These Teched-Out Catamarans Will Guard the Great Barrier Reef

Simply naming an area like Australia's Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site isn't going to protect its delicate ecosystem. To prevent poachers, fisheries, and inconsiderate tourists from damaging the reefs and disturbing its residents, Australia is building a fleet of solar-powered shepherd ships. » 6/18/13 11:30am 6/18/13 11:30am

Proteus: Spider-Like Go-Fast Boat Zips Around the Bay in Dazzling Demo

We've been enamoured of boats named "Proteus" ever since that movie Fantastic Voyage decades ago. Now this Proteus is real, scooting around San Francisco Bay last week like some kind of water bug. The 100-foot catamaran was built by Silicon Valley big wigs, and has inflatable hulls that draft just a foot of water. » 1/22/07 10:31am 1/22/07 10:31am