Another week, another round of interesting and geeky pictures you might have missed. Starting off, we have the Fukang Meteorite, which is purported to be 4.5-billion years old. It was unearthed by a hiker who had always wondered what the metal and crystals were on the giant rock he always had lunch on. So, he took a hammer, chisel and the rest is history. Since it was first discovered in 2000, the meteorite has been divided into dozens of thin slices and auctioned or distributed around the world, netting millions. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a breathtaking Eagle Cam from the world's tallest building.
Christoph Niemann is an artist who doesn't rely on Photoshop or other software to create optical illusions, just real paintings and objects. His day job is creating insightful cartoons for the New York Times, Times Magazine and other publications, but whenever time allows, these whimsical creations ensue. The series is called "Sunday Sketches". More information. Continue reading to see more.
This followup to the McLaren 650S is definitely no slouch. Featuring a tuned 3.8L V-8 that generates 666 horsepower (675 hp in metric figures) and 516 lb-ft of torque. What really sets this model apart from its predecessor is the redesigned rear section, which gives the car's its "LT" (Long Tail) designation. It's also significantly lighter than the 650S, has a lower stance, and a wider track. Continue reading for another video and more pictures. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery.
Tim Mantoani wanted to capture the photographers behind famous photographs, such as "Girl in Afghanistan" and "Beijing 1989", so he used tracked them down. However, these are no basic portraits, but rather ones captured with a special 235-pound Polaroid 20x24 instant camera that produces plates of 20 inches by 2 inches, complete with its own custom wheeled tripod. For those interested in seeing the 150+ portraits, you can pick up a hardcover book here. Continue reading to see more.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS will be the hottest hatchback to hit North American shores in quite some time, boasting a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine, sourced from the Mustang EcoBoost, that generates at least 320 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Ford has also fitted this all-wheel-drive hot hatch with a dynamic torque vectoring all-wheel drive system to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with exciting agility and cornering speed. Continue reading for the live reveal video, more pictures and additional information.
The top image above shows an optical illusion floor spotted at a video game store in Paris, France. While the floor is still flat, this effect is achieved by printing bent lines. There's also The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar. The tiny floating restaurant is located on the Michanwi Pingwe beach, andcan be reached by walking, swimming or a canoe. Last, but not least, we have Poland's Crooked Forest. People say that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the top five most popular viral videos of today.
What you're looking at is Obama sitting for his 64-bit 3D capture session, in which epidermal information will be recorded and then used to create a poly-mesh / texture map so painters can add in realistic lighting later for portraits or sculptures. According to researchers, the right is a "Mobile Light Stage - in essence, eight high-end DSLRs and 50 light sources mounted in a futuristic-looking quarter-circle of aluminum scaffolding. During a facial scan, the cameras capture 10 photographs each under different lighting conditions for a total of 80 photographs. All of this happens in a single second. Afterwards, sophisticated algorithms process this data into high-resolution 3D models." Continue reading for more.
Aside from dogs and cats, internet users love looking for random photos of things you don't see everyday, such as the computer above, which has seen much better days. Ever wonder where the word "ghetto" originated from in the US? If so, people say it came about during the Great Depression, when many people would congregate in large open parking lots. They built shelters out of whatever materials they could find at the time. These congregations of shelters were also called "ghettos". Continue reading for more.
Stuart Atkinson, an amateur astronomer from Kendal, UK, discovered this incredible cliff on Comet 67P while studying an image beamed back by the Rosetta probe. He found the location on notes by the European Space Agency, which said the picture - pieced together from four taken 12 miles from the comet on December 10 - measured 1.8 by 1.6 miles from end to end. Continue reading for more images and information.
At 00.49 GMT on April 12th, a huge sunspot released a massive X4.9-class flare - the largest of 2014. Thankfully, it appeared on the sun's southeastern limb, and did not impact satellites or radio communication. Spaceweather.com said: "Radio emissions from shock waves at the leading edge of the cornoal mass ejection (CME) suggest an expansion velocity near 2000 km/s or 4.4 million mph. If such a fast-moving cloud did strike Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storms could be severe. However, because its trajectory is so far off the sun-Earth line, the CME will deliver a glancing blow, at best." Continue reading for more.