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Communiations on the ocean could be vastly improved by a surprising method straight out of the sci-fi books - antennas made out of seawater (SEE VIDEO BELOW).

The US Navy is already engineering a revolutionary scheme to replace its bulky warship communications arrays with antennas composed of jets of seawater shot through electromagnetic hoops.

The salt in the water is the key component that allows the water jet to conduct electronagnetic signals just like a standard metal antenna. Frequency adjustments can be easily made by controlling the height and width of the water stream.

Popular Science speculates that the antennas could serve as compact emergency antennas for civilian watercraft or communication systems on offshore oil rigs.

Published in Marine Science

William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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