Steampunk Lego Nautilus

Today one of my buddies showed me a tentative Lego set with captain Nemo, the submarine Nautilus and other stuff from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, though visually based on the old Disney movie. It is currently a project proposal at Lego’s website and it needs a few more supporting clicks before Lego considers manufacturing it.

Check it out here — link >>>

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Life in the Dark Energy Biosphere

Far below the ocean floors there are chthonic aquifers in which hitherto unknown microbes prosper thanks to their ability to “breathe” sulfates. Scientists and engineers at the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at the University of Southern California have developed probes that descend to the seafloor and drill sealed holes through the sediments down to water-carrying rock layers. There they have collected samples of yet-unclassified microorganisms that flourish in that peculiar environment despite its lack of oxygen and light.

Here is yet another proof of how life finds ways of adapting to hostile environments; a comforting thought when I look with hopeful eyes at the barren Mars. Take a look at the picture below and read more here — link >>>

Mission to Innerspace

When I was a boy in the late 1960s, undersea exploration was almost as exciting as space travel. The French oceanographer and film-maker Jacques Cousteau, master of the research ship Calypso, was a weekly fixture in the Swedish TV schedule (merely two channels in those days).

Innerspace was one word coined for the dark vastness of the ocean depths, which were supposed to be colonized by man in “the near future”. However, the allure of the deep seas soon faded, partially because most of those ambitions turned out to be beyond the capabilities of available technology.

But the visions have not died fully — the third generation of the Cousteau clan is nowadays at work beneath the ocean with state-of-the art tech: link >>>

A 21st-century Cousteau endeavor.