Inventor Colin Furze is back at it again, and this time, he's created a palm-mounted liquid nitrogen blasters, turning you into Ice Man from X-Men, or so we'd like to think. Simply put, it consists of a "Cryopack", which is filled with LN2, connected to a palm dispenser that's activated at the flick of a wrist. He demonstrates his creation by freezing a plant, water and even a dummy's burned head. Continue reading for a "making of" video.
There's a new electric race car, called "Grimsel", in the news, and it's not from Porsche, Tesla, BMW, etc., but rather a group of AMZ (Academic Motorsports Racing Zurich) students from Switzerland. It has set the new Guinness world record for the fastest electric vehicle, thanks to a 31-pound carbon-fiber moncoque that features an aluminum honeycomb core. The entire vehicle weighs in at just 370-pounds, with each wheel being powered by an in-hub, 50-horsepower electric motor developed by the students themselves. 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 group of rejected X-Men characters.
Spanish startup Giik teamed up with scientists from the University of the Basque Country and food researchers at Azti Tecnecalia to create the world's first blue wine. Why? They wanted "to shake things up a little and see what happens. To create something new. Something different." The wine itself consists of a blend of red and white grapes harvested from vinyards in La Rioja, Zaragoza, Leon and Castilla-La Mancha, while the bluish tint is from anthocyanin, a natural pigment in the grapes' skin, as well as indigo. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Roughly 40-years-ago, in 1976, then chemistry teacher Roger Bennatti at George Stevens Academy, in Maine, opened a fresh Twinkie and placed it on top of the chalkboard for observation. Today, the experiment continues because mold refuses to grow on unofficially the world's oldest Twinkie. The recommended shelf-life of a Twinkie is 25 days, but this particular specimen has been sitting in a glass case for four decades while retaining its classic shape. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Cabot Guns took a real Gibeon meteorite that crashed on Earth approximately 4.5-billion years ago - discovered in Namibia - and turned it into a real firearm. "It hasn't been done before and that's the kind of thing that drives me. Meteor is rare, more so than terrestrial precious metals and I wanted to create a set of guns that were formed from a material that had intrinsic value," said Rob Bianchin, founder of Cabot Guns. Called the "Big Bang Pistol Set," the two handguns were created using X-rays, 3-D modeling, electron-beam welding, and EDM wire cutting. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
A Tesla coil is basically an electrical resonant transformer circuit invented by Nikola Tesla around 1891, and used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity. Modern high-voltage enthusiasts usually build Tesla coils similar to some of Tesla's "later" 2-coil air-core designs. This is what happens when you take a long-exposure photo of one of these coils in-action. That is just one of the many simple, yet oddly satisfying, things that have gone viral on the internet. Other examples include: a perfectly arranged box of dice, an extremely round rock, burned out sign, tower of SpaghettiOs and lots more. Continue reading to see all the pictures.
The mimic octopus is essentially a species of shape-shifting octopus capable of impersonating other local species and/or predators. They can instantly change their skin color and / or texture in order to blend in with their environment, such as algae-encrusted rock, a poisonous sea snake, and even nearby coral through pigment sacs known as chromatophores. It's currently the only known marine creature that can imitate as diverse a range of forms in order to elude predators. 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 someone who hacked a black & white television for HDMI gaming fun.
Professor Ningyu Liu of the Florida Institute of Technology's Geospace Physics Laboratory used a high-speed camera to capture lightning strikes over Melbourne, Florida at 7,000 frames per second. About 70% of lightning occurs over land in the tropics where atmospheric convection is the greatest. This occurs from both the mixture of warmer and colder air masses, as well as differences in moisture concentrations, and it generally happens at the boundaries between them. Continue reading for another video showing amazing upwards lightning.
We covered the XStat Rapid Homeostasis System back in December, when it first received FDA approval, but now, the device has saved its first life on the battlefield. The syringe is filled with cellulose sponge tablets that are coated with a homeostatic agent that grows rapidly to fill the wound. They absorb blood pumping into the area, and plug the cavity to allow clotting to begin near instantly. In its first real world application, a soldier's femoral artery was damaged by a gunshot wound, and the XStat syringe was used to fill the wound, enabling him to become stable and be transported to a definitive care facility. 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 the ultimate grappling hook, and just how difficult it is to use one.
Cockroaches are one of the few creatures that could possibly survive a nuclear apocalypse, but a team of Japanese researchers wanted to find a less destructive solution to ridding homes of these pests. So, the team at Earth Chemicals created a "mega cockroach trap", or in other words, a platform covered in a highly sticky substance. To test its effectiveness, they filmed a lab coat, an athlete, and a sumo wrestler's fruitless attempts to cross it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of seemingly gravity-defying jumpers.