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.… » 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

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