We're not saying it's aliens, but a team of scientists has just discovered a glowing purple orb at the bottom of the ocean, and if you've ever seen The Abyss, I think you know how this will end.
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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.
On January 24th, 1986, Voyager 2 swept past our system's seventh planet, Uranus, on its way out of the solar system. It was the first and last time we visited the gas giant, and we found it's one of the stranger locations in our solar system.
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?
There's nothing like gazing upon the Rockies or looking out into a sunkissed desert to remind you that nature is beautiful — or that you're a puny speck of carbon aimlessly drifting through the universe. Now, there's a Kickstarted drone specially-designed to help capture those landscapes.
ATM skimmers become ever-more advanced, but old habits die hard for some criminals. This is what happens when crooks take the idea of ATM hacking a little too literally.
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.
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.
Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole — on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, it was in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New Year. Just in time, they've reached the southernmost point on our planet.
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.
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.
Space may be the final frontier of exploration, but there's plenty of Earth left unmapped too — from the giant canyon recently discovered beneath Greenland to American waters that have been left largely unexplored. But that's quickly changing, thanks in part to Bob Ballard's latest project.