Surfing Polar Vortex

Photo credit: Devon Hains Photography
The last thing you’d expect for someone to do in the midst of a polar vortex is probably surfing in the frigid waters, but that’s exactly what Daniel Schetter decided to do on Lake Superior. Fortunately, photographer Devon Hains was there to capture all of the action. According to Hains, the photos were captured across two shoots: one on January 27 and other on January 30. The temperature was around -3° F, but the windchill was about -30° F. Read more for additional pictures. and information.

Vantablack Darkest Material

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Developed by Surrey NanoSystems in the United Kingdom, Vantablack is currently the darkest known material on Earth, absorbing up to 99.96% of visible light (at 663 nm if the light is perpendicular to the material). It’s composed of a forest of vertical tubes “grown” on a substrate using a modified chemical vapor deposition process (CVD), so when light strikes the material, instead of bouncing off from it, the beams become trapped and is continually deflected amongst the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat. This is what a basketball looks like when coated in Vantablack.

Jupiter Venus Moon

In astronomical terms, a conjunction occurs when two celestial objects or spacecraft have either the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude, usually as observed from Earth. Jupiter, Venus and the Moon all appeared in the sky earlier today, but did you know that the two objects involved are not actually close to one another in space? These conjunctions between two bright objects close to the ecliptic, such as two bright planets, can be seen with the naked eye, without the need for a telescope. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.

Arctic Fox Photographer Camera

Photo credit: Stefan Forster via Peta Pixel
Stefan Forster, a landscape photographer from Switzerland, was shooting in Greenland during September 2018 when he spotted a wild white Arctic Fox. As many already know, most animals shy away from humans, but after hiding and crawling for about 3,300 feet, this majestic animal encounter happened, and it was all captured in a 50-second video. Read more for another video and additional pictures.

Xiaomi Folding Mobile Phone

Xiaomi president and co-founder Lin Bin has confirmed that the company will be releasing a folding mobile phone by posting a teaser on Weibo earlier this week. Unlike similar devices previewed by its competitors, this flexible device can fold on both sides, and the UI automatically adjusts. “After tackling flexible folding display, four-way folding hinge, flexible cover tech, MIUI adaptation and other technical challenges, we have made the first foldable phone, and should also be the world’s first dual-folding phone. This symmetrically dual-outer-folding form factor perfectly merges the experience of a tablet and a phone, it’s both practical and beautiful. Even though it’s still a prototype, we’re showing it to you all. Feel free to share, comment and like. If you all like it, we will consider mass producing it. Also, we would like to give this prototype a name. What do you think? I have two: Mi Dual Flex, Mi MIX Flex. Suggestions are welcome,” said Bin’s post on Weibo. Read more a collection of fascinating images from around the web.

Bullet Time How To
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Technically speaking, bullet time is a visual effect that detaches the time and space of a camera (or viewer) from that of its visible subject, or a depth enhanced simulation of variable-speed action and performance found in films, most notably “The Matrix”. This term is actually a registered trademark of Warner Bros., formally established in March 2005, in connection with the video game The Matrix Online, first been used within the original script of the 1999 film. If you don’t have a high-speed camera, read more to see how you can achieve this effect for free.

Meteorite Lunar Eclipse Moon

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Astrophysicist Dr. Jose Maria Madiedo spotted a meteorite hitting the moon during the total lunar eclipse and managed to capture it on video. He observed the meteorite flash through Spain’s “Moons Impacts Detection and Analysis System” (MIDAS), which is run by the University of Huelva and the Institution of Astrophysics of Andalucia. It uses data from several astronomical observatories throughout the country to track flashes on the moon’s surface and gather information about the rate of lunar impacts. “We employ an array of telescopes endowed with high-sensitivity cameras that monitor the lunar surface in order to detect these events,” said Madiedo. Read more for another video and additional information.

Robot Scientist Amniote

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Ever wonder how the earliest land animals moved? If so, you’ll be glad to know that scientists, led by evolutionary biologist John Nyakatura at Humboldt University in Berlin, have used a 290-million-year old fossil skeleton to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life. This four-legged plant-eater lived before the dinosaurs and believed to be called a “stem amniote”, or an early land-dwelling animal that later evolved into modern mammals. It fascinates scientists “because of its position on the tree of life,” said Nyakatura. The team partnered with robotics expert Kamilo Melo at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to develop a model of how the creature moved before building OroBOT. This robot is made of motors connected by 3D-printed plastic and steel parts and “helps us to test real-world dynamics, to account for gravity and friction,” said Melo. Read more for a compilation of interesting images gathered from around the web.

NASA Juno Great Red Spot Jupiter
NASA’s Juno space probe recently captured an incredible image of two powerful storms brewing near Jupiter’s iconic Red Spot during a recent flyby in late December. It was approximately 23,000 to 34,000 miles from the top of the planet’s clouds at the time. “Two massive storms in Jupiter’s turbulent southern hemisphere appear in this new image captured during my latest flyby of the planet. The storm reached its current size when three smaller spots collided and merged in the year 2000. The Great Red Spot, which is about twice as wide as Oval BA, may have formed from the same process centuries ago,” said NASA. Read more for a video and additional information.

Sony A6400

The Sony Corporation today introduced the latest addition to its E-mount mirrorless camera lineup – the a6400 (model ILCE-6400). This camera brings Sony’s most advanced technologies from their acclaimed full-frame lineup to a compact, lightweight 24.2MP APS-C camera, and it’s designed for vloggers. Featuring the world’s fastest autofocus (AF) acquisition of 0.02 seconds, while also introducing the new advanced “Real-time Eye AF” and “Real-time Tracking” capabilities. Plus, it’s capable of high-speed shooting at up to 11 fps with AF/AE tracking, while utilizing a next-generation BIONZ X image processing engine that produces excellent image quality, 4K video recording, a fully 180-degree tiltable LCD touch screen and more. Read more for two hands-on video, additional pictures and information.