Supercell Thunderstorm Time Lapse Video

Watch this terrifying video of a giant supercell thunderstorm taking shape

By on May 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM.

Watch this terrifying video of a giant supercell thunderstorm taking shape

This is hopefully the closest you’ll ever get to a supercell thunderstorm while standing outside. In a new video uploaded over the weekend, the Basehunters storm chasers group has posted time-lapse footage of a supercell forming over northeastern Wyoming and it’s truly a scary and awe-inspiring sight. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration informs us that supercells are storms that “contain updrafts that rotate about a vertical axis” and that “often produce damaging wind, large hail, and tornadoes.” The video crams hours worth of storm footage into just two minutes and it gives you an idea of just how big storms can grow in a fairly short amount of time. You can watch the full video below. More →

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How To Make Water From Fog

Incredible video shows MIT researchers making fresh water out of fog in the middle of a desert

By on May 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Incredible video shows MIT researchers making fresh water out of fog in the middle of a desert

Living in the desert no longer has to mean being parched for drinking water. MIT has posted a video this month that shows how some researchers from its School of Engineering are working with researchers at the Pontificial University of Chile in Santiago to design a system for collecting fresh drinking water from fog that regularly rolls through Chile’s otherwise arid coastal region. More →

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Star Trek Holodeck Reality

How to make a Star Trek-style Holodeck with an Oculus Rift and 3 Kinect sensors

By on May 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

How to make a Star Trek-style Holodeck with an Oculus Rift and 3 Kinect sensors

All proper sci-fi nerds have long dreamed of being able to take a trip in the Holodeck, a virtual reality chamber located on Star Trek’s USS Enterprise where you can simulate any time, place and situation you want to be in. Oliver Kreylos, a computer science professor and researcher at the University of California, Davis, has come the closest we’ve seen yet to creating a working Holodeck and he’s done it using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and three Kinect sensors from a previous-generation Xbox. More →

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Does Swearing Reduce Pain

New research finds swearing can be really f—ing good for you

By on May 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM.

New research finds swearing can be really f—ing good for you

Your mother probably told you not to curse but it turns out she was depriving you from some much-needed emotional release. Per The Daily Mail, a new study conducted by psychologists at Keele University in Staffordshire, U.K. has found that swearing when frustrated can be a healthy emotional release that eases tension and even make us feel more capable and resilient. More →

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Graphene Miracle Material Explanation

This is the incredible material that could make our smartphones paper thin

By on May 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

This is the incredible material that could make our smartphones paper thin

We’ve been hearing about the potential of graphene in the electronics industry for years. Just last month, Samsung announced that it had discovered a new production method that could bring graphene to commercial products even sooner. Taking advantage of the material’s flexibility, Samsung believes that flexible displays will be much more than a gimmick in the coming years. More →

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Can Video Games Be Good For You

Scientists actually find one health benefit to playing video games… sort of

By on May 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

Scientists actually find one health benefit to playing video games… sort of

Have you ever gotten so addicted to a video game (I’m looking at you, Civilization!) that you’ve foregone eating and not felt hungry until after you’ve stopped playing? Well it turns out that there’s a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. Researchers at Plymouth University’s Cognition Institute in the United Kingdom have found that playing Tetris for a certain period of time actually seems to reduce natural cravings such as hunger. Essentially, the researchers claim that having an interactive visual stimulus such as Tetris or other video games in front of you can replace your cravings for a little bit. The researchers conclude that “Tetris might be a useful task for tackling cravings outside the laboratory,” although we’re unlikely to see a Tetris diet in the near future and forsaking food to play video games probably isn’t the healthiest way to lose weight.

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SCiO Handheld Spectrometer Kickstarter

This incredible handheld scanner breaks down what you’re eating molecule by molecule

By on May 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

This incredible handheld scanner breaks down what you’re eating molecule by molecule

Now this is an incredible way to count calories. Israeli company Consumer Physics has launched a new Kickstarter project that might be the most ambitious idea we’ve yet seen on the popular crowd-funding website. The product is called SCiO and it’s essentially a handheld spectrometer that breaks down an object’s compounds by scanning the way that light interacts with its molecular vibrations to determine its unique optical signature. More →

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NASA ISS HD Cameras

NASA is broadcasting breathtaking HD footage of Earth shot from the International Space Station

By on May 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

NASA is broadcasting breathtaking HD footage of Earth shot from the International Space Station

As of Wednesday morning, NASA has begun testing its most recent addition to the International Space Station: four HD cameras which will broadcast live from the exterior of the station on the agency’s Ustream page. This project was completed in cooperation with the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program in order to allow students to design camera components and help operate the experiment. More →

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Global Warming Explained Online

Global warming has never been explained quite so beautifully

By on May 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

Global warming has never been explained quite so beautifully

Climate change and the effects of global warming have been thoroughly and beautifully detailed on two sites. One is GlobalChange.gov, which features the White House’s National Climate Assessment report, and the other is WorldUnderWater.org, a website that uses Google Street view images to show users what their home cities would look under water. More →

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Why Do We Yawn

Scientists may have just solved one of life’s biggest mysteries: Why yawning is contagious

By on May 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Scientists may have just solved one of life’s biggest mysteries: Why yawning is contagious

Life is filled with little mysteries, one of which is why we’re more likely to yawn when others around us . However, new research from the University of Vienna suggests that group yawning is actually a survival mechanism that has the side effect of cooling off our brains, which in turn makes us more alert and less likely to doze off. More →

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Sony Cassette Tape Data Storage

Sony has figured out how to cram 185TB of data onto a single cassette tape

By on May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Sony has figured out how to cram 185TB of data onto a single cassette tape

It turns out that audio cassette taps might be the wave of the future after all, at least when it comes to data storage. Forbes reports that Sony has figured out how to cram a whopping 185TB of data onto a single cassette tape using technology called sputter deposition that Forbes says “involves layers of magnetic crystals firing argon ions at a polymer film substrate.” To get an idea of just how amazing this is, consider that a typical Blu-ray disc holds around 50GB of data, which means that Sony’s new storage cassette can hold somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,700 Blu-ray films. Sony says that it’s working on ways to make magnetic tape used in cassettes a practical technology for storage and backup and it hopes to release a commercial product based on its breakthroughs in the future.

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