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USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Finally Found in Deep Sea Wreck

One big mystery finally solved.

One of the first aircraft carriers built by the United States has finally been recovered 76 years after it sunk off the coast of Australia.

On Monday, the team on board Research Vessel Petrel (R/V Petrel) found the USS Lexington hiding about two miles below the surface of the Coral Sea. The research ship belongs to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who has become a deep sea wreckage explorer in recent years.

“‘Lady Lex’ went down with 35 planes,” Allen writes on Twitter. “So far, #RVPetrel has found 11 of them.”

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According to his website, Allen’s 250-foot R/V Petrel is capable of diving about three and a half miles. He started using it for explorations in the Philippine Sea back in 2017, though it has since moved its focus to the Coral Sea.

Lexington was on our priority list because she was one of the capital ships that was lost during WWII,” Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Allen, said in a statement. “Based on geography, time of year and other factors, I work with Paul Allen to determine what missions to pursue. We’ve been planning to locate the Lexington for about six months and it came together nicely.”

The USS Lexington helped block a Japanese advance in the Pacific Theater during the Battle of the Coral Sea. After four days, the cruiser sank on May 8, 1942, after being bombarded by multiple torpedoes, taking 216 crew members and 35 aircraft with it. About 2,770 people on board were ultimately rescued, and a month later, the Battle of Midway helped turn the war in the Pacific in favor of the U.S. and its allies.

The Lexington’s recovery is the latest in a long line of discoveries for Allen. His team found the USS Indianapolis back in August 2017, the USS Ward in November of the same year, and the USS Astoria in February 2015.

At this point, the Lexington’s fate is unclear. Hopefully its parts wind up in a museum.

Media via Paul G. Allen

Seiichi Miyake: 5 Brilliantly Simple Uses for His "Tenji Blocks"

Inclusive design led to safer streets.

If you have ever taken public transportation, cruised through a city on a bicycle, or even simply crossed the street, you can thank the Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake for helping you get from point A to point B safely.

That’s because Miyaki is credited with inventing the ribbed, yellow squares of pavement that warn pedestrians to stand back from the edge of a train platform, known as “Tenji blocks.” Monday marks the 52nd anniversary of the first Tenji block installment in Okayama City, Japan, and Google marked the occasion with a front-page doodle.

Seiichi Miyake: How His Innovative Design Helped the Visually Impaired

The tactile blocks enable more to safely use the roads.

Google paid tribute to Seiichi Miyake on Monday, a Japanese inventor that developed a system of tactile blocks for helping people to cross the road. The world’s largest search engine commemorated the creation with a homepage doodle, marking the first day his blocks made their debut.

Miyake was inspired to help a friend who was gradually losing their vision. He created the “Tenji blocks” — taking its name from the Japanese term for the language’s braille script — to help provide information to users through feeling raised bumps around five millimeters high in their shoes, tapping a cane, or through a trained guide dog. The dotted style indicates danger ahead while the direction of the bars indicate a safe path of travel. Miyake’s creation first debuted in 1967 near the Okayama School for the Blind in Okayama City, Japan. The design gradually rose in popularity until 1975, when the Japanese National Railways mandated their use at platforms.

Tesla Model Y Price: Elon Musk Unveils the Long-Awaited $39,000 Electric SUV

After almost four years of anticipation, Tesla unveiled the Model Y Thursday in Los Angeles, and CEO Elon Musk revealed that the all-electric SUV will start at $39,000 with four variants: a Standard Range, Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance version, which will have a top speed of 150 miles per hour and cost $60,000.

The Best Wireless Earbuds for Audio Quality

What truly wireless earbuds are actually worth your time?

Filed Under Amazon, Apple & Music

While we’ve been well on our way to a truly wireless existence (I’m looking at you, umbilical cord) in almost every facet of our life, the “truly wireless” headphone segment has been dominated by Apple’s AirPods, and for good reason. They’re the headphones to beat when it comes to ease of use, and seemingly every manufacturer is trying to best Apple with their own AirPod alternative.

You Can Save Up to 30 Percent on Your Power Bill With Arcadia Power

Connect to clean, low-cost energy and bring down your power bill for free.

Given the chance, most of us would jump at the opportunity to bring down our power bills. But there’s a prevailing assumption that doing so involves dealing with steep upfront costs before the savings actually come in. Arcadia Power presents a different solution, however, and it’s willing to give new users $20 off their first utility bill for trying out the platform.