With Neil deGrasse Tyson, visiting a simulated asteroid under the sea
By Alex PasternackPosted 08.23.2012 at 10:20 am 5 Comments
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The possibility that Earth will be hit by an asteroid in our lifetime isn't huge. But here's the thing: the threat is so potentially catastrophic that even a small chance of impact – and the utterly apocalyptic waves that could subsequently erase entire coastlines – makes an asteroid one of those things that someone should probably be thinking about.
One possibility for future energy production involves harvesting the warmth of Earth’s tropical oceans, using the natural heat differentials in the water to drive turbines. It would be relatively simple if you didn’t need a ludicrously large piece of pipe, 33 feet in diameter and stretching a kilometer beneath the water. To put that in context, that’s a New York subway tunnel wide and two and a half Empire State Buildings high.
By Tetsuhiko EndoPosted 12.07.2011 at 11:05 am 4 Comments
High in a misty valley in the Basque Pyrenees, miles from the ocean and surrounded by verdant sheep pastures, lies a prime surf spot. Its swells break with no wind or reef, and you can turn them on and off whenever you want. While a surf spot might form over hundreds of thousands of years, a team of Spanish engineers took the Wavegarden from concept to reality in just ten.
In a dangerous legacy of the world's deadliest conflict, 150,000 World War Two-era sea mines litter the Baltic Sea. The danger these bombs pose to a proposed gas pipeline has prompted Russia to hire the British firm Bactec International to clear the sea of unexploded ordnance. And for Bactec, that means it's time to bring out the robots.
Don't like your government? Maybe it's time to make one of your own
By Devanshu PatelPosted 02.18.2009 at 12:43 pm 17 Comments
Economy got you down? Not sure if this whole “American capitalism” thing is working out for you? Looking for cheap housing? Well, you can always start from ideological scratch and build a new society on a free floating platform in the high seas.
The aging Marine One helicopter fleet is finally due to retire. Meet its successor
By Jonathon KeatsPosted 05.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
After decades of upgrades to a fleet of notoriously cramped Sikorsky VH-3 Sea Kings, the White House has tasked Lockheed Martin with a dramatic, $6.1-billion makeover of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, starting this summer. The goal: to fit a mobile Oval Office into the tight quarters of a chopper. The new fleet will consist of 23 VH-71 aircraft, each of which will have 200 square feet of cabin space, nearly double the Sea King´s 116.
Aside from the legroom, the copter will incorporate major upgrades to the old defense and communications