Confirmed: Underwater sonar linked to over a hundred whale deaths

The deaths of over 100 melon-headed whales, which stranded on the shores of a lagoon in northwest Madagascar in 2008, were likely primarily triggered by a form of sonar being deployed by an ExxonMobil survey vessel, according to a scientific review panel. » 9/30/13 4:20pm 9/30/13 4:20pm

How military sonar may be harming endangered blue whales

Scientists have known for years that mid-frequency sonar can harm deep-diving toothed whales, such as by driving them from feeding grounds. Research now shows that the naval noise even elicits stark behavioral changes in blue whales, which communicate at frequencies far below sonar frequencies, suggesting that the… » 7/03/13 1:45pm 7/03/13 1:45pm

State-of-the-art 19th-century torpedo was discovered by Navy dolphins

In the late 19th century, the Howell torpedo was an incredibly advanced piece of military equipment, a breakthrough device in the United States' quest to achieve naval dominance. But only one surviving Howell torpedo was known to exist—until Navy dolphins nosed up another. » 5/19/13 9:30am 5/19/13 9:30am

Naval sonar drives whales from feeding grounds

The first detailed study of the effects of naval sonar on whales shows that whales flee from prime feeding sites when navy tests begin – leaving them famished when they finally return. » 3/26/11 12:10pm 3/26/11 12:10pm

Schools of Robot Fish Will Soon Infest the Seas

Robots can already mimic people, dogs, cats and insects. They can even walk on water. Now roboticists at the University of Washington have built a school of three robotic fish that swim and communicate wirelessly with one another using sonar signals. So far the fish are swimming happily in a laboratory tank, but… » 6/18/08 9:30am 6/18/08 9:30am

All The Nastiest Parts Of Pitch Black

Pitch Black, starring Vin Diesel, is a slow boil that gets awesome at the end. For the first hour and a half, our heroes are trapped on a mysterious planet that has like 5,000 suns, and then all the suns are eclipsed and it's permanent night. It takes a while to get to scenes like this one, where the foppish antique… » 1/10/08 11:20am 1/10/08 11:20am