Outstanding underwater film makes killer whales like magic creatures

Wow. For a few seconds here, the killer whales look like they've been animated with CGI. They move so effortlessly that they don't seem real. But Smithsonian shows how this footage was caught, with a camera invented by photographer David Riggs just to see killer whales and what they're hunting underwater. » 12/17/14 1:06am Wednesday 1:06am

I can't believe this underwater film was made without special effects

This underwater video is impossibly surreal but the makers of the video, Francisco and Armando del Rosario and Armiche Ramos, say that no computer special effects were used in the video, just some camera tricks to make it look like the ocean world can be sideways and water can be walked upside down on. » 9/25/14 1:00am 9/25/14 1:00am

Watch vegetables get turned into juice with underwater shockwaves

Screw juicing or making kale smoothies, here's the next big trend in what to drink: turning fruit and vegetables into juice with underwater shockwaves. The outside of the vegetable look the same after the explosion but the inside has turned into juice. Just stick a straw in and enjoy. » 9/03/14 7:31pm 9/03/14 7:31pm

Wow, the winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest are unreal

National Geographic just announced the winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest for 2014. They're all so fantastic you'd swear they aren't real. Like the one above, which is so fantastic that it looks like a photoshop. But it is real—a stunning picture by Marc Henauer of Green Lake in Tragöss, Austria. » 8/04/14 10:40pm 8/04/14 10:40pm

These Underwater Photos Were Taken By a Desktop Scanner

The desktop scanner is a wonderful thing, but rugged it ain't. Yet Nathaniel Stern didn't let that stop him: The Wisconsin-based artist, who is known for his experimental camera designs, created a waterproof version of an off-the-shelf scanner that captured a series of incredible images of sea life. » 7/13/14 10:00am 7/13/14 10:00am

A Tantalizingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Lab

Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission, where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 63 feet underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS's Hari… » 7/06/14 10:00am 7/06/14 10:00am

Iron Man Exosuit Will Look for 2000-Year-Old Computer Underwater

Remember that nutso Exosuit—basically a wearable submarine—we showed you back in February? The Exosuit is about to embark on its first real mission: the hunt for one of the world's oldest computers in the Aegean Sea. It's a quest that has paralyzed and, in one case, even killed divers in the past, but the Exosuit will… » 6/04/14 4:20pm 6/04/14 4:20pm

This Diver Is Cradling a 12,000-Year-Old Skull in an Underwater Cave

Inside a cave so deep and dark it's called Hoyo Negro, or Spanish for "black hole," divers are transporting a 12,000-year-old skull for 3D scanning. The skull belongs to one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in the Americas. Lucky for us, the expedition was documented with an entire set of stunning… » 5/15/14 6:00pm 5/15/14 6:00pm

Gorgeous underwater sand dunes (or how Earth never ceases to amaze me)

The underwater world is a strange and haunting one. This NASA Earth Observatory photograph captures the ethereal beauty of underwater sand dunes in the Bahamas. Tides and ocean currents shape the underwater sand much like wind on land, but the result is just different enough to be otherworldly. » 1/17/14 9:33pm 1/17/14 9:33pm

The dramatic rescue of a survivor trapped three days in a sunken ship

Here's a dramatic story with a happy ending to start up the week: this newly released video shows the rescue of a survivor trapped for three days in an air pocket inside a sunken ship. The moment of the encounter with a diver sent to bring dead bodies to the surface is incredible—and so is the rescue itself. » 12/02/13 8:52pm 12/02/13 8:52pm

Watch Guns with Different Types of Ammo Get Shot Underwater in Slow-Mo

By now we all should know the epic water bubble beauty that happens when you shoot a gun underwater. From your typical Glock to AK-47s, the bullet-chasing, self-collapsing water bubble looks more like the gun is shooting mini-nuclear explosions than your typical bullets. But does different types of ammo change the… » 8/06/13 8:00pm 8/06/13 8:00pm

An Underwater Bullet In Super Slo-Mo Is Breathtakingly Beautiful

You may remember our friend Destin at Smarter Every Day shooting an AK-47 underwater. It was a cool experiment, but the pressure caused the aquarium to shatter, ruining what we now know would have been an amazing shot. To solve this problem, he built a sort of reverse-periscope for a Phantom camera and shot the AK-47… » 7/23/13 2:37am 7/23/13 2:37am

Listen To Music Through Your Cheekbones While You Swim Laps

It's hard to listen to music while you're swimming because even waterproof earbuds that actually stay on try to conduct sound through air to reach your eardrums, and there's not a lot of air underwater. The FINIS Neptune works on this issue by sending sound waves straight into your face. Total bombardment. In a good… » 5/26/13 3:52pm 5/26/13 3:52pm