In something that sounds like a scene from a movie, scientists have managed to turn pure water into a gold-colored metal. Since unfiltered water is capable of conducting electricity due to salts, purified water contains only water molecules, whose outermost electrons remain bound to their designated atoms, and thus, they can’t flow freely through the water. So, if you applied enough pressure to pure water, its water molecules would then be squashed together and their valence shells, would overlap. Its electrons would then flow freely between each molecule and turn the water into a metal. Read more for two videos and additional information.
No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks, scientists may have discovered the real-life equivalent of SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. These two were spotted by a remotely-operated vehicle from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer ship more than a mile beneath the Atlantic Ocean’s surface. Sponges are a common sight in the ocean, as there are more than 8,500 species, but rarely do they resemble a cartoon character. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: Tim O’Hara
Australian researchers have discovered the remnants of an ancient submarine volcano in the Indian Ocean that looks oddly similar to the “Eye of Sauron” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It was detected using a multi-beam sonar at a depth of 3,100 meters (10,170 feet) beneath Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) ocean research vessel RV Investigator approximately 280 kilometers (174 miles) southeast of Christmas Island. Read more for two more pictures, additional information and a bonus video.
In celebration of McDonald’s Australia’s 50th birthday, the chain has created a special edition Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense controller to give away to 50 lucky fans. Sure, you can purchase custom skins from various retailers online for your DualSense controller, but none are quite as desirable as this one, or at least from a collector’s point of view. Featuring the famous yellow and red color scheme, fry graphics and a McDonald’s logo that sits in the center of the touchpad. Read more for the full image and how to win one.
It’s not uncommon for stores to flood in a typhoon, but seeing online gamers refusing to leave an internet cafe when the water is up to their waist is an entirely different story. Sio Samson’s internet cafe is located in Cainta, Rizal province, and he recorded this strange scene on Thursday night after attempting to get the boys to leave as the typhoon battered the region. His main concerns were that they could either be washed away by the deluge or be severely hurt by an electric shock. Read more for the video and additional information.
This bright pink lagoon in Argentina has not been digitally manipulated, and turned this bizarre color due to pollution. According to activists in this region, this phenomena is caused by sodium sulfite, an antibacterial product used in fish factories typically used to preserve prawns for export. Unfortunately, this color also comes with a foul smell that flows in with pollution from the Chubut river, which feeds the Corfo lagoon. Read more for the video and additional information.
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert is allegedly purchasing a strange planet 200-light-years from Earth, called WASP-127b. This gas giant expolanet is around 1.4-times larger than Jupiter and orbits an orange dwarf star in the constellation of Virgo. Unlike Earth, WASP-127b orbits so close to its home star that it completes an orbit in just over 4-days, with surface temperatures surpassing 1,000° C. Read more for two videos and additional information.
H/t: Car Scoops
With enough money, just about any street-legal vehicle can be turned into a stretch limousine, including the Ferrari 360 Modena. Manufactured between 1999-2005, this two-seater, mid-engine supercar is powered by a 3.6L V8 engine generating 395 hp, mated to an electrohydraulic-actuated “F1” automated manual transmission. As you step into the car via gullwing doors, you’ll find eight bucket seats to you snug. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Dream Customs India via Car Scoops
At first glance, this vehicle looks like a real 1969 Ford Mustang, but upon closer inspection, you still may not realize it’s just a heavily modified 2009 Hyundai Accent. Since the latter isn’t the same size as the original muscle car, the proportions are slightly off, especially its width, but we’re certain that this will fool most non automobile enthusiasts on the road. Unfortunately, it probably doesn’t have a Windsor V8 engine. Read more for a short video and additional pictures.
At first glance, this traffic camera footage appears to show just another speeding driver running a red light in Beachwood and slamming into another car last month, but the out-of-control vehicle didn’t stop there. Officers quickly responded after the car had already knocked down several power lines, a utility pole, and even crashed into a house. The driver states she tried to literally “let God take the wheel”. Read more for the video and additional information.