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Jason Heller | Nov 7, 2007 2:00 AM
Pollution threatens the lake that is the heart and soul of Vietnam's capital - and a legendary turtle who lives below its murky waters - but now a high-tech solution may be at hand to save them both. Over the next three years, in time for Hanoi's 1 000th birthday in 2010, scientists intend to clean up Hoan Kiem Lake, home to the creature that symbolises Vietnam's centuries-old struggle for independence. Vietnamese and German experts say they will use a new device, which borrows from the designs of corkscrews, submarines and tanks, to suck several metres (feet) of toxic sludge from the bottom of the 'Lake of the Returned Sword'
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Jason Heller | Nov 7, 2007 2:00 AM
A federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling says Alaska's northern coast had unusual visitors this summer -- endangered humpback whales. Humpback whales off Alaska generally are not seen north of the Bering Strait, the upper limit of the North Pacific Ocean. But observers connected to oil exploration activity spotted humpbacks east of Barrow in the Beaufort Sea. Robin Cacy (KAY'-see) of the federal Minerals Management Service says humpback whales were seen in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast last year. She also says endangered fin whales were detected this summer by acoustic monitoring north of the Bering Strait in the Chukchi Sea
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
Although not sporting any new upcoming products, Amphibico has been in-market with innovative and strong products including the first flexible option of a HD monitor installed on the housing back or as a top mounted display, and the housing that gives all others housing-envy - the cinema production grade Sony HDW-F900 HDCAM
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
Our buddies Blake, Norma, Jean and Mauricio were exhibiting a handful of new products, including a set of new Underwater Buoyancy Compensating Floats, a remote control shutter release (making them second only to Seacam to have such a system). Aquatica recently released a housing for the Nikon D40x, which has become a popular camera among shooters making a switch from compact to DSLR
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
The 2007 DEMA show was a lot of fun this year. We got to see and play with the newest diving and underwater photography gear, we learned about new destinations and shooting opportunities, spent time with old friends, and even coordinated a few new projects, including a special collaboration on an Antarctica underwater photo & video trip scheduled for Feb 2010
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
David Doubilet was one of two recipients of the 2007 DEMA Reaching Out Awards. David, along with dive industry legend Bob Soto, were honored in recognition of their significant contributions to the sport of scuba diving. The DEMA Reaching Out Awards are akin to the diving Hall of Fame. DivePhotoGuide was there covering the award ceremony
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
The growing Fantasea product catalog includes a line of affordable plastic housings, mainly focused on the Nikon Coolpix line. They were also the first housing on the market for the Nikon D40x housing
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
Gates had on display their solid-built mechanical housings for the high end Canon XH-A1/G1 cameras, as well as housings for the more popular prosumer Sony HC-7. The Sony HC-3 was a very popular cameras and housing combo, and the successor HC-7 may be even more so
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
Housings for the Canon 40D, and the new Olympus E-410 & E-510 are available now, and apparently they're working on a housing for the Olympus E-3 and the Nikon D300. Ikelite also had a new strobe on display, the Autoflash AF35 System
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Jason Heller | Nov 6, 2007 2:00 AM
Inon has been known for compact strobes with multiple power settings. They've become quite popular among many underwater photographers. However, over the last year or so , Inon has been slowly expanding into the housing and accessories markets as well.
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