Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) announced a new Hyperloop One project that aims to link Abu Dhabi and Dubai, turning the 93-mile trip between the two busy cities into a minutes-long commute at speeds up to 700mph. Unlike previous designs, BIG's uses Y-shaped supports that elevate the Hyperloop track itself, and reportedly uses a different propulsion system from the one unveiled in Nevada, but we'll know more once it's officially unveiled on November 7th. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to use the heat from a volcano to bake bread.
Arden Warner has devised an innovative way of cleaning up oil spills by organically magnetizing oil by adding ground magnetite. The viscous material then binds to the magnetite and is able to be pulled along when a magnet sweeps by, thus allowing spills to be quarantined, and removed from the ocean. Warner's goal is to create a system of containment booms which collects the magnetized oil and draws it into a container with a magnetized base. The oil will then be separated from the water and the magnetite will be drawn downward, making the collected oil good as new. 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 how to cut string with your bare hands.
If money is no object, why cut grass or shovel snow manually, when you could get Kobi to do it? That's right, this autonomous robot can not only keep your lawn mowed during the warmer months, including using weather forecasts to know when to cut and mulching the clippings to keep your yard healthy, but a separate modules enable it to clear both your yard and driveway of leaves, as well as snow. It's powered by near-silent brushless motors and runs off a lithium-ion battery, which lets it automatically return to its charging station when it's running low on power. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Ghostbusters outtakes you probably haven't seen before.
This block of metal that is so light, and its density so low, that it floats on water, but despite its appearance, it can also withstand intense pressures. Motherboard visited the laboratory of Nikhil Gupta, an NYU Polytechnic University researcher who is designing some of world's strongest materials, in conjunction with researchers at Deep Springs Technology. "Syntactic Foam" is a metal that looks and feels solid, but at the edges of any given piece of material, you can see holes because the spherical particles don't always line up with the edge. These hollow particles, of course is what makes the metal so light. The foam is 44% stronger than similar, aluminum-based foams, while each individual sphere can withstand pressure of more than 25,000 pounds per square inch before breaking - roughly 100-times the pressure exerted by water coming out of a fire hose. Click here to view the first image in today's Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of homemade, 3D-printed automatic sunglasses.
Why stay on a houseboat, when you could live in a jellyfish lodge? This floating, solar-powered structure boasts an aquaponic garden where four kinds of fish could be raised, in addition to plants like lettuce, basil, and oregano. However, what really sets this apart are its tentacles, which trap floating garbage and test water level toxicity. That's right, dirty water passes through these tentacles into round microbial chambers that purify water, and return it to the water system once its four spherical cistern tanks are full. No luxury is spared, as each lodge also features a comfortable living area, kitchen, bedroom, and compost toilet inside the bell area. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of "Singularity", a fascinating short about AI.
Lockheed's U-2, also known as "Dragon Lady", is a single-jet engine reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, ultra high-altitude (70,000-feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. It has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes. Continue reading for more cool facts about the U-2. Click here for a few bonus images.
Kai Kloepfer, a 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, lives about 35-miles from the Aurora movie theater shooting that killed 12 people, an event that inspired him to develop a fingerprint-activated gun. This smart gun uses biometric and encryption technology to only activate when in contact with the right fingerprint. "When the owner picks it up, or somebody the owner has chosen, the gun will work for them. But if a child finds it, a teenager tries to use it to commit suicide, or even if...an assailant disarms a police officer, then the gun is locked and unable to be used," said Kloepfer. 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 installing a 1000W LED on a drone.
It's only a matter of time before we see a Tesla watercraft, or at least one that is powered by the company's batteries, but until then, the E-Vision GranTurismo should whet your appetite. This high-tech boat comes equipped with two powertrains mounted symmetrically on the left and right, providing speed that is independent of vibrations or engine noise., while solar panels up ensure that it runs completely on clean energy. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of liquid nitrogen skating on different fluid surfaces.
The Russian military has unveiled a new "Death Ray" of sorts, or to be more specific, a microwave gun that can blast an unmanned drone, a missile, or even an aircraft, from up to 0.6-miles away. It will mainly be utilized to target enemy drones, deactivating their radios, causing them to lose control. "Working models of these weapons have been already developed and proved their effectiveness. This is a completely new type of weapon that has no equals either in this country or anywhere else in the world," said a United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) representative. Continue reading for a video on directed-energy weapons and more information. click here to view a few bonus images of strange things people have actually seen in Russia.
Water Seer appears to be an anemometer used to measure wind speed at first, but the device is actually planted 6-feet in the ground, while the top holds a vertical wind turbine, which spins internal fan blades to draw air into the subterranean chamber. Since the underground chamber is cooled by the surrounding earth, water condenses in the reservoir to create an artificial well, from which safe drinking water is produced around the clock. Continue reading for another video and more information.