Researchers have achieved a breakthrough in 3D printing 316L, a common form of marine grade stainless steel that promises an unparalleled combination of high-strength and high-ductility properties.Read more
AUSTRALIA’S waters are some of the most dangerous in the world. Ignoring the dangers posed by jellyfish and salt-water crocodiles, the average annual number of “unprovoked” shark attacks more than doubled between 1990-2000 and 2005-2015, to 15Read more
WHEN Cyrus Field laid the first trans-Atlantic cable in 1858, it was hailed as one of the great technological achievements of its time and celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and 100-gun salutes.Read more
The world’s first fully autonomous, fully electric commercial cargo ship will be hitting Norway’s coastal waters as early as next year.Read more
The recent acquisition of MIT spinout Open Water Power (OWP) by defence company L3 Technologies will help with the development of its innovative battery technology for a wide range of undersea applications, the company says.Read more
To outer space and the deep ocean, add “beneath the ice” to the list of rarely charted frontiers of science exploration. There have been very few expeditions where robots dived beneath polar ice shelves to characterize and measure them. UC Davis engineering professor Alexander Forrest recently returned from one of them.Read more
You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but you can squeeze water from thin air — even in the driest areas of the world.
The new water harvester is made of metal organic framework crystals pressed into a thin sheet of copper metal and placed between a solar absorber (above) and a condenser plate (below).Read more
Canadian-based firm Nautilus Minerals Inc. plans to launch the world’s first deep sea mining operation in early 2019. The company will launch three remote-controlled mining robots off the coast of Papua New Guinea to the floor of the Bismark Sea to mine rich metal deposits.Read more
MOST pastimes nowadays involve lots of high-tech gadgets. For fishermen these range from electronic bite alarms to carbon-fibre rods, specialised clothing and tackle boxes stuffed with various odd and ends.Read more
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: Drones will be used at West Australian (WA) beaches on a three month trial to monitor shark activity and spot other dangers such as rips and schools of baitfish which attract the predators.
WA state fisheries minister Joe Francis said the trial was part of the state government’s 33 million Australian dollars Shark Hazard Mitigation strategy.Read more
Drones could soon become a standard life-saving tool for lifeguards and rescue teams.
Even just a few seconds in the water can mean the difference between life and death, and robots can fly much faster than people can swim. On his best day, Michael Phelps swims at 6 mph, but drones can reach speeds of 50 mph or more.Read more