Six Flags San Antonio has officially debuted their all-new 4D Batman "free-fly" roller coaster, which will open to the public on May 23. This attraction propels riders straight up a 120-foot elevator-style lift, and then flip them 360° head-over-heels at least 6-times as they careen around the track, which also includes a pair of stomach-churning 90° drops. Park marketing director Jeffrey Siebert says: "Not only does it flip head over heels, but you're actually seated on the side of the track with nothing above you and nothing below you. You're completely in the blind, so you really do need Batman-style bravery, not necessarily a Batman suit, but bravery to come and challenge this crazy ride." Continue reading for footage of the actual ride in-action.
For 92-year-old female ex-World War II pilot Joy Lofthouse, there's no better way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day than by flying through crystal-clear skies in a Spitfire fighter plane, just like the one she piloted in 1945 as a member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary. Continue reading for a video and more information.
For the first time in over 42-years, Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted, creating a mesmerizing scene of smoke plumes and ash shooting into the sky. There was a second eruption that shot red-hot rocks skyward, producing an extraordinary display of volcanic lightning. The volcano sent ash more than 6 miles skyward, increasing concerns that the dust could contaminate water, trigger respiratory illnesses and halt more flights. Authorities evacuated 4,000 people and they closed access to the area around the volcano, which lies near Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
The Hatton Garden heist may sound like something straight from a movie (Ocean's 11), but it's a real robbery that happened in London. Approximately 72 safe deposit boxes were raided at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd in central London over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Inside the main vault, discarded safe deposit boxes, power tools, including an angle grinder and concrete drills, as well as crowbars, were discovered. Above, we see a 45cm (17.7in) wide hole made by a heavy duty drill in which the thieves used to enter the vault. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Fort Knox, also known as The United States Bullion Depository, is an ultra secure fortified vault building located within the U.S. Army post of Fort Knox, Kentucky. The exact contents of the United States Bullion Depository are unknown as there has never been an approved full audit since the early 1930s, but some say that it it holds roughly 3% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history. One thing you may not know is that during World War II and into the Cold War, until the invention of different types of synthetic painkillers, a supply of processed morphine and opium was kept in the Depository as a hedge against the US being isolated from the sources of raw opium. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how to get a message to your dad in space.
Researcher Brian Kubicki discovered a new species of glass frog that looks just like Kermit from The Muppets, complete with translucent skin so you can see its insides. Officially named Hyalinobatrachium dianae, it was found in the mountains of eastern Costa Rica Its 'advertisement call' consists of 'a single tonal long metallic whistle-like note with a duration of 0.40-0.55 s...and a dominant frequency of 3.35-3.44 kHz'. This call is used to find a mate in the mountain forests. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
At first glance, this looks like any other vending / recycling machine, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize that it dispenses food for stray animals in exchange for plastic bottles. Istanbul, Turkey is known for its high number of strays, with some estimating as many as 150,000 stray dogs alone. Pudgeon has built a vending machine just to take care of that problem, dispensing food and water in exchange for recycled plastic bottles. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
In Russia, land slides you, or at least that's what internet meme experts have been saying. One thing's for sure, many would start running immediately at the sigh of soil and rubble creeping towards them as if it had a life of its own. A Russian YouTube user managed to capture this bizarre earthflow phenomenon, a rare type of landslide, on video. Technically speaking, it's a viscous flow of fine-grained materials, such as clay / sand / silt that have been saturated with water and moves downhill due to the pull of gravity. As it runs down a slope, the earthflow remains covered with any vegetation and typically leaves a bowl-shaped depression behind. Continue reading for the video and more information.
Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot depicts incredible photos of environmental damage caused by overpopulation, including Agbogbloshie (above), a digital dumping ground in Ghana. To be more specific, it's the center of a legal and illegal exportation network for the environmental dumping of electronic waste (e-waste) from industrialized nations. Basel Action Network, a small NGO based in Seattle, has referred to as a "digital dumping ground", where they allege millions of tons of e-waste are processed each year in Agbogbloshie. Continue reading for more.
At first glance, you wouldn't imagine there being an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert, that is unless...you're talking about Ubari, a Berber-speaking oasis town and the capital of the Wadi al Hayaa District, in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. For those interested in visiting, it has short, but very warm winters, and extremely hot summers. With the average annual rainfall hovering around 0.31-inches - one of the lowest found on the planet - the region sometimes goes decades without seeing any precipitation at all. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.