Hair ice probably isn't what you think, but something much stranger. It's basically a type of ice that forms on dead wood and takes the shape of fine, silky hair. Meteorologist and discoverer of continental drift, Alfred Wegener, described hair ice on wet dead wood in 1918, assuming some specific fungi as the catalyst, a theory mostly confirmed by Gerhart Wagner and Christian Matzler in 2005. They can maintain their shape for hours and sometimes days. This long lifetime indicates that something is preventing the small ice crystals from recrystallizing into larger ones, since recrystallization normally occurs very quickly at temperatures near 0°C. Continue reading for more.
Ever wonder where the Bank of England keeps its 400,000 gold bars? In a secret vault hidden underneath the streets of London, and you can rest assured, that even if you were to find it, getting inside for even a look would be next to impossible. According to one anonymous bank worker, the huge doors are opened with 3-foot-long keys, and the locks on them also require a password. Continue reading for more ultra secure locations located around the world.
These mysterious blue objects washed ashore at San Francisco's Ocean Beach, and while they look like something out of a sci-fi flick, they're actually just Velella. In other words, jelly-like "purple sails" that are known to flood California beaches in the springtime. Fortunately, they make for some interesting photos and land wherever the breeze takes them. Continue reading for more.
The Sun has a mass of 2*10^30 kg, which is about 300,000 times greater than the mass of the Earth. Mass depends on the amount of matter in an object. Weight on the other hand, varies with respect to local gravity, however the Sun is not sitting near any other planet's gravitational field. On a related note, since the radius of the moon is about 1,080 miles, approximately 64.3 million moons could fit inside the Sun if it were hollow. Continue reading for more interesting space facts.
No, you're not looking at a futuristic space station, just the 9h capsule hotel in Japan. Nestled in Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, 9h features 125 modern capsules spread over 9-levels, complete with separate male and female quarters, designer locker rooms, showers, as well as a lounge. Every guest receives a sleek 9h amenity kit during the $65/night stay, which includes: bottled water, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, slippers and optional lounge wear. Inside the capsules, guests will find a Panasonic alarm clock, controlled lighting, curved mattresses and pillows made of four different materials to maximum comfort. Continue reading for more.
The Horsehead Nebula (above) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion, located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. It was first recorded in 1888 by Scottish astronomer Williamina Fleming on photographic plate B2312 taken at the Harvard College Observatory. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse's head when viewed from Earth. Continue reading for more.
To really make it in this world, lots of hard work and some luck are required. These students put in the hard work, and with some luck, these cool inventions just might change the world. Our favorite? Definitely the Spidey Suit, despite the dangers that may come with it. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Jibo, the world's first family robot.
Want to go on a virtual trip around the world? There's no better place to do so than with Google Earth (and Maps). Thanks to Street View and other technologies, you're able to walk the streets as if you were actually there, minus any moving cars or people. Above, we see a herd of water buffalo at the Kigosi Game Reserve in Tanzania (4°17'21.49 S, 31°23'46.46 E). Continue reading for more.
The beautiful marble cave you see above is located on a peninsula of solid marble bordering Lake General Carrera, a remote glacial lake that spans the Chile-Argentina border. It was formed by 6,000+ years of waves washing up against calcium carbonate. The smooth, swirling blues of the cavern walls are a reflection of the lake's azure waters, which change in intensity and hue, depending on water levels and time of year. Continue reading for more majestic and breathtaking caves you can actually visit.
We'll start things off with a prototype that most gamers have seen, but others, not so much: the Nintendo PlayStation. You read that right, development of the format started in 1988, when Nintendo signed a deal with Sony to produce a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. After several years of development, Sony introduced a standalone console at 1991's summer Consumer Electronics Show called the "Play Station." The system was to be compatible with existing SNES titles as well as titles released for the SNES-CD format. However, due to licensing disagreements with Sony, Nintendo announced that it had formed an alliance with Sony's rival Philips to produce the SNES-CD add-on. Continue reading for more.