California-based Kernal claims that its $50,000 Flow brain-computer interface can read your mind, or to be more specific, it contains multiple sensors as well as other electronic components that measure and analyze a brain’s electrical impulses as well as blood flow at the speed of thought. This data then provides insight into how it responds to the world, enabling researchers to study mental disorders, concussions, strokes, and more. Read more for a video and additional information.
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have developed an ultra-thin organic material that can transform stress into electricity using the piezoelectric effect. This process basically turns mechanical movements into electricity, and the material is basically a rubber substance consisting of a composite material made of polar nanoparticles and an elastomer. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Sure, house and building fires can be extinguished with normal fire trucks, but what about those in oil wells? That is a job best left for Big Wind, which is now owned by the MOL Group. Initially based on a Russian concept used during the Soviet times for taking out gas as well as oil well fires, it consisted of a single MiG-15 jet engine tacked onto the bed of a truck. Since that time, Big Wind has been upgraded with two MiG-21 jet turbines bolted onto a tank chassis. Read more for a couple video and additional information.
UC Santa Barbara and Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an innovative fast, controllable snake-like soft robot capable of burrowing through sand. This paves the way for new applications of fast, precise and minimally invasive movement underground, while also laying mechanical foundations for new types of robots. Simply put, the body mimics plants and the way they navigate by growing from their tips, while the rest of the body remains stationary. Read more for a video and additional information.
A mysterious sinkhole opened up over two weeks ago on a field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, about 12 miles outside the Puebla City center in Central Mexico, and this past weekend, it swallowed an entire house. Several of days of rain contributed to the sinkhole growing even larger these past week, reaching over 400-feet in length at some points, which is larger than a football field, and 150-feet deep. Read more for the drone footage and additional information.
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It’s not uncommon to capture birds or other explainable aerial phenomena when filming with a drone, but photographer James Cawley might have captured two anomalies when he was in Moab, Utah. These two objects in question were filmed with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro and were flying far too fast to be another drone or animal. He says that there was no audible noise coming from these objects and if it was bullets, there would have been a gunshot echo. Read more for the video and additional information.
Nestled in Fall River county near the Black Hills in South Dakota is Vivos xPoint, the world’s largest doomsday survival community comprised of individual bunkers for 575 families and a total population of 5,000. Simply put, the company converted an old army munitions depot used between 1942-1967 into this community of concrete bunkers that can endure a 500,000-pound internal blast. Residents get their fresh water from two wells, stored in reinforced concrete tanks. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Gunarto Song
Indonesia’s Mount Merapi is essentially an active stratovolcano located on the border between the province of Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta. It’s currently the country’s most active volcano and has erupted regularly since 1548, with thousands of people living on its flanks, with villages as high as 5,577-feet above sea level. One thing you don’t expect to see is a meteorite falling into it. Read more for a short video captured by a security camera.
Photo credit: Andres Canto
Man caves are nothing new, but rarely do you see one that actually resembles a cave. Andres Canto, a teenager from Alicante, Spain, had an argument with his parents one day and decided to get to work. So, he found a pickaxe and started digging. At first, it was just after his classes every evening, after classes, but soon, a friend joined to put in 14-hours of work per day. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
Sure, Vantablack is considered to be the darkest materials yet, but it’s impossible for consumers to get their hands on even a small piece of the substance. Introducing Horizon Black. A startup has been quietly developing a consumer version and have just unveiled their fourth generation of the material, which features a super-black surface created by growing a nanoscale array of inorganic molecules on a specially etched aluminum substrate using a chemical deposition process. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information on how to get your hands on some.