Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. » 3/23/15 2:15pm 3/23/15 2:15pm

Swimming in an iceberg is like being inside the Fortress of Solitude

Swimming inside an iceberg looks amazing because the ice looks like glass and that's crazy, and because it kind of resembles an underwater version of Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Or at least, like a crystal palace. National Geographic shows us how a free diver explores the ice cold waters below. » 10/20/14 8:42pm 10/20/14 8:42pm

The Plan to Turn Our Aging Oil Rigs Into Skyscraper-Sized Reefs

Off the coast of Southern California, there's an underwater city. A thicket of almost 30 enormous steel oil rigs, each as large as a skyscraper, bolted to the floor of the ocean. Most of them are elderly, aging giants—and soon, the state will need to make a decision about whether to rip them up or let them stand.… » 9/12/14 10:58am 9/12/14 10:58am

These Hard Suit Power Gloves Give You the Grip of a Kraken

Lobsters never took over the world because their claws are terrible at grasping. It's the same reason deep sea divers, especially those that venture so far down that they require Atmospheric Dive Suits to keep from imploding, have such difficulty manipulating their tools at depth—the suits' conventional lobster-like… » 9/11/14 11:40am 9/11/14 11:40am

This Is What the Sunken Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Looks Like Now

Remember how the 984-foot-long cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground in Italy in 2012? Now, police divers have re-entered the vessel, days before an attempt to re-float it, and this video shows exactly what it looks like two years on. » 7/04/14 9:30am 7/04/14 9:30am

Iron Man Exosuit Will Look for 2000-Year-Old Computer Underwater

Remember that nutso Exosuit—basically a wearable submarine—we showed you back in February? The Exosuit is about to embark on its first real mission: the hunt for one of the world's oldest computers in the Aegean Sea. It's a quest that has paralyzed and, in one case, even killed divers in the past, but the Exosuit will… » 6/04/14 4:20pm 6/04/14 4:20pm

The Evolution of the Atmospheric Diving Suit

Last week we introduced to you the totally awesome Exosuit, a $600,000 atmospheric diving suit, capable of taking a human 1,000 feet underwater at surface pressure. This means that the diver doesn't have to decompress and there is no need for special breathing gas mixtures, so there is no danger of decompression… » 3/07/14 9:00am 3/07/14 9:00am

This awesome Exosuit is coming to New York City

For just one week—Thursday, February 27, through Wednesday, March 5—the Exosuit, the newest generation of atmospheric pressure suits for deep-sea diving down to 1,000 feet, is coming to the American Museum of Natural History. » 2/26/14 1:47pm 2/26/14 1:47pm

Submarine cave video is both stunningly beautiful and terrifying

It's human nature to look up at the stars and wonder what's out there. Becoming an astronaut and going outer space is every kid's dream. But sometimes it's more eye opening to explore what's here. Like in the ocean. Like deep underwater. Like inside alien-looking caves. It's utterly terrifying. » 2/19/14 11:34pm 2/19/14 11:34pm

The Ocotomask's Built-In GoPro Mount Allows a Hands-Free Life Aquatic

In the world's oceans, human divers are as mobile as a fish out of water. So, what, you think you're going to fend off an inquisitive shark or lascivious dolphin while holding a GoPro? Not likely, but that's where the Octomask comes in. Now anybody can be a modern Jacques Cousteau and keep their hands free for… » 7/10/13 5:20pm 7/10/13 5:20pm

Simple Science Lets This Gorgeous Dive Watch Track Your Depth

Oris' new Aquis Depth Gauge might not be the first watch to let a diver track the depth of their underwater excursions, but it takes a unique approach to that functionality. » 1/24/13 3:20pm 1/24/13 3:20pm

Diving Is Totally Allowed in the World's Deepest Swimming Pool

God help you if you have to get your PADI certification in a public pool—you're about to spend more than a few hours steeping in all sorts of fun bodily fluids. You're better off buying a plane ticket to Brussels, home of the deepest—and likely cleanest—indoor pool in the world. » 8/24/12 11:30am 8/24/12 11:30am

The Only Thing You Need to Dive Is an Oxygen Tank and This iPhone Case

Most iPhone users are afraid to get even a drop of water near their phones, lest they one day be rejected by an Apple Store Genius. But when strapped into the iGills waterproof case, you can safely dive with your phone to a depth of 130 feet, and keep track of when you need to surface. » 7/19/12 8:00pm 7/19/12 8:00pm

Building a Watch That Works At the Bottom Of the Ocean

The first time humans descended to the deepest spot on Earth, they were joined by a rare Rolex specially designed to withstand the immense pressures under water. And now that James Cameron plans to go deeper, Rolex wants to tag along again. » 3/21/12 2:20pm 3/21/12 2:20pm

The Self-Adjusting Strap On This Dive Watch Tightens As Your Body…

Rolex is known for its industrial-strength Submariner dive watches that can take more of a licking than a Timex. But Tudor, Rolex's baby brother, might steal its thunder with a watch that tightens around a diver's wrist the deeper they go. » 3/08/12 3:20pm 3/08/12 3:20pm

James Cameron's New Sub Will Take Him To the Deepest Spot On Earth

James Cameron has long been a filmmaker who embraced the latest technologies, but his newest toy, the Deepsea Challenger, is a submarine that's capable of diving to the deepest part of the ocean, also known as the Challenger Deep. » 3/08/12 9:40am 3/08/12 9:40am

How to Get to the Seafloor Without Holding Your Breath

Before we had ALVIN—or proper submarines for that matter—the best way to get to the seafloor was by using a diving bell. Originally made from recycled church bells, these diving apparatuses protected their passengers from the murky depths in a bubble of air. Our friends at Oobject have assembled nine of the best.
When… » 1/27/12 9:20pm 1/27/12 9:20pm

12 Deep-Sea Diving Suits to Keep the Ocean from Crushing You Like a…

Turns out that, aside from the drill-arm, Big Daddies aren't that far off from the real thing. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the toughest examples of deep-sea diving suits around—from da Vinci's cloth prototypes to the bell helmets made famous by countless Scooby-Doo villains.
When you're done diving… » 1/20/12 7:15pm 1/20/12 7:15pm

7 Tools for Snorkeling Like a Boss

Why the hell would I scuba? It's dark down there. And cold. And I'm allergic to the Bends. I'd rather float along the surface with these seven luxurious snorkeling tools thankyouverymuch. » 10/08/11 3:00am 10/08/11 3:00am