A nuclear reactor is essentially a device to initiate and control a sustained nuclear chain reaction. They're used at nuclear power plants for electricity generation and in propulsion of ships. Heat from nuclear fission is passed to a working fluid (water or gas), which runs through turbines. Some reactors are used to produce isotopes for medical and industrial use, or for production of plutonium for weapons. Some are run only for research. Today there are about 450 nuclear power reactors that are used to generate electricity in about 30 countries around the world. Continue reading for more.
Yes, we know that some of these case mods have been around since the beginning of the internet, but some are definitely worth a second look. There's the Gothic-inspired design, one made from a real AT-AT Imperial Walker toy, and then even a computer that's tucked neatly inside a trash can. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral computer-generated short film titled "Envoy".
The Hiller VZ-1 Pawnee (above) was basically a unique direct-lift rotor aircraft, using contra-rotating ducted fans for lift inside a platform upon which the single pilot shifted body weight for directional control. The platform, touted as the world's first flying hoverboard, was developed starting in 1953 under an Office of Naval Research (ONR) contract to Hiller Aircraft Corporation, and flew successfully, starting in 1955. Due to aerodynamic effects in the duct within which the propellers rotated, the platform was dynamically stable, even though the pilot and center of gravity of the platform were fairly high up. In testing, the prototypes flew well, but the U.S. Army judged them to be impractical as combat vehicles as they were small, limited in speed and only barely flew out of the ground cushion effect. Continue reading for more.
Let's face it, kids love Halloween, and not just because of the candy, but rather the chance to dress up as their favorite superhero, pop culture icon, etc. Unfortunately, the store-bought costumes really just don't do these characters justice. So, some parents have decided to go the extra mile and create custom costumes for their children, like a miniature Carl (Up!), along with a not so intimidating Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy). Continue reading for more.
At first glance, this may appear to be yet another Instagram photo, but this is actually a scene from Google Street View of an aquarium in Japan. Blogger "Street View Photographs" specializes in taking ordinary scenes from Google's technology and processing them with a web-based tool called Polarr, which lets you add all kinds of effects and tweaks. Here's what the site owner has to say, "I wanted to travel and I love taking pictures so I decided to just to do virtual tours. I also love to retouch photos to make them more legit, and Polarr is currently sponsoring their tool for me." Continue reading for more.
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Always wanted to learn Russian? This handy infographic should definitely help you out. Russian distinguishes between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation and those without, the so-called soft and hard sounds. This distinction is found between pairs of almost all consonants and is one of the most distinguishing features of the language. Another important aspect is the reduction of unstressed vowels. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Batman Evolution by The Piano Guys.
Francesco Riccardo Iacomino took the stunning shot above, and he says: "A stunning sunset painted the sky over the Jokulsarlon Glacer Lagoon in South Iceland. It was a typical cloudy day in the Icelandic summer. The day was not hoping for a nice sunset, but I still decided to go on the spot, hoping to finally see the sun once the same had left behind the clouds. When the sun went down, in fact the sky burned out in an incredible vanilla tone. The scene was so peaceful and placid, so I decided to capture it with a long exposure, to bring out the amazing sense of oniric peace that this amazing sunset created. It has been like living in a dream. Location: Jokulsarlon Glaier Lagoon, Iceland." Continue reading for more.
Now that you've seen the strangest Lay's flavors, weirdest Doritos flavors, Pepsi flavors and strangest Pringles flavors from around the world, it's time to check out more strange items from the world's largest fast food hamburger chain. What you're looking at above is a limited edition Cookies'N Cream pie that was available at McDonalds locations in Canada. As you can see, it's exactly as it sounds, an Oreo infused outer layer with cream filling on the inside. Now get yourself a cold glass of milk, and have the perfect after work / school snack. That is just one of the many cool and unusual items you won't find in the states - minus #8, which can be found in Hawaii. Continue reading to see them all.
Designer Simon Woodroffe decided to go the high-tech route when creating this sunken living room. At the touch of a button, or the pull of a handle, twelve moving parts transform the tiny apartment into a luxurious living space with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. Measuring just 262 square-feet, this dynamic living space comes complete with a master suite, second bedroom, sunken sitting room, cinema, dining room, office, full size kitchen, breakfast room, bathroom/spa, party room, wine cellar and storage. Continue reading for more.