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. »
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. »
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.… »
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… »
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… »
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… »
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. »
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… »
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. »
So, you want to become an aquanaut? Do you have the right stuff? What is the right stuff? Do you even know what an Aquanaut is? »
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.
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… »