Astronomers using ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) of telescopes in Chile have found a galaxy that looks just like the Milky Way located more than 12 billion light-years away from our own. Named SPT0418-47, this galaxy not only has a rotating disk-like structure, but also a large group of stars corralled around the galaxy’s center. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Few of visited Blockbuster’s Bend, Oregon location, but many know that it’s the last remaining store in the world, and it even houses Russell Crowe film props that John Oliver donated. Now, even fewer people will have the chance to stay inside this historic site for night. That’s right, Deschutes County residents will be able to request to book a stay at the store, or to be more specific, for three individual, one-night reservations on September 18, 19 and 20. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Engineer Shane Wighton has created many sports-related machines in the past, but this one may be the coolest yet. Simply put, it’s a baseball bat equipped with an explosive piston that almost always guarantees a home run. However, this isn’t a project just anyone can try, as Wighton had to fabricate a custom bat from a slab of pine before fitting the steel piston mechanism on the end powered by .27-caliber blank bullets. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Chemists from the US and Denmark have created the brightest-known fluorescent materials in existence, called SMILES (small-molecule ionic isolation lattices), by finding a reliable way to make fluorescent solids. The crystals are then fabricated into powders, and then spun into a thin film or incorporated into a synthetic polymer substance. What you end up with is a material that is 30-times brighter than cadmium selenide quantum dots used in medical diagnostics and bioimaging. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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For those who don’t know, the Honda Motocompo is basically a folding scooter offered by Honda between 1981–1983 in Shetland White, Daisy Yellow and Caribbean Red variants. It was touted as a “trunk bike,” as its handlebars, seat, and foot-pegs fold into the scooter’s rectangular plastic body. What you ended up with was a box-shaped package measuring 46.7 in × 9.4 in × 21.3 in, making it is the smallest scooter ever built by Honda. Good news, as Honda recently trademarked “Motocompacto,” and described as a compact electric scooter. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Ever wonder what goes on inside a tire while you’re driving? Probably not, but Warped Perception knows that at least a few people have, so they decided to make it happen by mounting a GoPro action camera onto the barrel of the wheel. However, it wasn’t that simple since we all know it’s pitch black, so an aftermarket light and battery also had to be installed. Read more for the video.
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You may have seen photos of a building with an actual highway passing through it, and for those who have always wanted to visit, just head on over to the Gate Tower Building in Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan. This 16-floor office building has an Ikeda Route highway offramp that passes directly through the building. More specifically, it passes through the 5th-7th floors of this building. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Octopuses are known to camouflage themselves when hunting and to avoid predators, but when it spotted a GoPro action camera recording, this creature had other plans. While it takes specialized skin cells that change the appearance of the skin by adjusting its color, opacity, or reflectivity, to camouflage itself, grabbing onto this gadget only took its tentacles. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan wanted to help eliminate two invasive species of mussels in the Great Lakes. Emily Marquette, Mahsa Banadaki and Wei Huang transformed zebra and quagga mussels into stunning blue Zebra Glass. This material would be perfect for artisanal, industrial, ceramic glass applications. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Called Cryptococcus neoformans fungi, this type of fungus was found growing inside the buildings of the Chernobyl disaster, and it one day could help protect humans from radiation on Mars as well as space travel. It was discovered in 1991, five years after the disaster, and it survives by feeding on radiation due to its high melanin content, a pigment found in skin which turns it dark. Read more for a video and additional information.