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Help Save the Last Undersea Lab from the Scrap Heap

It's a tiny fraction of NOAA's budget and indispensable as a research station, but its days are numbered.

Several miles offshore from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, roughly sixty feet below the ocean's surface, sits the last operating undersea research lab in the world, Aquarius. It's been down there for a few decades and has morphed into a living reef, rich with life. This past Saturday six aquanauts dove down into Aquarius' belly for a final week of prolonged deep water research.

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The Wirecutter Slices Through the Internet’s Big, Noisy Gadget Scam

An epiphany about gadgets, blogs, and what people want.


When the iPhone 4S was released earlier this month, gadget junkies flipped out. In part because it was the first big unveiling from new Apple CEO Tim Cook, and in part because it wasn’t the long-lusted-for iPhone 5, tech blogs went wild and analyzed every little thing about the event, from the screen size to the new Siri digital assistant to who put pictures of it on the internet first.

What if you’re merely wondering whether you ought to buy it or not?

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