The HouseW in Duiven, The Netherlands, seamlessly blends old architecture with modern style. According to the architects (Studio Prototype), the facade consists of "diagonal directions and is translated to a timber cladding of western red cedar battens. They are as slender as possible, creating tension with the heavy brick of the existing dwelling. Aluminum profiles are used to attain subtle transitions between materials and spaces. The diagonal pattern is opened up on several strategic positions, working as a privacy screen." Continue reading for more.
Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish belonging to the small family Regalecidae. They are found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen. The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales like "The Serpent of Gloucester" and so forth. The tales that have come from these odd creatures have struck fear into the hearts of many people before they knew what it was. Although the larger species are considered game fish and are fished commercially to a minor extent, oarfish are rarely caught alive; their flesh is not well regarded due to its gelatinous consistency.
The community of Wytheville, Virginia experienced a series of UFO encounters in 1987, with the first sighting being made by three policeman who were all former military. On October 7, 1987, WYVE radio station news reporter Danny Gordon received a telephone call from the local Sheriff about this incident. Two weeks later, on October 21, Gordon, along with his friend Roger Hall, a commercial pilot, took a drive to the southern part of Wythe County, where most of the UFO reports had originated. During their drive home both men spotted a large, domed, wingless object moving toward them. Roger Hall said that the object was the size of two football in length, there were three windows on the craft, light coming out from the inside, and a red ball moving toward what he felt was a mother ship. Continue reading for more.
A railgun is basically an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor. A railgun comprises a pair of parallel conducting rails, along which a sliding armature is accelerated by the electromagnetic effects of a current that flows down one rail, into the armature and then back along the other rail. Continue reading for more.
NGC 6302, also known as the Bug Nebula or Butterfly Nebula, is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius. The structure in the nebula is among the most complex ever observed in planetary nebulae. Due to its composition, when observed with a telescope, its shape reminds many of a butterfly. Continue reading for five things you may not have known about this nebula.
Love homemade pizza, but hate the preparing everything? Meet Foodini. This 3D food printer is designed to automates some of the tedious cooking preparation process. For example, it can print individual ravioli instead of the cook having to make the dough and fill and assemble each individual piece themselves. Sure, it's not fully-automated, but it definitely speed things up to say the least. Continue reading for more.
Lake Hillier is a lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. The most notable feature of the lake is its pink color. The color is permanent, and does not alter when the water is taken in a container. Although the source of the pink colour has not been definitively proven in the case of Lake Hillier, the pink color of other salt lakes (e.g., Pink Lake) in the region arises from a dye created by the organisms Dunaliella salina and Halobacteria. Continue reading for more.
September 29 is National Coffee Day and for those who love the brewed beverage, make sure you head on over to McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, or Dunkin Donuts for a free cup of joe (or many). Starbucks is also offering a free cup of coffee, but just a sample size of its Anniversary Blend until noon. While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event. It was promoted in Japan by The All Japan Coffee Association and first celebrated in 1983. Continue reading for five interesting facts.
One geek decided to visit a tattoo parlor with a Phantom high-speed camera in-hand to record a video showing why getting these body modifications hurt. Technically speaking, the machine's needles move in an up-and-down motion, carefully pushing the ink just below the surface of the skin. Since damage to your skin is minimal, many people don't bleed at all. On top of that, the tattooist will also be constantly wiping up your skin to clean off any traces of blood. Continue reading for more interesting facts.