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NASA’s Student-Designed Explorer Launches Today

Whether you think it's our fault or not, the simple fact of the matter is that the Earth is heating up—so much so that last summer's heat caused surface melting along an unprecedented 97 percent of the Greenland ice sheet. Now, researchers are turning to an ever-ready solar rover to survey the damage.

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Andrew Tarantola

May 3rd

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This Automated Land Mine Hunter Finds Its Explosive Quarry by Flailing About

Afghan roads routinely used by American forces are popular targets for IED mining—so much so that demining patrols have become routine. But what to do when an IED is discovered? Sure, you could send in an EOD officer to carefully (and slowly) defuse that IED at great risk to his life—hello, Hurt Locker!—or you could just let this 20-ton tractor roll over and smash it with a friggin' hammer. More »


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Andrew Tarantola

December 20th

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How a Classic Deep Sea Robot will Sweep 98 Percent of the Ocean Floor [Monster Machines]

Over the course of 4,400 dives, Alvin has done just about everything. Its recovered lost nukes, explored the ruins of the HMS Titanic, and upturned our understanding of the deep sea with the discovery of hydrothermal vents bustling with unimaginable forms of life. But after 48 years of service, the venerable ROV is starting to show its age, and is quickly being eclipsed by newer models. More »


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Andrew Tarantola

September 17th

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How a Classic Deep Sea Robot will Sweep 98 Percent of the Ocean Floor [Monster Machines]

Over the course of 4,400 dives, Alvin has done just about everything. Its recovered lost nukes, explored the ruins of the HMS Titanic, and upturned our understanding of the deep sea with the discovery of hydrothermal vents bustling with unimaginable forms of life. But after 48 years of service, the venerable ROV is starting to show its age, and is quickly being eclipsed by newer models. More »


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Andrew Tarantola

September 17th

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Robot Sub Surveys Radioactive Ponds So You Don’t Have To [Monster Machines]

Superfund cleanup sites are not places you really want to hang around. So how does one survey a radioactive fuel storage pond without taking a dip? Send in a radiation-resistant ROV, of course. More »


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Andrew Tarantola

April 18th

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This Football-Sized Robot Sub Handles Law Enforcement’s Underwater Beat [Video]

From inspecting cargo ships in NYC Harbor to searching for missing persons in South Texas, law enforcement is increasingly supplementing its human divers with these football-sized remote submersibles. More »


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Andrew Tarantola

April 3rd

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