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Russian researchers dive one of the coldest places on Earth
Russian researchers have reached the bottom of Lake Labynkyr, situated in one of the coldest places on Earth where temperatures reach over minus 70 Celsius (-94F).
It is widely known as Russia’s Loch Ness as legend says it has its own cryptozoological monster. A Soviet expedition in 1953 reported seeing some kind of animal, but on this occasion the divers did not find any proof of a creature.
During the latest dive by members of the Russian Geographical Society, the temperatures in the Siberian village of Oymyakon in Yakut by the lake were a relatively mild -45 C (-49F). The water in the lake was -2 C (28.4F).
Previous deep exploration of the lake has only been possible by remote controlled diving robots. This was the first time a human has been able to gather samples of water, flora and fauna from the bottom of the lake.
Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables
A spokesman for the Egyptian military has reported that three scuba divers have been arrested in the Mediterranean as they tried to cut a submarine data cable owned by local telco Telecom Egypt.
Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said on his Facebook page that the three men had been caught diving from an inflatable dinghy as they worked underwater to try and cut the cable at a point just north of the port city of Alexandria, AP reports. Alexandria is the main entry point for the multiple submarine cables that bring internet connectivity to Egypt.
Egyptian internet users have been suffering patchy speeds for the last week, but telecoms officials had been blaming this on damage to the cable caused by shipping. It now seems that accidental damage may not have been the cause.
No reason for the attempt was given and the identities of those under arrest have not been released as yet. They now face interrogation as to their motivation.
The cable in question has been named as the South East Asia Middle East Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4), the same line that was damaged in 2008 by a ship's anchor. That outage cut traffic to the country by 75 per cent and had knock-on effects in the Middle East and India.
Navy deaths close proving ground
Shaped like a teardrop and carved out of the eastern bank of the Bush River, the UNDEX Test Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground has earned the nickname "Super Pond" for its unusual properties.