Jessica Miller officially joined the Lopate Show in November 2014, having previously interned at the show. She also worked as a contributing producer in 2013, proudly cornering what she calls the “weird animal news” beat, getting waiters to publicly complain about the people who complain about them, and having bottles of apple cider explode on her. She currently oversees the Book Club, contributes to Please Explain, and makes supercuts. Her credits include several other shows at WNYC (Death, Sex & Money, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway) and NPR’s Ask Me Another. Her independently reported pieces have appeared in places like The Atlantic and 99 Percent Invisible. A graduate of Barnard College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, she can often be found making music, sailing, or walking very long distances.
Jellyfish Strike Again!
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 10:58 AM
Last week, Lisa-ann Gershwin, Director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services and author of Stung!, called us all the way from Tasmania to talk about jellyfish. She explained that the recent surge in the global jellyfish population is more than just a pain in the neck (or side, or leg...) for beach swimmers. As it turns out jellies also pose a serious threat to our global infrastructure.
"There have been some amazing things that jellyfish have been getting up to -- behaving very, very badly," she says.
So we weren't all that surprised to see that jellyfish are making headlines again. The New York Times reported today that, "in an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s," a bloom of moon jellyfish in the Baltic Sea brought down a nuclear reactor in southeastern Sweden.
The cooling system intake pipes at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant became clogged by the otherwise innocuous animal, forcing a shut down. The plant's operator said a similar incident occurred in 2005.
The pipes have been unclogged... for now, but engineers are concerned a new jellyfish bloom could be lurking just around the corner. Cue Jaws music.