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Famous explorer Robert Ballard roamed the deep sea for decades in search of his puzzles.
Fascinated by Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” as a child, the oceanographer was most associated with the 1985 discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic—a discovery that was actually part of a secret US military mission. He and Alvin, a three-person submarine, returned to the site in 1986 to take photos revealing artifacts left behind by those who died.
Ballard helped develop Alvin in the sixties in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Together, he and Alvin dived to the depths to observe underwater mountain ranges and detect thermal vents.
And now, 99% of the seabed is within human reach, thanks to the familiar name: Alvin.
The deepest regions of the ocean are largely unexplored territory, but after a serious upgrade, Alvin is ready to take people straight to this wonderful remote place.
The submarine reached a record depth of 4 miles (6,453 metres) during the summer when the crew visited the Puerto Rico Trench and Mid Cayman Rise, where tectonic plates create mysterious underwater landscapes and exotic marine animals float.
The researchers collected samples from the ocean floor, including unknown organisms and the chemical wrinkles of hydrothermal vents.
With direct access to the sea floor, scientists expect to find the basics of life.
Astronomers have confirmed that the DART spacecraft succeeded in altering the motion of the asteroid Demorphos when it deliberately collided with the space rock last month, according to NASA.
The eccentricity test shortened Demorphos’ orbit around its larger companion Didymus by 32 minutes – the first time it had changed the motion of a celestial body.
Meanwhile, the James Webb Space Telescope has spied what happens when two massive stars interact violently with each other. Every eight years, they release a plume of dust, creating intertwined rings resembling a giant spider’s web.
Astronomers have discovered an unusual element in the upper atmospheres of two hot exoplanets where liquid iron and gems are falling from the sky.
French soldiers who came across a broken stone slab covered with inscriptions in 1799 had a There is no idea that he will unlock the secrets of ancient Egypt.
Carved on the dark granite-like stone were unintelligible hieroglyphs, simplified Egyptian Demotic text and ancient Greek. At that time, scholars understood only ancient Greek.
It took Egyptologists two decades to decipher the meaning of the texts once they began working on them in 1802. By deciphering the Egyptian texts, they opened a way to understand the past.
A new exhibition at the British Museum in London explores the race to decipher the Rosetta Stone and celebrates the bicentenary of this breakthrough.
To many, William Shatner will always be Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. But when the actor ventured In the year 2021 on a sub-orbital flight for Blue Origin, he had an experience very different from any scene from the Star Trek movie.
Turning his gaze from Earth to the universe, he said, he overturned all his preconceived notions of space. In his new book All I’ve Seen Is Death, he writes, Go Boldly: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder.
Shatner described feeling very sad when he briefly left his home planet. “It was life. Nurture, sustainability, life. Mother Earth. … and I was leaving her.” His ideas were no longer tied to the earth, and turned to how humans would destroy the planet.
Meanwhile, Artemis I is preparing for a third launch attempt at a lunar flight on November 14, with a 69-minute launch window opening at 12:07 a.m. ET.
Among the winners of the 2022 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are images that capture sizzling bees fighting alpine ibex and celestial flamingos.
The big title award went to Karen Wagner for “The big buzz,” which shows a ball of cactus bees fighting to mate with a lone female. The photo, taken at the “bee level”, depicts the disappearance of species threatened by pesticides and the loss of habitat.
The world’s wildlife population declined by an average of 69% between 1970 and 2018 due to Earth’s climate change and human activity, according to a new report from the World Wide Fund for Nature. As the natural world approaches a point of no return, immediate conservation efforts can slow and even reverse these losses.
These results may blow your mind:
Astronomers have discovered the huge graveyard of ancient dead stars in the Milky Way – and also found where supernova explosions have pushed some of them out of the galaxy.
Brain cells in a lab dish could play the video game Pong, and the neurons were able to move the paddle to hit the ball in a targeted manner, according to the scientists.
– Paleontologists have discovered the skin of a mummified dinosaur, and it still bears traces of the teeth of a chomping predator 67 million years ago.
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