Photo credit: Xinhua/Sipa USA
It’s true, Spanish scientist Juan Carlos Izpisua and his team has managed to create the world’s first monkey-human chimera in a China-based laboratory. Estrella Nunez, a biologist at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), claimed they injected human stem cells into monkey embryos to grow organs for transplantation. The monkey embryos were genetically modified to inactivate the genes necessary for forming organs and injected human cells that are capable of generating any type of tissue. Read more for a video about a similar experiment and additional information.
Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami didn’t want to throw out his very first computer, acquired 20 years ago, after it decided to stop working. So, he wanted to give it a second life not in a junkyard, and this camera was born. The project required that he construct a light-sealed box for the camera body using parts from the old computer, along with a few others, and then some light-blocking paper. Read more for additional pictures and a sample image captured by the camera.
Photo credit: AFP via Twisted Sifter
A freak summer hailstorm left Guadalajara, Mexico buried in up to six feet of ice Sunday. Fortunately, only damaged homes and cars were reported and no human injuries. The ice tall was enough to cover vehicles’ wheels, and many suggested that climate change may be the cause of the ice storm. Local officials also reported flooding and fallen trees, as the storm hit very quickly, between about 01:50 (06:50 GMT) and 02:10 local time, when the air temperature dropped suddenly from 22C (72F) to 14C (57F). Read more for two videos and additional information.
Þrídrangaviti, which translates to “Three Rock Pillars” in the Icelandic language, could quite possibly be the best place to hide out during a zombie apocalypse. It was established before the start of World War 2 in 1939 and is accessible by boat or helicopter, complete with a small helipad. Unfortunately, if you arrive by boat, you’ll have to scale 120-foot-high rocks to reach the lighthouse, offering all the more protection. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Consequence of Sound
To The Stars Academy, an organization co-founded by former Blink 182 band member Tom DeLonge, claims to have acquired exotic materials from “unidentified vehicles”. Apparently, they’ve examined the material and concluded that its structure as well as composition “are not from any known existing military or commercial application,” according to Steve Justice, current Head of Technology and Aerospace at To The Stars Academy and former head of Advanced Systems at Lockheed Martin’s ‘Skunk Works’. Read more for the pictures and additional information.
Sony’s Reon Pocket may not be the first portable air conditioner, but it’s most certainly the latest. This device is designed to fit inside your shirt to keeps your body cool (or warm) and one model can be controlled using a smartphone app via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with just any shirt, so that’s why the company has also created a specially modified shirt with an inner pocket at the back of the neck. Read more for a video and additional information.
Nike’s Joyride Run Flyknit want to put more bounce in your step, and from most angles, it looks like any other running shoe, but its cushioned soles are embedded with something you don’t see everyday. To be more specific, the soles houses responsive pods that each contain thousands of tiny red and blue TPE beads, separated into sections that allow them to expand multi-directionally as you walk or run. It’s claimed to to create a more personalized and unique experience for each runner. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The International Space Station is about to get slimy, or at least with Nickelodeon’s iconic green slime, featured on such shows as “Slime Time Live” in the early 2000s and Double Dare from back in the 1980s. Some of this slime will launch into space today (July 24) aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft in food-grade pouches. However, this isn’t meant for ISS crew members to slime each other, but rather experiments. Read more for a video and additional information.
Amazon’s Key In-Car delivery service has expanded to Honda / Acura vehicles with HondaLink’s Remote Services package. Simply put, Amazon will drop off orders directly into the trunk of your car. The service is completely free if you meet all the requirements, and your vehicle is in a easy-to-find place, such as a public garage at work. That means you won’t have to wait all day for your package while not at home in hopes that it’s still there by the time you arrive. Read more for a video and additional information.
Always wanted to turn your own selfies into classical 15th century Renaissance paintings? If so, then artificial intelligence is here to save the day, or to be more specific, a website called AI Portraits. Researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab created this website, which allows users to upload a selfie and wait while the algorithm, which by the way, was trained on 45,000 portrait images, to create a fake watercolor, oil or ink painting. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.