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Mission: Submersible

The yellow tube Rutgers researchers pulled out of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain earlier this month may represent a sea change in the way we learn about the planet. The unmanned, information- gathering Scarlet Knight "flew" through the water without a propeller, becoming the first robot to cross the Atlantic. Scientists envision fleets of these unmanned gliders someday patrolling waters around the globe and reporting data about the undersea environment.

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Deep-sea glider
Article | She was at sea for 221 days. She was alone, often in dangerous places, and usually out of touch. Her predecessor had disappeared on a similar trip, probably killed by a shark. Yet she was always able to do what was asked, to head in a different direction on a moment's notice and report back witho...

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