Not quite as advanced as the "stacks" seen in Netflix's Altered Carbon, but startup Nectome claims they can perfectly preserve human brains for use in the future when technology will enable them to transfer their consciousness to a computer. How? The company says that they will be able to survey the neural connections within the brain and reconstruct a person's memories long after they have died. Two caveats: co-founder Robert McIntyrehe says the service is "100 percent fatal" for clients, since the brain has to be pumped full of embalming chemicals while still fresh and it will cost you $10,000 for the privilege. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an insane giant lighter.
British physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England during the early hours of this morning at age 76. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever," said professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency. Continue reading for a fascinating documentary and more information.
Power banks are convenient, but what if there was a more efficient way of charging your mobile devices while on the go? Introducing "Energy Strip," a solar-powered tape of sorts that can be stuck onto just about any flat surface. Of course you'll need to find a place with abundant sunshine, but once the strip has been securely attached, just leave it for a few hours before attempting to charge something via the built-in outlet. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy and Starman launches.
Who or what created the Big Bang? We will most likely never know, but this time-lapse does attempt to show the very beginning of our universe to present day. "On a cosmic time scale, human history is as brief as the blink of an eye. By compressing all 13.8 billion years of time into a 10 minute scale, this video shows just how young we truly are, and just how ancient and vast our universe us. Starting with the big bang and culminating in the appearance of homo sapiens, this experience follows the unfolding of time at 22 million years per second, adhering closely to current scientific understanding," according to the video's creator. Continue reading for a video showing the scale of the universe.
Dr. Peter Neff, along with a few other scientists, decided to do an experiment and drop a small piece of ice 90-meters down a borehole on Taylor Glacier, an Antarctic glacier about 54-kilometers long, flowing from the plateau of Victoria Land into the western end of Taylor Valley, north of the Kukri Hills, to see what would happen. They discovered that it made a very cartoon-like sound effect when it reached the bottom. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Not just any tire, the Goodyear Oxygene has actual living moss in the center that draws moisture in from the road, consumes CO2 and then outputs oxygen, similar to plants. The company says that if every car in Paris was equipped with them, it would remove approximately 4,000-tons of CO2 each year, or the equivalent of removing about 4,500 cars from the road. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Let's face it, bionic hands are quite expensive to say the least, with some of the higher-end prosthesis costing up to $120,000. Open Bionics aims to change that, with a 3d-printed bionic hand that offers the same functionality priced at under $1,200. How does it work? Well, after 3D scanning the wearer's residual limb, a prosthetic design is made with modeling software, and then both the hand as well as its socket, are 3D printed. All the mechanical components of the hand can be 3D printed, thus making it a cost-effective alternative to the traditional, expensive prosthetic. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining why Bluetooth sucks.
Bottle launchers are nothing new, but this "Plasma Coil Bottle Launcher" takes things to the next level. Simply put, this weapon of sorts consists of heavy plastic tubing mounted to a custom-cut rifle stock. It was then attached to a small propane torch before shooting bottles up to 100-feet. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a katana folding saw.
Sure, many photos of tiny cats found online have been doctored, but the rusty-spotted cat that you see above is not one of them. One of the cat family's smallest members, it weighs only 2-pounds and has short grey fur over most of the body, with rusty spots over the back and flanks, while the underbelly is white with large dark spots. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Brazil was recently hit with heavy rains and flooding, which caused the Rio da Prata and Olho D'Agua rivers to overflow into the surrounding rainforest. This created an underwater fantasyland at the Rio da Prata Ecological Preserve, complete with crystal clear water. A park guide said that this phenomenon is quite rare and that water levels returned to normal by the end of the day. Continue reading for a video showing how the preserve looks on a normal day and more information.