22 August 2017 Anvil City Science Academy and The Immortal Jellyfish!

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photos of class

why are their only photos of the oldest class

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Questions from our class

Captain: Have you guys crashed before?

Steve or researcher: How much data can the technology on your ship hold? Example: Gigabytes/ terabytes

Chief Scientist or researcher: Are you allowed to eat the fish you catch?

Lisa: Do you guys have a medic or doctor onboard? If someone does get seriously injured what do you do to handle the situation?

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Question #1 to the Captain of the R/V Sikuliaq: Have you guys crashed before?

Captain Forrest McMullen was happy to answer your question! The answer is: “Fortunately no!” He then explained the three phrases he’s always kept in mind as when piloting a ship.
1) There are two kinds of pilots, fast pilots and old pilots.
2) His dad always told him, “you never go faster than you want to hit it.
3) And in a true emergency always land flat. In other words, don’t hit something head-on, try to turn your ship so you hit the object with your side, because pressure is force divided by area, therefore if you hit an object with the length of a side of a ship (vs. the narrow bow) the energy at impact is spread over a much larger area resulting in much less damage to both the ship and the object!  

Question #2 to Steve or researcher: How much data can the technology on your ship hold? Example: Gigabytes/ terabytes

Wow! That’s a great question.  Ethan, a super talented IT crew member would be the one to answer that question, but unfortunately he’s pretty busy at the moment, so I’ll give it my best shot.  In a way I guess the amount of data the ship can hold is somewhat endless.  The ship is linked to a website and their own “cloud” of sorts, so a lot of their data can be stored there.  We also have a special Ship to Shore folder that acts as a trickle feed to send large files (over 50mb) to shore.  Once there they can be uploaded by anyone with access.  For instance the video files I make to add to my journals can be stored on my laptop or portable storage unit I carry with me (which can hold up to 2 TB), however they take up to much bandwidth to upload to my journals (we’re only allowed to use 300mb per day) so I have to use the Ship to Shore folder.  It can take more than 24 hours for my videos to show up in the Shore folder after I’ve placed them in it from the ship.  Eventually people at PolarTREC, the host for our journals, will upload the video for me to youtube and then place it in my journal.  Additionally, almost every researcher brings with them their own computer and back-up hard-drive and we can all access a shared folder that’s available to us without the web-based internet.  Once I catch Ethan with a spare moment (he’s the main go-to-tech guy along with Dan) I’ll see if he has any additional information.

In the mean time, you can check out quite a lot about the ship on this website: https://www.sikuliaq.alaska.edu/

Question #3: Chief Scientist or researcher: Are you allowed to eat the fish you catch?  Dr. Joel Llopiz from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the leader of Team Fish.  He and his research team jumped in on this question for you! During this research expedition all of the fish they're catching are used for science purposes only. They're primarily catching Arctic Cod which are an important part of the Beaufort food web.  However, we are very fortunate to have awesome cooks onboard and we get to eat salmon, rock fish, shrimp and halibut quite often for dinner.  
Fun Fact: The oldest rock fish on record was caught a few years ago on a NOAA ship and it was alive when President Lincoln was assassinated!  WOW!  That fun fact comes from another branch of Team Fish, Dr. Mike Lowe from Louisiana State University.

Question #4: Lisa: Do you guys have a medic or doctor onboard? 
We don't actually have a doctor however several of the ships crew are trained to handle many health emergencies.  There is a small hospital onboard which remains locked unless someone is using it.  It contains medications and sensitive medical equipment.  Although we don't have a medical doctor directly on the ship, the Sikuliaq has the ability to link live with doctors and use remote medical diagnostics to diagnose and treat people with health issues while on the ship! And, they did ask for everyones blood type before we came onto the ship, so I'm assuming they also store blood supplies in the hospital.

Thanks so much for the great questions Anvil City Science Academy! 
safe seas!
Lisa

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Anthony G
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Anthony G Springs School Seff Jellyfish

Do you think Jellyfish can be used to produce an anti aging / wrinkle cream?

Anthony G
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Anthony G Springs School Seff Jellyfish

Do you think Jellyfish can be used to produce an anti aging / wrinkle cream?

Michael M
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Immortal humans?

I wonder, can scientists figure out a way for humans to live longer based off the discovery of this jellyfish? Will transforming cells to a younger state even be theoretically possible in the future? I would love to find out.

Re: Michael M commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi Michael-
I know right, that would be pretty wild!  It sounds like you might need to go into the science research field and figure it out!
In the mean time....since this is definitely beyond my knowledge base, I thought this New York Times article gave some good information and I thought you might find it interesting:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/magazine/can-a-jellyfish-unlock-the-se...
(: enjoy your Saturday and thanks for the thought provoking questions!
Lisa

Tifany G.
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How was this jelly fish

How was this jelly fish discovered to be immortal?

Re: Tifany G. commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi Tifany! From what I can find out-and remember, these jellies, Turritopsis dohrniiare, are not known to be in the Arctic! Several students at the Anvil City Science Academy were interested in them, and then I found them super interesting too so I thought I'd write about them!  From what I can find out they were first discovered in the Mediterranean Sea in the late 1800's. but their "immortality" and cellular renewal wasn't discovered until the 1990's. 
I'm assuming that scientists figured out it's ability to regenerate itself while observing it during part of the actual "renewal" process.
Pretty neat though isn't it?
(:
Enjoy your weekend,
safe seas,
Lisa

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Corrina C, Springs School, Seff, jellyfish

How long do you think the immortal jellyfish have been alive? I was also wondering if these jellyfish can sting humans?

Re: Corrina C commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi Corrina-hmmm, that's a good question, I'm not sure exactly how long they've been on the planet.  I know they were discovered in the 1800s and their "immortality" was discovered in the 1990's.  Here's a NY Times article that I found interesting!  I'd actually never heard of them before the students at the ACSA asked be about them. They are not from the Arctic.  I'm not sure if they sting or not, I haven't read anything about them having stinging cells, and they are super tiny.  They're about the size of the end of your little finger!
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take care and have a nice Sunday!
Lisa

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Corrina C, Springs School, Seff, jellyfish

I can't believe they are the size of your finger! I though they would be bigger.

Re: Corrina C commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi Corrina-yes...me too!  I don't know why but I pictured them as being big until i read about them.
However they are beautiful!
best,
Lisa

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Kaylynn C.
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Kaylynn C. ,Springs School Seff , Anvil City Science Academy

Did you feel uncomfortable or nervous speaking in front of students that you didn’t know and that didn’t know you?

Re: Kaylynn C. commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi Kaylynn-that's funny you should ask.  I usually don't...but for some reason I was more nervous than I would usually be!  However after a few minutes I got over it.  And they were really welcoming.  They've been following our research also which has been really fun.  We're hoping to see them again before we leave.
take care, have a nice Sunday and I'll see you soon!
Lisa

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Kimberly B.
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Immortal Jellyfish

About how many students are in the Anvil City Science Academy? and also do you think scientist would try to find a way to use the ability of the jellyfish to give human a long lifespans and/or anything of the sorts?
Love,
Kim

Re: Kimberly B. commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City...

Hi Kimberly! Good question...I'm not sure but I believe there are about
60 students in grades 5-8.  They remind me of Springs students, all very
nice.  So researchers (just not us!) are looking into several possible
medical uses for these jelly fish. Here's a good NY Times article you
might find interesting!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/magazine/can-a-jellyfish-unlock-the-se...
take care and enjoy your Sunday!
(:
safe seas,
Lisa

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Daniel P Springs School O'Reilly Amount of Jellyfish

Dear Mrs. Seff, I was wondering how many of these jellyfish exist? Are there many of these jellyfish or are there few left in the wild?

Re: Daniel P commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi Daniel! Considering that they're somewhat "immortal" and they're very good at hitching rides in the sea water ballast of ships and populating new areas, I don't think they're in any danger of extinction!  In fact they are considered an invasive species!
(:
Hope you're having a good Sunday!
safe seas,
Lisa

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Nichole L
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Immortal Jellyfish

Do you know of any commonly used medicine that contains jellyfish proteins?

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Julian DelFavero

When the Students asked you about if you knew about the jellyfish and since they said it was immortal did you really think that it was immortal or it just lived a very long life?

Re: JDF commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi! I was really intrigued by the question and organism so I didn't really have an opinion other than to believe that it went beyond a long life.
So it was fun to investigate and learn more about it!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
safe seas,
Lisa

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Sarah Morgan
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The jellyfish seem very cool and I wanted to know one thing about them. How long do they stay at the ocean floor before starting a new life cycle?

Re: Sarah Morgan commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City...

Hi Sarah-I can't seem to find anything that specifically answers that question, sorry.   ):
I don't have much internet so can't google for too long...but you might google that and see what you can find out?
In the meantime, here's an article on the organism from the American Museum of Natural History that you might like.
I love the photo!
https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/on-exhibit-posts/the-immortal-je...
take care and see you soon!
Lisa

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David polkowski
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DavidP. Springs School Seff. Do you like Springs or Anvil better

Mrs. Seff do you like Springs School better, or Anvil city Science Academy better and why?

Re: David polkowski commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City...

Hi David, wow, way to put me on the spot!  While I really enjoyed meeting the students and teachers at the Anvil City Science Academy, 
that saying, "there's no place like home" works for me!  I can't imagine ever wanting to work at any other school other than Springs School.  That being said, I do love to travel and do research, so it's awesome to be able to work full time at Springs but be able to visit with students from other parts of the United States and/or the world!
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take care and safe seas,
Lisa

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Sandy O
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Jellyfish aging process

I was just wondering exactly how can the jellyfish reverse its aging process?

James B.
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James B, Springs School Seff immortal jellyfish memory

Do immortal jellyfish retain memory of each time they are reborn?

Re: James B. commented on 22 August 2017 Anvil City Science...

Hi James! Well, that would be pretty cool...but I don't think so!  They don't really have a brain like us.  Their reactions are more based on chemical and touch detection.
best regards and hope 8th grade is going well!
Lisa

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Rosa P.
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Anvil City Science Academy and the immortal jellyfish!

How long does the process take for the immortal jellyfish to begin their cycle all over again? Do they have a certain amount of times they can begin their cycle all over again or can they repeat the cycle as many times as they want?

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