All the Alien-Looking Species Discovered by the Deep Sea Vehicle Alvin

While the Chinese are busy scouting the best under-sea sites to pillage for precious metals, America's venerable oceanic exploration sub, the newly-renovated DSV Alvin, continues to uncover scores of deep sea life forms that science has never even seen. Here are just a few of the more exotic animals Alvin has come… » 7/03/14 4:40pm 7/03/14 4:40pm

These DSVs Reveal the Flora and Fauna of Hawaii's Seas—Also Japanese…

The world's oceans cover two-thirds of our planet but we've only explored about ten percent of its depths. Alvin can only do so much, so the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has relied on a twin pair of Deep Sea Vehicles (DSV) to explore the waters around Hawaii for over a decade and what they've… » 12/17/12 2:00pm 12/17/12 2:00pm

How a Classic Deep Sea Robot will Sweep 98 Percent of the Ocean Floor

Over the course of 4,400 dives, Alvin has done just about everything. Its recovered lost nukes, explored the ruins of the HMS Titanic, and upturned our understanding of the deep sea with the discovery of hydrothermal vents bustling with unimaginable forms of life. But after 48 years of service, the venerable ROV is… » 9/17/12 11:30am 9/17/12 11:30am

The Titanic's First Explorer Was Not Named After the Chipmunk

After sinking, the RMS Titanic lay undisturbed beneath 12,000 feet of freezing North Atlantic water for years, but in 1985 its watery tomb was finally breached by another marquee vessel—the crown prince of HOVs. » 4/14/12 10:00am 4/14/12 10:00am

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