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The cutting-edge tech behind the hunt for lost WWII planes

For years, the BentProp Project has searched the seas off Palau for missing planes shot down by the Japanese. Now the group has access to the latest oceanographic technology, which it used to find two aircraft lost for 70 years.

By Apr. 20, 2014

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At Woods Hole, conquering the deep ocean

Road Trip 2010: In a quest to uncover secrets of the deep, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have developed cutting-edge software and a series of high-tech underwater vehicles.

By Jul. 17, 2010

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Long-range undersea robot does its own research

With its ability to stay at sea for weeks on end, carry loads of instruments, and travel four times faster than its predecessors, this is not your grandmother's autonomous underwater bot.

By Nov. 3, 2010

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MIT works on robotic fin for subs

Researchers are taking cues from the bluegill sunfish to build a mechanical fin that could one day be used on a more advanced robotic submarine.

By Jul. 31, 2007

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An inaugural journey to the Arctic floor

NASA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution send robots where no man (or bot) has ever been.

By Jul. 2, 2007

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iRobot sets sights at sea

The Roomba and PackBot manufacturer secures exclusive rights to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle for commercial use.

By Jun. 10, 2008

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Navy seeks 'kamikaze' robot to clear mines

One contender for that task is the Transphibian, a 3-foot-long autonomous underwater vehicle from Nekton Research.

By Aug. 1, 2007

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Oceans' salvation may lie in exploration

A gala event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first--and only--manned dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench highlights just how much work needs to be done if mankind hopes to rescue the planet's oceans from their rapidly degrading health.

By Apr. 15, 2010

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SubjuGator wins robot sub competition

The early results are in. For the third year running, the University of Florida has the No. 1 underwater autonomous vehicle.

By Jul. 16, 2007