Alvin will help scientists unlock the mysteries of the deep ocean


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For decades the famous explorer Robert Ballard has explored the deep sea in search of its mysteries

Fascinated as a child by Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues of the Sea”, the oceanographer is most associated with the 1985 discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic, which was part of a secret US military mission. He and Alvin, a three-person submersible, returned to the site in 1986 to capture images that revealed artifacts left behind by the dead.

Ballard helped develop Alvin in the 1960s Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Massachusetts. Together, he and Alvin dive into the depths to observe underwater mountains and find thermal winds.

And now, 99% of the seabed is accessible to humanity, thanks to a familiar name: Alvin.

The deepest parts of the ocean are unexplored territory, but after some serious upgrades, Alvin is ready to take people straight to this remote wonderland.

The dive reached a record depth of 4 miles (6,453 meters) this summer, when the crew visited the Puerto Rico Trench and Mid-Cayman Rise, where tectonic plates create mysterious underwater landscapes and float rare marine animals.

The researchers collected samples from the ocean floor, including unknown creatures and chemical pleas from hydrothermal vents.

With direct access to the sea floor, scientists hope to discover the foundations of life.

Astronomers have confirmed that the DART spacecraft successfully altered the motion of the asteroid Dimorphos when it intentionally crashed into the space rock last month, according to NASA.

The deflection test shortened Dimorphos’ orbit around its larger companion asteroid Didymos by 32 minutes – the first time humans have altered the motion of a celestial object.

Meanwhile, the James Webb Space Telescope observed what happens when two massive stars violently interact with each other. Every eight years, they release a plume of dust, creating nest rings that look like a giant spider web.

And astronomers detected an unusual element in the upper atmospheres of the two hot exoplanets, where liquid iron and precious stones fall from the sky.

The Rosetta Stone has been in the British Museum in London since 1802.

In 1799 it was owned by French soldiers who found a broken stone slab covered with inscriptions he has no idea that he will unlock the secrets of ancient Egypt.

Carved into the dark granite-like stone were indecipherable hieroglyphics, simplified demotic Egyptian writing, and ancient Greek. At that time, scholars only understood ancient Greek.

It took Egyptologists two decades to decipher the meaning of the scripts, when they began working on them in 1802. By deciphering Egyptian texts, they opened the way to understanding the past.

A new exhibition at the British Museum in London examines the race to decode the Rosetta Stone and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the breakthrough.

For many, William Shatner will always be Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise. But when the actor dared On a Blue Origin suborbital flight in 2021, he had a very different experience than any “Star Trek” scene.

By shifting his gaze from Earth to the cosmos, he said he overturned all preconceptions about space. “All I saw was death,” he wrote in his new book, “Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder.”

Shatner described feeling an intense sadness when he left his home planet behind. “It was life. Nourishing, sustaining, life. Mother Earth … And I was leaving him”. No longer earthbound, his thoughts turned to the way humans are destroying the planet.

Meanwhile, Artemis Ia is preparing for a third launch attempt on a trip around the moon on Nov. 14, with a 69-minute launch window that opens at 12:07 a.m. ET.

Images of buzzing bees, ibex and flamingos fighting in the sky are some of the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 competition.

The top title award went to Karine Aigner for “The big buzz,” which depicts a male cactus bee struggling to mate a ball of bees with a female. The footage, filmed at the “bee level”, depicts an endangered species threatened by pesticides and habitat loss.

Global wildlife populations declined by an average of 69% between 1970 and 2018 due to changes in Earth’s climate and human activity, according to a new report from the World Wide Fund for Nature. While the natural world remains hidden, immediate conservation efforts can slow and even reverse these losses.

These findings may blow your mind:

— Astronomers have discovered a huge graveyard of ancient dead stars in the Milky Way, and where supernova explosions threw some of them out of the galaxy.

— Brain cells in a lab dish were able to play the video game Pong, and the neurons were able to move the paddle to hit the ball at targets, according to scientists.

– Paleontologists found the mummified skin of dinosaurs, which still bears the teeth marks of a predator that crushed them 67 million years ago.