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.
Winter Storm Harper has already hit the Midwest and is fast approaching the East, which means The Weather Channel has created yet another amazing mixed-reality video showcasing just what may happen when it arrives. For this segment, they used meteorologist Jim Cantore and combined him with vivid, digital simulations to bring extreme weather events to life. “Just a tenth of an inch makes roads and sidewalks extremely slippery. A quarter of an inch can break branches, and once you’re over half an inch, serious problems ensue,” said Cantore. Read more for the video and additional information.
A new video, captured in Vietnam, has surfaced that shows honeybees performing an audio-like defense wave to ward off wasps. This technique, officially known as ‘shimmering’, where the hive is made to look as though it is performing a Mexican wave, involves the bees pushing their abdomens up into the air. To be more specific, each honeybee surrounding outer layer of the hive lifts their abdomen to create a ripple effect from one end of to the other for a shimmer-like effect. Read more for the video and additional information.
For the first time ever in the Space Needle’s history, the landmark’s 25th annual New Year’s Eve celebration will put on a 30-minute musically-choreographed light show that begins at 10 pm (PST) on Monday, December 31. There has been over $1-million of cutting edge lighting equipment installed throughout the structure designed to emit brilliant colors and moving beams of light across the tower as well as the Seattle night sky, creating a dramatically enhanced New Year’s Eve spectacle. This iconic landmark has been renowned for producing one of the best structure-launched fireworks displays in the world, and has recently added more than 176 tons of glass to its structure, including The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor. Read more for two more videos and additional information.
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In Manchester, New Hampshire, four burglars smashed a glass door at the Hunt’s Photo and Video store just before 5 a.m. Thursday and grabbed about $50,000 worth of cameras and lenses before running out the front door, all in under a minute. “They busted through it and they just kind of shimmied through like a big doggy door. They threw in a whole bunch of bins, and they just immediately got to work. Smashed out all the glass in the cases, and one guy just jumps up on the case and starts shoveling it off into their bins from on high,” said store manager Harper Hodges. Read more to see just how quickly they made out.