Produced by extracting the liquid component of a gel through supercritical drying, Aerogel is officially the world’s lightest solid. Since this synthetic porous ultralight material is derived from a gel, in which the liquid component for the gel has been replaced with a gas, it becomes a solid with extremely low density and low thermal conductivity. It’s 99.8% air, and features a porous solid network that contains air pockets, with the air pockets taking up the majority of space within the material, making it near weightless. Read more for an in-depth video and additional information.
Microsoft Inc. has teamed up with the makers of Axe body spray (Lynx in markets outside the US) to release a line of Xbox-branded personal care products that include a body wash, deodorant and shower gel. “Lynx Xbox is a fresh scent of pulsing green citrus, featuring top notes of kaffir lime and winter lemon, aromatic herbal middle notes of mint and sage, and woody bottom notes of patchouli and clearwood. Containing a range of natural essential oils, the Xbox Lynx range comes with a sleek new look and features a body spray, deodorant, and shower gel,” according to the official description. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it will be exclusive to Australia when it launches in July. Read more for an Xbox One X extreme drop test video with a $1,900 Samsung parachute and additional information.
US Navy pilots reported seeing hypersonic (over 3,800 mph) UFOs that had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes performing impossible mid-air maneuvers at 30,000-feet off the east coast of the United States between 2014 and 2015. The pilots reported that the objects were able to accelerate, make sudden stops and then instantaneous turns, or in other words, maneuvers beyond the capacity of current aerospace technology. Read more for an interview with one of these pilots by documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and additional information.
The Pyraminx is basically a regular tetrahedron puzzle in the style of Rubik’s Cube, divided into 4 axial pieces, 6 edge pieces, and 4 trivial tips that can be twisted along its cuts to permute its pieces. Just like it’s cube counterpart, the goal is to scramble the colors, and then restore them to their original configuration. Chinmay Prabhu, a 20-year-old from India, managed to achieve the record title for the Most Pyraminx (Rubik’s Cubes) solved underwater and all in a single breath. How did he prepare for this record setting run? He’s been solving Rubik’s cube puzzles since 2015. Read more for the video and additional information.
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.