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Inon announces lens support for Sony RX0 Photo

Inon announces lens support for Sony RX0

Inon are shipping two conversion lenses for use with the Sony RX0 ultra-compact camera housed in the Sony MPK-HSR1 waterproof housing. The UWL-100 28M55 offers a minimum focus distance of 118mm (4.6 in) with an FOV of 100°. The UCL-G165 M55 offers a minimum focus distance of 96mm (3.8 in). Both attach via the 55mm thread on the housing.

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Results of UPY 2018 announced Photo

Results of UPY 2018 announced

The 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year contest (UPY) has announced its results. Tobias Friedrich from Germany won the overall title with an amazing stitched image from the hold of SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea. Congratulations to all the others among the placings and especially to all the members of the Wetpixel community.

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Cyclone Gita devastates island nation of Tonga Photo

Cyclone Gita devastates island nation of Tonga

The strongest storm in 60 years has passed over the island nation of Tonga, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. While no deaths from the storm have been reported, the damage is significant including the leveling of the Parliament House. There is also widespread flooding throughout the capital of Nuku’alofa, where dozens of homes have been destroyed by the storm.

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Two new genus and four new species of nudibranchs named for Gulen citizen scientists Photo

Two new genus and four new species of nudibranchs named for Gulen citizen scientists

Two new genus and four new species of nudibranchs have been described and named after the Gulen Dive Resort and its citizen scientists. One of the new genera is named Gulenia, for the Gulen Dive Resort in Norway’s Sognefjord. While one of the brand new species is named Fjordia chriskaugei for Christian Skauge. Two other species have been named Gulenia monicae and Gulenia orjani for Monica Bakkeliwas and Ørjan Sandnes, respectively, both owners of the Gulen Dive Resort.

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In a recent paper scientists show the applications for dermal denticles Photo

In a recent paper scientists show the applications for dermal denticles

In a recently published paper scientists have shown the benefits and potential applications of dermal denticles. Shortfin mako sharks are the fastest sharks in the ocean, with speeds of up to 60 mph, and their skin is lined with dermal denticles. Scientists from Harvard and the University of South Carolina teamed up to see if these denticles actually helped. They found that the denticles not only reduced drag, but they increased lift. The research could have implications for many vehicular applications.

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Underwater memorial honoring veterans to be constructed off Florida Photo

Underwater memorial honoring veterans to be constructed off Florida

A memorial dedicated to United States veterans is set to be constructed underwater off the coast of Tampa, Florida. The memorial will be called the Circle of Heroes and will consist of 24 concrete life-size figures that weigh 1300 pounds each. Organizers hope the 40-foot deep memorial will become a dive destination and bring in revenue to the area. Half the figures are set to be placed by the end of this summer.

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