Stunning images taken by Geoff Robinson Monday show the dunes of the Sahara Desert covered with a dusting of snow, contrasting nicely with the crests of orange sand after just the second snowfall there in living memory, and the first since February 1979. "Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away," said the photographer. Aproximately 10,500 years ago, heavy monsoon rains transformed the desert from a state similar to how it is now into habitable land that allowed people to move away from the lush Nile Valley. Unfortunately, that lush period ended between 7,300 and 5,500 years ago, prompting people to move back to the Nile and the start of what we now know as ancient Egypt. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never golf on a frozen lake.
At first glance, it looks like a mobile climbing wall that mountaineers use for practice, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's the "Tiny Adventure Home" by by Tiny Heirloom. It measures just 28-feet in length, but this mini living space boasts a full dining room, kitchentte, bathroom, a large window, as well as two loft areas, one for sleeping and the other for lounging. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a teaser for Bladerunner 2049, starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
No, this isn't a supervillain lair, just "Im Fels," a volunteer fire station in the Italian Alps. Designed by Bermeister Wolf, the structure was built directly into the base of a 300-foot cliff that overlooks tilled land and is far less menacing that it may seem at first glance. The community decided upon this design to minimize the loss of valuable agricultural land in the area. Explosives were used to create the three giant rooms in the rock face, two of which are designated as garages for emergency vehicles, with the third being used for the main facilities. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Tiger Siberian Adventure Vehicle looks normal at first, but it's a mini home on wheels designed for long-term camping in remote areas. You can choose from either a 4x4 Ford F550 or Ram 5500 chassis, and the coach is hand-built from aluminum, complete with a three-point mounting system for extra comfort. Inside, you'll find a dry bath, a king / queen-sized elevated bed, plenty of LED lighting, an entertainment system, and beautiful bamboo cabinetry. Power comes from 900 amp-hours of batteries, all of which are charged by solar panels and powerful alternators, while its diesel-powered furnace, water heater, and stove top keep you warm regardless of the weather. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, known as Faz3 (Fazza) on Instagram, is not only know for his immense fortune, but amazing photos as well. He recently captured video footage and images of the Dubai skyline above the clouds, and that clip has already amassed over 1-million-views, captured from the top of a skyscraper. Thankfully, he did not attempt a Mission Impossible-inspired stunt, like Tom Cruise did in Ghost Protocol. Continue reading for more fascinating images gathered from around the web.
A landslide during 1908, in Western Norway, flooded the farmland and created what's known today as Lake Lygnstoylsvatnet, nicknamed "Norway's Underwater Atlantis". Photographer Lars Korvald recently had a chance to explore this beautiful place, and brought along an underwater camera to shoot the dive. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Finnish photographer Tiina Tormanen captured Lapland like most have never seen before, set against the shimmering colors of the Aurora borealis. "I think it's nice to show people this silent beauty. And to remind people how amazing this planet is, how much there is beauty in life itself. You know when you are born and raised somewhere, your surroundings are normal and you don't even think about them, you just take it all for granted. But after spending 15 years in the southern cities, I saw the North in a different light and was even more blown away about the beauty of what we have here. It has been long journey but once you follow your passion it will lead you somewhere beautiful in the end," said Tormanen. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Why camp in freezing temperatures, when you could stay at this cliff-hanging geometric hotel by designer Andrii Rozhko. This all-glass structure offers plenty of natural lighting, while heating the space naturally. Unfortunately, there's only two ways to stay here, either by climbing, or an expensive helicopter ride. Now we're guessing that just about everything you find here, including the meals, will cost up to 10-times more than in normal stores due to transportation costs. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer.
The Galactica Super Nova may sound like a futuristic spaceship, but it's actually a luxurious 70-meter superyacht. It's large enough to hold concerts, while reaching speeds of up to 30 knots in just 75-seconds, thanks to its innovative propulsion system, comprised of two MTU wing engines, along with a third central engine powered by a Rolls-Royce water-jet booster. Continue reading for another video (interior tour), more pictures and information.
Brett Belen is no stranger to solar electric vehicles, as he's been building them for years, but his latest project, the "Solar Electric Volkswagen Camper Van" has become a personal expedition vehicle of sorts. Featuring a roof-lined with 4,305 Watt LG panels, with 1,220 watt array pivots in the front of the van, while actuators tilt the array up to a maximum of about 40°, adjustable for maximizing output. Spinning the vehicle 180° enables Belen to position the array to catch the morning sun - at full tilt it has 40°, allowing it face the sun directly for far over 6-hours. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.