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July 2011 Issue

25 Years Ago
1986. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and French Institute of Research for Exploration of the Sea set out on separate expeditions in an undersea submersible race for the first manned dive to the RMS Titantic since it sank in 1912. ... The Naval Research Laboratory reached a "major milestone" in fiber optics with fluoride optical glass, which were to provide a telecommunications system that didn't require costly repeaters every 50 kilometers. ... Swedish company Sala International AB, in cooperation with the National Swedish Board for Technical Development, designed a mechanical pump system for cleaning up oil spills on beaches.

15 Years Ago
1996. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Antarctic Environmental Protection Act by a vote of 352 to 4 in June. ... Researchers at the National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, developed a system named SPIDR that allowed users to search, access and display data such as satellite imagery, lightning strikes and geomagnetic variations over the Internet. ... Shell's Mars tension-leg platform was being installed at record depth of 2,940 feet in the Gulf of Mexico. The $1.2 billion project was to produce oil and gas from the largest Gulf of Mexico discovery in 25 years.

10 Years Ago
2001. A committee of scientists advised the White House on global climate change, saying that warming was likely the result of greenhouse gases and that more systematic research was needed. ... NOAA scientists developed a 15-foot buoy to alert them to coral reef bleaching. The device, the first in the Coral Reef Early Warning System, measured environmental characteristics such as air temperature, wind speed and direction, and ultraviolet radiation data to be relayed to NOAA via satellite. ... SonTek Inc. announced the first hand-held acoustic Doppler velocimeter, called the FlowTracker, which enabled users to take readings in waters as shallow as one inch.



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