Iraq to Battle ISIS With Machine Gun-Toting Robot

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ISIS combatants might soon find themselves at war with a robot.t the size of a small car and fully controlled by a human as it rushes towards the enemy.

According to Defense One, which translated an article in the Baghdad Post, Iraq military forces are preparing a robotic armed vehicle to battle the Islamic State. The vehicle, loosely named Alrobot (robot in Arabic), is about the size of a small car and fully controlled by a human as it rushes towards the enemy.

Of course, the use of unmanned vehicles to take down enemies is nothing new in warfare. Over the last several years, war-torn areas around the world have been hit with drone strikes, many of which have come from the US and other Western nations.

In this case, according to Defense One, the Alrobot was developed by two unnamed brothers. It’s controlled (from up to 0.6 miles away) by a laptop that communicates with its onboard computer and tells it where to go and when to fire. Four cameras give operators a view of the robot’s surroundings and control of its automatic machine gun and Katyusha rockets.


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Although it’s unclear exactly how many Alrobots are currently in existence, Defense One says that at least one seems ready to fight in Mosul, where ISIS has taken over the city.

Interestingly, this wouldn’t be the first robot to find its way to Iraq. In 2007, the US Army used three armed robots, called Special Weapons Obstervation Reconaissance Detection System (SWORDS). Their goal was to conduct reconaissance of the battlefield and if necessary, fire a shot on enemies. However, it’s believed that they never actually fired a shot because the robot’s weapon started moving when it wasn’t supposed to, making it a safety threat.

Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon quit

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Oct. 13, 1973: Vice presidential nominee Gerald R. Ford, right, listens as President Richard Nixon speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
Oct. 13, 1973: Vice presidential nominee Gerald R. Ford, right, listens as President Richard Nixon speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP)
YORBA LINDA, Calif. – Overseas reaction to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente. North Korea reacted brashly, calling Nixon’s exit the “falling out” of the “wicked boss” of American imperialists. South Vietnam put its forces on high alert because it feared the North Vietnamese would take advantage of the vulnerable U.S. political situation.

The international response to the Watergate scandal and Nixon’s fall is noted in 2,500 newly declassified intelligence documents the CIA released on Wednesday. The 28,000 pages — many still with lengthy redactions — represent eight years of the top-secret President’s Daily Brief prepared for Nixon and his successor, President Gerald Ford.

At the start of Nixon’s tenure, the CIA delivered morning and afternoon intelligence briefs at the request of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who wanted timely intelligence on world events. By the end of 1969, the PDB was about 10 pages long. Ford sought even more analysis and his PDBs were sometimes close to 20 pages long with annexes.

The brief on Sept. 5, 1973, said Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev had “voiced suspicions that opponents of Soviet-U.S. accommodation are trying to exploit Watergate and said he wanted to build detente so firmly that it will not be an issue in future U.S. politics.”

Most of the documents mentioning Watergate followed Nixon’s resignation on Aug. 8, 1974. The scandal erupted in 1972 after operatives for Nixon’s Republican re-election campaign were caught breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office and hotel complex in Washington.

“The world in the past 24 hours has seemed to mark time as the U.S. succession process worked itself out,” according to the Aug. 10, 1974, brief. “None of the potential troublemakers has produced even a rumble. … It may be that many have not had time to consider how the situation might be turned to advantage. Many, theSoviets for example, had probably not anticipated the situation to come to a climax so rapidly and, still in something of a state of shock, are without (a) fixed course.”

According to the brief, the North Vietnamese did not accelerate attacks, but instead confined themselves to “warning President Ford not to follow past U.S. policies toward Indochina.”

One intelligence brief, about a week after the resignation, predicted that Brezhnev, who had developed a personal relationship with Nixon, could lose some standing in the Politburo, the policy-making body of the Communist Party. The partnership had produced results. In May 1972, Nixon visited Moscow for discussions that led to the signing of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty. The pact to limit nuclear arms was a key foreign policy achievement for Nixon and Kissinger.

Other subjects discussed in the documents released Wednesday include:

Attack at Munich Olympics. The Sept. 6, 1972, brief said Israel “seems certain to avenge” militants responsible for kidnapping and killing 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. “Although the Israelis could allow the outrage in the international community to suffice for the present, domestic sentiment for a response is already mounting,” the brief said. “Any reprisal action could be severe.”

1973 Arab-Israeli War. The war started Oct. 6, 1973, on Yom Kippur when Egypt and Syria attacked Sinai and the Golan Heights on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. The day before the war began, intelligence reports remarked that while military exercises in Egypt seemed larger and more realistic, “they do not appear to be preparations for an offensive against Israel.” Even on the day the war began, the brief did not confirm Israeli reports of an imminent attack, and said neither side seemed inclined to start hostilities. Rather, officials were concerned that Syria could mobilize its defenses, alarming the Israelis, which would “increase the risk of military clashes, which neither side originally intended.”

1975 fall of Saigon. U.S. intelligence predicted that Saigon wouldn’t fall to the North Vietnamese until early 1976. In fact, it happened months earlier on April 30, 1975. That day’s intelligence brief said: “North Vietnamese troops and tanks entered the heart of Saigon less than two hours after President Duong Van Minh announced the unconditional surrender of his government. … At last report, Minh was seen leaving the palace accompanied by communist troops.” Shoot down of EC-121

1969 shoot down of EC-121. On April 15, 1969, North Korea shot down a U.S. naval reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan. All 31 U.S. servicemen aboard were killed when the Lockheed EC-121 crashed off the North Korean coast. North Korea incorrectly accused the U.S. of violating its territory. Nixon didn’t confront North Korea over the incident, but conducted a brief naval demonstration in the sea and resumed U.S. surveillance flights days later. In an indication that the Soviet Union sided with the U.S., the intelligence brief two days later said that a Soviet destroyer was rendezvousing with the USS Tucker to turn over clothing and equipment recovered from the plane.

This tree started growing during the Viking age

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"Adonis," A Bosnian Pine living high in the mountains of Greece, is Europe's oldest officially dated tree, at 1,075 years.
“Adonis,” A Bosnian Pine living high in the mountains of Greece, is Europe’s oldest officially dated tree, at 1,075 years. (Dr Oliver Konter, Mainz)
Europe’s oldest officially dated tree has been uncovered in Greece, and despite living more than a millennium (and counting!), it doesn’t look a day over 200.

The tree, dubbed “Adonis” by the scientists who discovered it, is a Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) that took root in A.D. 941, high in the Pindus mountains of Greece. (In ancient Greek mythology, Adonis was the god of beauty, youth and desire.)

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“It is quite remarkable that this large, complex and impressive organism has survived so long in such an inhospitable environment, in a land that has been civilized for over 3,000 years,” Paul J. Krusic, a dendrochronologist at Stockholm University in Sweden, and the leader of the expedition that found the tree, said in a statement. (Dendrochronology is the study of tree-ring dating.) [Nature’s Giants: Photos of the Tallest Trees on Earth]

The venerable tree lives within a pristine forest of ancient pines that are nearly as old, the researchers said.

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Researchers first discovered the tree during a research trip run by the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), which was analyzing tree rings for evidence of the region’s past climate. Krusic had first heard about this grove of ancient trees while studying for his thesis, but it was only recently that he was able to visit.

To determine Adonis’ true age, the team drilled a core from the tree that reached from its heart to the outer bark. Then, they counted the tree rings, which alternate by season. The thickness and color of tree rings can also reveal clues about the historical climate. To officially date the tree, the team also compared Adonis’ tree rings to those of its neighbors in the forest. Because trees occasionally have skipped rings or lay down extra rings because of drought or other environmental conditions, comparing a tree to nearby ones to account for such anomalies is the only way to get an accurate estimate of a tree’s age from its rings, Krusic told Live Science.

When the researchers tallied up the rings, they found that Adonis was an impressive 1,075 years old and had a core of 3.3 feet (1 meter). When Adonis was just a seedling in A.D. 941, the Vikings were still raiding the European coastlines.

Still, while the Greek tree is incomprehensibly old compared to the average human or even the oldest living animal, it is a young whipper snapper compared to other European trees believed to be older, yet not officially dated. For instance, the oldest tree in Europe, the Llangernyw yew tree in Wales, is thought to be at least 3,000 years old, while Kongeegen (or the “king’s tree”) in Denmark’s royal hunting forest is thought to be between 1,500 and 2,000 years old.

The world’s oldest tree, an unnamed bristlecone pine that lives high up in the White Mountains in California, is more than 5,000 years old, while dozens of giant sequoias in California are thought to be between 3,000 and 3,500 years old.

Meanwhile, a clonal colony of quaking aspen in Utah called Pando is thought to be at least 80,000 years old. (Clonal colonies are made up of groups of genetically identical creatures.)

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Watch this stunning close-up of a sixgill shark

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This stunning video gives shark aficionados everywhere a rare close-up view of a sixgill shark.

A team working with OceanGate, an organization that provides subsea research and exploration, filmed the shark alongside a posse of dogfish earlier this month. The sixgill was spotted as the team explored the water using OceanGate’s Cyclops 1 submarine near British Columbia’s Desolation Sound.

The shark was spotted at a depth of 490 feet, and is estimated to be about 12 to 15 feet long. Sixgills typically stay at depths below 200 feet and have been known to swim as deep as 8,000 feet, according to OceanGate. Their preference for deep waters makes them difficult to spot.

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OceanGate added that sixgills are the world’s third-largest predatory shark and hail from the period before dinosaurs roamed the earth. The six slits on the shark indicate its age and more commonly found less primitive sharks have five slits.

New technology reveals hidden secrets of ancient Mexican codex

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A new technique in scanning ancient documents has revealed a multi-cultured pictograph hidden under layers of chalk and plaster and sheds light about what life in Mexico was like before the arrival of Europeans.

Hidden for 500-years under a layer of thick chalk and plaster, scientists used hyperspectral imaging to reveal dozens of colorful figures arranged in storytelling scenes on what has been called the Codex Selden.

Many codices have been recovered from Mexico and Central America and translated to tell stories of battles, rituals and genealogies, but only a handful predate the arrival of Europeans in the region. The Codex Selden – named after the English jurist, John Selden, who donated it to Oxford University in 1654 – seemed to be a blank, 16-feet long piece of deerskin.

But cracks in the chalk and plaster surface – originally put on, it’s thought, so the codex could be reused – showed glimpses of what seemed to be richly-colored pictographs. Over the years, researchers have tried scraping away the plaster layer, X-ray and even infrared scanning to uncover the images, but it wasn’t until the hyperspectral imaging that the codex’s truly revealed its secrets.

“This is very much a new technique,” David Howell, study co-author and head of heritage science at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, told LiveScience. “We’ve learned valuable lessons about how to use hyperspectral imaging in the future – both for this very fragile manuscript and for countless others like it.”

The codex – which is believed to date back to 1560 – shows a cast of different people, including two figures identified as siblings as they were connected by a red umbilical cord. There are also drawings of seven women with red hair and a number of figures walking with sticks or spears.

Researchers also noticed two recurring glyphs in the codex, one being a flint or knife and the other a name that may belong to a figure that appears in other codices and could be that of an important ancestral figure.

300-year-old secret ‘lucky’ shoe found in Cambridge University wall

This remarkably well-preserved shoe was likely used to ward off evil spirits some 300 years ago, researchers say.

This remarkably well-preserved shoe was likely used to ward off evil spirits some 300 years ago, researchers say.(Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

A 300-year-old shoe found in the walls of a University of Cambridge building was likely put there to ward off evil spirits.

Maintenance staff found the leather shoe — a men’s size 6, by today’s measurements — on Aug. 1 while installing electrical cables in a common room at St. John’s College, one of the constituent colleges that make up the university. The shoe was found between a chimney and a window, Cambridge archaeologist Richard Newman said in a statement. It was probably placed there during renovations between the end of the 1600s and the middle of the 1700s.

“Given its location, it is very likely that it was placed there to play a protective role for the Master of the College,” Newman said. “It may have even been one of his own shoes.”


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The practice of concealing shoes in walls is a tradition that dates back to at least the 1300s, according to the Northampton Museums & Art Gallery, which keeps a database of nearly 2,000 hidden shoes found since the 1950s. Superstition held that the concealed footwear warded off evil spirits, perhaps because the shoes took on the shape of the owner’s foot and therefore were thought to contain a little bit of the owner’s spirit. The typical hidden shoe was a child’s shoe, well-worn, usually hidden in a chimney, wall or roof. [The Surprising Origins of 9 Common Superstitions]

The Cambridge find was a left shoe measuring about 9.6 inches (24 centimeters) long. It had been worn long enough to wear a hole in the sole, but was otherwise well-preserved. It was found in the Second Court area of the college, in a room where senior academics often eat lunch. The building was completed by 1602, but archaeologists think the shoe was placed later, when the interior was being renovated.

Concealed shoes are an example of apotropaic magic, or magic meant to ward off evil and misfortune. According to a 1997 meeting of the Archaeological Leather Group, concealed shoes have been found in a Swiss monastery and in a Northamptonshire insane asylum. One was found at Hampton Court Palace on the River Thames. Even a few church-builders snuck their superstitions into the architecture: Concealed shoes have been found at Winchester and Ely cathedrals in England and at a Baptist church in Cheshire, according to a 1996 article in Costume.

Shoes aren’t the only type of good-luck charm once routinely embedded into walls. In the 1600s and onward, people would sometimes create “witch bottles” by placing hair or urine in a small pottery or glass bottle along with wine, needles or herbs. The bottles would then be hidden in a wall or beneath a floorboard to trap and destroy evil. Even creepier, perhaps, was the northern European tradition of placing a dried-out corpse of a cat inside a wall as a protective talisman.

The St. John’s shoe will be placed back in the wall alongside a small time capsule containing a newspaper and coins, according to the college.

“The tradition of leaving coins, or other things, in a wall when we finish work on a building is actually something that we still do today, although not out of superstition, of course. These days it’s more like leaving a signature to say we were here,” Steve Beeby, the head of maintenance at the college, said in the statement. “In terms of keeping evil spirits away, though, this shoe seems to have done a good job so far.”

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Bunnies were butchered at ancient city of Teotihuacan

Scientists found a stone sculpture of a rabbit (shown here in an illustration) on one of the courtyards of a complex in the ancient city of Teotihuacan.

Scientists found a stone sculpture of a rabbit (shown here in an illustration) on one of the courtyards of a complex in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. (F. Botas)

Humans may have raised rabbits and hares in Mexico’s ancient city of Teotihuacan — but not to keep them as pets.

The bunnies were probably butchered 1,500 years ago for their meat, hide and fur, according to new research.

“Because no large mammals such as goats, cows or horses were available for domestication in pre-Hispanic Mexico, many assume that Native Americans did not have as intensive human-animal relationships as did societies of the Old World,” study author Andrew Somerville, an anthropologist at the University of California, San Diego, said in a statement. Somerville’s study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, might change that perception. [In Photos: Human Sacrifices Discovered in Ancient City of Teotihuacan]

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Teotihuacan, about 30 miles northeast of modern-day Mexico City, was a sprawling city that flourished between about 2,100 years ago and 1,400 years ago. Built on a grid, the city might be most famous for its monumental pyramids, but Teotihuacan also had vast domestic complexes.

Inside one of these compounds, Oztoyahualco — which was used during the city’s Xolalpan phase (A.D. 350-550) — scientists found a high concentration of bones from cottontails and jackrabbits (collectively known as leporids, the family that includes rabbits and hares).


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Some of the rooms in this complex showed traces of animal butchering, including signatures of feces and blood in the soil, large collections of sharp obsidian blades, and a ground stone that was possibly used for cutting hides. A stone sculpture of a rabbit was even found in one of the courtyards of the complex.

To confirm that the animals were being intentionally bred by humans, Somerville and his colleagues tried to reconstruct the rabbits’ diet, by looking at isotope concentrations in the ancient bones.

Rabbit food

Isotopes are variations of chemical elements. The concentration of certain isotopes in skeletal remains can reveal what types of food animals ate and where they lived. The same type of technique has been used to reveal that Britain’s King Richard III ate game birds and drank wine, and that the first settlers of Sicily avoided seafood.

The researchers examined a total of 134 rabbit and hare bone samples from Teotihuacan, including 17 from the Oztoyahualco compound. They also looked at 13 bone samples from modern specimens in central Mexico.

Compared to modern wild specimens, the rabbits and hares from Teotihuacan had carbon isotope ratios that suggested they ate more human-farmed crops, such as maize and nopal cactus, the study found. What’s more, the specimens from Oztoyahualco had the strongest signatures of human-farmed food in their diet.

Somerville and his colleagues speculated that humans and rabbits might have once had a hunter-prey relationship, with the rabbits raiding crops in Teotihuacan and humans hunting them in their gardens. But this relationship may have eventually given rise to “active management and controlled reproduction,” with humans feeding the rabbits as they bred them to be used for food and their other products, such as fur, the authors of the study wrote.

“Our results suggest that citizens of the ancient city of Teotihuacan engaged in relationships with smaller and more diverse fauna, such as rabbits and jackrabbits, and that these may have been just as important as relationships with larger animals,” Somerville said in the statement.

Archaeologists are interested in evidence of animal domestication because it can signal other developments in complex society, and new discoveries can illuminate some surprising human-animal relationships, beyond the farmer-livestock one. Bird mummies, for instance, suggest that ancient Egyptians may have practiced falconry. And bones found in prehistoric villages in China suggest that farmers may have domesticated wild Asian leopard cats to keep as pets more than 5,000 years ago.

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World’s largest pyramid is hidden in a mountain in Mexico

In this Nov. 21, 2006 file photo, the Our Lady of Remedios church is backdropped by the snowcapped volcano Popocatepetl, in Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla. It's perched atop an ancient pyramid.

In this Nov. 21, 2006 file photo, the Our Lady of Remedios church is backdropped by the snowcapped volcano Popocatepetl, in Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla. It’s perched atop an ancient pyramid. (AP Photo/Joel Merino, File)

When Hernan Cortez and his Spanish army marched into Cholula in present-day Mexico nearly 500 years ago, they were greeted by a peaceful people prone to building pyramids instead of stockpiles of weapons.

Those people and their pyramids fell, and fast, with 10% of the local population murdered in a day as their pyramids were torched into oblivion. But as legend has it, one mud-brick pyramid was hidden, perhaps accidentally by vegetation, and was for centuries mistaken for a mountain, until locals began to construct an insane asylum in 1910.

That’s when they discovered the largest monument ever constructed anywhere in the world. Tlachihualtepetl, or the Great Pyramid of Cholula, stands more than 200 feet tall and nearly 1,500 feet wide, dwarfing the Great Pyramid of Giza in volume, reports the BBC.


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The Spaniards settled in Cholula and kept up with the local affinity for religious monuments, erecting enough churches so that there is now at least one for every day of the year.

But when they built the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remediosa on what they believed was a big hill, they were actually placing a sort of ornamental top on what is in reality a pyramid setup modeled similarly to Russian stacking dolls, this one stacked at least six pyramids high.

The original is thought to date back to around 300 BC, with each successive pyramid built over it by future civilizations. Today the “odd landmark” doesn’t look like much more than a “grassy pre-Hispanic pyramid,” as Afar magazine reports, but the marketplace that winds up from the pyramid’s base to the church at its top is a testament to its exceptional endurance.

(Giza stands slightly askew.)

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Large piece of snake skin found near Maine river

Large snake skin found in Maine.

Large snake skin found in Maine. (Westbrook Police Department)

Authorities in Maine have warned the public about snakes after a large snake skin was found near the Presumpscot River on Saturday.

Westbrook police said they have been searching for a 10-foot snake since June after a woman reported seeing it near a playground. There have been several other sightings of the reptile, dubbed “Wessie,” since, according to WMTW-TV.

The snake skin was found near Riverbank Park at around 3 p.m., Police Chief Janine Roberts said.

Police are trying to determine the type of snake.

“Until the type of snake is determined and we can assess the safety risk, we caution people who recreate along the Presumpscot River to remain alert, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife, and report any sightings of the snake to the Westbrook Police Department,” authorities said in a statement.

Googly-eyed purple squid sighting delights scientists

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A purple squid with eyes so googly it could easily be mistaken for a character in the movie “Finding Nemo” was recently spotted by scientists off the coast of Southern California.

The so-called stubby squid (Rossia pacifica) is a species of bobtail squid native to the northern Pacific Ocean. These adorable sea creatures can be found in waters from Japan to Southern California, and typically dwell along the ocean floor, at depths of around 984 feet, though they have been spotted as deep as 4,260 feet, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

The stubby squid’s giant eyes, that “look painted on,” delighted the scientists aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. In a live stream of the Nautlius’ undersea explorations, one researcher said the googly-eyed squid looks “like some little kid dropped their toy.” [Photos: See the World’s Cutest Sea Creatures]

“On that watch it happened to be a lot of geology folks or ecology folks, so a lot of the commentary was of course more like ‘What is this thing, it’s so cute!’ and sometimes we have less of that when we see rocks,” Samantha Wishnak, a science communication fellow aboard the E/V Nautilus, told Live Science.

The scientists on watch during the squid sighting also initially misidentified the stubby squid as a cuttlefish, which the squid is closely related to. Wishnak said the E/V Nautilus team was able to rule out cuttlefish, as the species is not found in the eastern Pacific Ocean. With a few other ideas for what the species might be, the researchers on board collaborated with scientists ashore and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and MBARI, to identify the stubby squid.

Stubby squids are nocturnal hunters, so Wishnak said it was exciting to see the animal in its “somewhat natural behavior” rather than hidden in the sea floor.

“They actually have this pretty awesome superpower, they can turn on a little sticky mucus jacket over their body and sort of collect bits of sand or pebbles or whatever they’re burrowing into and make a really nice camouflage jacket,” Wishnak said. “When they go to ambush something and prey on something, they’re able to sort of turn off that mucus jacket.”

Other stubby squid sightings by divers have resulted in the same “deer in the headlights” kind of reaction, Wishnak said. The animals are used to being in darker waters, camouflaged from view.

“I think what we encountered was a squid who was not expecting to see us in any way,” Wishnak said.

The E/V Nautilus is currently on a four-month expedition to explore the eastern Pacific Ocean. Next, the ship will move from the coast of Southern California to the San Francisco Bay. The vessel’s mission is to explore the oceans and seek out the unknown, and is operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, a nonprofit organization founded by oceanographer Robert Ballard.

Recent discoveries on this expedition have included a mysterious purple sea orband a sighting of the world’s largest bony fish, the Mola mola.

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