Real-Life Transformers Helping Antarctic Research

Written by on July 30, 2013 in Technology

NOAA-supported scientists find large Gulf dead zone, but smaller than predicted

Earlier this summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a possible record-setting dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, NOAA-supported scientists have found a large dead zone, but not at as large as initially predicted. The current oxygen-free (hypoxic) zone is 5,480 square miles and was caused by nutrient runoff from agricultural and other human activities flowing from the Mississippi River watershed.

A new robotic submarine can transform in order to fit through small holes in Antarctic sea ice.

A new robotic submarine can transform in order to fit through small holes in Antarctic sea ice. Photo credit: nick_russill via photopin cc.

The Incredible Transforming Antarctic Submersible

Check out this awesome post from Wired about a transformer sub built to navigate through tiny holes in Antarctic ice. The robotic submarine weighs 2,200 pounds and can transform into a pencil-shaped configuration that’s only two feet across. This engineering marvel will allow researchers to study areas in the Southern Ocean that were previously too difficult to get reach.

Will Earth’s Ocean Boil Away?

The water on Venus boiled away long ago. As carbon dioxide levels continue to increase here on our planet, what are the chances that climate change will cause our oceans to boil away? In this interview with the author of a paper on ‘runaway greenhouse’ Colin Goldblatt, he explains the likelihood of this happening and the timeline associated with Earth losing its oceans.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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