Astronomers have just discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting the closest star to our own: Proxima Centauri. It's been named "Proxima b," and is located 4.25-light-years from Earth. The planet itself is at least 30% larger than Earth and orbits the star at a distance of 7.3-million kilometers - less than 5% of the distance between Earth and the sun - making its year last 11.2 Earth days. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Tdub Photo headed to Seto Inland Sea in Japan for his latest photo series, titled "The Weeping Stones". It captures the stunning soothing blue glow of bioluminescent shrimp against the rocks of Seto. "This urge to do more is what drove us to create this year's set. This set was created by pouring the 'sea fireflies' over rocks and points along the shore to give the impression that the stones were 'weeping,'" said Trevor Williams. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
In North American folklore, Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. Over the years, there have been many alleged sightings, but could this dog have captured a glimpse of the real thing? In this short GoPro video, you see a creature walking through the grassy woods that stands up on two legs like a human, but also appearing to be hairy and ape-like. Individuals claiming to have seen Bigfoot described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla, with a strong, unpleasant smell. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a metal version of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
Could Earth have rings? Certainly, especially if a small moon were to get hit by an asteroid or comet, shattering it, thus impacting Earth itself to create rings. We know that Saturn's rings are made of ice, the Earth's distance from the Sun, small ice particles would quickly be destroyed by sunlight. So, Earthrings would probably be made of rock, and as illustrator Kevin Gill shows, they would look different if you were seeing sunlight reflected off them versus seeing the Sun through them. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
The color pink isn't synonymous with lagoons, but this one, located in the fishing village of Las Coloradas on the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, most certainly is. While it may look Photoshopped, the color comes from both red plankton and the high quantity of brine shrimp in the water - chemicals from the aquatic life seep into the water. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Engineering student Vimal Govind Manikandan from Kerala, India, managed to build a wearable Iron Man-like exoskeleton that weighs in at a hefty 220-pounds. Despite its heft, this super suit enables its wearer to lift up to 330-pounds with ease. What's most surprising is that it cost him only $749 in parts to make. who knows, the next version may included a functional repulsor beam. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral "Batman of Shanghai" video.
The rapatronic camera is a high-speed camera capable of recording a still image with an exposure time as brief as 10 nanoseconds. The camera was developed by Harold Edgerton in the 1940s and was first used to photograph the rapidly changing matter in nuclear explosions within milliseconds of ignition, using exposures of several microseconds. To overcome the speed limitation of a conventional camera's mechanical shutter, the rapatronic camera uses two polarizing filters and a Faraday cell (or in some variants a Kerr cell). Continue reading for another video and more information.
Researchers have proposed a new theory that the center of blackholes may act as a "back door", or gateway, for wormholes. In other words, anything traveling through a black hole would be stretched, but then returned back to its normal size when emerging in a different part of the universe. "Our theory naturally resolves several problems in the interpretation of electrically-charged black holes. In the first instance, we resolve the problem of the singularity, since there is a door at the centre of the black hole, the wormhole, through which space and time can continue," said Gonzalo Olmo, a Rampn y Cajal researcher at the University of Valencia. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Disney researchers unveil an innovative new computational thermoforming process that basically crosses 3D-printing with vacuum forming. "We propose a method to fabricate textured 3D models using thermoforming. Differently from industrial techniques, which target mass production of a specific shape, we propose a combined hardware and software solution to manufacture customized, unique objects. Our method simulates the forming process and converts the texture of a given digital 3D model into a pre-distorted image that we transfer onto a plastic sheet. During thermoforming, the sheet deforms to create a faithful physical replica of the digital model," according to the research paper. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a bizarre Medusa guitar.
Researcher Han Lin created a new type of super battery using a form of carbon called graphene, which is one of the strongest materials on Earth. He used a 3D printer to create the graphene sheets, resulting in a cost-effective energy storage method that could soon replace the batteries in our cell phones, laptops, and even electric cars. Continue reading for another video and more information.