The Earth’s crust bends and deforms in response to ocean tides, and this barely noticeable warping affects other bodies of water as well as the land, according to a new study. With exacting precision, scientists in the UK have measured the way Loch Ness sloshes around as all of Scotland bends under the strain of the North Sea’s tides. The lake could be used like a level to gauge the planet’s response to the back-and-forth movement of all its water.
Hydrogen fuel cells offer plenty of promise as an alternative fuel source for everything from cars to generators — but they remain expensive, complicated and mostly rare. It turns out that a deep sea ecosystem already uses such portable fuel cells, in a manner of speaking.
South Korea's flock of robotic teachers look and sound goofy, but the nation is deadly serious about its latest project: developing aquatic robots by 2016 which can swim and crawl their way across the seafloor several miles down for search and rescue purposes, according to the Korea Times.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.