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.
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.