For the first time ever, a team of scientists from China have managed to successfully teleport a photon from the ground to a satellite in Earth's orbit 311-miles away. This strange phenomenon occurs when two quantum objects, such as photons, share a wave function. Since they come into existence simultanously, they share the same identity, even when separated. This means whatever happens to one, happens to the other - wherever it exists. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Google's DeepMind Technologies Inc. has artificial intelligence systems that can beat the world's top Go players as well as old video game, but now, it has managed to teach itself to walk. The goal of this project was to simulate movement as a test for new machine learning techniques, or to be more specific, "flexible and natural behaviors that can be reused and adapted to solve tasks." Some of these AI agents were trained as human-like bipedals, while others as four-legged animals. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's largest Super Soaker gun.
This is not a joke, Coco Loko is a real chocolate powder from a company called Legal Lean, made specifically for people to snort. It contains cacao powder, gingko biloba, taurine, and guarana, which are commonly found in energy drinks, and supposed to boost your levels of serotonin and endorphins to increase euphoria, as well as help users to focus. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The LightYear Oneis set to become the world's first solar-powered electric production car with a 500-mile driving range, complete with a four-wheel drive powertrain that can go anywhere. The built-in solar cells on its roof enable the vehicle to generate enough power to recharge the battery during the day, which means you won't have to plug it in at night. In locales with abundant sunshine, the car can be driven for months without charging. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
It may look like a fiery sunset, but the image above actually shows a fire opal. This translucent opal boasts warm body colors of yellow to orange to red. The most famous source of fire opals is the state of Queretaro in Mexico, and are sometimes cut in their rhyolitic host material if it is hard enough to allow cutting and polishing. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus images.
The Mayak, a tiny Russian satellite, is expected to become the brightest star in the sky. It's set to be launched aboard a Soyuz 2.1v vehicle on July 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Once in orbit, at approximately 370-miles high, it will unfold to a giant pyramid-shaped solar reflector that spans 170 square feet, and is claimed to be 20 times thinner than human hair. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Researchers believe there's a Mars-sized planet lurking at the edge of the solar system. That's right, Kat Volk and Renu Malhotra studied the orbits of objects in the Kuiper Belt, the asteroid field where Pluto is located, and discovered that objects orbit at an incline relative to the rest of the solar system. These unusual orbits normally can be explained by the gravitational influence of nearby planets, but there are no existing planets that could have caused this kind of tilt. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Researchers have recorded up-close footage of a single DNA molecule replicating itself for the very first time, and it's revealed that this fundamental process incorporates an unexpected amount of 'randomness'. "It's a real paradigm shift, and undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks. It's a different way of thinking about replication that raises new questions. We've shown that there is no coordination between the strands. They are completely autonomous," said Stephen Kowalczykowski from the University of California, Davis. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
Yasuhito Teshima created White Jewel strawberries four years ago, on his farm in Japan's Saga Prefecture, by cross-breeding different types of strawberries and perfecting his growing technique in order to create a large strawberry with white flesh and skin. One important factor is reducing exposure to sunlight to slow decrease the level of anthocyanin, the natural chemical that gives fruits and vegetables their color. Currently, only 10% of his crop turn out white, with the rest featuring red patches. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Line-X is essentially a spray-on coating, used mostly on truck beds, that makes nearly anything indestructible, including pumpkins. What is it made of? Scientifically speaking, it's a mixture of two different molecules: Diphenylmethane-4,4'-diisocyanate or MDI and alpha-(2-aminomethylethyl)-omega-(2-aminomethylethoxy)-poly[oxy(methyl-1,-2-ethanediyl - both of which undergo a rapid exothermical reaction before being prepped for a spray-on application. Next, the two are kept separate under very high pressures as well as temperatures, and then fired together through a small nozzle. Continue reading for another video and more information.