An ultra rare pink bottlenose dolphin known as "Pinky" was recently spotted at a Louisiana lake by Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service, who first photographed her in 2009. Its stunning pink coloration is thought to be caused by a genetic fault. "The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws. I have spotted it about 40 to 50 times in the time since the original sighting as it has apparently taken up residence with its family in the Calcasieu Ship Channel," said Rue. Continue reading for more pictures and additional information.
The Black Knight satellite, the name that has been given to an object captured on camera by NASA astronauts during a 1998 space shuttle mission, is said to be of extraterrestrial origin, possibly up to 13,000 years old orbiting Earth in near-polar orbit. This footage from August 2015 was taken from NASA's ISS camera and shows a strange object floating seemingly at the same speed as the space station before slowly fading away. Continue reading for another video on the Black Knight and additional information.
Vantablack is a substance made of carbon nanotubes and is currently the blackest substance known, absorbing a maximum of 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. To be more specific, it's composed of a forest of vertical tubes which are "grown". When light strikes vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected between the tubes before eventually becoming heat. This substance has many potential applications, including preventing stray light from entering telescopes, and improving the performance of infrared cameras both on earth and in space. Vantablack may also increase the absorption of heat in materials used in concentrated solar power technology, as well as military applications such as thermal camouflage. The emissivity of Vantablack and scalability support a wide range of applications Continue reading for more interesting photos.
Videos of a mysterious fireball exploding over Bangkok, Thailand began surfacing online Monday morning (September 7), and while the incident occurred at 8:40am local time, the clips showed a meteor-like object streaking the sky, before suddenly flaring up and then disappearing on the horizon, leaving behind a trail of smoke. "People should not worry because they are no larger than 10 meters and most of them entirely burn up in the atmosphere," said Suparerk Karuehanon, an academic at the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. Continue reading for another video from a different viewpoint and more information.
Why just chop wood, when you could obliterate it, with a V8-powered chainsaw? Meet Predator, a 2-man chainsaw powered by a 300-horsepower V8 engine, capable of cutting through a 3' log in less than a second. One problem...it weighs over 500-pounds. However, if a logging job requires 2-second runs, then look no further than this monster. Continue reading for two more videos.
There are drones, and then "Swarm", a "super drone" / "manned aerial vehicle" powered by 54 counter-rotation propellers and six grouped control channels with Hobbyking stabilization. To protect the pilot, a polycarbonate dome was installed. The craft has a maximum take-off weight of approximately 362-pounds and can remain in the air for about 10 minutes on a single charge. Continue reading for a video on the latest in military drone technology.
Barry Craig taped a Superman action figure to a DJI Phantom 3 drone - lightbridge digital streaming allows live viewing of 720p video - and decided to fly it over Victoria Park in London. This is probably as close as you'll get to a bird's eye view of what the superhero sees during actual flights, complete with music from the official Superman soundtrack. "Londoners spending their days in Victoria Park should rest a little easier knowing that Superman is looking out for them, anyway," says Fast Company. In related news, continue reading for a video of Boeing's new drone-destroying laser.
The MirrorCube looks like some sort of optical illusion at first, but it's actually just one of the coolest tree hotels you'll ever come across. Nestled in a beautiful Harads, Sweden forest, this mind-boggling structure was designed by the team at Tham & Videgard architects, consisting of a lightweight aluminum that features walls made of reflective glass, helping the structure blend in with the surrounding nature. Continue reading for two ore videos and additional information.
Researchers have discovered an "alien plughole" on Mars with an enormous slab of water ice just beneath the crater, measuring 130-feet thick, that defies explanation. "There have been a lot of climate changes between now and the tens of millions of years ago when we suspect the ice was put there. But it shouldn't be stable today, and other past climates of ice instability in this region mean the ice should've sublimated away into the dry Martian atmosphere by now. So, that's what we need to investigate.
What kept the ice around all this time? There's no climate model that we have now that explains this," according to Shane Byrne, associate professor in University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Continue reading for another video of Mars anomalies.
Another week, another Mars mystery, and this time, it's a Star Destroyer-shaped anomaly. Spotted by researcher Scott C Waring, he said: "I found this anomaly in the latest Curiosity Rover photo. The black object looks like a crashed UFO...the spacecraft was only about 2.5 to 3 meters across, so it probably only held a few passengers. There is only one photo of the ship. The rover usually takes many of each area, but not this one. Perhaps tomorrow it will take more." Continue reading for a video about water on ancient Mars.