Deep-Z: a 3D-printed submarine

A small 3D-printed submarine survived a 200-meter (656.16 feet) dive into the depths of Lagos d'Iseo, in Italy.

Martin Baumers, the scientist behind the Deep-Z project, wanted to know if 3D printing can be used to build low-cost devices for deep water exploration.

To start his experimentations, the researcher build the submarine model using Polyamide 12, also known as Nylon 12, as the standard material. This is a very strong material often used in airplanes, cars and medical products.

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California: water quality is generally good | Photo: Parker Knight/Creative Commons

The 25th annual Beach Report Card reveals that Cowell Beach, at the wharf in Santa Cruz County, is considered the worst spot and the most polluted beach of the 2014/2015 season.

According to Heal the Bay, only 13 of the beaches monitored statewide received D to F grades during summer dry weather, when most beachgoers typically use the ocean.

High bacteria counts at these sites are linked to potential illnesses like stomach flu, ear and upper respiratory infections and major skin rashes.

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Oceans: everyone wants a piece of it | Photo: Maassen/Quiksilver

What can we do to make a positive impact on the oceans? "The Next Wave" opens our mind to the importance of ocean planning. Because we need to get involved.

Filmmaker Chris Hannant spent ten days traveling the Atlantic coast, capturing gorgeous scenery from Virginia to Maine and interviewing coastal stakeholders, government leaders and Surfrider members about what we can each do to make a positive impact on this very precious resource.

The result is "The Next Wave," nine minutes of reflection on the meaning of the oceans for water sports enthusiasts, beachgoers, fishermen, tourism, shipping, energy industries, and marine life itself.

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