- Not Exactly Rocket Science
NERS Review of the Year Part 1 – the “They did what now?” edition
Science isn’t just about the ground-breaking discoveries and quirky results – it’s also about how you get there. These techniques are a mix of fun, dangerous, unorthodox and bxreathtaking. They’re a reminder that science is a process, rather than a destination.
Humpback whales have unique spots on their tails, much like human fingerprints. Using these spots, the Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalogue, has been collecting photos from scientists, naturalists and tourists to track the movements of the world’s humpbacks. The catalogue shows that one female – spotted in 1999 near Brazil and in 2001 near Madagascar – had made the longest voyage of any mammal. Her colossal trek spanned almost 10,000 km and took her a quarter of the way round the