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Scientists Say These Mysterious Prawns May Hold Keys To Alien Life

According to exobiologists at NASA, these mysterious prawns and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues “about what life could be like on other planetary bodies”. It’s life that may be similar — at the basic level — to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon.


This Cargo Ship Getting Deformed In The Middle Of A Storm Is Terrifying

Amazing video of a large cargo ship passing through a small storm and the effect it has on its steel megastructure, which bends and moves as if it were made with Play-Doh. I love the sea but looking at what it is capable of and how small we are compared to it, I get terrified. Watch and see what I mean.


The Most Detailed Map Of The Ocean Floor Ever Was Made From Space

The bottom of the ocean is dark, mysterious, and vast — nearly all of it unmapped. Today, however, scientists reveal the clearest map of the ocean floor ever. They didn’t explore the ocean floor. They didn’t even send instruments into the water. Instead, they used gravity measurements from two satellites orbiting in space.


Monster Machines: This 3D Camera Rig Records Renewed Life On A Canadian Reef

Unless samples and specimens are brought up from the seafloor, or researchers hop aboard a submersible, a significant portion of underwater exploration is done in 2D, but that could soon change thanks to the recent installation of a revolutionary new scientific camera rig. We’ll never look at the ocean’s depths the same way again.


Monster Machines: This Dunkable Drone Will Suck Up Whale Snot For Science

Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than blood: expelled mucus.


The Plan To Turn California's Ageing Oil Rigs Into Skyscraper-Sized Reefs

Off the coast of Southern California, there’s an underwater city. A thicket of almost 30 enormous steel oil rigs, each as large as a skyscraper, bolted to the floor of the ocean. Most of them are elderly, ageing giants — and soon, the state will need to make a decision about whether to rip them up or let them stand. Either option comes with huge risks.


Fisherman Catches Monstrous Giant Prawn In Florida

A fisherman caught this monstrous 18-inch-long creature while fishing from a dock in Fort Pierce, Florida. Scientists say it could be a rare kind of prawn killer but further analysis needs to be conducted in order to determinate what the hell is this mutant monster is.


The US Navy Built Its Own Indoor Ocean To Test Ships

The world’s seven seas may be wildly unpredictable, but if you ever find yourself itching to play Poseidon, you might want to consider enlisting. Because at the Naval Surface Warfare Center just outside Washington DC, the US Navy gets to control every inch of its very own indoor ocean.


These Fish Look Like They're Casting Spells

When you think about mechanisms animals use to avoid becoming dinner, clever adaptations like poisons or pointy spikes come to mind. But the Ostracod, a type of zooplankton, uses something a little more magical.


A 'Dumpcano' Of Rubbish Erupted In The Arctic And Won't Stop Burning

It began rather quietly as a underground fire at a dump in Canada’s remote northern reaches. Then in May, the fire “erupted”, spewing forth flames and toxic fumes over the city of Iqaluit. Faced with a football field-sized smouldering dump fire, this week the city council finally scrounged up the $US2.2 million to put it out. How the hell does a dump fire spontaneously ignite — and why is it so expensive to put out?


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