Issue 13: Oceans
Happy birthday to us! Lateral turns 1 year old this month, and to celebrate, we're diving deep into oceans. There's no real connection there, but we don't mind. (Did you want a "Cake" theme or something?)
The facts behind shark culls, terrifying tsunamis, why dead whales have a glorious ecological afterlife, oceans on other worlds, underwater art, and more!
Cover illustration by Alexis Lee.
Earth’s oceans are impressive, but humanity’s history of space exploration has revealed many more seas beyond our own.
The ocean’s depths have fascinated humans for centuries. Recently, singers and artists have harnessed this fascination to create art that both aids and overcomes the power of the ocean.
From fuelling ecosystems to museum research, whales are the great movers and shakers of the ocean – even in death.
Tsunamis have horrified us for millennia. From early Japanese lore to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, we’ve come a long way in understanding how they work.
The first reaction to a shark attack is often a call for culling — but this practice is controversial for good reason.
Traversing the high seas has long been seen as a metaphor for exploring the space beyond Earth, especially in science fiction.
What was the real cost of your last seafood meal? Marine workers, past and present, face a multitude of medical threats unique to a life at sea.
For a modern scientist, the ivory tower is no longer an option. Seeing how Pia Winberg formed partnerships with industry enthralled Nicole Fetchet as a new way of doing science.