virtual reality
This Virtual Reality Snorkel Sounds Like a Great Way to Drown

I've used a lot of VR headsets, but the tagline of Nautilus VR's new Kickstarter project scares the hell out of me: "Virtual Reality Underwater". Call me crazy, but that sounds dangerous. And yes, also a little awesome. Read More >>

environment
The Plan to Store Wind Energy in Giant Underwater Air Bubbles

Weather is annoyingly fickle, and so is the wind. If massive offshore wind farms are going to become reality, we need better ways to store the extra energy from windy days for the windless ones. One a bizarre-sounding idea floating around: giant balloons of compressed air stored deep underwater. Read More >>

photography
These Underwater Photos Were Taken By a Desktop Scanner

The desktop scanner is a wonderful thing, but rugged it ain't. Yet Nathaniel Stern didn't let that stop him: The Wisconsin-based artist, who is known for his experimental camera designs, created a waterproof version of an off-the-shelf scanner that captured a series of incredible images of sea life. Read More >>

science
A Tantalisingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau’s Underwater Lab

Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission, where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 63 feet underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a first-hand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS's Hari Sreenivasan in this all-too-short interview from the ocean floor. Read More >>

science
Iron Man Exosuit Will Look for 2000-Year-Old Computer Underwater

Remember that Exosuit—basically a wearable submarine—we showed you back in February? It is about to embark on its first real mission: the hunt for one of the world's oldest computers in the Aegean Sea. It's a quest that has paralysed and, in one case, even killed divers in the past, but the Exosuit will let humans safely dive deeper and longer than ever before. Read More >>

history
This Diver is Cradling a 12,000-Year-Old Skull in an Underwater Cave

Inside a cave so deep and dark it's called Hoyo Negro, or Spanish for "black hole," divers are transporting a 12,000-year-old skull for 3D scanning. The skull belongs to one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in the Americas. Lucky for us, the expedition was documented with an entire set of stunning photos. Read More >>

photography
These Macro Shots of Marine Life in Motion are Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful

With all the wild stuff going on in the ocean's depths, corals and sponges don't seem like the marine life that would be most fun to watch because—do they even move? Yes! They do! Slow Life reveals a super close-up, ultra-high-resolution perspective on these delicate underwater systems in motion—and they're gorgeous. Read More >>

internet
The US Navy’s New Underwater Internet

You use Wi-Fi everyday, but have you heard of its cousin, Li-Fi? Devices that use blinking lights to transmit data could provide the wireless Internet of the future. Read More >>

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Watch Guns with Different Types of Ammo Get Shot Underwater in Slo-Mo

By now we should all know the epic water bubble beauty that happens when you shoot a gun underwater. From your typical Glock to AK-47s, the bullet-chasing, self-collapsing water bubble looks more like the gun is shooting mini-nuclear explosions than your typical bullets. But does different types of ammo change the look of each shot? Sort of! Read More >>

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An Underwater Bullet at 27,450 FPS Is Breathtaking

You may remember our friend Destin at Smarter Every Day shooting an AK-47 underwater. It was a cool experiment, but the pressure caused the aquarium to shatter, ruining what we now know would have been an amazing shot. To solve this problem, he built a sort of reverse-periscope for a Phantom camera and shot the AK-47 in a pool. The results are absolutely stunning. Read More >>

gadgets
Listen To Music Through Your Cheekbones While You Swim Lengths

It's hard to listen to music while you're swimming because even waterproof earbuds that actually stay on try to conduct sound through air to reach your eardrums, and there's not a lot of air underwater. The FINIS Neptune works on this issue by sending sound waves straight into your face. Read More >>

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This Is What Shooting a Gun Underwater Looks Like

Ever wonder what it would be like to shoot a gun underwater? It looks like a scene lifted straight from a Bond flick. Read More >>

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Google Maps Has Freaking Amazing Underwater Street View Now

While we point and laugh at Apple Maps for being subpar and screwed up, Google just announced underwater Street View. Well, sort of announced. TechCrunch reports that the new underwater Street View — which is beautiful — is now available for taking a peek of the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii and the Philippines. Read More >>

science
There Is No Such Thing as Normal When You Live at the Bottom of the Sea

The Aquanauts had killed the power and strapped on their emergency air masks. Someone smelled burning. In a rich-oxygen environment like Aquarius, fires can spread with ferocity; any hint of combustion is taken with utter seriousness. The air wasn't circulating as it was supposed to, and, up above, the life support buoy sounded like it was going to explode. Instead of a steady, even hum, the generator sounded like something between a between a bark and like it was gagging. Read More >>

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Getting Married in an Undersea Base

Otto Ruttan got married to Leanne in the Aquarius Reef Base on March 26th, 1996. They met at Aquarius during his first day on the job. She was a marine biologist doing aquanaut training and he, being the new guy, was assigned to count laps during the swimming drill. Read More >>