The giant tubes that launch missiles in strategic nuclear submarines

Impressive photo of the giant tubes that house four of the 24 Trident II D5 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) carried by Ohio-class nuclear submarines. 14 of these submarines travel for months underwater, carrying fifty percent of all the active thermonuclear warheads in the US arsenal. »12/17/14 3:23pm12/17/14 3:23pm

Robotic Submarine Finds Antarctic Ice Is Thicker than We Thought

The size and thickness of the Antarctic ice sheet acts as a barometer for global health but figuring out exactly how much frozen water is sitting atop the southern pole is difficult. Satellite results are often obscured by layers of snow and ice core boring requires people to brave the extreme cold to collect them.… »11/25/14 11:51am11/25/14 11:51am

North Korea's Brand New Ballistic Sub Discontinued by Soviets in 1990

Looks like North Korea's engineers have been hard at work brushing up on their obsolete Soviet-era technology. Because after acquiring 10 discontinued Soviet subs, everyone's favorite little warmongering-dictatorship-that-could has finally rendered the outdated ballistic vessels seaworthy—and it only took them 21… »11/03/14 11:33am11/03/14 11:33am

The World's First Powered Submarine Arrived 60 Years Before Its Time

The Axis war effort throughout the first half of the 1940s led to some incredible advances in submarine technology. That includes the anaerobic Walter turbine—a newfangled engine that didn't need oxygen to work. Even more incredible, these discoveries were not entirely new, but in fact more than 60 years old—the… »9/18/14 11:40am9/18/14 11:40am

Nowhere Under the Sea Is Safe from Britain's Newest Nuclear Submarine

Russia isn't the only nation launching a nuclear sub hunter after two decades of development. The UK recently rolled the third of seven £1 billion Astute Class nuclear submarines, the HMS Artful, out of its cavernous dry dock for a year of demanding sea trials and a quarter century of service beneath the seas. »7/04/14 11:30am7/04/14 11:30am

A Year-Long Bath Will Reveal the Secrets of This Confederate Sub

In 1864, three years after the onset of the American Civil War, an ingenious new form of seafaring combat vessel ventured into the dark waters of Charleston Harbor and into the annals of history. Now researchers and historians are finally ready to begin piecing together what happened to the HL Hunley that fateful… »5/05/14 11:40am5/05/14 11:40am