The Seattle Times reports on how technology has created new research opportunities for oceanographers at the University of Washington. UW scientists are now able to monitor the seas from the comfort of their own campus, thanks to two robotic vessels that roam the ocean floor and beam back live video. Back at the UW command center, researchers direct the robots through radio communications with a small team of colleagues on site. This allows more scientists to participate in a project, since they no longer all need to fit on one boat to conduct experiments.