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22 Jul 20:40

Mankind’s greatest invention. [video]

Mankind’s greatest invention. [video]

24 Jul 01:11


Cooper Griggs

please catch on fire, please catch on fire...

24 Jul 01:12


20 Jul 18:52

Black Leopards reaction when he sees his favorite zoo keeper.

22 Jul 10:28

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

by Steve Dent
So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs are required to prevent its...
22 Jul 00:00


23 Jul 22:22

'Father of the internet' Vint Cerf explains how web addresses work

by Sean Buckley
For most of us, browsing the web is pretty easy: type in a domain name, mash the enter key, and well, here you are. Behind the scenes, however, it's a mess of IP addresses, numbers and international stake holders. Part of ICANN's job is sorting all...
23 Jul 20:09


by elgazzo
Cooper Griggs

Why no driver's (pilot's?) side window?

23 Jul 19:37

Cave with Aurora Skylight

Yes, but have you ever seen aurora from a cave? Yes, but have you ever seen aurora from a cave?

23 Jul 17:31

you can’t fix me

you can’t fix me

23 Jul 14:33

eBay's ticket site StubHub says it's the victim of a 'global fraud ring'

by Daniel Cooper
StubHub has revealed that it's been the victim of a global fraud operation that's lasted longer than a year. Rather than being hacked, however, criminals obtained user details from other websites and keylogging software, then proceeded to make...
23 Jul 16:41


by lithiumc
22 Jul 07:09

Schumacher using eyelash flutters to communicate

by Christofer Lloyd

23 Jul 00:00


23 Jul 05:31


Cooper Griggs

via Carnibore

21 Jul 12:00

Thor Is a Huge Klutz

Cooper Griggs

via Roumen.ganeff

No wonder this dude isn't worthy of his hammer anymore.



22 Jul 16:00

Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $120,000

by Dana Wollman
Cooper Griggs

Oh, is thaaaat all? A pittance.

There were so many TVs on display back at CES, that you'd be forgiven if they all blended together. So allow us to give you a recap: The Samsung UN105S9W was, in the company's own words, the "world's first, largest and most curved 105-inch curved UHD...
22 Jul 17:23

LG's rollable TVs are (predictably) very flexible

by Mat Smith
Remember when LG announced that it had managed to create a rollable 18-inch display? Well, here's the proof: a very much flexible OLED display. The resolution might not be there yet (1,200 x 810, alas) but the hopes and dreams of a picnic-blanket TV...
22 Jul 19:18

Wrecks of Truk Lagoon by Catherine Marshall

by Arnold Chao
Fujikawa Maru
cathm2Fujikawa Maru

What’s the history of this wreck site captured in the photo above?

The wrecks of Truk Lagoon were sunk as part of Operation Hailstorm, a coordinated effort by U.S. forces to destroy the Japanese fleet based in Chuuk, which took place February 17 and 18, 1944. A reconnaissance flight was seen by the Japanese two days previously, giving time to move many of their warships, but leaving many cargo ships containing supplies for the war effort mostly undefended.

Fujikawa Maru
cathm2Fujikawa Maru

The Fujikawa Maru (in the top photo) is one of the more famous dives of Truk. This is partly due to its accessibility; it lies in relatively shallow water, and upright. The holds have a number of artifacts inside, including the mostly intact fuselage of a Zero fighter. Both the Fujikawa Maru and Shinkoku Maru lie relatively close to islands, and the run-off from these have resulted in spectacular soft coral growth.

Shinkoku Maru
cathm2Shinkoku Maru

Tell us about your journey to this location.

Actually getting to Truk Lagoon is a hassle but not difficult per se. It was one of the more unfriendly flight schedules in the world, with many of the flights going there departing in the early hours of the morning; the main routes are via Manila or Guam, with some direct flights from Palau and Yap. Once there, diving is either via liveaboard, or from tenders run by the dive shops on shore. I did a mixture of both.

Dive deck on the Odyssey
cathm2Dive deck on the Odyssey
Kiyosumi Maru
cathm2Kiyosumi Maru

What can you tell us about the human remains and the wrecks you visited?

A few of the ships have human remains on board – someone has rather artistically arrayed a number of arm and leg bones on the operating table of the Shinkoku Maru. One of the more gruesome finds was from a few years back, on the Yamagiri Maru, where the skull of the engineer was discovered fused into the roof of the engine room, where the main explosion had taken place.

Fujikawa Maru
cathm2Fujikawa Maru

Has anyone died from diving there?

I’m not sure with regards to your question of deaths while diving in Truk. I’m sure there have been some, it’s a fairly common place for decompression illness due to the depths and repetitive diving. Other hazards include the overhead environment — it’s possible to penetrate several levels into unlit engine rooms — and unexploded ordnance, as well as sharp edges, etc.

Nippo Maru
cathm2Nippo Maru

Are you allowed to take any relics that you find?

It’s illegal to take any items from the wrecks. In the past, a lot of items have been removed, which has detracted form the diving today. Nowadays, a lot of the artifacts are hidden by the dive guides and brought out for dives, then put away again, to reduce the chances of theft.

San Francisco Maru
cathm2San Francisco Maru

How far down are the wrecks at this dive site? How much dive time is required to enjoy them?

The San Francisco Maru is one of the deepest wrecks in Truk Lagoon, and probably the deepest that is dived regularly. It’s known as the “Million Dollar Wreck”due to the number of artifacts on board. It’s 45m to the superstructure and 50m to the deck – 63m to the seabed but not many people go that deep! The most interesting parts are the tanks and guns on the deck, and then the holds (necessitating adding some extra depth dropping down next to the trucks etc). My total dive time was 65 minutes, of which 34 minutes was decompression time. When you include the time to get down, that doesn’t leave long on the wreck.

Nippo Maru
cathm2Nippo Maru

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Brit who moved to Australia in 2009 for work, and am here for the foreseeable future. My day job is medicine — I’m training to be an emergency physician. I first properly got into photography when I bought my first SLR in 2006 and got my first (compact) underwater housing in 2007. I didn’t graduate to underwater SLR photography until 2011 — there’s a lot to learn and you feel like a beginner again.

Whale shark, Roca Partida
cathm2Whale shark, Roca Partida

What gear do you use?
I’ve always used Canon cameras, purely through familiarity. I started with an Ixus, then moved on to the S95. Since 2011, I’ve been using a Canon 550D with Nauticam housing — Tokina 10-17mm for wide angle and Canon 60mm macro for close-up, with an Inon S2000 strobe. The entire lot was stolen in January. I’ll get a replacement from insurance, but still waiting on that. I still have my trusty old compact camera though!

Pygmy seahorse
cathm2Pygmy seahorse
Heian Maru
cathm2Heian Maru

Do you have any tips for shooting underwater?

I guess the first tip would be to wait until you’re comfortable in the water before you start taking photos. Before I started taking pictures, I’d been diving for a few years, and I felt like I had to relearn my buoyancy all over again. There’s no sense getting a great picture if you knock that beautiful coral off the wall 30 seconds later!

Lembeh strait critters
cathm2Lembeh strait critters
Raja Ampat - Misool region
cathm2Raja Ampat – Misool region

The other thing is to keep diving. The main teacher is experience — spending plenty of time underwater and observing. If you’re not there, you won’t get the shot!

Kensho Maru
cathm2Kensho Maru
Scorpionfish on the Rainbow Warrior
cathm2Scorpionfish on the Rainbow Warrior

What’s your favorite dive site?

There are lots of places in the world that are amazing, and I’m not sure I can pick a single favorite. In Australia, I’d pick two places — the Pipeline in Nelson Bay, which is a fantastic macro site, and Julian Rocks in Byron Bay (which actually consists of a dozen or so sites within the marine park). Both sites have a huge diversity that you don’t expect on your back door. The Pipeline has been rated as one of the best muck diving sites in the world — cruising along over a very uninspiring seabed, you can find all sorts of amazing creatures, especially nudibranchs (colorful sea slugs) and seahorses.

North Rock gutters
cathm2North Rock gutters

What diving moment was the most dangerous?

The photos you’d expect to be risky are actually not. None of the shark photos were risky – we were inside a cage observing the great whites. And the grey nurse sharks, while looking ferocious, are placid and timid. I’d say one of my most risky dives was in Truk Lagoon, on the San Francisco Maru – it’s a deep wreck. And while the dive was very well planned and executed, it’s important not to get carried away taking photos. At 52 meters, you experience nitrogen narcosis, a sensation of being drunk underwater, which like alcohol affects everyone differently. Having said that, the most challenging photos are actually the macro subjects, such as the pygmy seahorse, who are tiny and extremely camera shy. In a strong current it can be extremely difficult to see them, let alone get a decent shot!

Great white sharks, Isla Guadelupe
cathm2Great white sharks, Isla Guadelupe

Thank you, Catherine, for the interview.

Explore more photography in Catherine Marshall’s photostream.

22 Jul 19:33

eBay brings its RedLaser barcode-scanner app to Google Glass

by Dana Wollman
Cooper Griggs

there's a good pairing

You might know eBay as the website where you can buy a rare NES game for a hundred grand, but the company also has its own barcode scanner, called RedLaser. It's been out on Android and iOS for a while, and now the company is bringing it to Google...
22 Jul 20:22


22 Jul 22:34

You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a 'digital tattoo'

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

or just get an iPhone 5s

Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin...
22 Jul 20:00

Good Thing Costco Sells Shampoo

Cooper Griggs

via Abelmauriciopena (as well as many other posts)

Good Thing Costco Sells Shampoo

Submitted by: (via Izismile)

22 Jul 23:09

Artist uses over-sized pixels to keep an eye on London's pedestrians

by Billy Steele
Folks strolling past the Welcome Collection's venue in London may have an eery feeling that they're being watched. Well, that's because they are. And not just by a government's prying eyes, but with 650 over-sized pixels that render their own set of...
20 Jul 23:00

Appointment At Tooth-Hurty

by (Joanne Casey)
23 Jul 05:10

...:::kindertrauma:::... - Part 15

by rkn
22 Jul 16:33

Hey Buddddy

22 Jul 21:08


22 Jul 17:28

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory

by Colossal

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

In a novel intersection of fashion and science, New York-based Slow Factory is utilizing imagery from NASA to create lines of translucent scarves. Their most recent collection, Cities by Night, is a series scarves imprinted with imagery of London, New York, and Paris captured at night from satellites and aboard the International Space Station. A second collection, Floating in Space, includes several breathtaking photographs of various nebulae captured by the Hubble. Slow Factory was founded by designer Celine Semaan Vernon, a native of Beirut who now lives and works in New York City. Several of their pieces are now available in the Colossal Shop.

21 Jul 18:00