It's official, the twenty-fourth James Bond film is called "SPECTRE" (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion), and will feature a brand new Aston Martin DB10. Set for release on November 6, 2015, this film will begin shooting tomorrow in these locations: Pinewood, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud (Morocco), as well as in Austria at Solden, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee. Continue reading for the official announcement video and more information.
The Wow! signal was essentially a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while he was working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of Ohio State University. It lasted for the full 72-second window that Big Ear was able to observe it, but has not been detected again. Amazed at how closely the signal matched the expected signature of an interstellar signal in the antenna used, Ehman circled the signal on the computer printout and wrote the comment "Wow!" on its side. This comment became the name of the signal. Continue reading for more strange mysteries.
Renato Barros, a 56-year-old Portuguese citizen purchased a small island on Funchal harbor, in Maderia, Portugal, for $31,000 and named it the Principality of the Pontinha, anointing himself Prince Renato II. Pontinha is just the size of a one-bedroom house, and has only four citizens - Barros, his wife, and his two children. In addition to his Portuguese passport, Barros holds a passport for Pontinha with the number 0001. He says: "I am whatever I want to be - that's the dream, isn't it. If I decide I want to have a national song, I can choose it, and I can change it any time. The same with my flag - it could be blue today, red tomorrow. Of course, my power is only absolute here, where I am the true sovereign." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you turn on sprinklers in -48°C weather.
The Winter Storm Bozeman was a particularly severe lake-effect snowstorm originating from the Great Lakes region, with areas in and around Buffalo, New York, particularly the city's southern suburbs, receiving snowfall totals in the range of 5-7 feet. Impacts were wide-ranging, including several professional sporting events, though economic impacts were not immediately known. With a forecast for warmer temperatures and rain, fears quickly arose for potentially severe flooding as a result of melting snow. The maximum snowfall recorded from the storm was 88 inches (220 cm) in Cowlesville, a hamlet within the town of Bennington, New York. Continue reading to see how crazy it really got.
Euro banknotes are known for their colorful designs and various sizes, but when it clashes with US currency, you get these sleek designs by artist and designer Travis Purrington. These notes blend vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalism, with Chicago's Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and space exploration on the fifty-dollar note. Continue reading to see the other redesigned banknotes.
Lunar Mission One, a British-lead venture, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to send a drill-equipped robotic lander to mine the moon's south pole. The phase will raise $950,000 if everything goes according to plan, financing Lunar Mission One's planning and management activities during the initial phase of what will be 10 years of preparation to build up toward launch in 2024. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Slated to open in 2017, the Skyscraper roller coaster will tower 570-feet over Orlando's International Drive, with construction beginning next year. According to Bill Kitchen, founder of the coaster's maker, US Thrill Rides: "The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced." Continue reading for a virtual ride and more information.
Residents in Russia's Sverdlovsk region witnessed a gigantic fiery flash in the night sky on November 14, 2014 at approximately 6:39 pm local time. Since many motorists have dash cams (due to insurance fraud) there are lots of amateur clips of the event that have been uploaded online. There are some that capture it head-on, while other people managed to get a side view of the object. Reddit users say it was likely a bright fireball meteor, but officials have not yet stated there was one detected at that time. Continue reading to watch both clips.
You've probably seen, or at least heard, of the 262-foot hole that appeared in Siberia a few months ago, but now researchers have descended into what local residents call the "End of the World" crater. The leader of this current expedition,V ladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, says: "I have heard about this idea of a phenomenon like the Bermuda Triangle, but I repeat, our scientists need to work on their materials first and only then draw some definite conclusions." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Here's another look at a few new pages that were just released of the Voynich Manuscript, an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum in the book pages has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404-1438), and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912. No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. The mystery of the meaning and origin of the manuscript has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript the subject of novels and speculation. Continue reading to see more.