January 18, 2013

Legendary explorer and Mission Blue founder Sylvia Earle descends beneath the waves in Pisces, in possibly it's last mission to the ocean floor. The question is, are machines good enough to take her place?  James Cameron believes a human heart lies at the center of ocean science, and Dr. Earle agrees. With the vast majority of the ocean yet to be discovered, hopes are that private donors will step forward to balance out the loss of government funding for underwater exploration.

From Tony Dokoupil in The Daily Beast/Newsweek on the robot takeover of ocean science.

Part One of our series here
Feature Photo Credit: NOAA

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