Ever wonder just how much wind a human can withstand without any permanent damage? Well, NASA found out with this crazy wind blast test from 1946. To be more specific: "Test conducted in 1946 where a human subject was exposed to blasts of air. The test was performed at NASA Langley Research Center's 8 ft High Speed Tunnel." Continue reading for another NASA centrifuge gravity simulation test from the 1960s.
Astronomers have just discovered Wolf 1061c, a rocky planet that has more than 4-times the mass of the Earth. At just 14-light-years away, it's currently the closest potentially habitable planet found outside our solar system. "It is a particularly exciting find because all three planets are of low enough mass to be potentially rocky and have a solid surface. The middle planet, Wolf 1061c, sits within the 'Goldilocks' zone where it might be possible for liquid water - and maybe even life - to exist," said lead study author Dr Duncan Wright of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Continue reading for another video on Super Earths and more information. Click here to view more potentially habitable planets and space pictures.
Are you a US citizen with a bachelor's degree in science, math or engineering? Then you might want to consider becoming a NASA astronaut for future missions to the red planet, and you could earn as much as $144,566 per year. "The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft during their careers: the International Space Station (ISS), two new commercial spacecraft being built by U.S. companies, and NASA's Orion deep-space exploration vehicle," said the job description. Apply here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a fire hose taking on a flamethrower.
Astronomers might have discovered a 'Super Earth' orbiting our sun that's located 6-times further than Pluto, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile. The team from Sweden and Mexico noticed mysterious objects crossing their field of view as part of separate studies. Skeptics say the objects are just super-cool brown dwarfs, or cosmic bodies that never burn fusion at their core. "Until the nature of the source becomes clear, we have named it Gna. Unless there are yet unknown, but significant, issues with ALMA observations, we have detected a previously unknown objects in our solar system," said Wouter Vlemmings, an astronomer at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. 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 a multi-touch speed chess table that will blow your mind.
Mars may be known as "The Red Planet", but it's so much more than that, as it's home to the tallest mountain in the solar system, as well as other beautiful sights, and these photos show why. This is the fourth planet from the Sun, and the last of the terrestrial planets. Similar to other planets in our solar system (besides Earth), Mars is named after a mythological figure - the Roman god of war - and thought to be the case due to the blood-red color of the planet, which was also used by other ancient cultures. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of milling machines devouring steel.
Some researchers and conspiracy theorists believe that NASA is covering up the remains of an ancient civilization on Mars. Their latest finding was captured by Opportunity rover and described as a "man-made dome" that appears to have been built by intelligent beings, or so they'd like to think. There's reportedly glow or light in the middle of the dome, which is evidence that it may be reflecting sunlight. "What if we are looking at the ultimate evidence that proves the red planet was in fact inhabited in the distant past by beings that developed across the red planet just as humans developed across Earth? While it could be some sort of natural rock formation, that would need to be extremely strange, we cannot dismiss the fact that we could be looking at the remains of an alien structure on Mars," said website Unsilent Majority. Continue reading for a video of the supposed dome entrance and more information.
A Neptune-sized planet, called GJ 3470b, located 100-light-years away, is believe to have Earth-like blue skies. Astronomers spotted the blue skies as it transited across its parent star and analyzed light scattered by tiny particles in its atmosphere using a technique known as Rayleigh scattering. It's believed to have an atmosphere rich in molecules such water and methane. Continue reading for more information.
Astronomers have received five unidentified radio signals that originate from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. However, that is the strange part, as in these "fast radio bursts," there was a "double signal," which has never heard before, leaving researchers baffled. A comparable discovery would be the "WOW Signal", a strong narrowband radio wave found by Jerry Ehman in 1977, in which he circled the characters "6EQUJ5", distinguishing them from all the other 1s and 2s on the field of data. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a functional skateboard guitar.
Satoshi Tomizu is a skilled glass artist from Japan that puts the universe in tiny eyeball-sized glass marbles for his "Space Glass" series. He adds air bubbles, opals, flakes of gold as well as other decorative pieces to transform simple glass into a scene that's out of this world. As you can probably guess by just looking at the pieces, his work has won several international awards. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
The Black Knight Satellite is a popular topic among conspiracy theorists, and now, there's a full short film about the mysterious object supposedly orbiting Earth. Produced by Pepsi, "Black Knight Decoded" tells the story of a father (David Oyelowo), his daughter (Layla Crawford) and his co-conspirator (Pinto) on their quest to decode radio signals transmitted from the mysterious satellite. Their efforts to respond was thwarted by the government, and so the group relies on support from communities around the world to come together to communicate universal messages of hope, unity and peace. Most of the space footage was captured by UrtheCast's ultra high-definition cameras aboard the International Space Station. Continue reading for a video about the real Black Knight Satellite.