The Best Way to Age Bourbon May be Putting it Out to Sea

Bourbon is to Kentucky as rum is to the Caribbean, so why is this distiller doing letting barrels of the stuff age on a ship bound for the Panama canal? If you ask Jefferson's Bourbon, they're just harnessing the motion of the ocean in pursuit of better booze. It's chemistry! Read More >>

A Glimpse of the Strange Sci-Fi Houses of Earth's Alien Future

Admit it; you've thought about life in the far flung, alien future. Maybe you've thought about it today, whether it's a skyscraping utopia or a scarred nuclear desert full of mobile monoliths. Artists and architects are thinking about it too, and their visions of what may come will really get your future fantasies cooking. Read More >>

A Tornado of Fish Looks Incredibly Scary

If this school of fish surrounds you, your skin will melt, your flesh will be eaten raw and your bones won't have a morsel of meat left on them. Real tornadoes are probably still scarier but fish tornadoes look like the sentient arm of some sick underworld cartoon monster. Read More >>

An Unknown Disease Is Turning Starfish Into Goop

Starfish may be flexible, but they're also tough. Yet a mysterious "wasting syndrome" is making starfish from Southern California to Alaska decay while still alive. Populations are being decimated up and down the west coast of America. Read More >>

Whales Don’t Spray Water Out of Their Blowholes

Contrary to what you may have seen in such movies as Pixar’s otherwise extremely entertaining Finding Nemo, whales don’t spray water out of their blowholes. Further, the whale’s trachea doesn’t connect to the oesophagus of the whale; so when Dory and Marlin went down the whale’s throat, in real life, they’d have simply been eaten. Read More >>

How Underwater Drones Are Searching For the Lost Pilots of WWII

Deep below the pacific ocean, dozens of WWII pilots are laying in watery graves, still inside the aircraft took them across the sky decades ago. It's far to late for a rescue, but as Popular Science explains, the people behind the BentProp Project—and their undersea drones—are surfacing these soldiers' incredible history. Read More >>

The Day I Decided Not to Be a Victim of the Rondo

"What's the wreck we're heading for?" I asked. I had never dived a shipwreck before. Something about the swinging boat; the fried breakfast and the fearsomely cold and inhospitable conditions made me wonder if I really wanted to. We were still thirty minutes out and the skipper was offering us a cup of tea. I declined. Read More >>

Check Out These Totally Stunning Images Painted with Wakeboards

This is incredible. Unlike the shark attracting light suits of Tron-surfing or the glowing outline of night skiers, seeing a wakeboarder with a light board is like seeing Picasso with a paintbrush. The tricks the wakeboarders pull makes for a visually magnetic picture. It's like painting rainbows! Read More >>

It's Amazing That the Same View of the Same Ocean and the Same Sky Can Look So Completely Different

Here's a wonderfully colourful photo project by photographer Robert Weingarten which shows how psychedelic our world can get. Weingarten took a photo at 6:30 in the morning of the same view of Santa Monica Bay from his home in Malibu for an entire year. Even with all that sameness, each photo captures something completely different from before. Read More >>

The 20 Loneliest Outposts At the End of the World

When humanity's not trying to destroy itself, its steadily redefining its boundaries. Every passing year, we create further-flung outposts in places nature never intended to us to inhabit. Here are the loneliest places mankind has made its bed in search of the unknown, the overwhelming, and the great. Read More >>

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This Is What It Looks Like When Your GoPro Falls In the Ocean

GoPros are well-known for being robust. I mean, we've seen one fall out of a plane and land intact. This GoPro was keen on going on its own adventure as well, except in the water instead of the air. Read More >>

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You Won't Believe What This GoPro Camera Captured Underwater

You're going to watch this video and your jaw will drop. In fact, you'll probably think it's fake. Or CGI, at least. But nope, it's completely real. A group of guys went fishing and dropped a GoPro Hero 2 camera inside a custom-made torpedo to record the ocean underneath them. What the camera recorded was the most amazing footage of dolphins you'll ever see. Read More >>

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 >>

There Is No Such Thing as Normal When You Live at the Bottom of the Sea

The Aquanauts had killed the power and strapped on their emergency air masks. Someone smelled burning. In a rich-oxygen environment like Aquarius, fires can spread with ferocity; any hint of combustion is taken with utter seriousness. The air wasn't circulating as it was supposed to, and, up above, the life support buoy sounded like it was going to explode. Instead of a steady, even hum, the generator sounded like something between a between a bark and like it was gagging. Read More >>

Getting Married in an Undersea Base

Otto Ruttan got married to Leanne in the Aquarius Reef Base on March 26th, 1996. They met at Aquarius during his first day on the job. She was a marine biologist doing aquanaut training and he, being the new guy, was assigned to count laps during the swimming drill. Read More >>

How You Get Dry Supplies to an Underwater Base—Without a Submarine

You think carrying your shopping up your 2nd-floor flat is a pain in the ass? Try bringing that stuff into an undersea base without it getting soaked. How do you do it? The answer is surprisingly low-tech: pressure pots. Read More >>


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