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Bring the trench to the bench or bring the bench to the trench? The future of deep-sea exploration

deep sea, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 15, 2013

Newsweek, in is new and impressive digital format, released a series of articles this week on deep-sea exploration, the challenges of human occupied and remotely-operated vehicles, and the decline in funding for ocean science, particularly in the deep sea. The main article, The Last Dive? Funding for Human Expeditions in the Ocean May Have Run Aground, […]

I sing the praise of my robot underlings, the workhorses of deep sea exploration

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMarch 28, 2012

James Cameron’s triumphant dive and (equally important) return from the Challenger Deep is a landmark achievement. In 62 years, only 3 people have ever visited the bottom of the Mariana Trench. While budgets for scientific exploration have been cut across the board, Cameron ponied up tens of millions to build only the second human-occupied submersible capable of reaching those […]

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