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Competition Seeks New Deep-ocean Exploration Technologies

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XPRIZE, a U.S.-based nonprofit foundation for global scientific challenges, and Royal Dutch Shell plc have launched a $7 million competition to spur development of breakthrough ocean-exploring technologies. The competition calls on international teams to develop unmanned underwater vehicles for affordable exploring and mapping of the ocean floor up to a depth of 4,000 meters. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering a $1 million bonus prize for the...

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