University of Basel have come up with a modern way to help combat your fear of arachnophobia through an augmented reality app for smartphones. In clinical trials, subjects experienced a reduced fear of real spiders after completing just a few training units with the app from the comfort of their own home. Called Phobys, this app is based on exposure therapy and uses a realistic 3D spider model that is projected into the real world. Read more for another picture and additional information.
A graded copy of Super Mario Bros. recently sold for $2-million, but retro video games are probably the last thing you’d expect to find in an hoarder’s house that has been abandoned for nearly 20-years. However, that’s exactly what YouTubers “Cheap Finds Gold Mines” discovered and just some of the rare titles found include, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube), Drakengard (PlayStation 2), Bayonetta (PlayStation 3), and lots more. In all, they only paid $870 for the haul, which is estimated to be worth over $100,000 USD. Read more for two videos and additional informaiton.
Researchers at China’s Capital Normal University discovered a 99-million-year-old adult spider protecting an egg sac underneath her body with approximately 100 spiderlings encased in the amber. The piece was extracted from a mine in Myanmar that contained entombed spiders, and the team determined that the spider was a member of the extinct Lagonomegopidae family. They also found three more pieces of amber that contained baby spiders and spider thread. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Gaming finger sleeves are actually a thing, and used by many professional mobile gamers. Why? It’s made from a high-sensitivity silver fiber designed to enhance both aim and control. Razer has just unveiled their own, and their breathable 0.8mm thick sleeves keep your fingers cool while gaming, thanks to highly conductive silver fiber. They are crafted with nylon and spandex for elasticity as well as the ability to adapt to all finger sizes. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Did you come across an excerpt of this documentary recently on social media? Well, here’s the backstory behind this anthill excavation. It’s from “Ants! Natures Secret Power” and shows scientists excavating an anthill that was previously inhabited a colony of grass-cutter ants. A total of 10-tons of cement was pumped into the abandoned anthill over the span of 3-days, and a few more weeks were required to uncover the megalopolis. Read more for the video and additional information.
Scientists discovered that they could make a cosmic concrete using a protein from human blood combined with a compound from urine, sweat or tears. These ingredients are then glued together to simulate Moon or Mars soil, resulting in a material that is far stronger than ordinary concrete, making it perfect for construction work in extra-terrestrial environments, possibly even a Mars base. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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Ziteng Wang, a PhD student in astronomy at the University of Sydney in Australia, led a team of scientists studying fast radio bursts in the Milky Way Galaxy. They spotted a strange unidentified radio source that flashed for weeks at a time only to suddenly go dark object in the galactic center. These observations were captured by the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), and the source has been dubbed ASKAP J173608.2−321635. Read more for a short video and additional information.
China-based electric vehicle manufacturer XPeng revealed a robotic unicorn that might be the coolest or strangest home companion yet, depending on whether one minds waking up to this bizarre creature. Officially called “Little White Dragon,” it comes equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras, including LiDAR, which are used to create a map of your home. When it’s time to recharge, the unicorn trots back to its wireless charging pad. Read more for a video and additional information.
Former NASA engineer is back at it again, and this time, he wanted to beat one of his previous records. That’s right, last year he built the world’s tallest elephant toothpaste volcano that managed to hit 60-feet in height, and now approximately 12-months later, a new one is ready to take that crown. Unlike its predecessor, this one has a concrete base holding down five-tons of “bomb proof” steel. Read more for the video and additional information.
At first glance, Hak5’s O.MG Lightning cable looks like any other, and most wouldn’t think twice about charging their iPhone with it. Upon closer inspection, you’ll discover that it’s just a clever hacking device that creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot that a hacker can connect to from their own computer. This person can then launch a web browser to start recording keystrokes. Read more to see how it works and for additional information.