On Friday, February 10th, NASA announced that a team of 21 scientists had delivered their first report on a lander mission to explore the possibility of life on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The NASA-employed Science Definition Team (SDT) recommended that NASA send a probe as soon as 2031, about a decade after an…
The Aurora Borealis are a beautiful sight—but, it turns out, they can be a real pain in the ass too. A new report explains that they can and do mess up drilling operations, especially in areas around the Arctic where they’re most common.
So your taps have run dry in the drought and you desperately need more water for your family. Why not just dig another well? For starters, the cost of digging a well might be more than you paid for your house. And then there’s another issue: No matter how deep you dig, someone with more money is gonna dig one deeper…
Everyone wants to live forever. Or at the very least, leave something behind that will last. In some ways, that's the most basic driving force behind graffiti: I was here. Paint washes away, but rock carvings, on the other hand, have a considerably longer half life.
Someone sent me this link to a YouTube black hole of glorious slow-motion videos and I have spent the last hour going through an endless torrent of metal shaving, drilling, chipbreaking and whatever else these machines are doing. It's so satisfying.
When you're drilling deep under the seabed, the last thing you might expect is freshwater. Yet Danish scientists on a recent expedition in the Baltic Sea suddenly found freshwater gushing up from their drill. In fact, undersea freshwater reserves are hidden all over the world, and some claim this could quench our…
Static drilling bit carving a piece of rotating metal forever. Head to the new Gifmodo Kinja for more delicious eye candy like this.
Since Curiousity has landed on Mars, it's been roving around finding all manner of...curiosities. Today, it's pulled off an intergalactic first and drilled 2.5 inches deep into the red planet's bedrock to obtain a sample. No one—no robot, as ever managed to pull that off before.
Installing an off-shore gas platform can be a tricky proposition. Things can go very wrong. That's exactly what happened with this $40 million Iranian platform was being installed in the Persian Gulf. For as terrifying as the footage is, there were no reported casualties; looks like everyone knew how to swim. Still,…
NASA's Curiosity rover is about to tap the rocky veins of Mars, which might yield clues to the Red Planet's watery past.
In an unprecedented $1 billion mission to reach the Earth's mantle, geologists are set to start drilling 3.7 miles (6 km) beneath the seafloor, to reach the Earth's mantle. And according to project co-leader Damon Teagle, "It will be the equivalent of dangling a steel string the width of a human hair in the deep end…
Earlier this month, a team of Russian scientists finally drilled down into Lake Vostok. Everyone was incredibly excited but, how deep can a lake really be, right? Um, it turns out very, very deep, and this visualization lends some perspective.
Despite the Deep Water Horizon fiasco, deep-water drilling remains one of the worlds' primary sources of crude. And among deep drilling rigs, this 56,860 ton Scarabeo 9 is king.
Since June of last year, Granville, Pennsylvania's Sherry Vargson has had to cook using water, not from her tap, but from a five gallon jug.
Over at Instructables, there's a sweet little DIY project that can turn any 'ol point and shoot into a night vision camera. The secret is adding more infrared. Which isn't much of a secret, I guess.
Traditional deep sea drilling rigs are bulky, expensive and need a relatively stable platform to operate, so they can't work in rough weather. These next-generation drill systems, however, bypass the problem completely by setting up shop on the seafloor.
The scientists who research our planet's poles have a tough, incredible job. Drilling tens of thousands of feet into the icy surface to retrieve core samples reveals a lot about our planet. It also provides a refreshing, pre-historic drink.
Chicago's mechanized subterranean restructuring project, TARP (Tunnel And Reservoir Plan), has bored out a massive complex of manmade caverns. The goal? To prevent flooding and sewage overflow seeping into Lake Michigan. The effect? As you can see here, truly enormous. [BLDGBLOG]
Like a massive stone puzzle, the Great Pyramid has refused to give up all of its secrets. One of the last are two shafts out of the "Queen's Chamber." Purpose? Unknown, even to this day. Robots to the rescue.