Astronomers have received five unidentified radio signals that originate from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. However, that is the strange part, as in these "fast radio bursts," there was a "double signal," which has never heard before, leaving researchers baffled. A comparable discovery would be the "WOW Signal", a strong narrowband radio wave found by Jerry Ehman in 1977, in which he circled the characters "6EQUJ5", distinguishing them from all the other 1s and 2s on the field of data. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a functional skateboard guitar.
At first, this looks like some sort of other-worldly creature, but it's actually just the Black Dragonfish, which lurks at depth of 3,300-feet, where its body shimmers with light, disguising its shape from predators and prey. With long, jaggedy razor sharp teeth, and a wide-opening jaw, it can easily swallow prey that is more than half its size. It also has four rows of photophores - two on each side of its stomach - which emit blue light. 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 Power Wheels with a leaf blower mod.
The Large Hadron Collider has just set another record by smashing together lead-ions at 1,045 trillion electron-volts - two times higher than any previous experiment - and reaching a temperature of several trillion degrees. "It's a tradition to collide ions over one month every year as part of our diverse research programme at the LHC..This year however is special as we reach a new energy and will explore matter at an even earlier stage of our universe. At the beginning of life in the universe, matter existed as an extremely hot, dense medium. The soup-like medium was composed mainly of quarks and gluons, which now work together to form protons and neutrons," said CERN Director-General Rolf Heur. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Here's another look at NASA's fascinating aerogel, which is currently the world's lightest solid (graphene version that is) with a composition of 99.8% air and 0.2% silica gel - it feels like fragile expanded polystyrene to the touch. Also known as "Blue Smoke", this material can withstand a 1-kilogram dynamite explosion and shield precious objects, such as the space shuttle, from a flame that exceeds 1400° C. Despite its weight, it can support over 1,000 times its own weight. Production of aerogels is done by the sol-gel process. First a gel is created in solution and then the liquid is carefully removed to leave the aerogel intact. Continue reading for three more videos and information.
People have mistaken this creature for a real-life Pokemon, but in reality, it's just the Venezuelan Poodle Moth, first discovered in 2009 by zoologist Arthur Anker, and the rest is internet history. Its bizarre-looking antenna as well as physical characteristics have caused researchers to believe that it's actually a new species of moth, belonging to the lepidopteran genus Artace. Physical characteristics include white fur, bulging black eyes and a brown antenna. Continue reading for two more videos and additional images.
Here's a fascinating look at the Ghost Shark family, which consists of the dark ghost shark (Hydrolagus novaezealandiae) and the pale ghost shark (Hydrolagus bemisi). Both of these are shortnose chimaera of the family Chimaeridae, found on the continental shelf around the South Island of New Zealand in depths from 30m to 850m. This shark species are taken almost exclusively as a by-catch of other target trawl fisheries. Continue reading for another video and more information.
A bizarre event took place in Los Angeles, CA yesterday, as the ground began moving sideways in slow-motion, and rising 15-feet in a mere 4-hours. The roads in some areas were destroyed, which knocked down utility poles and wrecked infrastructure to boot. The two mile section of Vasquez Canyon Road had to be closed until further notice because of the strange phenomenon. Click here to view more pictures of the destruction. Continue reading for an aerial drone video of the area, broken roads and all.
Liquid Ass is probably something you've seen, or at least heard about, online, but one thing you may not know is that the product was created by two engineers. The product was created years ago when engineer Alan Whitman was still in high school - his parents had given him a chemistry kit and he used the ingredients to invent a smell that had a whiff of "butt crack, kind of sewer smell, with a little hint of dead animal in there." The gag wasn't exactly useful until 10-years-ago, when he left his engineering job at a trucking company. So, he teamed up with another engineer, Andrew Masters, and "Liquid Assets" was born. Despite having financial responsibilities outside of their newly formed company, Whitman and Masters each pooled in $18,000 towards production and marketing. The rest is history, because now Whitman, who handles emails and orders, only works about an hour a day, while Masters does the rest. The two go into their manufacturing plant in North Carolina about a couple of times a month to do some bottling. Get some here now. Continue reading for more prank videos and information.
The O'Neill cylinder is essentially a space settlement design proposed by American physicist Gerard K. O'Neill in his 1976 book The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space. An O'Neill cylinder would consist of two counter-rotating cylinders. The cylinders would rotate in opposite directions in order to cancel out any gyroscopic effects that would otherwise make it difficult to keep them aimed toward the Sun. Each would be 5-miles in diameter and 20-miles long, connected at each end by a rod via a bearing system. They would rotate so as to provide artificial gravity via centrifugal force on their inner surfaces. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and additional information.
Say goodbye to beverage coolers, and hello to Earth Cooler, developed by Danish company eCool. This contraption basically holds up to 24 regular-sized cans, and is installed by simply burying it completely beneath the surface, or just any place with soil - garden, terrace, etc. The only tools required are either a garden shovel or a garden drill to make the hole deep enough. The top of the cooler is so well insulated that it maintains the same temperature throughout. Continue reading for a video animation of how it works.