Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Bubble submarines, solar farms, electric Kombi vans, and more innovation from around the world

Heliogen’s Solar Farm Could Drastically Reduce Global Emissions Backed by Bill Gates, clean energy company Heliogen has developed a concentrated solar energy source that could eliminate carbon-emitting industrial processes—essentially “transforming sunlight to create and replace fuels.” The advancement would allow heavy machinery to forego fossil fuels and employ those created from the process (like hydrogen or syngas), ultimately reducing global carbon emissions by 10%. The …

Plastic Bubble Subs Grant Humans Access to the Deep Sea

As we continue exploring space, there’s a large subset of researchers and investors that are working their way into the depths of our oceans—of which we have discovered 5%. Most of those scientists are using technology that originated in the ’80s: bubble crafts. But clever, contemporary upgrades are making these spherical vessels more efficient than ever. These days, the vessels cost between $2 million to …

National Geographic Photographer Andy Mann and Zodiac Collaborate on a Dive Watch

Called the Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation, this blue-hued automatic timepiece fuses marine and everyday influences

Though the inner workings remain mostly the same (it’s a retro-shaped 44mm-wide steel case filled with an in-house Swiss STP 3-13 automatic movement boasting 44 hours of power reserve) this Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation proves noticeably different. The watch brand tapped National Geographic photographer Andy Mann for the collaborative new piece, and the result balances the beauty of the deep sea with the subtlety …