Just about everything looks cooler in super slow motion, especially so if shot in 4K, including a popcorn kernel exploding. This video, shot by Warped Perception using a Phantom v2512 (the "World's Fastest Digital Ultrahigh-Speed Camera" maxes out at 30,000fp. It's so detailed that you can see the kernel squirm right before it recoils into a delicious seam. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a massive alligator spotted at the Florida Nature Center.
Energy Observer is a ship unlike any other, since it draws energy from nature without damage or waste. It combines various sources of renewable energies to produce its own hydrogen from seawater and store it on board. "If there's no sun or wind, or if it's night, stored hydrogen - generated by electrolysis powered by the solar panels and two wind turbines - will take over. We are going to be the first boat with an autonomous means of producing hydrogen," said Victorien Erussard of France. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining why Star Wars could take place in our universe.
MIT researchers have created one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene into a sponge-like configuration with a density of just 5%, while having the strength 10 times that of steel. In its two-dimensional form, graphene - the two-dimensional form of carbon - is thought to be the strongest of all known materials, but researchers have had a hard time translating that strength into useful three-dimensional materials until now. 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 fat bike caught in an electric fence.
The CMS Magnetics Magnetic Ferrofluid Set is great for experiments, and it's being offered for only $27.86, today only, originally, $39.99. What is Ferrofluid? In short, it is a liquid that responds to magnets and magnetic fields. The longer answer is ferrofluid is an extremely fine powder, coated with a soap-like material called a surfactant, suspended in a mineral oil liquid base. Product page. Continue reading for another experiment video and more information.
Ever wonder what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in our night sky, without having to wait 4.5-billion-years for it to collide with the Milky Way? Photographer Sandro Casutt who lives in a remote Swiss village shows us with these amazing images. These are essentially two photos stitched together of Andromedia and the Zervreila Mountain Lagoon region in Switzerland. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Cilian Murphy's screen test for Batman Begins.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a protected seed bank, located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, close to Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, around 1,300-kilometers from the North Pole. Conservationist Cary Fowler, in partnership with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), began the vault in 2008 to save a wide assortment of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. As of March 2016, there are approximately 864,309 seed varieties in the vault. The vault is situated in permafrost at a constant 3-4° Celsius below zero to aid in preservation. All of the seeds are stored in four-ply sealed envelopes, then placed into plastic tote containers on metal shelving racks, while storage rooms are kept at -18°C. 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 showing what happens when you drink heavy water.
Astronomers recently detected six bursts of radio signals that appear to originate from the constellation Auriga, each lasting few milliseconds. Some researchers are claiming these bizarre bursts of energy could be a sign of intelligent extraterrestrial life trying to contact humans. What's really puzzling is that this detection follows 11 previously recorded outbursts from the exact same location, named "FRB 121102," the only known repeater of fast radio bursts (FRBs). Continue reading for a video of the five most mysterious signals detected from space. Click here for a few bonus UFO sightings from around the world.
Designed by Studio Roosegaarde, the "Smog Free Tower" has so far filtered billions of PM2.5 fine particles out of Beijing's polluted air. That's right, in the span of just 41-days, this tower has scrubbed 30-million m3 of air, or roughly the volume of 10 Beijing National Stadiums. Locals have nicknamed it the "clean air temple," drawing comparisons to China's famous pagodas. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of things you'll probably only see in China.
Finally, the world's first solar road has opened in Tourouvre-au-Perche, a small village in Normandy, France. Currently, there is only 1-kilometer of panels installed, and it could generate enough electricity to power the street lights. Unlike the ones you see on homes, these panels have been covered in a silicon-based resin capable of withstanding the weight of cars (and trucks). French Ecology Minister Segolene Roya Royal aims to cover at least 1,000-kilometers of highway in France with solar roadways, and possibly powering an entire city. 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 explaining all the different lightsaber colors.
Stunning images taken by Geoff Robinson Monday show the dunes of the Sahara Desert covered with a dusting of snow, contrasting nicely with the crests of orange sand after just the second snowfall there in living memory, and the first since February 1979. "Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away," said the photographer. Aproximately 10,500 years ago, heavy monsoon rains transformed the desert from a state similar to how it is now into habitable land that allowed people to move away from the lush Nile Valley. Unfortunately, that lush period ended between 7,300 and 5,500 years ago, prompting people to move back to the Nile and the start of what we now know as ancient Egypt. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never golf on a frozen lake.