More than 60 ships are being dispatched to ward off a green tide approaching the city of Qingdao, the Guardian reports. Officials in the Chinese coastal city hope an armada can save them from a looming onslaught of green algae.
Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute are done spending valuable time heading out to sea on routine monitoring missions, and they have the autonomous underwater robot to prove it. A team of marine researchers there has developed what they are calling the Gulper automatic underwater vehicle (AUV) that operates autonomously far out to sea, planning its own experiments and negotiating ocean depths without human input.
Well, Im sure theyve known we were around before, but this article in todays science section about high-tech solutions to the climate crisis reads like it could have been ripped straight from our pages. In fact, it nearly was! Our August 2005 issue (cover line: Saving a Scorched Earth: 6 Spectacular Technologies to Halt Global Warming) showed the orbiting sunshade on its cover. Inside, we examined cloud-creating yachts, described a plan to create carbon-dioxidesucking algae blooms by fertilizing the ocean with iron powder, and took a close look at those space-based reflectors—all of which are featured prominently in the Times article. Our cover story this month, The Energy Fix: 10 Steps to End Americas Fossil-Fuel Addiction, presents yet another set of technologies (these more near-term) that could end the countrys dependence on foreign oil and reduce our total carbon footprint to nil (check out popsci.com/energy to read online). Im thrilled that the Times is bringing more attention to innovative solutions to the climate problem, but please, guys, a little credit where credit is due, eh? —Michael Moyer