The probability of this happening to Earth is almost zero in the next few billion years, but if our planet did stop spinning suddenly, the atmosphere would still be in motion with the original 1100 mile per hour rotation speed at the equator. All of the land masses would be scoured clean of anything not attached to bedrock, and swept away into the atmosphere. If the process happened gradually over billions of years, or 1 rotation every 365 days, a condition called 'sun synchronous' would occur. This means every spot in the Earth would have permanent daytime or nighttime all year long. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy Silver Surfer costume.
Biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented a living lamp that could light up buildings and streets all the while cutting CO2 emissions. It's powered entirely by a tube filled with glowing green algae, or to be more specific, the lamp uses the energy created by photosynthesis to power the light within, while the gel lives on CO2 in the air outside. These lamps can store the energy collected for later use, and a single lamp could absorb approximately 1-ton of carbon from the air in a single year. 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 man who falls flat on his face while playing a VR climbing game.
Say goodbye to ugly solar panels, and hello to the Tesla Solar Roof. The roof itself is made from textured glass tile with integrated solar cells, which are nearly indistinguishable from normal roofing tiles, but are completely transparent to the sun. The tiles are hydrographically printed, making each one unique, or in other words, no two roof systems will be the same. When launched, buyers will be able to choose from four different models: Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile. While the new Powerwall 2 can store 14 kWh of energy, with a 5 kW continuous power draw, and 7 kW peak. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Faraday's new Tesla competitor.
Arden Warner has devised an innovative way of cleaning up oil spills by organically magnetizing oil by adding ground magnetite. The viscous material then binds to the magnetite and is able to be pulled along when a magnet sweeps by, thus allowing spills to be quarantined, and removed from the ocean. Warner's goal is to create a system of containment booms which collects the magnetized oil and draws it into a container with a magnetized base. The oil will then be separated from the water and the magnetite will be drawn downward, making the collected oil good as new. 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 how to cut string with your bare hands.
This block of metal that is so light, and its density so low, that it floats on water, but despite its appearance, it can also withstand intense pressures. Motherboard visited the laboratory of Nikhil Gupta, an NYU Polytechnic University researcher who is designing some of world's strongest materials, in conjunction with researchers at Deep Springs Technology. "Syntactic Foam" is a metal that looks and feels solid, but at the edges of any given piece of material, you can see holes because the spherical particles don't always line up with the edge. These hollow particles, of course is what makes the metal so light. The foam is 44% stronger than similar, aluminum-based foams, while each individual sphere can withstand pressure of more than 25,000 pounds per square inch before breaking - roughly 100-times the pressure exerted by water coming out of a fire hose. Click here to view the first image in today's Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of homemade, 3D-printed automatic sunglasses.
Tsar Bomba was the Western nickname for the Soviet RDS-220 hydrogen bomb, code name Vanya. It was tested on October 30, 1961, and remains the most powerful human-made explosion in known history. Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb had a yield of 50-megaton TNT, and a maximum yield of 100-megatons if it were to have included a U-238 tamper, but because only one was built, this theory was never demonstrated. Continue reading for five more cool facts about Tsar Bomba. Click here for a few bonus images of actual nuclear explosions over the years.
Why stay on a houseboat, when you could live in a jellyfish lodge? This floating, solar-powered structure boasts an aquaponic garden where four kinds of fish could be raised, in addition to plants like lettuce, basil, and oregano. However, what really sets this apart are its tentacles, which trap floating garbage and test water level toxicity. That's right, dirty water passes through these tentacles into round microbial chambers that purify water, and return it to the water system once its four spherical cistern tanks are full. No luxury is spared, as each lodge also features a comfortable living area, kitchen, bedroom, and compost toilet inside the bell area. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of "Singularity", a fascinating short about AI.
The Chernobyl Disaster was a nuclear catastrophe that occurred on April 26, 1986 in the No.4 Light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat. After six months of investigation, in December 1986, they discovered, with the help of a remote camera, an intensely radioactive mass in the basement of Unit Four. Measuring more than 2-meters wide and weighing hundreds of tons, they called it "the elephant's foot" for its wrinkled appearance. The mass was composed of sand, glass and a large amount of nuclear fuel that had escaped from the reactor. The concrete beneath the reactor was steaming hot, and was breached by solidified lava and spectacular unknown crystalline forms termed chernobylite. Continue reading for five more things you may not know about the Chernobyl Disaster. Click here for a few bonus images.
Water Seer appears to be an anemometer used to measure wind speed at first, but the device is actually planted 6-feet in the ground, while the top holds a vertical wind turbine, which spins internal fan blades to draw air into the subterranean chamber. Since the underground chamber is cooled by the surrounding earth, water condenses in the reservoir to create an artificial well, from which safe drinking water is produced around the clock. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Concrete Canvas Shelters are unlike any other since these rapidly deployable hardened structures require only water and air for construction. That's right, a 25-square-meter model can be deployed by 2 people without any training in under 40 minutes, and is ready to use in less than 24-hours. Continue reading for another video and more information.