The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, with help from the Office of Naval Research, realized a decade-long dream of manned deep-sea exploration in June of 1964, with the commissioning of Alvin. Allyn Vine, a scientist at WHOI who was the prime mover behind the project, inspired the name of the three-person deep-sea vehicle. Vine named Alvin's tender, the 105-foot catamaran Lulu, after his mother. A pair of craftsmen from Cape Cod constructed Lulu from two surplus Navy pontoons.
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.