BB reader Ed McNichol emails from a research ship off the Oregon coast:
I'm currently at sea on the Research Vessel Thompson engaged in the Visions'11 expedition. We are working on the infrastructure for a cabled ocean observatory, part of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative.Visions'11 Cruise
We are streaming live HD video from the sea floor using the ROV ROPOS from the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility. I thought you might be interested in giant robots and 900+km of fibre optic cable deploying a sensor network at an active submarine volcano.