Sampling day number two. Which started out with a tired, demoralized crew (we have been working way too much, and the long hours are definitely taking their toll) and a mysteriously drained Milli-Q deionized, distilled water system (it appears to be fairly easy to accidentally not entirely shut off). But the water sampling went well (we shaved 20 minutes off our time from the day before yesterday) and the filtration went well and there were lots of soothing carbohydrates at lunch, so by the early afternoon everyone who was cross with each other had kissed and made up and we managed to get our zooplankton team finally organized and out of the starting blocks and working on a well organized set of experiments; sometimes it actually does work to get 7 scientists into the same room to bounce ideas around).
Things got even better in the evening, when Briva discovered that there are little snotty balls of phytoplankton in the rolling tanks (PHEW!), in counter to our worst expectations (the amount of phytoplankton in the water is distressingly low). And the calcite experiment is beginning to generate some interesting and totally unexpected results. Which I can't tell you about. Because sometimes science is like that. :)
Aug 10 2012zk- However, Prof. Lampitt is not going to be let in until he has (finally already!) read a draft of Sari's latest paper.
So ends this latest edition of "Summer Camp for Scientists". Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode.
Meanwhile, back at the lab:
Aug 10 2012zl- We have a clear result from the experiment being conducted on the denizens of the dry lab.