Scientists excited about new lab at bottom of Pacific Ocean

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In this photo taken Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Geoff Cram, senior mechanical engineer, holds onto a bar in his left hand and a cable connector in his right that will both be used in the same manner by an underwater robot, at the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. Engineers at the lab are building and assembling equipment that will be installed this summer for a deep-sea observatory in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Washington. The multi-million dollar project, paid for by the National Science Foundation, will put laboratory equipment up to two miles deep and include live video feeds, seismic monitors and temperature gauges. Unlike standard short-term battery-powered devices, the cabled miles of electrical wires and an internet connection in the new lab will provide both researchers and armchair scientists access to real-time information. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)