This thing is like a giant, plastic-eating Manta Ray.
DARPA's Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) program would plant stealthy robotic pods on seafloors that could float to the surface and deploy themselves on demand.
In 1997, the U.S. NOAA's Equatorial Pacific Ocean autonomous hydrophone array detected a "bloop" sound. The "bloop" was consistent with the sounds of an animal, but it was far too loud. It could have been aliens. Or a sea monster. Or aliens. But it's not.
The Guardian is reporting evidence of a geoengineering experiment that took place off the coast of Canada. Apparently, some American businessman lied to an indigenous Canadian community to get permission to dump 100 tons of iron sulphate into the Pacific in a scheme to make money from carbon credits. WTF.
Rather than belabor the point that the rest of the Internet is wrong to call this artificially bioengineered construct a "jellyfish" as opposed to a "sea jelly," we're just going to get straight to the heart of it: it can swim, and it's powered by heart muscle cells harvested from rats.
Not sold on that artificial volcano idea as a method of modifying our climate? Here's something else to try: dumping massive amounts of iron into the oceans to spur algae blooms that suck carbon out of the atmosphere. Ocean fertilization, as it's called, isn't a new idea, but newly published experimental results suggest that it might actually make sense.
The ocean is full of crap, and it's our fault. We've been dumping crap into it for centuries, so it's not surprising that some areas boast 335,000 pieces of floating junk per square km. Cleaning it all up by hand isn't feasible, so a group of students are trying to engineer synthetic bacteria to do the job instead.
Remember SeaOrbiter? No? Well, you should, 'cause we wrote about it six years ago, when plans were underway to create the ship and set it afloat "in the near future." And the near future is now here! Nearly!
Sometimes, you just want to disappear. You know, crawl into a hole and become invisible from everyone. I understand!
Designer Phil Pauley has a dream: he wants to build a new biosphere, but instead of putting it on solid ground, he wants to put it in the middle of the ocean. He envisions a scientific utopia, one that could work either floating on the surface or down in the watery depths.