Last week we embarked on R/V Falkor as part of a collaboration with Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab. We had several goals for this expedition. Primarily, we wanted to test a new low pressure hydraulic engine for soft robotic manipulators. The engine survived many firsts on this trip: First time integrated onto an ROV. First time submerged … Continued
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Ready to see deep-sea life in a completely new way? In the #DesigningTheFuture expedition, researchers are testing and applying technologies, often for the first time or in cutting-edge systems. Lasers, folding soft-robotics, and Remotely Operated Vehicles are all part of the pioneering approaches showcased here, explaining how these new tools and techniques are being developed … Continued
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I am Aly, and I am currently an Artist-at-Sea aboard R/V Falkor. My collaborator Shona Kitchen and I have worked with Brennan Phillips’ team at the University of Rhode Island to develop camera housings for DEEPi. The form of these housings is inspired by plastiglomerate, a new type of stone that is a mixture of … Continued
Already a few days into her latest fascinating voyage, R/V Falkor is on a mission to test exciting new technologies that will allow researchers to study deep-sea organisms in-situ – something which has never been done before. For the past two days, the team, which includes bioengineers, microroboticists and electrical engineers, have been preparing, installing … Continued
Of all the Earth’s habitable zones, the deep midwater environment is probably the least understood. Much of deep-sea biology is focused on the seafloor, where a global community of researchers yield new discoveries on a consistent basis. In contrast, the massive expanse of ocean that lies between the surface and the bottom, or the ocean’s … Continued
Dr. Oliver Wurl is a scientist and head of the group “Processes and sensing of marine interfaces” at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. His research interests include the air-sea interaction, sea surface, carbon cycling and aerosol chemistry, and using that knowledge to contribute … Continued
The expanding reach of humankind has plunged far into the unknown, which is also home to the largest ecosystem on the planet. Throughout parts of the seafloor are untapped sources of rare earth metals including gold, silver and copper, and more importantly sulfide, zinc, manganese, and cobalt. These resources are necessary ingredients in manufacturing the … Continued
Nicholas is currently an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Hawaii at Manoa majoring in global environmental science under SOEST (the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology). During his time at UH, he has interned with Shawn Murakawa to try and better understand the life of Hawaiian sea turtles in the pelagic areas … Continued