaches mixes with sediment, lava fragments and organic debris to produce a whole new type of rock.

So far the material has only been found at Hawaii’s Kamilo beach, which is considered one of the dirtiest in the world, but the unique geological material likely exists in many other locations, as Joseph Castro reports for LiveScience.

Research on the plastiglomerates from Kamilo Beach have found there are two types: In situ and clastic. The results are published in GSA Today.

The in situ variety is rarer, and forms when “plastic melts on rock and becomes incorporated into the rock outcrop,” lead author Patricia Corcoran told LiveScience. Clastic plastiglomerates (pictured above) instead form as loose rocky structures, when a combination of shells, coral, basalt, woody debris and sand are glued together by melted plastic.

Plastiglomerate was first discovered by oceanographer Captain Charles Moore, who thought that molten lava had melted the plastic to create the new rock material. But, as LiveScience reports, the researchers revealed that the lava hadn’t flowed since before plastics were first invented, suggesting our waste was definitely to blame.

It’s not great news, especially given the fact today is World Environment Day. Hey Earth, to celebrate, we’ve made you a new type of rock that will NEVER break down. You’re welcome.

Source-ScienceAlert

 

World on Brink of 6th Great Extinction

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HUMANITY HAS RAISED EXTINCTION RATE A THOUSANDFOLD

Human activity is wiping out species of plants and animals at a dizzying rate, leaving the world on the verge of the sixth great extinction in its history, a new study warns. Researchers found that species are vanishing around 10 times faster than previously believed—and 1,000 times faster than they did before humans emerged, the AP reports. A mass extinction on the scale of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs is close, and “whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions,” says the lead researcher. Habitat loss is the main factor causing species to disappear, but climate change, overfishing, and the spread of invasive species also play a role.

But the situation isn’t completely hopeless: Modern technology and “citizen scientists” are helping biologists locate endangered species, aiding efforts to save their habitats, the study author tells National Geographic. Thanks to mobile apps like iNaturalists and online crowdsourcing, “we know where the species are, we know where the threats are, and—even though the situation is very bleak—we are better able to manage things,” he says. What can the average citizen do? A scientist not involved in the study suggests encouraging lawmakers to connect nature reserves to each other, and the study author notes that extinction rates of mammals, birds, and amphibians are 20% lower than they would be without protected refuges. About 13% of the planet’s land has been designated as such; the same holds true for only about 2% of the ocean.

-Newser

THOUSANDS OF DEAD FISH LITTER SHORELINE NEAR KEMAH / GALVESTON

oxygen depletion galvestonPhoto by: GuppyStorm Photography

Link to video: http://abc13.com/news/thousands-of-dead-fish-wash-ashore-near-kemah/77770/


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says the dead fish began showing up last weekend. Now, the fish litter the shoreline, and the stench fills the air.

“It just stinks really bad,” said Yesenia Compean. “You had to cover your nose when you walk by there.”

Edward Hinojosa and his family spend almost every other weekend in the Kemah area.

“Never seen nothing like that in my life,” said Hinojosa.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says the shad or bait fish are likely showing up dead because of oxygen depletion.

At this time, there are no plans to investigate the fish kill any further. There’s also no word on any plans to clean the fish off the shoreline.

-ABC news

Lab Mistake Results in Momentous Find!

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It’s a happy accident: A mistake at an IBM research lab has created “a super-strong, super-light, and super-recyclable new material,” that could transform the old-school world of plastics and polymers and improve a slew of products, NBC News reports. Most of our polymers date back decades—think Styrofoam from the 1940s or nylon from the ’30s. But when researcher Jeannette Garcia forgot an ingredient in a polymerization reaction, she ended up making two new polymers—the first discovered in 20 years—including one so strong “I couldn’t even get it out of the flask,” she says. “I had to break the glass with a hammer.”

That polymer, nicknamed “Titan,” has about one-third the strength of steel and could show up in future computers, reports Mashable. The second, called “Hydro,” is a gel-like material that essentially heals itself when cut in two—which could work wonders as a “powerful-on-contact adhesive,” it adds. Both reduce down to molecules easily, which is big news because, “We can begin as scientists to design molecules that are incredibly tough, incredibly durable, but still recyclable,” a chemistry professor explains. That could mean a more eco-friendly shopping bag or water bottle, or even a tougher material for military drones.

Courtesy- Newser