SiteofWeek090110Scientists using cutting-edge technology to explore waters off northern Indonesia were wowed last month by colorful and diverse images of marine life on the ocean floor—including plate-sized sea spiders and flower-like sponges that appear to be carnivorous.

They predicted that as many as 50 new plant and animal species might have been discovered during the three-week expedition that ended Aug. 14.

More than 100 hours of video and 100,000 photographs, captured using a robotic vehicle with high-definition cameras, were piped to shore in real time by...

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