It’s not everyday that you hear about a rare blood type, much less one that only 43 people are confirmed to have worldwide, with 9 of them being donors. It’s called Rh-null, or “Golden Blood”, and is highly prized for blood transfusions. What makes it so special? Well, humans all have red blood cells with 342 antigens, which produce antibodies, and theirblood type is determined on the basis of the presence or absence of these antigens. Approximately 160 of 342 blood group antigens are prevalent and your blood type is considered rare if you lack antigens that 99% of the people are positive for. The 342 known antigens belong to 35 blood group systems, and Rh, or ‘Rhesus’, is the largest, with 61 antigens. What if you’re missing all of the 61 Rh antigens? This means that it can be accepted by anyone with a rare blood type within the Rh blood system. Read more for a video and additional information.
Homeowner Stephen Mckears, 72, was puzzled as to who was tidying up his tools in the garden shed late at night and discovered something bizarre to say the least. He asked his neighbor Rodney Holbrook, 70, to help him solve the mystery. The retired electrician first began noticing plastic clips appearing in an old ice cream tub filled with peanuts which he keeps to feed the birds before more objects began to accumulate. To make sure he wasn’t going crazy, Stephen emptied the tub each night, only to discover the mess had been cleaned by the morning. After weeks of this going on, the duo set up a trail camera to uncover the mystery guest. Read more to see what they discovered.
The Farm 51’s Chernobylite is an upcoming survival horror video game for the Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms. Set for release in Fall 2019, you play as a physicist, formerly employed at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, suffering from the loss of their loved one in the Chernobyl Disaster approximately 30-years ago, who returns to the disaster zone to look for their partner. Most of the gameplay revolves around exploring the 3D-scanned recreation of the exclusion zone, gathering supplies and tools while encountering “Stalkers” and hostile military personnel. Read more for a 30-minute gameplay trailer, additional screenshots and a link to the Kickstarter page.
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Researcher Scott Waring appears to have found an alien face on Mars in a NASA photo. To be more, he claims that this specific 1.5-meter tall sculpture was placed on a hill in a way that it can overlook a large area of Mars, and there may actually be more buried under the dirt, much like the Easter Island statues with full bodies. Read more for a video and the original NASA photo where this face was found.
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Matter Design, in collaboration with construction-research company CEMEX global R&D, researchers to devise a method of moving massive stones without the use of heavy machinery. They drew inspiration from the Moai statues on Easter Island, and came up with Massive Masonry Units (MMU’s), which uses variable density concrete, so the center of mass is calibrated precisely to control their stability to ensure that one can move them successfully into place for assembly. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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There are inventions that solve problems, and then these completely unnecessary ones by designer Matt Benedetto. Before putting any of them into mass production, he shares the inventions on Instagram to see just what social media thinks, starting with the AirPods, chopsticks and earring combo you see above. “AirStick™️ The perfect accessory for your apple AirPods. Enjoy your favorite sushi on the go and never leave your chopsticks behind,” said the designer. Read more for some of our favorites.
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Diphylleia grayi is a type of flower that looks normal at first glance, or in dry conditions, but once they touch water, the petals turn translucent, which fits its nickname of “Skeleton Flower”. They’re found in Japan’s colder wooded mountainsides and bloom from mid-spring to early-summer. Once the rain stops, the petals go back to normal as they dry. Read more for two videos of the phenomenon and additional information,
These days, you can find just about anything on eBay, including this fossil of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex, which as a “buy it now” price of $2.95-million. It’s estimated to be 68-million years old, and was first discovered in 2013, on private land in Montana. It became the property of Alan Detrich, a professional fossil hunter who found it. In 2017, the fossil was lent to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, where it was still on display when Detrich decided to put it up for auction. “Most Likely the Only BABY T-Rex in the World! It has a 15 FOOT long Body and a 21” SKULL with Serrated Teeth! This Rex was very a very dangerous meat eater. It’s a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX,” according to the listing. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Most cameras today do not need manual adjustments to compensate for an increase or decrease in light, but rarely do we capture this in-action, that is until…now. A Reddit user yesterday posted a video of a ruler being flicked off the edge of a table, first in the shadows, and then in sunlight. In areas with less light, the camera automatically slows the shutter speed to gather enough light, while the opposite is true for well-lit areas. Read more to see the effect of this transition.
Giant isopods are typically found in the cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They have uniramous thoracic legs arranged in seven pairs, the first of which is modified into maxillipeds to manipulate and bring food to the four sets of jaws. A newly released video shows these creatures feasting on the corpse of an alligator, without having any issues breaking through its scaly skin. “They have this amazing ability to gorge themselves, store that energy and then basically not have another meal for months to years afterwards,” said Craig McClain of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Read more for the video and additional information.