Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole in One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was here with us in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New… » 12/27/13 7:30am 12/27/13 7:30am

This Robotic Sea Turtle Is Built to Find Hidden Treasure in Shipwrecks

Thanks to millions and millions of years of evolution, sea turtles work. They work well. They can swim stealthily around the ocean, sliding between chunks of coral if necessary. That in mind, it's no wonder the sea creatures are the inspiration for the latest underwater robots. » 11/26/13 1:40pm 11/26/13 1:40pm

Walking To The South Pole (And Returning Alive)

Endurance athlete, polar explorer, and motivational speaker Ben Saunders is on his way to Antarctica. Recreating Robert Scott's heroic but ultimately doomed "Terra Nova" expedition from 1910-1912, Saunders has launched his own Scott Expedition to reach the South Pole on foot—and, more importantly, to walk back to the… » 10/18/13 10:40am 10/18/13 10:40am

Secret Cold War Sonar Tech Is Being Used to Map Underwater America

Space may be the final frontier of exploration, but there's plenty of Earth left unmapped, too—from the giant canyon recently discovered beneath Greenland to American waters that have been left largely unexplored. But that’s quickly changing, thanks in part to Bob Ballard’s latest project. » 10/17/13 3:43pm 10/17/13 3:43pm

These Lands Were Entirely Unknown Until the Age of Exploration

While the people of Europe bravely set sail during the Age of Discovery—a period stretching from the early 15th century and continuing to the 17th century—it's easy to forget that very few of the shores onto which they stepped were entirely uninhabited. This map shows the lands that were, until adventurers landed,… » 8/15/13 4:37am 8/15/13 4:37am

How NASA Wants Us to Explore the Universe With Robotic Avatars and…

Take three minutes of your life to listen to Dr. Jeff Norris, one of the science rock stars at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He talks about how NASA is working to democratize space exploration by using robots, holodecks and 3D technologies so we can all see space with our own eyes using space… » 2/08/13 11:00am 2/08/13 11:00am

This Video Will Remind You Why We Need Space Exploration—Badly

"We went to the Moon, and we discovered Earth." So true. Listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the simple fact that "you can't put a price on space exploration." It will really give you chills. » 6/04/12 3:20pm 6/04/12 3:20pm

James Cameron Recounts Epic Journey to the Deepest Place on Earth

Last month, James Cameron ventured where few had gone before, to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the planet. Last night we got a first-hand account of the journey from the man himself on the National Geographic Channel. » 5/04/12 12:00pm 5/04/12 12:00pm

Five Ways James Cameron Could Have Died on His Mission to the Bottom…

Over the weekend, James Cameron successfully made it to the the bottom of the Mariana Trench—the deepest point on Earth. Bad. Ass. » 3/26/12 1:00pm 3/26/12 1:00pm

Though you might not realize it, the sea bed—even the area surrounding the Mariana Trench—is littered with submarine communication cables. They're there to string together…