2 former Navy Seals are using robot submarines to build ‘Google Earth’ for the ocean

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Austin-based startup Terradepth aims to map the ocean floor and its environments with thousands of autonomous robotic submarines. In 2005, Joe Wolfel and Judson Kauffman were a year into their Navy Seal careers when they received a briefing on the USS San Francisco , a nuclear-powered submarine that crashed into an undersea mountain, in large part due to uncharted waters. Read Full Story

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These Navy SEAL techniques can help you lead and motivate your team

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Keeping your team motivated and aligned is extra challenging during a pandemic. These strategies can help. With many people continuing to work from home during the pandemic, leaders are challenged with finding ways to motivate and bring together remote teams of employees. But it’s never been more important. Isolation and separation can cause stress that negatively impacts health and productivity. Retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Sajnog, author of The New Rules of Marksmanship , says the strategies he used while leading a team of isolated warriors can help business leaders, too. Read Full Story

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Can ocean plastic cleaning projects actually clean all the ocean plastic?

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A new study finds that the volume of plastic flowing into the ocean will overwhelm any cleaning efforts. If we want to clean up ocean plastic, we need to start at the source. Our oceans have a plastic problem, and relying on tech that aims to collect plastic debris from the ocean’s surface won’t be enough to solve it, according to a new study. With the mass amounts of plastic that get funneled into our oceans from land—between 5 and 13 million tonnes annually—ocean clean-up technologies fall short, and can never catch up. The only way to truly reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean, researchers say, is to stop it from getting there in the first place. Read Full Story

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Adidas’s wild new shoe is string art for your feet

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Yes, robots are involved. Every year, Adidas introduces an experimental new shoe technology dubbed “Futurecraft.” These aren’t just bouncier foams or sneakers loaded with fitness tracking inside. They fundamentally reimagine how performance footwear is made—from creating shoes from ocean plastic , to 3D-printing midsoles , to building “Loop” shoes that can be ground up, melted, and made into brand-new shoes when you’re done wearing them. Read Full Story

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