Image: Deep sea submersible

Researchers develop breakthrough 3D-printed foam at NYU Tandon

The lightweight plastic could be used to explore the depths of the oceans.

The depths of the oceans are filled with animals so bizarre, grotesque and beautiful-looking that they can be mistaken for science fiction or action-movie characters come to life. And we have really no idea what is down there in the water so deep that light is never seen, lurking among the glow-in-the-dark fish and giant squids. Despite nearly every inch of the terrestrial world having been photographed and mapped, frequently from satellites in outer space, only 5 percent of the Earth’s oceans have been explored, according tothe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But that could be changing, thanks in part to a new development by researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


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