A robot that explores the oceans can search for lost cities and shipwrecks

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The ocean is full of secrets that lead to legendary knowledge.

During a recent expedition to the port, the conversation soon turned to tales of piracy and exploration.

A guide shared stories from the days when high masts and soaring sails loomed over coastal horizons – and interesting characters like Blackbeard and Barbarossa sailed the seas.

We can’t help but wonder what mysteries have fallen for with shipwrecks and lost artifacts scattered across the ocean floor. But these sites are hidden deep beneath the waves where humans would normally not be able to reach them.

However, an explorer ventures to places no human has gone before.

At first glance, OceanOneK looks like a diver descending through the waters off the coast of France.

Stanford University researchers designed the robot to go underwater to explore sunken planes, ships, submarines, and possibly even lost cities. And this year, the robot reached a new stage when it dived half a mile (852 meters) below the ocean’s surface.

The robot has hands that can hold priceless artifacts And bring them to the surface and holographic eyes that capture the realm of the depths in full color.

But another feature that makes the robot even more special – the touch feedback system. This interaction allows her Operators feel everything they might experience if they were diving themselves – resisting the water and touching things like vases and oil lamps from an ancient Roman ship.

Archaeologists have discovered timber that may have belonged to a centuries-old shipwreck – likely the inspiration for the cult classic “The Goonies.”

A volunteer team found more than 20 pieces of wood in a cave off the coast of Oregon in June. The woods belong to the 1693 Santo Cristo de Burgos shipwreck.

The Spanish boat wasn’t full of treasure, but local lore and the ship’s mysterious fate have become cherished over time—perhaps enough to inspire Steven Spielberg when he made his 1985 film about teens in Astoria searching for pirate treasure on the Oregon coast.

This discovery has reignited interest in the search for more fragments of the wreck. After all, “fools never say never death!”

King penguins have reappeared in Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America, after initially disappearing.

Penguins may predominate in Antarctica, but they also live across the wilds of Patagonia in South America. In these remote places, scientists and conservationists dedicate their lives to protecting flightless seabirds.

Gentoo, magellanic and king penguins serve as beacons for how ecosystems are responding to the climate crisis.

“It’s the perfect animal to get to know the ocean better,” said marine biologist Andrea Raya Ray.

The king penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego disappeared 200 years ago due to poaching – but they’ve returned unexpectedly.

Learn more during Sunday’s episode of the CNN documentary series “Patagonia: Life at the Edge of the World” at 9PM EST/PT. Each new episode of the six-part series will be available on CNNgo the day after it airs on TV. You can also access CNNgo via our CNN app.

Astronomers found a “black widow” in space, and this dead star grew to a record size by eating another celestial body.

Like the spider of the same name, the neutron star devours its companion star. This pulsating cosmic beacon rotates 707 times per second.

A neutron star, or the dense, collapsed remnant of a massive star, weighs more than twice the mass of our sun — making it the heaviest star ever observed. When these objects get very massive, they usually collapse and form a black hole, so this can be the limit for neutron stars.

The Gorgosaurus fossil was constructed to show how the dinosaur walked on its hind legs.

Meet Gorgosaurus infrequently, a relative of T. rex – but with faster speed and a stronger bite. The 77-million-year-old fossil sold for just over $6 million this week during a Sotheby’s auction.

This specimen is just one of a few dinosaur skeletons that made its way onto the bidding block — a trend that worries scientists. When fossils are auctioned, they likely end up in private collections, which means paleontologists can’t study them.

Who bought the “ferocious lizard” remains unknown, but the buyer will have an unusual opportunity to name it.

Settle down with these readings:

– Fossils show sharks have been on land longer than trees and dinosaurs – and an oceanic phenomenon is bringing them closer to shore this summer.

The first mission to return samples from another planet will land on Earth in 2033, and two Creativity-style helicopters will help recover Martian rocks.

Photographer Joel Sartore on a mission to capture 20,000 species to prevent the extinction of creatures large and small. See some of these endangered species through Sartor’s lens.

Watch the night sky this weekend for meteor showers. Here’s how to watch.

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