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British oceanography boffins are celebrating successful trials of their latest robot submarine, which has now autonomously navigated itself about at a depth of three-and-a-half miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic. The Autosub 6000 in action. Credit: NOC The British battery-powered bottom probe at work. The Reg has …

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How many leagues?

A league is 3 nautical miles, so rather than 20,000 or 200 leagues its probably more like 1 to the nearest whole number.

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Alien

"battery-powered bottom probe"

The giant squid it passed on the way down will never be believed when he tells his friends there was this alien craft probing his bottom.

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Joke

Register headline opportunity missed

"Brit Robo-Sub hailed a success by McPhail"

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6k depth is nothing

Woods Hole OI do better

6.5K depth

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=10755

anon incase they remember be on the Knorr last year

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Titles are useless

The British battery-powered bottom probe at work...

The British battery-powered bottom probe? Oh aye!!!!!

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Boffin

Colour scheme

Why does that godawful Beatles song have such an influence on what colour every civilian sub is painted? Every last one seems to be painted yellow.

Yes, those are goggles not glasses...

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3.5m != 200 leagues under the sea

3.5 miles is one league, near enough.

By your estimate, a league would be 31 yards. I doubt Good King Wenceslas would have sympathised with that.

Okay okay, you're talking about horizontal range. I always thought Jules Verne's measurement was vertical, but now I think about it, that's implausible.

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Volcanoes?

> search for underwater volcanoes.

Arrr, they should use it to look for sunken pirate treasure!

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Anonymous Coward

"The British battery-powered bottom probe at work."

I'm glad the picture was nothing like the one that caption conjured up in my mind.

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Well there ain't no .... (ain't no!)

Well there ain't no .... (ain't no!) battery bottom probe getting near my bum m8y!

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Global Warming

This stuff is expensive....so the research funding proposal looked something like

"....this research will result in a better understanding of global warming and global climate change...and the best place to do this is on our own private ship in the Carribean for 6 months with a crew of sex starved, drink fuelled students..."

Time to get out of IT I think...

...that remdinds me...shouldn't the Paris icon be used when we're talking about battery powered probes or are the El Reg commentards a bit lacking this morning...

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20,000 leagues

The distance refered to was not straight down but round and round. Even in 1870, Jules Verne would have known that you would have gone right through the bottom and out the other side. That was covered in another book by the same author.

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@Graham Bartlett

Objects are painted yellow for visibility not because of the Beatles.

the "fab" 4 didn't do a tune about yellow flying machines but a lot of British research aircraft had large amounts of yellow paint.

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Re: Colour scheme

It has nothing to do with the Beatles. You make subs yellow because they are easier to find when they break down. Unless, of course, it's a military sub, in which case you make it as difficult to spot as possible.

There is bugger-all point painting them blue or coral coloured. That's like all those dip-shits who go out walking in the hills wearing green and brown, have an accident, and then wonder why nobody can find them. It's because you went out wearing camouflage you morons!

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British battery-powered bottom probe?

The USA will want that then.

Then, for a change, they can find their own WMD.

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Longer life batteries...

The Norwegians have already created a deep water sub, funded by Statoil, that had extremely long-life aluminium-oxygen batteries. The oxygen was produced in-situ from hydrogen peroxide. It seems to me that battery type would be much better for this job.

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What did it find?

3 x shopping trolleys

1 x 2cv

Various beer cans!

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Battery powered bottom probe?

The boffins must be so proud at their coverage... Good work!

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Boffin

Leagues is not used to measure depth!

@Alex Walsh @TooMuchCoffee

20,000 leagues is how far Nemo and co. travelled, not the depth at which they sailed. Duh!!!

Anyway; good to see British technology at its best!

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