At first glance, the image above appears to show a diver in a lake of some sort, but in reality, it's an underground river called Cenote Angelita in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. They are common geological forms in low latitude regions, particularly on islands, coastlines, and platforms with young post-Paleozoic limestones that have little soil development. The Yucatan Peninsula contains a vast coastal aquifer system, which is typically density-stratified. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
We have seen the future of devices for the visually impaired, and it includes the FingerReader. This innovative new tool, developed by researchers at MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces group, reads aloud any braille text a user points to, and aims to replace audio-visual software which can often prove to be inaccurate and limited. Currently, the prototype device enables users to scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Ashik Gavai, a 17-year-old teenager from Mumbai, India, had an astonishing 232 teeth-like growths extracted from his mouth. The entire ordeal began when he complained about a swelling in his lower jaw and was admitted to JJ Hospital where doctors discovered that the teen had complex odontoma. This condition, commonly occurring during the teenage years, results in haphazardly arranged tooth-like growths composed of enamel, dentin, and pulp tissue. Continue reading for a video and more information.
At first glance, this may look like a Jack-o'-Lantern, but it's just the sun. NASA astronaut has just released this image in time for Halloween, which blends together two separate wavelengths usually seen in gold and yellow to create the stunning effect. "The active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy - markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona," says the government agency. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever.
Due to its reddish color, a total eclipse of the moon is sometimes referred to as a blood moon. In addition, in the 2010s the media started to associate the term "blood moon" with the four full moons of a lunar tetrad, especially the 2014-2015 tetrad coinciding with the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles. A lunar tetrad is a consecutive sequence of four lunar eclipses, spaced six months apart. Continue reading for more images and information.
Thanks to specially synthesized crystalline materials, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have invented a substance capable of absorbing and storing oxygen in such high concentrations that a mere bucketful is enough to remove all of the oxygen in a room. The substance is then able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when needed, so a few grains is enough to replace the big and bulky scuba tanks. Continue reading to see what the actual crystals look like.
Slovenian photographer Marko Korosec managed to capture a rare image of red sprite lightning for the first time. Sprites are sometimes inaccurately called upper-atmospheric lightning. However, sprites are cold plasma phenomena that lack the hot channel temperatures of tropospheric lightning, so they are more akin to fluorescent tube discharges than to lightning discharges. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an extreme cyclist who decides to scale a mountain using his bike
Approximately 3.4-million-people die each year from water-related diseases across the world. WATERisLIFE teamed up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia to do something about it. Costing just a few pennies to manufacture, "The Drinkable Book" both teaches water hygiene and serves as an advanced filter that kills deadly bacteria as well as diseases. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Scientists at the University of Geneva in Switzerland have successfully passed information from light into matter, using the teleportation of the quantum state of a photon via optical fiber cable to a receiving crystal located over 25-kilometers (15-miles) away. This experiment entailed generating a quantum entanglement of two photons using a laser, and then sending one of those entangled photons down an optical fiber while simultaneously sending the other to a crystal. The crystal basically acts as a memory store for the quantum information contained on the transmitted photon. Continue reading for the video news report and more information.
Some comic book geeks may think this beam of light was caused by Thor, but it's actually blue jet lightning. Scientifically speaking, this is a form of upper-atmospheric lightning, or in other words, electrically induced forms of luminous plasma. These are also considered a transient luminous event (TLE) because the various types of electrical-discharge phenomena in the upper atmosphere lack several characteristics of the more familiar tropospheric lightning. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a motorcyclist having a bit too much fun at a red light.