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24 December 2013

In 1981, geologist John Saul wrote what may be a classic paper on diamonds and deep gas, which we now post to our site.  The full reference is: John M. Saul, The Origin of Diamonds and the Deep Gas Hypothesis, Proceedings of the XVIII International Gemmological Conference, Journal of the Gemmological Society of Japan, Vol.8, no1-4 (Dec. 1981) pp.79-85.

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23 December 2013

The current issue of GeneWatch includes an interesting array of reports on where DNA barcoding is and where it might go, including PHE-er Mark Stoeckle’s essay “DNA Barcoding Ready for Breakout“.

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10 December 2013

On 5 December 2013 the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach hosted Jesse to lecture on the Census of Marine Life. Artist Sofia Kostyrko also gave a tour of the marvelous collection of portraits of “oceanauts” that she has painted, including a portrait of Jesse, now on exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

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10 December 2013

The Deep Carbon Observatory announced exciting discoveries about hard rock life and production of hydrogen to feed the life by cooking water, rock, and aluminum oxide together. Here are news stories about the discoveries by Reuters, The Independent newspaper, EFE  (the Spanish news wire), and New Energy and Fuel.  And in Chinese and Russian.



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10 November 2013

Stimulated by a new article by our Guelph colleagues, the New York Times Tuesday 5 November ran a long article article about application of DNA barcoding to botanical products, and found lots of inaccurate labeling, as we had with teas.  Development of the plant barcode was supported by work sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan and Gordon and Betty More foundations.  See




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29 October 2013

Produced by PHE associate and acoustician Perrin Meyer, is an interactive meditation on time, oil stocks, and sea levels for the Maldives Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale. polartide takes in data from two sources, sea water levels and oil stock quotes, and maps these numbers onto an interactive graph. Clicking the graph buttons, you hear a sonification of the data on your computer. Clicking on the buttons you also trigger those sounds to be played live at the Maldives Pavillion in Venice and at an exhibition in Berkeley, California as well. You are contributing, with your clicks, to the way the artwork sounds. More info at

Team: Greg Niemeyer (Data Artist); Chris Chafe (Composer); Perrin Meyer (Producer)); Rama Gottfried (Sound Artist)

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29 October 2013

Jesse had the amazing experience of joining the science team aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus exploring life on sea floor volcanoes around the Caribbean island of Montserrat. A 19″ video chat with Jesse from 24 October is posted here. Visit to learn where the vessel is exploring now.

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28 October 2013

PHE-ers Mark Stoeckle, Jesse Ausubel, and Paul Waggoner put together Barcoding Life Highlights 2013 in recognition of the Fifth International Barcode of Life Conference opening shortly in Kunming.
This eight page pdf takes a look at notable developments since the 2011 conference in Adelaide, Australia, offers a big picture view of barcoding’s flourishing first decade, and features hot links to papers, organizations, and databases.
We hope you enjoy!


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10 October 2013

An exhibit in the Great Hall of the Aquarium of the Pacific near Los Angeles entitled

The Oceanauts: Living the Dream of the Sea

displays excellent mixed-media portraits by Zofia Kostyrko of 24 notable ocean explorers, including Jacques Cousteau, Sylvia Earle, and Robert Ballard…and Jesse Ausubel.

On-line, the portraits are arranged alphabetically from Ausubel to Widder and also include Captain Cook and Charles Darwin.   We are thrilled and honored.

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8 October 2013


Our citizen science cockroach project continues to attract attention, with PHE researcher Mark Stoeckle interviewed on local NBC TV newsNational Public Radio, and National Geographic online.

Coverage also aired on Russia’s largest news network, Channel One, a 3″ segment with excellent footage of New York City.

And Germany’s Deutsche Radio Wissen  ran a story with Christoph von Beeren of Daniel Kronauer’s lab.

Posted at 04:10 pm in News