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Greensea Expands, Again

for Teledyne Webb Research.  Partnering with James on the hull robotics team is Sam Fladung. Sam has over a decade of experience as a robotics engineer.  Prior to Greensea, he worked at Teledyne Marine where he was instrumental in advancing their glider program. Sam is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We’re happy to have another Cornell grad join our team,” said Shay Osler, Cornell graduate and Engineering Manager, Greensea. “With Sam’s education and experience, he has ramped up quickly and is an important

RENDERING OF NEW VIKING SHIP: This rendering shows what the new Viking expedition ships will look like, including the hangar for launching small vessels. Credit: Viking

NOAA-Viking Public Private Partnership, a Win-win for Research

has partnered with the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute, whose scientists will undertake fieldwork on board.  Beyond the cruise partnership opportunities, Viking has also endowed a professorship at the Institute and is helping to fund graduate studies.  Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology is a partner.  And, so is NOAA - the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.For maritime research, Viking’s new offerings are striking.  Ditto for people who track cruise industry developments.  In past years, industry officials have

Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

The combination of ocean warming and an infectious wasting disease has devastated populations of large sunflower sea stars once abundant along the West Coast of North America, according to research by Cornell University and the University of California, Davis, in Science Advances.“At one time plentiful in nearshore waters, the sunflower sea stars right now cannot be found off the California coast and are rare into Alaska,” said Drew Harvell, Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, a co-lead author. “Numbers of the sea stars have stayed so low in the past three years

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

Alberta (Canada); Ohio State University; and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Poland).Other U.S. teams included: Amador Valley High School; Beaver Country Day School; California Institute of Technology; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University; Kennesaw State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San

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Coral Reefs Get Sick from Plastic Waste -Study

microbes in the oceans.   Scientists were shocked to find plastic even in remote reefs.   "You could be diving and you think someone's tapping your shoulder but it's just a bottle knocking against you, or a plastic trash bag stuck on your tank," lead author Joleah Lamb of Cornell University told Reuters.   "It's really sad," she said.   "Corals are animals like us and have really thin tissues that can be cut and wounded, especially if they are cut by an item covered in all sorts of micro-organisms," she said.   The scientists, from the

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RoboSub Competition: 20 Years of Fun and Learning

, passing over an obstacle without touching it and dropping markers into a bin-to complex actions like firing mock torpedoes through small cutout holes, identifying sound from an acoustic pinger, grabbing and moving an object, surfacing the AUV, and knocking balls outside of an octagon.   Cornell University took this year's top prize of $4,500. Far Eastern Federal University from Russia won second prize and $4,000, and National University of Singapore placed third for $3,000. Earning fourth place and $2,000 was Harbin Engineering University from China. Georgia Institute of Technology rounded out

Arends Joins Rowe Technologies

and glider markets as well as military UUV applications.   Arends has 24 years of experience as a U.S. Navy operational oceanographer which includes working with autonomous underwater vehicles in support of Mine Warfare and Navy SEAL operations. He received a B.S. degree in meteorology from Cornell University, an M.S. degree in oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA in International Business from Georgetown University

Rear Admiral (select) Shepard Smith (Photo: NOAA)

Smith Named Director of NOAA Coast Survey

to the Allied Maritime Sub Group, and was part of the U.S. delegation to the International Hydrographic Organization's (IHO) Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee.  He served as the chairman of the IHO Data Quality Working Group.   Smith attended Deep Springs College and Cornell University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. He earned a Master's of Science in Ocean Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2003

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RoboSub CUAUV Competion Entry Sponsored by ADLINK

Internet-related services provider ADLINK Technology says it is to sponsor the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team’s entry into next week’s 17th Annual International RoboSub competition at the Space and Naval Warfare Command Research facility in San Diego, CA, from Monday, July 28, through Sunday, August 3, 2014. The CUAUV’s Gemini submarine is powered by ADLINK’s Express-HL COM Express computer-on-module, featuring a 4th generation quad-core Intel® Core i7 processor with Mobile Intel QM87 Express chipset. The Express-HL acts as Gemini’s

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