Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Alvin reborn

I was very pleased to hear, last December, that Alvin, the world's oldest active deep sea research vessel, is getting an upgrade rather than being sent into retirement. So I submerged myself in the field of deep sea research once more and had a good look at what's available now, half a century after the bathyscaphe Trieste reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and wrote a news feature about it, which is out in today's issue of Current Biology:

Seabed search boost
Current Biology, Volume 21, Issue 3, R94-R95, 8 February 2011
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Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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