science
Inside the DIY World of Mapping Caves With Radio

Underground, where this is no GPS and certainly no Wi-Fi, mapping caves requires a different kind of technical ingenuity. Thus, there is cave radio. To learn about the DIY world of cave radio and underground exploration, Gizmodo picked the brain of Stanley Sides, tinkerer and former president of the Cave Research Foundation. Read More >>

maps
The Complete Map to Earth's Deepest Cave

At 2,197 metres (7,208 feet) the Krubera cave is the deepest on Earth. Located in the Arabika Massif, of the Western Caucasus in Abkhazia, Georgia, it extends for 13,432 kilometres (8,346 miles). I would love to get inside, but I know the fear would paralyse me. Going through its complete (so far) map is fascinating. Read More >>

science
A Fleet of Unpowered Submarines is About to Plumb the Ocean's Depths

Even though they cover two-third's of the planet's surface, we know precious little about how the oceans actually interact with the continents and atmosphere. What's more, our oceanic models are woefully incomplete—only capable of showing large areas with reduced resolution or in high detail over a limited area. But a new fleet of autonomous research submarines are about to rectify that problem. Read More >>

environment
Privacy of Fish Living in 7,200m Pacific Trench Violated by Scientists

A group of scientists have sent their probing vehicles to the bottom of the New Hebrides Trench, a literal hole in the Pacific some 7,200m deep. Their findings suggest each deep ocean trench may have a different ecological make-up, and there's no stock set of deep-living creatures that inhabit every deep sea hole. Read More >>

environment
Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole in One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was with Giz US in New York City walking us through the expedition's high tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New Year. Just in time, they've reached the southernmost point on our planet. Read More >>

robots
This Robotic Sea Turtle is Built to Find Hidden Treasure in Shipwrecks

Thanks to millions and millions of years of evolution, sea turtles work. They work well. They can swim stealthily around the ocean, sliding between chunks of coral if necessary. That in mind, it's no wonder the sea creatures are the inspiration for the latest underwater robots. Read More >>

science
Ooh, Heaven is a Place on Earth

If you've ever wanted to visit the extreme environments used as offworld training landscapes for future astronauts—where bleak, windswept, and often highly remote locations act as surrogates for the surfaces of other planets—a new guidebook will help you find them. Assembled for the European Space Agency by scientists at the Open University, The Catalogue of Planetary Analogues (PDF) is now available for download. Read More >>

environment
Walking to the South Pole (and Returning Alive)

Endurance athlete, polar explorer, and motivational speaker Ben Saunders is on his way to Antarctica. Recreating Robert Scott's heroic but ultimately doomed "Terra Nova" expedition from 1910-1912, Saunders has launched his own Scott Expedition to reach the South Pole on foot—and, more importantly, to walk back to the coast alive. If successful, this will make him and his co-traveler, Tarka L'Herpiniere, the first human beings ever to have done so. Read More >>

science
The First Images of the Ocean Beneath Antarctica

NASA's got all kinds of cred when it comes to space, but the very depths of our own planet's oceans aren't that much different. So who better to take a deep dive and drudge up the first images of the watery world beneath Antarctica's ancient glaciers? Read More >>

watch this
How NASA Wants Us to Explore the Universe With Robotic Avatars and Holodecks

Take three minutes of your life to listen to Dr. Jeff Norris, one of the science rock stars at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He talks about how NASA is working to democratise space exploration by using robots, holodecks and 3D technologies so we can all see space with our own eyes using space probes that will travel to other planets and stars. Read More >>

science
Almost There -- 10 Star Trek Technologies Within Our Grasp

Whether you love or hate Star Trek, you have to respect its vision. A future in which humanity has transcended money, wealth, and greed in favour of pure enlightenment and exploration. And space battles. Read More >>

science
How Humans Learned To Live Under Water

Everyone knows the names Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. At the dawn of the space age, another frontier was under exploration, too—although it never had the fanfare or funding that the astronauts received. Read More >>

watch this
James Cameron Recounts Epic Journey to the Deepest Place on Earth

Last month, James Cameron ventured where few had gone before, to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the planet. Last night we got a first-hand account of the journey from the man himself on the National Geographic Channel. Read More >>

science
James Cameron's New Sub Will Take Him To the Deepest Spot On Earth

James Cameron has long been a filmmaker who embraced the latest technologies, but his newest toy, the Deepsea Challenger, is a submarine that's capable of diving to the deepest part of the ocean, also known as the Challenger Deep. Read More >>

gaming app of the day
The Dark Meadow for iPad and iPhone: Extremely Monstrous and Incredibly Beautiful

With every week that passes, a new iOS game is released that's even more visually impressive than the last. Previously, Shadowgun held the crown for a scant seven days, bowling us over with console-quality graphics and gameplay. Now that accolade has been cruelly wrested - nay, snatched, along with a desultory poke in the eye - by atmospheric chiller The Dark Meadow. It blends together elements of first-person combat, role-playing and exploration, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. Read More >>

Login
X

Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?