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Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by Deep Discoverer, the deep-diving robot that travels with NOAA's Okeanos Explorer. Spotted 4290m beneath the surface, it's the deepest observation of a so-called incirrate octopus ever, and it might be a new species.

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The launch of the $US100 million Breakthrough Initiative project to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been supported by many leading scientists including Stephen Hawking and astronomer royal Martin Rees. But there is no evidence — and few convincing theories — to suggest that intelligent, communicative aliens actually exist. So are listening projects really the best way to search for extraterrestrial life?

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The world's third largest cave has "rooms" that stand 100m high and span 180m across. It's so spectacular that it's playing home to several upcoming blockbusters, including this summer's Pan, and others the force compels us not to disclose. We hiked through the Vietnamese jungle to explore it.

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Underground, where this is no GPS and certainly no Wi-Fi, mapping caves requires a different kind of technical ingenuity. Thus, there is cave radio. To learn about the DIY world of cave radio and underground exploration, Gizmodo picked the brain of Stanley Sides, tinkerer and former president of the Cave Research Foundation.

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The Z-2 suit is the newest prototype in the Z-series, NASA's next-generation spacesuit platform. After creating the Z-1 prototype, the U.S. space agency wants you to get involved to the development process, because they have three quite different design concepts — and, some times, professionals need a little help.

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If you've ever wanted to visit the extreme environments used as offworld training landscapes for future astronauts — where bleak, windswept and often highly remote locations act as surrogates for the surfaces of other planets — a new guidebook will help you find them. Assembled for the European Space Agency by scientists at the Open University, The Catalogue of Planetary Analogues is now available for download.

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Endurance athlete, polar explorer and motivational speaker Ben Saunders is on his way to Antarctica. Recreating Robert Scott's heroic but ultimately doomed "Terra Nova" expedition from 1910-1912, Saunders has launched his own Scott Expedition to reach the South Pole on foot — and, more importantly, to walk back to the coast alive. If successful, this will make him and his co-traveller, Tarka L'Herpiniere, the first human beings ever to have done so.