Think of the HyperSub MSV, described to be a "multipurpose sub-sea vehicle," as what happens when a speedboat meets submersible. Developed by HSP Technologies, it can smoothly coast over water, dock like a regular boat, and the capability to submerge itself up to 500-feet underwater. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Biosphere 2 is basically an Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona that serves as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about the planet, its living systems, and its place in the universe. The 3.14-acre structure remains the largest closed system ever created. Unfortunately, it was only used twice for its original intended purposes as a closed-system experiment: once from 1991 to 1993, and the second time from March to September 1994. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
Developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, Sans Forgetica is designed to help boost your memory, and based on a font called Albion. How does it work? The substantial modifications basically force readers to spend more time reading each word, allowing the brain to engage in deeper cognitive processing. "Sans Forgetica lies at a sweet spot where just enough obstruction has been added to create that memory retention," said the researchers. Continue reading for a video on the science behind it and more information.
Let's face it, even though Antarctica is a beautiful barren landscape, it can get quite boring there, especially since summer is just around the corner with the sun up nearly 24-hours a day. Astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux decided to have some fun by cooking up a meal and seeing just how quickly it would freeze in the -94°F temperatures, or at least bringing a few cooked items from the base. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Nintendo Entertainment System is an 8-bit home video game console that was first released in 1985, but did you know that in South Korea the system was called the Hyundai Comboy? If not, Love Hulten's PYUA is probably another NES console you never knew existed. Unlike its predecessor, this system can play both NES and Famicom cartridges, thanks to an NT Mini PCB chip, while scaling images up to 1080p for HD gaming. Continue reading for a bonus video, more pictures and information.
Stuart Humphryes posted an interesting colorized historical photo, taken in September 1943 at Towan Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, that appears to show a man in a brown suit using a mobile phone. "British war workers escape to the seaside - this Cornish beach was photographed in September 1943," said Humphryes. Many on social media were quick to claim that this man had to be a time traveler. Continue reading for a full-sized cropped shot of just the man.
If you hate spiders, this scene may appear to be straight from a horror movie, but unfortunately (or fortunately), it's a real 300-metre-long (1,000-foot) spiderweb found in the western Greek town of Aitoliko. It blankets everything from trees to shrubs near a lagoon on the shores of the town, and was spun by spiders from the genus Tetragnatha, which are also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong officially set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, but many have dug into the original footage and photos to discover that the footprints don't quite match his boots. Well, there's good reason for that and it's because of the overshoes with treaded soles that he wore as part of the Apollo/Skylab A7L suit. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Photo credit: Richard Barnes & Dora Somosi via Colossal
Unlike other homes, ReActor, by artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, is a 360° rotating home, measuring 44-feet by 8-feet, that balances on a single 14-foot tall concrete column. Its movements are caused by its inhabitants, as well as outside forces, such as wind. The symmetrical timber structure has been divided in half, with each artist getting their own living quarters, while a shared bathroom is positioned at the center. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
Say goodbye to carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects 10% of the American workforce, and hello to "The Tap Strap". This futuristic device isn't a piece of jewelry, but rather a wearable keyboard that looks like brass knuckles of sorts. This virtual keyboard is compatible with iOS or Android devices, and has applications in the accessibility field, offering the vision impaired a speedier way of composing messages. Simply place your fingers through fabric loops, and each finger represents one of five vowels, while tapping a combination of fingers gets you different letters. Continue reading for another video and more information.