Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

Entertainment 05/14/19, 14:33

Victor Vescovo says he didn't set out to break James Cameron's record of reaching the deepest point on Earth. But that's what he did last month as he went 10,928 meters down into the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean.The groundbreaking mission was filmed as part ...

Ocean changes affected deadly duo of Mozambique cyclones

World 04/26/19, 10:20

Warming waters and rising sea levels are affecting Indian Ocean cyclones such as those that have wrought havoc in Mozambique in recent weeks, making them potentially more deadly.But experts caution it is premature to say whether the unprecedented double-whammy of storms to hit the southern African nation is a consequence ...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Science 04/18/19, 22:28

The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades.Little is known about the watery world below depths of 30 meters (yards), the limit ...

Vineeta Deepak to lead ‘s coverage of South Asia region

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 20:08

The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean.From her base in the Indian ...

Seychelles president’s underwater speech: Protect our oceans

Africa 04/14/19, 02:13

In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president is making a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet."President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, comes from one of the many island ...

Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape

Europe 04/12/19, 06:07

The submersible dropped from the ocean's surface faster than I had expected. With a loud "psssssss" the air escaped from the ballast tanks and the small craft suddenly tilted forward. Within seconds, aquanaut Robert Carmichael and I were enveloped by a vibrant shade of blue, watching streaks of sunlight pierce the ...

Maldives leader celebrates victory in parliamentary election

Asia & Pacific 04/07/19, 00:41

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's party is leading in the vote count in the parliamentary election and has already declared a landslide victory that could give him a free hand in efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption.The official results are expected late Sunday. Local reports say Solih's Maldivian ...

Ocean mission’s emergency ascent caused by motor burning out

World 03/20/19, 11:10

A drama in which a submersible made an emergency ascent from 250 meters (820 feet) below the Indian Ocean was caused by condensation burning out a small motor in the cockpit, the director of the British-led Nekton Mission said on Wednesday.Oliver Steeds told The Associated Press that the burnout produced ...

Emergency ascent in Indian Ocean as sub fills with smoke

World 03/19/19, 09:26

A British scientist and her American pilot made an emergency ascent from 100 meters (328 feet) beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday after smoke filled the cockpit of their submersible.The pair with the British-led Nekton Mission investigating climate change off the Seychelles was safe and recovering on ...

Over 1,000 feared dead after cyclone slams into Mozambique

Africa 03/18/19, 17:00

More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation's president said. "It is a real disaster of great proportions," President Filipe Nyusi said. Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest ...

PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

World 03/16/19, 03:30

This week's gallery includes an environmental mission in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles; mourners remembering those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash; and visitors climbing stairs at a new art installation in New York. ___ Xavier's Tyrique Jones (0) dunks as St. John's Shamorie Ponds (2) watches in the first half ...

Indian Ocean science mission recovers key underwater drone

Science 03/14/19, 05:38

A British-led marine scientific mission off the Seychelles has succeeded in retrieving a key underwater drone from the sea bed, where it had fallen after its cable was cut two days ago.The camera-carrying drone is a vital piece of equipment for the Nekton Mission scientists as they explore the Indian ...

Seychelles science mission chases a wayward drone, in vain

World 03/13/19, 14:32

A British-led marine scientific mission off the Seychelles failed on Wednesday to retrieve a key underwater drone from the sea bed, where it had fallen after its cable was cut the day before.Submersibles tried twice to bring the lost Remotely Controlled Vehicle to the surface, but strong underwater currents thwarted ...

Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

Africa 03/12/19, 02:46

A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible.Monsoon storms and fierce underwater currents continue to present a challenge at greater depths as scientific work begins in earnest on Tuesday.The first transmission came from ...

Explorers to send 1st live video broadcast from ocean depths

World 03/09/19, 07:05

Explorers are set to deliver the first live video broadcast from deep below an ocean's surface.Early next week, a submersible is expected to dive to 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) off the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and send images to a satellite transmitter on the mother ship. The Associated ...

Young Seychelles researcher offered surprise, historic dive

World 03/08/19, 14:11

A young scientist from the Seychelles has become the first known Seychellois to explore deep below scuba depth in the largely uncharted waters of her island nation.The 23-year-old Stephanie Marie looked stunned on Friday when she was offered a seat in a submersible that would carry out a technical test ...

Scientists begin exploring Indian Ocean depths in Seychelles

Africa 03/07/19, 07:04

An unprecedented mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves began its research on Thursday, in Seychelles waters.The British-led Nekton Mission arrived off the tiny atoll of Alphonse in the early morning hours, after looming bad weather forced a change of plan.The expedition will ...

Scientists begin quest to explore Indian Ocean depths

Africa 03/06/19, 03:46

Scientists have set off early Wednesday on a mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean, one of the planet's last great unexplored frontiers. Here's a look at what the Nekton Mission hopes to achieve and why the people of the Seychelles, the first stop on this three-year expedition, ...

5 years on, Malaysia open to proposals to resume MH370 hunt

Asia & Pacific 03/03/19, 04:49

Malaysia's transport minister said Sunday that the government is open to new proposals from U.S. technology firm Ocean Infinity or any other companies to resume the hunt for Flight 370, as families of passengers marked the fifth anniversary of the jet's mysterious disappearance.Ocean Infinity mounted a "no cure, no fee" ...

Science vessel for ocean mission arrives in Seychelles

Science 03/01/19, 09:22

The science vessel of British-based Nekton Mission arrived in the Seychelles, where it will begin the first stage of a years-long mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean and document the effects of global warming in one of the last major unexplored frontiers on Earth.Ocean Zephyr docked in ...

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