As many parts of the US see the return of snow and sub-zero temperatures, it's a drop in the bucket compared to Oymyakon - the coldest village in the world. This Siberian village has recorded official lows of -59°C (-74°F) in recent days, and this week was hovering anywhere between -40°C and -50°C. There was even a new electric thermometer in the village installed in the Russian region of Yakutia that dropped even lower to -62°C, and then promptly broke due to the frigid temperatures. Residents said their readings were as low as -67°C, less than one degree off the lowest recorded temperature for a permanent settlement anywhere in the world. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Hong Kong-based James Law Cybertecture has completed the Opod Tube House, which is essentially an internet-connected home made from an old water pipe. Measuring just over 8-feet in diameter and spanning 1000-square feet of living space, the completed tube structure can comfortably accommodate one or two people over, complete with a living room bench that converts into a bed, mini-fridge, bathroom, shower, as well as plenty of storage. Click here for the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of five sock gadgets put to the test.
Game of Thrones fans may have to wait a year to watch the final season, but for now, they can stay in a custom themed ice hotel in Finland. That's right, HBO Nordic teamed up with Lapland Hotels to create a real-life Game of Thrones hotel, which was entirely hand-sculpted from snow and ice. Each one of the ten rooms features an ice sculpture, like a white walker with glowing blue eyes, an icy replica of Braavos' Hall of Faces and of course, a life-sized iron throne. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
For those who have not visited Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, or Disneyland Paris, Space Mountain is basically an indoor roller coaster attraction - indoor and outdoor in Paris - located at the six Magic Kingdom-style Disney Parks. The Space Mountain concept was a descendant of the first Disney "mountain" attraction, the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland, which opened in 1959. The Matterhorn's success had convinced Walt Disney that thrilling rides did have a place in his park. WED partnered with Arrow Development Company, the same company that had helped design the Matterhorn's roller coaster systems years before. This is what the attraction looks like with the lights on. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Yes, even North Korea has computer labs, as you can see in the image above. However, every single one of their computers runs Red Star OS. This operating system consists of a modified Mozilla Firefox browser called Naenara, used for browsing the Naenara web portal on the North Korean internet network known as Kwangmyong. The latest version, Version 3.0, like its predecessors, runs Wine, a piece of software that allows Windows programs to be run under Linux. Red Star 3.0 uses a KDE 3 desktop and resembles Apple's OS X up to Mavericks, whereas previous versions more closely resembled Windows XP. Photographer Erica Lafforgue managed to capture even more rarely seen pictures of North Korea. Continue reading to see more.
This is not an optical illusion, just real light pillars that were captured over Canada by photographer Sophie Melanson. This phenomenon occurs when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground. In this case, the air was so frigid that ice crystals were forming in the air, all the while reflecting the city's street and business lights. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Just when you thought cruise ships couldn't get any more luxurious, the Norwegian Bliss shows up. In addition to the 5-star amenities you'd expect from a luxury liner, such as nightclubs, spa, tube slides, and a casino, guests will also be able to enjoy a go-kart track and even a laser-tag arena. Ports of call this year include Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, LA, and an inaugural re-positioning cruise from London to NYC. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.
The northeast of America is currently being slammed by a "bomb cyclone" as brutal weather conditions take hold of large parts of the US. This means several inches of snow falling per hour, which occurs when a storm's barometric pressure drops by 24 millibars in a day. Trucks have been loaded with road salt and schools in New York have been closed in anticipation. The city is expected to see up to 8-inches of snow and winds of up to 50mph on Thursday. Continue reading for more amazing photos.
Freezing temperatures have transformed Niagara Falls into an ice-covered spectacle, including tree limbs encapsulated by ice, and water freezing mid-fall on the border towns in New York and Canada. It was 8° Fahrenheit on New Year's Eve at around noon, and temperatures are expected to stay in the single-digits, but won't get higher than the teens for the next week. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
The world's first entirely solar train has begun full service in Byron Bay, Australia. The Byron Bay Railroad Company equipped a heritage train with a 6.5 kilowatt (kW) solar array and flexible solar panels. It can transport up to 100 seated passengers, as well accommodating a few standing passengers, and there's even room for luggage, bikes, etc. The fare is currently $3 for adults, $2 for ages six to 13, and free for children up to age five for one-way trips. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.