Situated near Lidzbark Warminski in Poland, this glowing blue bicycle path is illuminated by phosphor, a synthetic material that lights up after being charged by sunlight. That's right, it can emit light for 10-hours after it collects the energy that enables it to glow at night. While the luminophore particles in the bike lane material can emit a variety of colors, the designers chose blue since it seamlessly blended in with the surrounding landscape. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Invented in 1963 by NASA's Steve Papell as a liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a pump inlet in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field, a ferrofluid is basically a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. They are colloidal liquids made of nanoscale ferromagnetic, or ferrimagnetic, particles suspended in a carrier fluid (usually an organic solvent or water). Each tiny particle is thoroughly coated with a surfactant to inhibit clumping. Continue reading for five more interesting things you may not have known about ferrofluids.
UltraTech's Ultra-Ever Dry is a spray that keeps almost anything dry when the material is completely coated. That's right, its superhydrophobic and oleophobic coating repels almost any liquid, while using nanotechnology to cover the object and create an air barrier on its surface which considerably improves adhesion and resistance to abrasion. Ultra-Ever Dry is a two part (top and bottom) protection coating system which uses the principles of nanotechnology. The bottom coat bonds to the material and acts as a primer. It protects against corrosion and also provides a consistent material for the top coat to bond to while interacting with the top coat to self-assemble the surface, creating finely textured geometry. This surface is comprised of patterns of geometric shapes and billions of interstitial spaces which together with the nanoparticles grab air molecules and create a layer of air like an "air-umbrella". Get some here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to turn a bullet shell into an emergency whistle.
The military is currently building railguns that can be as a weapon, relying on electromagnetic forces to achieve a very high kinetic energy of a projectile. Ziggy Zee decided to create his own version, in the form of a railgun tank. "The railgun was upgrade to 35,000 joules. A scope was added for increased accuracy and a breach loading system was added for decreased reloading time (vs. muzzleloading). A RoboteX robot was obtained to increase the mobility of the largest homebuilt mobile railgun. There are 70 x 6000 microfarad capacitors. We drove these to 410 volts for a total of 35,000 joules," said its creator. 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 how much it would actually cost for humans to live on the moon.
Congress has just passed a bill that gives NASA a $19.5-billion budget to send a manned crew to Mars, but under one condition...it must happen within the next 25 years. "In order to maximize the cost-effectiveness of the long-term exploration and utilization activities of the United States, the Administrator shall take all necessary steps, including engaging international academic, and industry partners to ensure the activities in the Administration's human exploration program balance how those activities might also help meet the requirement of future exploration and utilization activities leading to human habitation on the surface of Mars," states the bill. Continue reading for another video on the colonization of Mars and more information.
Getting too close to an active volcano probably isn't the best idea, but when you're a professional photographer, nothing is off limits. Bryan Lowry, a photographer with 25-years of experience, falls under this category, as he decided to cook up breakfast on some hot lava. "The two eggs cooked almost immediately. The second one unfortunately did its thing right when I was adjusting the camera.
Turns out I could have let it be but, at that time of day with the bright morning sun, it was hard to tell if the focus was good.
Still interesting to see how it cooked," said Lowry. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's largest ship elevator in China.
Forget laser eye surgery, the Ocumetics Bionic Lens by Dr. Garth Webb takes will improve eyesight up to three times better than 20/20. It would be implanted in patients after their eyes have fully developed around the age of 25, and would replace the natural lenses in the eye, giving the wearer super vision. "This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before. If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away. I think this device is going to bring us closer to the holy grail of excellent vision at all ranges - distant, intermediate and near," said Webb. 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 ultra low fighter jet flybys in the Welsh mountains.
Water-Gen has created machines that draw moisture directly from the air to produce clean drinking water, and some of these devices can yield up to 825-gallons of water per day. Available in three models, they all utilize an array of plastic 'leaves' that collect warm humid, with the smallest consumer-sized device capable of producing 4-gallons each day. All you need is a connection to an energy source, costing just 10-cents in energy usage per gallon. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Le Passage de Gois is a periodically flooded passage leading to the island of Noirmoutier in France. It's situated between Ile de Noirmoutier and Beauvoir-sur-Mer, and flooded twice a day by the high tide. Despite the flooding, there is a foot race, the Foulees du Gois, held every year across it, starting at the onset of the high tide. Even more surprsing, the Passage du Gois was used by Tour de France bicycle race during Stage 2 in 1999. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an insane homemade water-cooled 72,000-Lumen flashlight.
Elon Musk has big plans for his space ventures, and it includes sending humans to the Red Planet. He announced, at Code Conference 2016 in California: "I think, if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025. The basic game plan is we're going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards. They occur approximately every 26 months. We're establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on for cargo." Both cargo and humans will be sent by an Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), formerly known as Mars Cargo Transporter (MCT). Continue reading for another video on Mars. Click here for new images of the planet captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.