On a recent moonlit harbor excursion, the conversation quickly turned to tales of piracy and exploration.
A guide shared stories of when tall masts and billowing sails hovered over coastal horizons – and intriguing figures such as Blackbeard and Barbarossa sailed the seas.
We couldn’t help but wonder about the secrets that have sunk with shipwrecks and lost artifacts strewn across the ocean floor. But these sites are hidden deep under the waves where humans usually can’t reach.
However, an explorer ventures into places no human has gone before.
secrets of the ocean
At first glance, OceanOneK looks a bit like a diver descending into the waters off the coast of France.
Stanford University researchers have designed the robot to go underwater to explore sunken planes, ships, submarines and possibly even lost cities. And this year, the humanoid robot took another step by diving 852 meters below the surface of the ocean.
But another feature makes the robot even more special: a tactile feedback system. This interactivity allows him operators to feel everything they might feel if they were diving themselves – the resistance of water and contact with objects such as vases and oil lamps from an ancient Roman ship.
A team of volunteers found more than 20 pieces of wood in a cave off Oregon in June. The woods belonged to the 1693 sinking of the Santo Cristo de Burgos.
The Spanish galleon wasn’t laden with treasure, but local lore and the ship’s mysterious fate have become stories over time – perhaps enough to inspire Steven Spielberg as he created his 1985 film about teenagers from Astoria in search of a pirate’s treasure on the Oregon coast.
The discovery rekindled interest in finding more parts of the wreckage. After all, “The Goonies never say die!”
Penguins may reign supreme in Antarctica, but they also live in the wilds of Patagonia in South America. In these remote places, scientists and conservationists devote their lives to protecting flightless seabirds.
Gentoo, Magellanic and king penguins act as beacons of how ecosystems are responding to the climate crisis.
“It’s the perfect animal to get to know the ocean better,” said marine biologist Andrea Raya Rey.
across the universe
Astronomers have found a “black widow” in space, and this dead star has grown to record size while feasting on another celestial object.
The neutron star, or the dense, collapsed remnants of a colossal star, weighs more than twice the mass of our sun, making it the heaviest ever observed. When these objects become too heavy, they usually collapse and form a black hole, so this could be the boundary for neutron stars.
Meet a rare Gorgosaurus, a relative of T. rex – but with more speed and a stronger bite. The 77 million year old fossil sold for just over $6 million this week at a Sotheby’s auction.
This specimen is just one of the few dinosaur skeletons that have made their way to the auction block – a trend that has scientists worried. When fossils are auctioned, they may end up in private collections, which means paleontologists cannot study them.
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