Alvin Gets Back to Work After $42 Million Retrofit

Barely a week since successfully completing sea trials after a three year hiatus, the venerable research sub Alvin is already earning back the $42 million in hardware upgrades and engineering retrofits it's received—showing off its spacious new three-crew cabin with a quick dive to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. But … » 4/01/14 11:40am 4/01/14 11:40am

This 5-Man Mini-Sub Brings the Deep Ocean's Treasures Within Reach

In some ways, exploring the depths of the ocean is every bit as technically challenging as investigating the surface of Mars. In fact, we have a far more detailed understanding of the Red Planet than we do of what goes on under the sea. But this new, affordable manned submersible aims to open undersea exploration to… » 9/20/13 11:30am 9/20/13 11:30am

Norway's Selling a Super Villain Starter Set

You can't very well take over the world from your parent's basement, now can you? No, a proper arch-nemesis needs a sufficiently intimidating hidden base. Luckily, Norway is selling off its defunct Olavsvern Naval Submarine Base for a $17.5 million pittance. » 6/01/12 1:40pm 6/01/12 1:40pm

Coast Guard Intercepts Cocaine Submarine as It Sinks

Drug-smuggling, homemade submarines are nothing newwhat a world we live in. And it shouldn't be any surprised that a bunch of coke-addled amateur engineers aren't able to put together the most seaworthy vessel. But here's one sinking mid-capture. » 8/02/11 12:00pm 8/02/11 12:00pm

iBotics Stingray Up Against it in a San Diego Swimming Pool

This is the Stingray robo-sub, one of the competitors in the tenth Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, which is taking place at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego this weekend. Rather confusingly, one of its rival's entries, from the U.S. Naval Academy, is known as Project Stingray, which… » 7/13/07 7:56am 7/13/07 7:56am

Martin Logan Descent i Subwoofer: Volume Literally Goes to 11

Let's put aside this sub's ability to rumble your guts with 2100-watts of peak, or 750-watts of continuous power. What really has the Giz going is the power knob that goes one through eleven. We don't need to hear it in person, nor do we care that it won't *really* give us an extra 10 percent of juice to fly with. We… » 11/01/06 11:48am 11/01/06 11:48am