Pink sand beaches form in the few regions where tropical coral reefs flourish offshore, but what gives it the color is an amalgam of calcium-rich shells and fragments of invertebrate sea creatures, from minute, single-cell protozoa to spiny sea urchins. Chiefly responsible are foram, a type of protozoan that lives in great profusion in reef environments. The microscopic red Homotrema rubrum (red foram) gets mixed in with other (predominantly white) reef debris-broken clam and snail shells, fragments of coral-and, when washed ashore, forms the island's signature pink sand. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pool party for unexpected guests.
According to Fishing Fury, this gigantic manta ray you see above is the biggest one ever captured. Measuring a staggering 19 feet, 9 inches from wing-tip to wing-tip and weighing over 5000-pounds. That's right, on August 26, 1933, this monster ray became entangled in the anchor rope of Captain A. L. Kahn's fishing boat off the shore of New Jersey. Believe it or not, a 45cm baby manta (held in the hands of Captain Kahn above) was born shortly after its mother fish was dragged ashore. Continue reading for one more picture.
Researchers have identified the bizarre creature you see above as a deep sea dragonfish, and one thing's for sure, it looks to be straight from an Alien movie. This thing not only has an oddly-shaped head, but there are also rows of sharp teeth to boot. This dragonfish lives in the deep parts of the Atlantic Ocean beyond where any plant life grows or light reaches. This habitat has caused the Dragonfish to adapt to the conditions at these depths by having light-producing organs called photophores and skeletons that better suit deep-sea life. Continue reading for more pictures.
Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nyiragongo's lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption - a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft). Continue reading for more amazing facts.
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. Curie died in 1934 at the sanatorium of Sancellemoz (Haute-Savoie), France, due to aplastic anemia brought on by exposure to radiation - mainly, it seems, during her World War I service in mobile X-ray units created by her. Continue reading for more.
The stones you are about to see, including the raw fire opal above, are not from the Marvel universe, but rather all over planet Earth. The internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. It varies in optical density from opaque to semi-transparent. Continue reading for more.
Eyes are often the first feature we notice about a person upon meeting them, and some people just aren't happy with the color of theirs, wishing their dark corneas away in favor of an exotic shade of blue. If you fall under that category, Laguna Beach-based doctor Gregg Homer, has just the procedure for you. Utilizing a laser tuned to a special frequency, the doctor alters the cells that produce the brown coloration in the eye. After just a few weeks, the darker color begins to fade, revealing the blue pigment underneath. Unfortunately, the 20-second procedure only works for brown-eyed individuals, as they already have a bluish coloration hiding underneath. Continue reading for more crazy facts.
Not just any motorcycle, the Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle, manufactured by EVA Products BV, is based on the Track T800 CDI motorcycle. Its 800cc three-cylinder diesel engine has been engineered to run on 100% biodiesel made from bacon grease. Other modifications include, a lowered suspension, upgraded gas tank, fenders, headlights, taillights, and a new seat upholstered with genuine pig leather to boot. The company claims that it gets 100 miles per gallon and can go from 0 to 60 in six seconds flat. However, the best feature is that the exhaust smells like bacon. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what humans look like in ultraviolet light.
We recommend to never try this at home, and with that said, microwaving a compact disc can produce some really cool-looking sparks. This happens because the microwave destroys the disc's reflective metallic layer, but on a more dangerous note, this also causes arcing inside the oven, which may damage it or shorten its life. That's not all, it could also release toxic gases. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life dancing baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a water-based tractor beam. They first experimented with a table tennis ball floating in a wave tank, and then by precisely manipulating the size and frequency of three-dimensional waves, created by a wave generator to keep it in place, move it away from the generator, or even towards it. Continue reading for more information.