This block of metal that is so light, and its density so low, that it floats on water, but despite its appearance, it can also withstand intense pressures. Motherboard visited the laboratory of Nikhil Gupta, an NYU Polytechnic University researcher who is designing some of world's strongest materials, in conjunction with researchers at Deep Springs Technology. "Syntactic Foam" is a metal that looks and feels solid, but at the edges of any given piece of material, you can see holes because the spherical particles don't always line up with the edge. These hollow particles, of course is what makes the metal so light. The foam is 44% stronger than similar, aluminum-based foams, while each individual sphere can withstand pressure of more than 25,000 pounds per square inch before breaking - roughly 100-times the pressure exerted by water coming out of a fire hose. Click here to view the first image in today's Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of homemade, 3D-printed automatic sunglasses.
Bran Castle, situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Now, you have a chance to win a one-night stay at this creepy establishment. "Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great grandnephew, will answer your knock on the castle's imposing wooden doors. He will be your host for the night, and resident expert on Transylvanian lore. Enter the castle and explore the labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors, creepy nooks, and squeaky staircases while there is still light in the sky. You may traipse through all fifty-seven rooms, from lofty tower lookouts to deep dark crypts, and even enjoy an incomparable view of the Carpathians from the terrace as the sun makes its final descent. But once darkness comes, retreat inside. Unexpected guests have been known to come knocking in the moonlit hours," according to the AirBnB page. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a little girl who waved at a cargo ship and got more than she bargained for.
Hollow Spy Coins are designed to hold items such as miniSD cards, or other sensitive information, and look exactly like real currency. These are exact replicas of the real spy coins that CIA and KGB agents used during the Cold War, including matching the "real" weight. Once closed, they are absolutely indistinguishable from regular coins to the naked eye, and can be handled normally without any chance of an accidental opening. A special device is supplied with each covert coin, without which it's next to impossible to open up the coin. Get them here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why shark cages are a lie.
Sleeping inside a cave is one thing, the Yunak Evleri Hotel lets guests choose from seven different cave houses carved directly into the side of a rocky hill for a total of 40 private rooms. All of them feature hand-crafted furnishings, antiques, an ensuite bathroom, and a private patio overlooking the Turkish Mesa to top things off. The main lobby is housed in a 19th-century Greek mansion, which also boasts a music room, business room, meeting rooms, and passage to the rooftop terrace for breakfast. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
You're not looking at an Endor still from a Star Wars movie, just the Montana Magica Lodge, located in the center of Chile's Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve. After crossing a swinging rope bridge, guests at the 13-room guest house get to experience water eruptions daily that sends water running down the volcano-like structure. Other activities available at the resort, include: wild-course mini-golf, where the holes form part of the natural terrain, hiking and South America's longest zip line. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the moon's surface shot by a Japan's SELENE mission.
Any paranormal researchers and / or enthusiasts have probably heard of the infamous "cammo dudes" at Area 51, but did you know that they're not military personnel at all, but rather employees of private security firm, EG&G Technical Services, Inc.? That's right, they guard the outer perimeter of this base, and can be seen in either white Jeep Cherokees or in newer Ford / Chevy trucks. The most common sightings are usually atop a hill near the signs at Groom Lake Road, watching traffic on the road through high-powered binoculars. Once the sun sets, many have seen them patrolling Highway 375 between Groom Lake Road and Rachel at all hours, using night vision goggles when necessary. If any unauthorized persons cross the borders, they'll be detained immediately and arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff, along with a mandatory $750 fine. Continue reading for five more interesting things you may not have known about Area 51.
Researchers are claiming that 2,000-meters beneath the Bermuda Triangle lies one, possibly two, huge crystal pyramids that could explain the disappearance of several planes and ships. "There is always a mystique about pyramid structures. The "fact" that this is built of crystal provides it with a further coating of mystery and power, which implies it it generates magical healing and paranormal forces. As with most claims we need to dig deeper and find out if such a building exists, and if it does how does it correlate with the disappearances inside the Bermuda Triangle," said researcher Nigel Watson to MailOnline. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Hundreds of millions of Monarch Butterflies from Canada and the United States make a 2,500-mile journey to "Butterfly Forest", or to be more specific, the forests of Michoacan, Mexico, each year. The butterflies start arriving in late October to make their winter home in the trees high up in the mountains of the natural reserve, where they will spend the next 5-months clustered together. The Michoacan Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is most beautiful during the months of February and March, right before the winged insects begin their long journey home. Continue reading for three more strange places from around the world that actually exist.
Santiago Sanchez, a 69-year-old man from western El Salvador, has been digging a massive hole / tunnel ever since allegedly receiving a vision from God about 18 years ago. Each day, at around 3am, he climbs down and starts carving away at the rough surface, and when the day is done, 90-pounds of rock and debris needs to be transported away. "What I am doing is a spiritual revelation from God. Nobody knows what God is going to demand from you. Only I am allowed to go to the end, because I am God's tunnel digger. Nobody else is allowed to go there," said Sanchez to a local TV station. Continue reading for three more bizarre, yet true, stories you've probably never heard about.
A British man claims to have discovered a mermaid-like creature washed up on an empty Norfolk beach at Great Yarmouth. In the video he captured, we get a glimpse of what appears to be a decaying body straight from The Walking Dead, but with a fish tail, lying on the sand. The mid section appears completely human, while the tail and head have miraculously stayed relatively intact, despite the conditions. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video that will twist your mind while trying to unravel time travel paradoxes.