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Paul Allen Lends Personal ROV To Study Coelacanths 32

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-meets-old dept.
crudmonkey writes "It took a custom-made submarine, billionaire Paul Allen, and a tenacious desire lasting well beyond two decades to unveil enigmatic details about the life of the coelacanth—the primitive fish that invariably hooks researchers. A study published earlier this year in the journal Marine Biology summarizes 21 years of coelacanth population research."
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Paul Allen Lends Personal ROV To Study Coelacanths

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  • by MadKeithV (102058) on Friday November 25, 2011 @10:08AM (#38165036)
    And why is Paul Allen so interested in the Coelacanth? Because its existance might teach us something about how an ancient, unchanging, unadapting entity can yet survive deep below the surface while all its peers have evolved or perished. This research can then be used to help Microsoft.
  • by PopeRatzo (965947) * on Friday November 25, 2011 @10:37AM (#38165174) Homepage Journal

    Is he taking his yacht [wikipedia.org] out to watch underwater with them?

    As anyone who knows me could tell you, I really don't care about having a lot of money.

    But sometime before I die, I would like to be able to use the phrase, "my personal submersible" if only for the way it makes my mouth feel to say those words.

  • by gstoddart (321705) on Friday November 25, 2011 @11:21AM (#38165468) Homepage

    But sometime before I die, I would like to be able to use the phrase, "my personal submersible" if only for the way it makes my mouth feel to say those words.

    Well, you can still say those words ... "alas, I will never have my own personal submersible". It just might not be as satisfying.

    But, for the record, I would also like to be able to use the phrase "my personal submersible" ... "hey baby, want to come down to the marina and see my personal submersible?". It's just so Austin Powers.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982

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