National Science Education Standard: B Physical Science Grades 5 to 8

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The Prince’s Predictions, Part II

Predicting how an entire body of water circulates is no easy task. To do it in Prince William Sound up in Alaska, it took 3 ships, teams deployed in the field and in the lab, and a real balance between work and play.

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The Prince’s Predictions, Part I

Twenty years ago, an environmental disaster rocked Prince William Sound in Alaska. Today, a team assembled from science, government and beyond is trying to help make sure it never happens again.

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Autonomous, enormous, ingenious

Autosubs look like giant yellow torpedoes. They cruise the ocean silently. But they’re watching, listening, probing, and measuring everything as they go.

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The glide of a lifetime: Part I

Oscar Schofield and Scott Glenn pilot underwater robots all over the world, sampling the ocean half a world away and saving lives in the process, but they never have to leave Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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Top models

Huijie Xue forecasts the underwater weather of the Gulf of Maine: its temperature, its salinity, and its currents. And a lot of people are tuning in.

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Cyber fiber

John Orcutt and Frank Vernon are wiring the ocean to the Internet. And their goal is to let anyone anywhere tap into the vast data stores.

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