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Read blog posts or news updates from our staff, educators, watchstanders, and scientists.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

The Hunt is On

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It's really on... University of Rhode Island PhD student, Brennan Phillips, along with myself, are in the Solomon Islands in the western equatorial Pacific to discover and document hydrothermal activity of the deep waters here. And, we are going to look at an erupting volcano.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

The Final Piece - Looking Forward to the Future

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Putting in the final piece to the TREET Puzzle

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Another Side of Science

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There are more sides to science than you think.

The TREET program is in the thick of it. Transforming remotely conducted research one day at a time as they work in direct communication and interact with the E/V Nautilus. They are studying the Caribbean Sea's most active submarine volcano, Kick 'em Jenny.

Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

Transforming Remotely Conducted Research

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The TREET Project is exploring remote human-robotic interactions.

Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

EX - A Good Ship

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a world-class research and exploration vessel called the Okeanos Explorer.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

E/V Nautilus, Back in the Game

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It's been a little over a week since the Nautilus has been searching the depths for the next big discovery. Not to downplay anything here - I mean, they have been at sea since early June you know. So far this summer they have been exploring the “Unknown America.”

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Letter from the [Video] Editor vol.3

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It's been a while my friends! I'll save the small talk, that's not why you're here.

Dr. Dwight Coleman, the director of the Inner Space Center, left last week to board the E/V Nautilus and become the Expedition Leader.  

Yesterday, on August 4th 2014, the watchstander team took advantage of some E/V Nautilus transit time and ventured to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) to see the new National Science Foundation research vessel Sikuliaq. Based out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center in Seward, Alaska, this 261 foot polar-class 5 ice breaker is equipped to break through 2.5 feet of ice and sail with up to 26 scientists and a full crew. Reluctant to miss any trip to WHOI, the presence of an ice-breaker on the east coast further sweetened the prospective excursion, and upon seeing the R/V Sikuliaq, we were surely not disappointed.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Wreck-ollections: U-Boat 166

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Welcome to the second installment of the Inner Space Center’s ‘Wreck-ollections’, wherein we take a closer look at some of the fascinating shipwrecks we’ve visited or re-discovered.  This season has found us diving on a series of historical wrecks from WWII, and so we will go back to the beginning of the summer, to the wreck of U-boat 166.

One of the most frequently observed organisms we saw was during July was the Venus Flytrap Anemone, or Actinoscyphi. We found these organisms on wrecks and many geological structures.  

If you're interested in marine policy, check out the CHOW 2014 live streams this week on!

This month’s species is a highlight from one of the more uncommon discoveries aboard the E/V Nautilus. Goosefish, which are sometimes referred to as monkfish, or Lophius americanus, are commonly found in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean, with similar species occurring all over the world. However, this particular dive yielded an encounter with a far more elusive and largely unobserved species of goosefish.

Sladenia shaefersi, sometimes referred to as Schaefer's Anglerfish or the deep-water goosefish, is also a member of the angler family, and is recognizable by its bulbous brown body and the intricate patterning covering its back. In the featured video, you will be able to see how the patterning actually shimmers in the ROV lights, bearing an uncanny resemblance to mother of pearl.

The deep-sea goosefish can grow up to 28 inches, and is capable of inhabiting depths up to 1200 meters. Although not visible in this particular segment, Schaefer’s Anglerfish earns its namesake with a ‘beard’ of filliform illicia protruding from its jaw. To date we know very little about the nature of Schaefer's Anglerfish, as less than ten have ever been captured, making this an incredibly rare moment in E/V Nautilus History.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Lost at Sea: ROV Nereus

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Last Saturday, May 10th, the deep sea exploration community lost one of their most valued assets: the Nereus ROV. As part of a series of deep sea research dives, ROV Nereus was working with the R/V Thomas G. Thompson to explore the Kermadec Trench, the fifth deepest in the world. Just north of New Zealand, the Kermadec trench extends to 10,047 meters, just shy of the Nereus ROV's 11,000 meter rating. After losing contact with the ROV at the bottom of the Kermadec, scientists and technicians aboard the Thompson waited for the ascent fail-safe mechanisms to trigger, and for the ROV to resurface. At the five hour mark, when Nereus should have been ready for recovery, operators aboard the Thompson spotted debris floating in the water: the remnants of the Nereus ROV's flotation system. As many had feared, this spelled doom for ROV Nereus , and indicated an implosion event which, at nearly six miles under the surface, would have yielded a force near that of dynamite.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Comb Jelly

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A hypnotizing ctenophore grabs the attention of the team aboard the Okeanos Explorer for a few moments.

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