A team of researchers, lead by physicist John Howell, have created a real-life invisibility cloak. Called the Rochester Cloak, it's made from a combination of optical lenses, and basically, any object that passes behind a certain line of sight can be made to disappear from view. More specifically, a simplified four-lens system is used to bend light around any objects you put into the middle of the chain, or in other words, you're able to see the area in the background as normal, but not the item in the foreground. 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 why Apple needs Samsung.
Scientist Francois Gissy now has a project that tops his Ferrari-beating jet-powered bicycle with a 207-mph top speed, and it's a water-powered trike that does 0-62 mph in just 0.55 seconds, while topping out at 162-mph top speed in just the 1/8th mile. This homemade creation was made from a motorcycle front fork, go-kart rear wheels, and a carbon-fiber-wrapped aluminum tank that holds 35 gallons of rainwater at 6000 psi of pressure. 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 the LEGO Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon.
Photographer JunHo managed to capture the Great American Eclipse up-close, and in 4K quality, using a 2160mm f/12 telescope, Panasonic GX85, and a RST-150H robotic mount by RainbowAstro to trace the edge of totality. "RST-150H weighs only 3.5kg (7.7 lbs) but carries up to 15kg (33 lbs) of optical equipment without any counter weight. RST-150H mount is specially programmed to trace Sun's peripheral during total eclipse period to match C2 and C3 contact moments. This allows us to catch breath stopping moments of Sun set and rise over the Moon's horizon," said JunHo. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date earlier today, and it's claimed to be an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile. This prompted the threat of a "massive" military response from the United States if it or its allies were threatened. As opposed to the relatively simple atomic bomb, the hydrogen bomb can be 1,000 times more powerful, because it uses fusion - or atomic nuclei coming together - to produce explosive energy, rather than fission. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
You've probably seen, or at least heard of, RenovaCare's SkinGun over the past few years, but now, it's finally available to medical professionals worldwide - still awaiting approval in US. Simply put, it sprays a patient's own self-donated (autologous) stem cells to treat burns and other wounds. It's used in conjunction with a technique that isolates adult stem cells from a postage stamp-sized sample of the patient's own skin for application to the wound site, where they differentiate into normal skin. This treatment can replace conventional methods of treating severe wounds, such as skin grafting. Studies demonstrate that damaged skin tissue regenerates after skin gun treatment significantly more quickly than after traditional treatment methods. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the mysterious blog of Lost Lagoon.
Forget solar panels, researchers from Exeter University have invented glass building blocks embedded with small solar cells. This means they not only generate their own energy, but also provide thermal insulation, while allowing natural light to enter buildings. Called "Solar Squared," the solar cells are embedded during the manufacturing process with an array of optical elements. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
Jack Davis, a 9-year-old New Jersey describes himself as a "Guardian of the Galaxy", and is hoping to land a job at NASA as a "Planetary Protection Officer". In a letter the agency posted online , Jack said that he has seen all the space and alien movies possible, and is great at video games. "We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us. At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers," said NASA Planetary Science Director James Green. Continue reading to see both the original letter to NASA and their response.
That's right, NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) with a salary of $124,406 - $187,000 depending on experience. "The Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) is responsible for the leadership of NASA's planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions. The PPO also supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection," said NASA. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA is exploring manned missions to Mars, and the RS-25, in the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket system, will be what they use to get there. Their most recent tests had engineers fire the engine for 500-seconds to inspect the flight controller as the engine burned in place. The SLS will be powered by a total of four RS-25 engines, combined with solid rocket boosters, to produce 8-million pounds of thrust to propel the Orion spacecraft skyward. The Orion will be tested on an upcoming mission to orbit the moon. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of video games, casually explained.
A truck full of hagfish, along with gallons of slime they produced, caused chaos on the lanes of US 101 in Oregon last Thursday. According to the Oregon State Police, these creatures were being transported to Korea for consumption. The Tesla you see above, along with other vehicles, were covered in a thick mucus, which can expand into 20 liters when combined with water. Continue reading for another video and more information.