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The Titanic: 100 Years Later

A look back at one of the biggest moments in steamship history, including how Scientific American covered it

  • April 3, 2012

The Science behind the Iceberg that sank the Titanic

The tragedy of the "unsinkable" Titanic - lost in the cold water of the Atlantic - became part of history and pop culture, but the story of the main culprit that caused the disaster is mostly forgotten and only vague descriptions and some photos exists of the supposed iceberg(s).

April 14, 2012 — David Bressan

The Real Heart of the Ocean

One hundred years ago, a ship sideswiped an iceberg on its way across the ocean, and the Titanic legend was born. Speaking of legend, James Cameron's film was so sweeping and dramatic that some folks think it must have been entirely fictional.

April 14, 2012 — Dana Hunter

How did Titanic really break up?

Hello, everyone!I'm a member of the Marine Forensics Committee, and author or co-author of three peer-reviewed papers on the “Titanic”. My most recent paper, “The Breakup Of Titanic – A Re-Examination of Survivor Accounts”, was presented at the First International Marine Forensics Symposium on April 4.Working with Roy Mengot (with whom I co-authored one paper), I've been gathering evidence to support a reconstruction of the breakup of the “Titanic” that differs somewhat from the one you may have seen in movies or in other publications.

April 9, 2012 — Richard Woytowich

New Images of Titanic Wreck Revealed

Sweeping images of the sunken ship were made by stitching together hundreds of optical and sonar images collected by deep-diving robots during a 2010 expedition

March 30, 2012 — OurAmazingPlanet

Titanic: Resonance and Reality

A century ago a great ship struck an iceberg and sank, earning a permanent place among the stories we tell—and lessons we should learn

April 4, 2012 — Daniel C. Schlenoff

Titanic and the Science of Near-Death Experiences

James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic broke box office records and garnered bushels of awards; it remains one of the top-grossing films of all times.

April 6, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette