This massive swarm Munkiana Devil Rays were spotted in Baja California Sur, Mexico, by German conservation photographer Florian Schulz. Here's what he has to say: "During an aerial expedition I came across something I had never seen before. Not even my pilot, who has surveyed this area for 20 years, had seen anything like it. As we got closer we started to discover its nature: an unprecedented congregation of rays. The group was as thick as it was wide, all heading towards the same direction." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone drop testing every single iPhone generation - including the 6 and 6 Plus.
Plutonium is basically a radioactive chemical element, an actinide metal of silvery-gray appearance, that tarnishes when exposed to air, and forms a dull coating when oxidized. Both plutonium-239 and plutonium-241 are fissile, meaning that they can sustain a nuclear chain reaction, leading to applications in nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. According to the team at Chemicool, it will cost you $4,000 per gram. Continue reading for more.
The Deep-sea Dragonfish, as the name states, lives in the deep-sea of the Pacific ocean. The Dragon fish tends to live around 1000 to 3000 meters below the surface. Some Dragonfish have even been found at depths of 5000 meters. Most deep sea fish that can produce light produce blue light, but the dragon fish can produce not only blue light but a red light as well. This red light is emitted from a suborbital photophore. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
Captain John Bennett and his crew discovered a colossal squid weighing 350 kilograms (770 pounds), and as long as a minibus, in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea. This creature, found a mile below the surface, has tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates. It's female, and its eight arms are each well over a meter (3.3 feet) long. Its two tentacles would have been perhaps double that length if they had not been damaged. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (above) looks like a painting, but it's just a man-made landform. It's located in the Honghe Prefecture, Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China. The terraces has 1,200 years of history. The core area of the Rice Terraces is located in the Yuanyang County. Continue reading for more cool landforms that you won't believe are man-made.
Tardigrades, also known as waterbears, are water-dwelling, segmented micro-animals, with eight legs. Tardigrades are classified as extremophiles, organisms that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth. For example, tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce. Continue reading for more.
A thunderstorm, also known as an electrical storm, a lightning storm, or a thundershower, is a type of storm characterized by the presence of lightning and its acoustic effect on the Earth's atmosphere known as thunder. The meteorologically assigned cloud type associated with the thunderstorm is the cumulonimbus. Thunderstorms can generally form and develop in any particular geographic location, perhaps most frequently within areas located at mid-latitude when warm moist air collides with cooler air. Above, we have a thunderstorm taking place in False Kiva in Utah, shot by photographer Dustin Farrell. Continue reading for more.
The Meissner effect, also known as quantum levitation, is the expulsion of a magnetic field from a superconductor during its transition to the superconducting state. The German physicists Walther Meissner and Robert Ochsenfeld discovered this phenomenon in 1933 by measuring the magnetic field distribution outside superconducting tin and lead samples. Continue reading for some fascinating videos of the effect.
The defining feature of a black hole is the appearance of an event horizon - a boundary in spacetime through which matter and light can only pass inward towards the mass of the black hole. Nothing, not even light, can escape from inside the event horizon. The shape of the event horizon of a black hole is always approximately spherical. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the best little dancer you will see this week.
Seeing a volcano explosion on television is nothing new, but actually being there in person and seeing the ensuing sonic boom is an entirely different story. This video shows a plume of ash being thrown up in the air from Mount Tavurvur, in Papua New Guinea, captured by 58-year-old taxi driver Phil McNamara aboard a small boat on August 29, when he was on holiday. Continue reading for another video of the actual explosion and more information.