When lightning is captured in plexiglass acrylic, you get these amazing Lichtenberg figures, or the 3D electrical trees you’ve probably seen in paperweights at your local stationary store. These figures are created through electrical discharge via an insulator, or can be formed in smaller objet d’art, the only necessity being a large quantity of electrons being pumped in. When the plexiglass goes through the electron accelerator, it’s loaded with a charge that gets trapped inside, while a quick mechanical shock discharges the acrylic, creating the tree-like figures. Read more for another video and additional information.
Photo credit: The Fabricant
We have seen the future of fashion, and it’s digital. The Fabricant, Dapper Labs and artist Johanna Jaskowska teamed up to create a digital dress, called Iridescence, that recently sold for $9,500 on the blockchain. Unlike in-game costumes and other video game items, this digital couture will be custom tailored based on a photo you submit, and since it’s a blockchain asset, its value may actually increase, like cryptocurrency. Read more for a video and additional information.
Yes, there’s a real pastor who performs baptisms in virtual reality, and YouTuber Syrmor recently documented this phenomenon for internet users to see. DJ Soto, a Christian pastor, wants everyone to be able to experience baptisms regardless of their situation, whether they be in a wheelchair or are recovering drug addicts, and also reach people who may not be able to attend traditional church service. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Great Barrier Reef is a highly touted bucket-list destination that stretches more than 1,400 miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Home to more than 1,600 species of fish and 600 different types of coral, it’s the perfect vacation spot, and now, scUber offers a new way to explore it. The Queensland government and Uber announced the launch of scUber, the world’s first rideshare submarine. Users can either book a trip through the Uber app from Gladstone starting May 27 or Cairns on June 9 until June 18. Priced at $3,000 AUD (about $2,060 USD), it includes round-trip transfers in a Tesla; a scenic helicopter ride to and from Heron Island or the Quicksilver Cruises pontoon just off the coast of Port Douglas; and an hour-long ride in the scUber for two. Read more for a selection of interesting images from around the web.
A NASA research center confirmed that a large, car-sized meteoroid landed on Tuesday in the Great Australian Bight just off the coast of South Australia. The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the California Institute of Technology analyzes the impact time, location, and amount of energy generated by meteors and asteroids that approach earth using high-precision orbit solutions of the space objects to predict the risk of impact and supports NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office. Read more for another video from another angle and additional information.
Ever wonder what happens when you dissolve the aluminum on a soda can with liquid still inside? MEL Science may have answered that question with their latest video. The experiment reveals that there’s actually a plastic coating lining the aluminum can after the metal is dissolved away that acts as a barrier against the corrosive effect of acidic drinks on the reactive metal. This plastic liner also forms a barrier between the product and metal to provide protection against food-borne diseases. Read more for the experiment video and additional information.
Ever wonder what the kitchen and / or cooking is like aboard the ISS? Well, according to retired NASA astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, the International Space Station doesn’t have a traditional “kitchen” as many of on Earth might relate to, but rather an area called the “galley” which serves the purpose of allowing for food preparation and consumption. It basically consists of a table for three, a water system used to hydrate food packages with warm or hot water, and lastly, a food warmer. Read more for another video and additional information.
Opening a jar of honey is nothing new or special, especially here on Earth where a small tilt would mean a big cleanup, but in space, it’s an entirely different story. Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques decided to conduct a honey experiment on the International Space Station, and as you’re about to see, honey clings from the jar to the lid and tries to curl back on itself in micro-gravity. Read more to watch the video and for additional information.
Photo credit: Denis Smith via Peta Pixel
Photographer Denis Smith specializes in light painting, and to most, this technique may sound complex, but his latest series, titled “Liquid Light,” is designed to make a splash, literally. Simply put, Smith utilizes the camera’s intervalometer and sets an exposure of between 1 and 5 seconds. As the camera begins snapping, he stands in front of it and swings his tools around the water to create the effect you see above. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Tesla vehicles are known for their minimalistic interior, including only the essentials that seamlessly blend function and form, but one Model S owner decided to break away from that tradition. Looking like something straight from a Crocodile Dundee movie, you’ll find plenty of leather covered panels, complete with strange buttons on both sides of the touchscreen display, as well as a U.S. Army sticker. Read more for another picture and additional information.