NASA’s Hubble space telescope discovered a supermassive black hole that shouldn’t exist, since it defies existing theories about the universe. The black hole, which is approximately 250 million times heavier than the sun, lies at the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 and is about 140 million light-years from Earth. What’s really strange is they found a thin “accretion disk” around the black hole that contains debris and gas rapidly pacing around the edge. Read more for a video and additional information.
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To understand quantum entanglement, we have to begin with Albert Einstein’s work, which in part led to the prediction of this phenomenon, or the idea that two particles can remain connected across vast distances of space and time. At the time, this idea was considered absurd, but it has since been proven with countless quantum physics experiments. Now, one research team at the University of Glasgow has successfully photographed entangled photons using a high-tech laser. “The image we’ve managed to capture is an elegant demonstration of a fundamental property of nature, seen for the very first time in the form of an image,” sid Paul-Antoine Moreau, a physicist at the University of Glasgow. Read more for a video and additional information.
We have seen the future of space travel and the luggage is out of this world. Introducing the Horizn ONE by Horizn Studios and Alyssa Carson. It features a graphene-enhanced carbon fiber structure for flexibility and lightness, while an electromagnetic base allows you to secure it to the floor or walls of the spacecraft for easy access in zero gravity. Plus, its extendable straps let you wear it like a backpack. Smart features include graphene supercapacitors and an inductive charging field allow for highly efficient energy storage and wireless charging of electronic devices. Ther’s even an integrated smart display to allow travelers to stay in touch and share experiences with those back on Earth. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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A Russian energy company has warned Instagram users not to swim in a stunning turquoise lake nicknamed the “Siberian Maldives”, also called the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” because it’s actually a coal plant’s ash dump filled with harmful metal oxides and calcium salts. “In the last week, our ash dump has become a celebrity on social networks,” said the Siberian Generating Company, warning Instagrammers or any potential visitors to not to drink the water and stating that even “skin contact with the water can lead to an allergic reaction”. Read more for a video and additional information.
Abdulla Alshehi, an Emirati entrepreneur and inventor, wants to tow a giant iceberg from Antarctica to the Arabian Gulf in order to provide fresh drinking water for the UAE, which relies heavily on desalinated water. For the past 6-years, he’s been devising a plan to tow a 2km x 500m iceberg 5,500-miles from Antarctica to the Arabian Gulf using modern technology. “It will be cheaper to bring in these icebergs and utilize them for freshwater rather than utilizing the desalination water. Because desalination plants require a huge amount of capital investments,” said Alshehi told Euronews. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Apple-1 was released in 1976 and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. It was the Apple’s first product, and as many of you already know, Steve Jobs sold his VW microbus for a few hundred dollars to finance its creation while Steve Wozniak parted with his HP-65 calculator for $500. The computer was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. If you’ve always wanted an original Apple-1 manual, now is your chance, as one of them has headed to auction. Featuring 12 pages (8.5 x 11) and Apple’s original logo on the front cover, designed by third Apple co-founder Ron Wayne and showing Isaac Newton thoughtfully seated beneath a tree, with a shining apple dangling overhead. Read more for a video, additional pages from the manual and a link to the auction.
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It’s not unusual for modern smartphones to catch fire or even explode, but this is the first OnePlus One device we’ve heard of allegedly exploding even while switched off. This device mysteriously caught fire at night and according to the owner, it just started flaming spontaneously and releasing “nauseating fumes”. The owner even contacted OnePlus and Amazon India for a solution to the incident, pointing out that an air conditioner was also maintaining room temperature at a comfortable 19° C. Read more for another picture and additional information.
When Zalzala Koh, or “Earthquake Island,” was first created by a mud volcano, it stood 20 meters (65 feet) high, 90 meters (295 feet) wide and 40 meters (130 feet) long, making researchers to believe that it wouldn’t last very long, and several years later, that prediction came true. The strange island appeared off the coast of Pakistan near the port city of Gwadar after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook the country. “Zalzala Koh may be out of sight for now, but that does not mean it is completely gone. In 2019, hints of the island persist in Landsat imagery. As recently as June 2019, Landsat observed trails of sediment circulating around the submerged base,” said NASA in a blog post. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Apple issued a recall on June 20th for “a limited number of older generation” Mid-2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models due to a possible fire risk. Why? Well, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “has received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property.” Steven Gagne’s laptop unfortunately exploded before he was able to send it in for repairs. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicist Leah Broussard is attempting to open a portal to a mirror universe in her latest experiment. She calls it an “oscillation” that will lead her to “mirror matter,” or an experiment that sends a ray of subatomic particles down a 50-foot tunnel, and if all goes as planned, a few of these particles will remodel into mirror-images of themselves, permitting them to tunnel proper by way of the wall. If it’s successful, this could be primary evidence of a mirror world co-existing alongside our own. Read more for another video and additional information.