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(Dec. 8) -- Nearly 100 years after it struck an iceberg and sank, the Titanic has a new enemy: iron-eating bacteria.
A newly discovered microbe dubbed Halomonas titanicae is chewing its way through the wreck of the famous ship and leaving little behind except a fine dust, researchers report in today's issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.
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Scientists have found iron-eating bacteria in porous rusticles, which resemble stalactites, on the wreck of Titanic, shown here in an August photo.
The hungry bug means that the...
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(Nov. 10) -- A group of ghost hunters is planning a titanic mission in order to see whether the spirits of the folks who drowned on the Titanic are still haunting the site of the wreck.
In April, 20 paranormal researchers are planning a trip 960 miles off the coast of New York to the place where the ship sank in 1912 in hopes that they can scare up evidence of electronic voice phenomena, or EVP, proving the people who died left a psychic impression on the place.
The wreck happened nearly 99 years ago, but researcher and self-taught Titanic expert William Brower, who will go on the journey,...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
(Nov. 9) -- Just a push in the right direction, thanks. Or a pull, rather.
A Carnival Cruise Lines ship that drifted off the coast of Southern California is being towed back to shore after an engine room fire caused the 113,000 ton vessel to lose power. The Carnival Splendor, carrying approximately 3,300 guests and 1,100 staff, was en route to a seven day cruise through the Mexican Riviera.
The ship is expected to reach land in San Diego with the assistance of tugboats by Thursday night.
None of the passengers on board were injured and all guests will receive both a refund and equal...
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(Sept. 27) -- Oscar-nominee Gloria Stuart passed away at the age of 100 on Sept. 26, The Washington Post reports....
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(Sept. 22) -- A novelist whose grandfather survived the Titanic's sinking has revealed a long-held family secret: that the man behind the ship's wheel turned it the wrong way, crashing into an iceberg and causing the ship's demise.
Louise Patten's grandfather Charles Lightoller was second officer on the Titanic's maiden -- and only -- voyage when it sank in April 1912. He was in his cabin when the boat struck the iceberg, and vowed to stay with the ship rather than go to a lifeboat. As it sank, he jumped into the water and was sucked down into the depths -- but then miraculously thrown back...
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ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (Aug. 29) -- An expedition surveying the wreck of the Titanic is showing off some crisp images of the world's most famous shipwreck, but officials said Sunday they are headed back to shore.
Officials from Expedition Titanic said in a statement they are now headed back to Newfoundland because high seas and winds brought on by Hurricane Danielle are preventing researchers from carrying out their work.
The team of scientists have been using a pair of robots to take thousands of photographs and hours of video of the wreck, which lies roughly 2.5 miles (4 kilometers)...
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RICHMOND, Va. (July 27) -- A team of scientists will launch an expedition to the Titanic next month to assess the deteriorating condition of the world's most famous shipwreck and create a detailed three-dimensional map that will "virtually raise the Titanic" for the public.
The expedition to the site 2½ miles beneath the North Atlantic is billed as the most advanced scientific mission to the Titanic wreck since its discovery 25 years ago.
Ralph White, AP
The bow of the Titanic sits on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. A team of scientists will...
Paul Wachter - Politics Daily
It's not a good sign that federal officials overseeing the effort to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are turning to Hollywood for answers, but that's what happened on Tuesday, when the Environmental Protection Agency included director James Cameron in a brainstorming session. Then again, "Avatar" and "Titanic" are better training for plugging a leaking deep-water well than you might think: "The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies," the Associated Press reports.
Earlier, BP tested oil-scrubbing devices invented by fellow...
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(March 15) -- In a final scene of "Titanic," Kate Winslet promises Leonardo DiCaprio she'll "never let go." Apparently, neither will James Cameron.
Bolstered by his 3-D box office record-breaker "Avatar," the Oscar-winning director plans to sail "Titanic" again, confirming he will rerelease the 1997 blockbuster using the magic of his new favorite technology, 3-D.
"We're targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3-D version of 'Titanic'), which is the 100-year anniversary of the sailing of the ship," Cameron told USA Today.
The rerelease will allow fans to see the epic sinking of the...
Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
For Oscar lovers like me, the usual nail-biting anticipation that accompanies the annual Academy Awards is all the greater this year. Not only are there more films up in the category of Best Picture, but the rules by which that movie is selected have also changed.
In a curious case of life imitating art, the British government is also looking at reforming its electoral system along similar lines.
In both cases, the big question on everyone's mind is this: Who benefits?...