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.
It’s not everyday that you see a Plymouth Hemi Cuda, much less one pit against a motorcycle, but that’s exactly what went down at a local dragstrip. A standard 1970 Hemi Cuda is powered by a 7.0-liter Hemi V8 engine generating 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, but this green monster boasts a supercharged and / or NOS version that’s producing 925 horsepower. Is it enough to beat a modified Suzuki GSX-R1000? Well, the 500-pound bike does make 157 hp and 77 Nm of torque. Read more for the video and additional information.
National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) and CalTech researchers have developed T-CUP, the world’s fastest camera, and it’s capable of capturing ten trillion (1013) frames per second (fps), thus making it possible to literally freeze time to see phenomena – and even light – in extremely slow motion. The Slow Mo Guys met up with postdoctoral scholar Peng Wang to capture the speed of light at 10 trillion frames per second, so they diluted the water with a small amount of milk, in which the camera then records the beam of light as it travels across a few millimeters of that diluted milk. Read more for another video about the camera and additional information.
We may not live to visit the galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy, but thanks to data collected by the Chandra X-ray observatory, this ultra-high-definition visualization should definitely whet your appetite. NASA’s Ames supercomputer was used to render the data as a virtualization you can experience straight from your web browser. “This visualization shows the effects of massive stellar giants blowing off powerful winds in the region around the Galaxy’s supermassive black hole,” said NASA. Read more for the clip and additional information.
You’re not looking at computer-generated imagery, but rather Rose of Jericho, a desert plant that opens when moisture is present and closes up as if dead during short or long dry spells. In other words, it would be perfect for a Max Mad-like environment because it’s capable of surviving several years of drought, and even lose up to 95% of its water without being damaged and come back to life after exposure to moisture. Read more for a TED Talks video about these resurrection plants and additional information.
An opal miner from Queensland, Australia recently captured the process of exposing one of these incredible minerals, or the hydrated amorphous form of silica in technical speak, on camera. Boulder opal basically consists of concretions and fracture fillings in a dark siliceous ironstone matrix, with it found sporadically in western Queensland, from Kynuna in the north, to Yowah and Koroit in the south. Read more for the video and additional information.
SeaWorld San Diego has just posted a fascinating time-lapse video of a Japanese spider crab shedding its old shell, and despite the clip being just 25-seconds long, the actual process took over six hours and enables the animal to eat more as well as grow larger. “It’s a perfectly natural occurrence for a spider crab. But for us as marine scientists to be able to witness Mother Nature in action in such an impressive way, that’s a great day at SeaWorld,” said aquarium curator Mike Price. Read more to watch.
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Dutch photographer / filmmaker Jan van IJken has unveiled his latest work, titled “Becoming,” and it’s essentially a 6-minute timelapse that shows a single cell growing into a complete organism. “Native to central and southern Europe, the amphibious alpine newt breeds in shallow water, where its larvae are born, hatch and feed on plankton, before sprouting legs and moving to land. This timelapse video from the Dutch director Jan van IJken tracks the development of a single-celled zygote into the hatched larva of an alpine newt,” according to Aeon Videos. Read more to watch the fascinating piece.
Drag Times recently pit a stock Lamborghini Huracan, aside from Toyo R888Rs tires, against a modded second-generation Acura NSX complete with a custom ECU tune, a full custom exhaust, and a methanol injection system that pushes the twin-turbo V6 hybrid to 610 horsepower at the wheels, which means its generating anywhere between 650 horsepower and 700 horsepower at the crank. Read more to see if the Japanese supercar was able to taken down the Italian beast.
Amazon.com is no stranger to the Super Bowl, and this year is no exception. Alexa once again takes center stage, and several celebrities are back to help the voice assistant for Super Bowl LIII in the Amazon Beta Testing Program, which is described as “a top secret division which employs celebrities to test Alexa-enabled technologies. Stars include Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker, “Broad City” creators Ilana Glazer / Abbi Jacobson, and astronaut twins Scott / Mark Kelly. Read more to watch all four of the teaser videos.