A Blue Dragon, also known as Glaucus atlanticus, recently washed ashore on Australia's Gold Coast Beach. These sea slugs are pelagic: they float upside down on the surface tension of the water, where they are carried along by the winds and ocean currents. Glaucus atlanticus is camouflaged: the blue side of their body faces upwards, blending in with the blue of the water. The silver/grey side of the sea slugs faces downwards, blending in with the silvery surface of the sea. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Category 5 hurricanes on Earth are one thing, the extremely strong winds on exoplanet HD 189733b - located in the constellation Vulpecula, also known as the 'little fox', 370-trillion-miles (600 trillion km) from Earth, are another. Not just any winds, gusts up to 5,400mph have been detected around the planet. University of Warwick researchers discovered that the wind speed is 20-times greater than the fastest ever known on Earth, at 1.2 miles per second (2km per second). Continue reading for another video and more information.
Mirai Co. partnered with GE Japan to transform a former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory into the world's largest LED indoor farm. The farm is already producing and shipping out a minimum of 10,000 heads of lettuce per day. Spanning 25,000-square-feet, it's almost half the size of a football field, and comes equipped with 17,500 LED lights spread over 18 cultivation racks reaching 15 levels high. The LEDs were specially designed for the project by GE, and emit light at wavelengths for optimal plant growth, enabling Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., to control the night-and-day cycle and accelerate production. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Here's another look at the ground-breaking ReCell Skin Gun, which works essentially like a sophisticated spray paint gun. Developed by Professor Joerg C. Gerlach and colleages of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburg's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, this method uses an aerosol system to spray on cultured skin cells, and cuts healing time to days rather than weeks or months. It uses an electronically controlled pneumatic device that does not injure the cells, while the other skin spraying devices are hand-pumped atomizers. The process, where a biopsy is taken from the patient's undamaged skin and then healthy stem cells are isolated from the biopsy and an aqueous solution containing the cells is sprayed on the burn, takes just 1.5-hours. Continue reading for another video of the process and more information.
A trio of biohackers have recently begun surgically implanting Northstar V1, a coin-sized LED chip designed to emulate bioluminscence - the type of natural light produced by fireflies and jellyfish. When placed near a magnet, Northstar lights up in a star-shaped pattern. The device itself consists of a printed circuit board - coated in silicone and powered by a 3 volt battery - with five red Surface-Mounted-Device Light-Emitting Diodes (SMD LEDs) that illuminate for 10-seconds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Researchers have discovered a rocky Earth-sized planet, named GJ1132b, that may have its own atmosphere has been spotted orbiting a small nearby star. It's around 1.2-times the size of our planet and is predominantly composed of rock and iron. This is now the closest Earth-sized planet to be discovered beyond our own solar system and is three times closer than those spotted previously. The surface of the planet may experience temperatures of between 278°F and 584°F. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Firearms enthusiast Alex has built an electromagnetic plasma rifle that appears to be straight from a video game, or the movie District 9. "Its basically just a big four foot long railgun. It just plugs into a 220v outlet and charges up a capacitor bank. I'm not sure if the neon gas is actually ionized into plasma or not since I can't see it in flight. But ionizing gas into plasma isn't too uncommon, just shooting it is (since plasma dissipates instantly unless contained within a vacuum or magnetic field). So I don't know how exactly its penetrating the metal (plasma burning through it or the copper sleeve just blasting through it) but ya, I'm sure railguns will be more and more portable and powerful over time, it's just hard to store enough energy to fire multiple shots or have it compact," said Alex. 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 someone who learns how to kickflip in just under 6-hours.
YouTube user "ZiggyZee" built a functional electric railgun - uses current to generate extreme magnetic fields that propel a conductive projectile to high speeds - and decided to test it on camera. "This was a fairly successful test- the clamps blew off 15 milliseconds AFTER the projectile had left the device. Further advances in the projectile design will allow more energy to be transmitted to the projectile. The kinetic energy is solely derived from electromagnetism-the CO2 is not great enough to overcome the friction of the rails! It is meant as a means of preventing intense heat and spot welding/rail erosion. There are 56 x 480 joule capacitors making up the power supply for a total weight of 200 lbs and 27,000 joules at 400 volts (20,500 at 350v). The railgun itself weights 50lbs," said Zee. 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 mind-blowing footage of the IHOP sinkhole.
Scientists in Japan have created glass that is nearly as strong as steel, and this new material, that is so resistant to shattering, has thousands of applications, such as smartphones. Alumina, an oxide of aluminum, is the substance used in creating the durable glass, mixed with silicon dioxide, resulting in a much stronger pane of glass. The research team expressed the chemical components into the air, where they synthesized and created a transparent pane of nearly unbreakable glass. Continue reading for an image of the material and more information.
Wendelstein 7-X is the largest fusion device created using the stellarator concept which was the brainchild of physicist Lyman Spitzer. It is planned to operate with up to 30 minutes of continuous plasma discharge, demonstrating an essential feature of a future power plant: continuous operation. The Wendelstein 7-X device is based on a five field-period Helias configuration. It is mainly a toroid, consisting of 50 non-planar and 20 planar superconducting magnetic coils, 3.5 m high, which induce a magnetic field that prevents the plasma from colliding with the reactor walls. The 50 non-planar coils are used for adjusting the magnetic field. Continue reading for two more videos and information.