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Take A Tour Of The International Space Station

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Flight Engineer Scott Kelly wants you to know what it’s like to be on the International Space Station. In this video he gives a detail guided tour, but can Mr. Kelly be trusted. If he’s in outer space HOW DO HIS GLASSES STAY ON HIS HEAD?!?!?

The Fish With A Transparent Head!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured the first video of this odd Pacific barreleye fish whose most prominent feature is a completely transparent head. Watch the video for a weird look into a working mind.

Japan Creates World’s First All-Virtual Pop Star

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Meet Hatsune Miku, the world’s first all-virtual pop sensation. Even here voice is a digital creation. What started as a digital voice generator from Yahama known as a vocaloid has gained such popularity that the company has created a 3D Hologram version that has performed to packed stadiums. But the real question is when did we get 3D holograms?!

Ever See A Galaxy On Edge?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

In this amazing photograph offered up by NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day you can see the edge of the NGC 4452 galaxy. It was taken by the revered Hubble telescope and gives we land-dwellers a rare glimpse into the long view of the cosmos.


Chaplin’s Time Traveler Explained

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Following up on our story from last week about the supposed time travler in the Charlie Chaplin film “The Circus.” According to this video from Discovery it was most likely a hearing aid that was popular at the time. Of course, that could just be what the ‘man’ wants us to think…

Giant Sinkhole Opens In Germany

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Check out this huge, 20-meter deep sinkhole that opened up in that appeared overnight in Schmalkalden, Germany. Officials are unsure what caused the crater that took a car and parts of a garage, but say they plan to fill the gaping hole with gravel. Kind of boring if you ask me.

Michael J. Fox Goes Back to ‘Back to the Future’

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

From the Too Cool Not To Share file, first the first time in decades Michael J. Fox has returned to his most beloved role as Marty McFly for this promo for the 2010 Spike TV Scream Awards, which will feature a 25th Anniversary Back to the Future cast reunion. The promo is an obvious homage to the original teaser trailer for the film. Here’s hoping the reunion is as awesome as it appears.  Get ready to go back in time!

Moon-Landing Footage Finally Restored

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

At long last, the original footage from the moon landing has been released. Until now, the best we have had is a recording sourced from a television camera pointed at a monitor on that fateful day. This restored footage is so clear you can even see the astronaut’s faces through their reflective helmets.

Michio Kaku Explains The Multiverse

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Watch this great interview with Dr. Michio Kaku (author of Hyperspace) as he explains how alternate realities may actually exist. If they do, maybe there’s an alternate Dr. Kaku who is trying to convince his world they don’t.

Grisly Shark Attack Discovered After The Fact

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Shark Attack!
When Humphrey Simmons went fishing recently he didn’t expect to catch a shark, and he definitely didn’t expect the the shark to burp up the remains of a human being. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.

When Simmons caught the shark a friend who was with him shot the shark several times. What happened next was shocking:

“We tied the rope around his tail fin, and pulled him towards the boat. We were going to cut the hook out of his mouth and let him go when he regurgitated a human foot — intact from the knee down.”

The body has been identified as a missing sailor. Play the slideshow below for several pictures of the grizzly sight (WARNING: Not for the squeamish!):

[The Tribune]

First Human-Powered Ornithopter Takes Flight

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Students at the University of Toronto have built the first succesful human-powered Ornithopter (a machine that generates lift through the flapping of its wings). Dubber ‘The Snowbird,” the flying machine achieved. The flight lasted a scant 19.3 seconds, but it is still longer than any other attempt. You can find more info about the project here.

Insurance of the Weird

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Worried about abduction? Worried about Spot getting sick? Like to race on your Segway? Don’t want an to be on the hook for your ransom payment? Check out this handy infographic to find out exactly what you can expect to pay for your weirdest insurance needs:

Weird Insurance


Bro-Nado: The Autotuned Version

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Can we call them or what? As we predicted in our post on Friday the Gregory Brothers of AutoTune the News have released a musical version of the ‘Bro-nado’ video. So grab a cool bottle of Smirnoff Ice and rock out!

Dude… Two Bros And A Brooklyn Tornado

Friday, September 17th, 2010

In a video that could well be this month’s Double Rainbow two Brooklyn ‘bros’ marvel as a tornado passes in front of their apartment window. Dude. Look at it… It’s funneling. Oh my god, Dude.

How long until Autotune The News gets their hands on this remains to be seen.

New Artificial Skin Could Allow Robots To Feel

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a flexible semiconductor which may yield new breakthroughs in robotics and artificial limbs. These semiconductors are covered in rubber and infused with air pockets that push back against pressure, allowing it to detect the presence of an object as light as a butterfly. While this will allow a robot to hug you without crushing you they still lack the power to love (for now).

Police Say ‘Beware of Pedobear!’

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Looks like the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department has finally got an internet connection, and what they’ve found has creeped them out. According to the police, the Internet darling known as ‘Pedobear’ is a secret symbol used by those who would prey on underage children. While they’ve got the basic gist of the meme they have completely missed the point of the character, which is trotted out in Internet discussions to point out when a story or post is unintentionally creepy.

Unfortunately this means if you are among the with it and hip who have a Pedobear t-shirt or sticker odds are if you make your way to California you might just draw the attention of the authorities.