Director James Cameron told a Senate panel Tuesday that federal partnerships in oceanic research are vital to understanding the oceans’ role in climate change. Cameron’s Hollywood appeal – he directed “Titanic,” “The Terminator,” “The Abyss” and “Aliens,” among others – drew a large crowd to the hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, but his work in deep sea exploration and research is what brought him before Congress.
In 2012, Cameron voyaged to the deepest part of the Marianas Trench aboard the Deepsea Challenger for the sake of research. The solo dive to 35,787 feet made him one of just three men to reach the bottom of the trench, which is in the Pacific Ocean.
“This is a critical time in oceanographic research,” Cameron said. “The ocean is an energy that drives weather, including the higher precipitation in extreme weather events like superstorm Sandy, the severe droughts and so on associated with climate change. To understand weather and climate, we must understand the oceans.”
Cameron said this cannot be done simply by satellite, and he said scientists need instruments and vehicles that can observe and measure variables in the water.
Mumford & Sons bassist needs surgery
Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane has a blood clot on his brain that will require surgery.
The Grammy Award-winning folk-rock group has postponed concerts Tuesday in Dallas, today in The Woodlands in Texas and Thursday in New Orleans. A statement on the band’s website said there are no plans to postpone or cancel any other appearances.
The statement said Dwane hasn’t felt well for a few days and went to the hospital Monday for emergency treatment. Scans revealed the blood clot on the surface of his brain. The band is being assured that he will recover quickly.
Beatles’ song becomes children’s book
Ringo Starr is turning an old Beatles favorite into a children’s book.
The drummer has a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Children Books for “Octopus’ Garden,” based on one of the few songs the drummer wrote and sang while with the Beatles. The publisher announced Tuesday that the book will come out in Britain this fall and in the U.S. in early 2014.
Starr wrote the song while on Peter Sellers’ yacht in 1968. Starr and Sellers co-starred in the film “The Magic Christian.” “Octopus’ Garden” first appeared on the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album.
The birthday bunch
Former President George H.W. Bush is 89. Singer Vic Damone is 85. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 83. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 72. Actor Timothy Busfield is 56. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 36.