MIT researchers reveal their latest project, “auto-inflatables,” which explores the design space of self-inflating structures. How do they work? Well, by using chemical reactions as a source of carbon dioxide on-demand, the team was able to induce a wide range of interaction-triggered transformations in their designs, including changes of shape, volume, texture, temperature, color, and movement. With these techniques, self-contained actuation can be achieved without the need for external hardware to activate material changes, making them great in safety devices (helmets, vests, etc.). Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the possibility of life on Venus.