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Wearable submarine to hunt for 2000-year-old computer
newscientist.com ^ | 04 June 2014 by | Mark Harris

Posted on 06/06/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Like an underwater Iron Man, a diver will fly around the wreck of an ancient Greek ship later this year, looking to shed light on the Antikythera mechanism

THE world's most advanced robotic diving suit is getting ready to help search for one of the world's oldest computers.

Called Exosuit, the suit has a rigid metal humanoid form with Iron Man-like thrusters that enable divers to operate safely down to depths of 300 metres (see photo).

Though designed for diving in the bowels of New York City's water treatment plants, earlier this month it underwent its first trials in seawater at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts. The tests are readying the suit for a daring attempt to excavate an ancient Roman shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in the Aegean Sea. A century ago, divers pulled the world's oldest computer – the Antikythera mechanismMovie Camera – from the wreck. They are hoping that they will find a second device when they go down in September.

Marine archaeologists normally wear scuba gear to explore underwater sites in person, but the time that divers can spend at depth is limited by the dangers of decompression sickness, or the bends. For deep wrecks, researchers rely on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) carrying cameras and sonar to scan an area, or large and expensive craft like the Alvin submarine that explored the wreck of the Titanic in 1986.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: aegean; ancientnavigation; ancienttechnology; antikythera; antikytheramechanism; deepseadiving; godsgravesglyphs; greece; ironman

1 posted on 06/06/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 06/06/2014 10:11:07 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: BenLurkin

I wanted to read the article, so I went to the link. It lets me read the first page, but when I click on the link to page two, nothing happens!


3 posted on 06/06/2014 10:14:23 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

“Though designed for diving in the bowels of New York City’s water treatment plants...”

So by donning the suit you are transformed into (duh-duh-duh-duhhh): SEWER MAN!


4 posted on 06/06/2014 10:21:56 AM PDT by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Could come in handy at Obama press conferences.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 10:23:56 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv

Why bother, it’s probably got a virus.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 10:31:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: I-ambush
So by donning the suit you are transformed into (duh-duh-duh-duhhh): SEWER MAN!


"The name is Urchin...Sewer Urchin"

7 posted on 06/06/2014 10:33:14 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: I-ambush
Sewer Man

8 posted on 06/06/2014 10:34:13 AM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: BenLurkin
2000-year-old computer

Now that's a REAL Y2K problem!


9 posted on 06/06/2014 10:45:27 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dblshot

Norton and the boys used to play poker down in the sewer. All the wet cards were wild.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 10:51:20 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
Norton and the boys used to play poker down in the sewer.

But they quit because it was always a sh*tty hand.


11 posted on 06/06/2014 10:53:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Jeff Chandler

That really looks like the drawings for submersible suits from my 1960-1970 Popular Science magazines.


12 posted on 06/06/2014 10:58:27 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: wbarmy

Tom Swift had one.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 11:20:08 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Works okay for me. Click on “read full article” and perhaps that will help?


14 posted on 06/06/2014 11:37:44 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: BenLurkin

More:

Despite the limitations of earlier expeditions, the treasures that were recovered at Antikythera represent some of the finest ancient Greek and Roman artefacts in existence. They tell the story of a Roman ship that foundered on the rocky shores of the island around 60 BC. The ship was laden with luxury goods, including bronze and marble statues, precious jewellery, a hoard of coins, glassware, ceramic jars – and fragments of a peculiar geared device whose importance was at first overlooked. Only in the 1950s did scholars figure out that the rusty metal pieces could be assembled into a sophisticated analogue computer for predicting astronomical events. They called it the Antikythera mechanism.

Ironically, 2000 years spent in corrosive saltwater may have been the best way to preserve these riches. Most precious objects from antiquity have been broken up or melted down over the millennia. The National Archaeological Museum in Athens has only 10 major bronze statues from Ancient Greece – and nine of them came from shipwrecks.

Foley believes that the Antikythera shipwreck still holds many secrets. A preliminary survey last year showed artefacts scattered over an area 50 metres by 10 metres, and even revealed a previously unknown shipwreck alongside the first one.


15 posted on 06/06/2014 12:00:03 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: ottbmare

“Click on “read full article” “

Tried that! Tried every possible link, top and bottom! No luck! Will try again later.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 12:27:54 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: a fool in paradise; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks a fool in paradise. Reminds me of the (IMHO) funniest FR geek joke ever (pointer).
KEYWORDS: antikythera; antikytheramechanism

17 posted on 06/06/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PIF

” They tell the story of a Roman ship that foundered on the rocky shores of the island around 60 BC. The ship was laden with luxury goods, including bronze and marble statues, precious jewellery, a hoard of coins, glassware, ceramic jars”

Lloydsicus of Londonium was deeply saddened.


18 posted on 06/06/2014 5:51:08 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: BenLurkin

A 2000 year old computer? I wonder if its operating system is a better system then Window 8.


19 posted on 06/06/2014 6:07:41 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; ottbmare

what ottbmare said (turn on cookies though)

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22229724.300-wearable-submarine-to-hunt-for-2000yearold-computer.html?full=true


20 posted on 06/07/2014 10:33:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv

That is a really cool suit. That ship sounds like it was crammed full of rich peoples’ stuff. Could be very interesting.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 6:15:26 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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