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Richard Branson to Penetrate Ocean's Depths With 'Virgin Oceanic' Mission

After unveiling his 'Necker Nymph' submersible last year, Richard Branson is taking his underwater adventures to the next level, with 'Virgin Oceanic' -- an initiative to explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans. Over the next two years, Branson hopes to penetrate the deepest points of the world's five oceans with a fleet of high-tech toys, including a one-manned submarine and a...

Camera Washes Ashore, Four Years After Ocean Rescue

Share Four years ago, Peter Trayhurn and Geoff Tosio found themselves floating adrift five miles off the coast of Australia, and facing the terrifying possibility that they might never be found. They had been exploring underwater caves when the anchor line on their boat snapped, and the vessel drifted away. Miraculously, Trayhurn and Tosio were spotted by a ship, plucked from the water, and...

World's Largest Tidal Turbine Getting Anchored off Scotland's Chilly Coast

For island-dwellers, water is the most readily available natural resource, which is why a Scottish energy company sees fit to install a gigantic tidal turbine off its coast. According to BBC News, Atlantis Resources recently unveiled its AK-1000 turbine, which stands 73-feet tall, weighs 130 tons, and can generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. The 1-megawatt turbine has two giant...

'Plastiki,' a Boat Made From 12,500 Plastic Bottles, Sails Across the Pacific

A boat constructed from thousands of plastic bottles has completed its journey across the Pacific Ocean, from San Francisco to Sydney Harbor. According to Popular Science, the Plastiki, which is a catamaran made from about 12,500 plastic bottles, sailed more than 9,000 miles in four months to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- a pile of waste the size of Texas that's floating...

Robot Lifeguard EMILY Saves Lives, But She's No Hoff

Share In its heyday, 'Baywatch' not only provided endless hours of shoreline safety education, but also fostered an entire generation of males who fantasized about being rescued by a panting, red-one-piece clad Yasmine Bleeth. Sadly, though, future generations of hormone-charged beachgoers in distress might one day fantasize about being saved not by Yasmine, Pamela, or the Hoff, but by someone...

Undersea Bots Monitor the Gulf Oil Spill

With oil continuing to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are struggling to contain an already unprecedented environmental disaster, and part of that is understanding and monitoring the Gulf's conditions. According to Tech News Daily, researchers from Rutgers, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Delaware, the U.S. Navy and other institutions have recently deployed eight...

Giant Kite Plus Hydroelectric Turbine Equals Innovative, Floating Power Plant

People are starting to look to the oceans to produce clean energy, and a couple of Korean researchers have come up with a unique way to harvest power from the high seas. According to Wired, Park Chul and Kim Jongchul recently wrote a proposal that envisions using a giant kite to tow a large ship with a hydroelectric turbine attached to its hull. Essentially, the system would create a floating...

PlanetSolar Debuts as World's Largest Solar-Powered Yacht

We've seen everything from solar-powered speedboats to passenger ferries cruising the waters, but never have we seen a solar-fueled vessel in the same ballpark of the mass of the PlanetSolar. The Huffington Post reports that the world's largest solar-powered yacht, measuring 102 feet long and 50 feet wide, was unveiled yesterday in Kiel, Germany. Covered with 5,382 square feet of solar panels,...

E-mail an Eel, Cuz NEPTUNE Brings Internet to the Sea Floor

It's kinda embarrassing how little we humans know about the depths of the ocean. Scientists have a better idea of the contours of Mars than the layout of the sea floor. More people have been on the moon than in the deepest sea crevices. Hell, we're even more familiar with the depths of Mariah Carey's closet than we are of Earth's benthos. A new robot, though, is hoping to change all that, with...

Schools of Swimming Robots to Study Ocean Currents

If you happen to notice a swarm of robots floating past your beachfront home, don't panic; it's not the first wave of the SkyNet invasion. Aided by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) is planning to deploy fleets of autonomous robots, possibly numbering in the hundreds, to study localized oceanic environments. High on the list of...

Possible iPhone Killer Revealed

Our friends over at Engadget got their hands on an early-model Ocean, a new smartphone soon to be offered by upstart wireless provider Helio. The reviewer offers up some product porn shots and some initial impressions, all of which look pretty darn impressive. As you can see, the Ocean sports a dual-slide design that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard that's designed to be much less-cramped than...