For the first time ever, scientists have observed a giant squid hunting in its own natural habitat 2,500-feet under the gulf of Mexico. Put simply, marine biologists used a specially designed deep sea platform with an integrated camera to analyze the behavior of giant squids using fake jellyfish, known as E-jelly, which mimics the blue flashing bioluminescence emitted by atolla jellyfish in distress. Read more for the video and additional information.
Brain-computer interfaces are nothing new, but researchers have managed to decode the neural signals associated with writing letter and then displayed the typed versions of these letters in real-time on a screen. The ultimate goal is to one day use this technology to help people with paralysis communicate by letting them rapidly type without using their hands. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Researchers, led by Northwestern University, used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to examine a large star 2.5-years before it exploded into a supernova. At the end of their lives, cool, yellow stars are normally shrouded in hydrogen, thus concealing its hot, blue interior. However, this one, located 35 million light years from Earth in the Virgo galaxy cluster, was missing the crucial hydrogen layer at the time of its explosion. Read more for a video showing what a supernova might look like if one exploded close to Earth and additional information.
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Apple has been known to be ultra stringent when it comes to quality control and product defects, as most never see the light of day outside their factories. However, this iPhone 11 Pro Max with a misaligned logo is allegedly a 1-in-100 million error. Fortunately, this misaligned logo is the only defect on the handset, and its current owner tried selling it for a premium recently, but was unable to get their desired asking price (reportedly $2,700 USD). Read more for a video discussing this iPhone.
There have been many pyramid-shaped UFOs in science fiction films, like the one you see above (right), but this is the first time that the US Navy confirmed a sighting made with a night vision camera. Filmmaker Jeremy Corbell claims that footage was captured by the USS Russell’s Nautical Or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Examination (SNOOPIE) team back in 2019, a specialized team that deals with all surface or airborne contacts with a vessel. Read more for the short video and additional information.
Flappy Bird, a mobile game developed by Dong Nguyen, burst onto the mobile scene back in 2013, and since then, countless clones as well as spinoffs have been released. What makes this game particularly addicting is its endless side-scroller format, and now, you can enjoy it directly within an Apple macOS notification box. Sure, this isn’t a game you can just install, as it requires some time to get it working in a macOS Big Sur notification. Read more for a video and additional information.
When stop motion film meets video game, you get Harold Halibut, a handmade narrative adventure about friendship, and life on a city-sized spaceship submerged in an alien ocean. In this world, its been 250 years since your ark-like spaceship fled an Earth on the verge of cold war to find a habitable planet on which to preserve the human race. You play as Harold, a young lab assistant for the ship’s lead scientist, Jeanne Mareaux. Read more for the story trailer, screenshots, and additional information.
You may have encountered street performers that are seemingly ‘levitating’ in mid-air, almost as if they were sitting on an invisible chair. Supernatural powers are definitely not in use, just a clever contraption. Simply put, it consists of three sections made of steel rods / plates: the seat, shaft, and a base plate. In this case, “The Q” made a custom leg brace capable of holding up his entire body’s weight hidden underneath his jeans. Read more for a video showing exactly how it works.
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Never heard of Dinosaur Planet? If so, that’s because this was a game Rare originally planned to release on the Nintendo 64 around 21-years-ago. On the bright side, the developer eventually used its assets to develop Star Fox Adventures for the Nintendo GameCube. Anyone who wants to try out an incomplete version of this game can now do so, thanks to Forest of Illusion, a video game preservation group. Read more to watch 20-minutes of gameplay and for additional screenshots.
Rapper Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) is apparently working on yet another video game console after his previous gaming-related projects didn’t quite work out. First, there was the SouljaGame back in 2018, which was basically a mini computer running emulators. Next, the Retro SouljaBoy Mini, a Game Boy-inspired handheld that also ran emulated games. Last, but not least, there was the SouljaGame Fuze, powered by n NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU running at 2.2Ghz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Read more for a first look at his latest creation.