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Deep-Sea Sub Vanishes 6 Miles Down

Scientists believe the Nereus imploded due to the pressure

(Newser) - Some 6.2 miles below the surface of the Pacific, tragedy very likely struck. What the BBC describes as one of the "most capable deep-sea research subs" in existence has vanished—and likely imploded. The $8 million Nereus was in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand, among the... More »

Jet Search: Pings Have Gone Silent

Submersible ready to investigate underwater, but field of search needs to be narrowed

(Newser) - When an Australian ship heard pings possibly from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, officials saw a big lead open up in the search—but since then, investigators haven't been able to recapture the signal, Reuters reports. That's particularly worrying since the batteries on the jet's black boxes have... More »

Have Scientists Just Found the 'Brazilian Atlantis'?

They detect what could be lost part of continent off Brazil

(Newser) - It's hard not to take notice when the word "Atlantis" is uttered, and though the storied island hasn't yet been found, researchers now say they may have discovered what could be the "Brazilian Atlantis." A manned Japanese submersible has taken video of a huge granite... More »

James Cameron Donates Historic Sub to Researchers

Still, 'I'd like to go dive the sub again'

(Newser) - Science is getting an anniversary present from James Cameron. It's been a year since the director became the first person to reach the ocean's deepest spot alone. Now, he's giving the sub that made the Mariana Trench journey to the renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts,... More »

James Cameron's Sub Sprung Leak

Director: I didn't find anything 'interesting'

(Newser) - James Cameron's trip to the world's deepest spot sounds a wee bit like something of a disappointment. The six hours he intended to spend at the bottom of the sea—filming and gathering geology samples—was cut in half when hydraulic fluid started leaking in his submersible.... More »

James Cameron Back From Planet's Deepest Spot

Complete first-ever solo dive 6.7 miles to Mariana Trench

(Newser) - James Cameron is back from a solo dive to the deepest place on earth , having spent three hours exploring the scene 35,756 feet below the ocean's surface, reports CNET . (To put things in perspective, Mount Everest is 29,029 feet tall.) To allow him to film and... More »

James Cameron Reaches Deepest Spot on Planet

Famed director descending into Mariana Trench

(Newser) - Lights, camera, action. Director James Cameron today set off to do what no man has done before—dive to the Mariana Trench and truly explore it—and he's apparently well on his way. The AP confirms that Cameron has descended seven miles into the Pacific Ocean and has reached... More »

China's Next Frontier: The Deep Sea

Country plans to launch a submersible that can eventually reach 7,000 meters

(Newser) - If you've got a submarine, chances are you're gonna come across a few Chinese flags. Beijing is set to launch a manned submersible on an ultra-deep dive in search of valuable minerals, unseating the US as the leader in the high-stakes world of deep sea exploration. The Jiaolong... More »

Drug-Smuggling Subs Go High-Tech

(Newser) - It's not a lark anymore: Miniature submarines now carry about a third of the cocaine smuggled into the US. With the numbers up, the Washington Post takes a look at how these so-called semi-submersibles have gotten more and more high-tech over the last 2 years. Authorities say sub builders are... More »

Drug Smugglers' Subs Could Open US to Terrorists

Semi-submersibles are difficult to detect

(Newser) - Semi-submersible boats used to smuggle drugs into the US could provide a path into the country for terrorists or their weapons, the Boston Globe reports. “If drug cartels can ship up to 10 tons of cocaine in a semi-submersible, they can clearly ship or rent space to a terrorist... More »

Drug Cartels Aim to Master the Deep

Narcotics gangs are increasingly relying on submersibles to transport cocaine

(Newser) - Colombian drug cartels are increasingly relying on homemade submersibles to transport cocaine, the Washington Post reports, with 13 such vessels seized last year—more than in the previous 14 combined. The vehicles skim just under the waves, nearly invisible to sonar and aircraft. And even enforcement officials have grudging respect... More »

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