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These 21 Teams Will Battle For £5.8 Million in a Race to Explore the Ocean Floor

We know very little about our planet’s seafloor, but that’s poised to change as autonomous underwater scouting technology gets better and better. To that end, nearly two dozen teams are racing to develop robots that can investigate, map, and conduct science at extreme depths, and under serious time constraints. They’re also competing for $7 million (£5.8 million) in prize money. Read More >>

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Shell Concedes Searching for Oil Off the Alaskan Coast is a Really Bad, Really Expensive Idea

After spending $7 billion drilling for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, oil giant Shell has announced that it will cease all drilling due to “a clearly disappointing exploration outcome”. This means there might be zero drilling off Alaska’s Arctic coast in the near future.
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Building the World’s Largest Floating Object, Shown in GIFs

A few months ago, The New York Times sent a photographer to South Korea to photograph the world's largest floating object. It took him hundreds of shots to capture the behemoth. Now, its makers are giving us a closer look at building of the ship. Read More >>

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Explore the Deck of the Largest Floating Facility Ever Created

No one knows quite what to call the Prelude, the floating behemoth that Shell engineered to extract natural gas from below the ocean floor and liquefy it for use. It's hard to describe Prelude because it's so much bigger and more complex than anything else humans have ever built—which is also what makes it difficult to photograph. Read More >>

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Everything is NOT Awesome in Greenpeace’s Anti-Shell Music Video

Greenpeace is on a winning run when it comes to using social media to give Shell a kicking, following up its excellent Legoland oil rig protest with this fantastic whimsical take on the brick-maker's 2013 summer movie anthem. Read More >>

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Greenpeace (Lego Division) Protests Legoland Oil Rig

Greenpeace has come up with a genius method of highlighting its battle against Lego's use of the Shell oil company's logo, by getting some Lego activist minifigs to unfurl scale model protest banners on some of the exhibits at Legoland Windsor. Read More >>

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How Is This Raw Chicken Egg Standing Whole Without Its Shell?

What kind of sorcery is this? How is this egg standing whole without its shell? Apparently, the inner membrane—the thin layer that you can see stuck to the hard shell when you boil an egg—is strong enough to hold it without breaking its shape. But how can you do this? Read More >>

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Lego Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Collection, People!

This one was pretty high in my Stuff From the 80s That Urgently Needs the Lego Treatment list, almost tied with Mario and Donkey Kong.* At last, the Danish company has released a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set collection! Read More >>

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Oil Barons Get a Dose of the Anonymous Treatment For Melting Our Ice Caps

It seems paedophiles aren't the only people on the Anonymous hit list at the moment -- the oil barons are slap bang in the centre of their sights too. 1,000 email logins for five different big oil companies, including the likes of Shell and BP, have been dumped on the internet for all the world to see, use and abuse. Read More >>

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Malfunctioning Cake Ruins Party and Spews Booze All Over Rich People

Sea-raping mega-oil firm Shell has a new rig to launch, and like any enormous company, it decided to celebrate with a private party atop Seattle's Space Needle. The crown jewel? An oil rig-shaped cake which sprays booze! Into your face. Read More >>