6 Shockingly Affordable Sci-Fi Inventions #3. A Universal Translator VoxTec Price: $1,900 The fixer of many a plot hole, the universal translator is, in one way or another, a key element of pretty much every sci-fi movie released since the original Star Trek series. Voxtec Now, thanks to modern advancements, mankind has finally created a working universal translator. VoxTecNo matter how far you travel, you'll be able to prank call the locals. You just set it to the language of the person you're speaking to and its voice-recognition software figures out what you just said, drawing from a huge list of phrases in the other language (you can download up to 100,000 phrases), then broadcasts it to whoever you're conversing with. Combine the Phraselator with Wikipedia for slightly delayed omnipotence. #2. Vuzix Price: $1,899 Augmented reality, or AR for short, is in a way leaps and bounds beyond virtual reality; instead of just sticking your head inside a video game, AR technology blends the real world and digital objects in real time. #1.
m.disclose January 26, 2015 - A “lost world” never seen or touched by mankind before has been discovered by a group of scientists using a hot-water drill and underwater robotic vehicles to break through the Antarctic ice shelf. Jim Morrison once said that in this world, there are things known and unknown, and in between are the doors. But in this in this case, it would appear that it was a sheet of ice separating man from one of his last great discoveries. Yahoo! News reports that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln team cut through the ice and discovered a huge quantity of strange looking fish and other “unworldly” creatures going about their daily business in the freezing dark of this strange underwater kingdom. It’s the first time scientists have been able to explore this exotic, alien world which exists in what they term the “grounding zone,” but to you or I, is simply the place where the ice shelf meets the sea floor.
The 6 Most Frequently Quoted Brain Facts (That Are Total BS) After millennia of research, experts still don't know very much about the human brain. As such, most of what you have picked up on the subject from pop culture is just laughably wrong. In fact, we'll bet you even heard some or all of these brain myths in school at some point ... #6. What you heard: It's the reason Homer Simpson gets stupider every season, and it's what your mom warned you about when you got caught sneaking a beer from dad's stash when you were 13: Every beer you drink kills something like a million brain cells and makes you permanently stupider. Getty"Goodbye, Algebra 2!" The truth: Let's get this out of the way now -- too much alcohol does a whole host of horrible shit to just about every organ in your body. Getty"Asleep" isn't the same as "brain damaged." The whole idea of alcohol destroying your brain actually dates back to the temperance movement in America, circa 1830. Plenty of people believed it -- it just seems like common sense that beer destroys the brain. #5. #4.
10 Space Myths We Need to Stop Believing Why you shouldn’t get your facts from Hollywood. 1. We explode in space Like many of the myths that will follow, this idea was mostly created by Hollywood. Exposure to space will definitely kill you, but not instantly and not in such a visceral way. 2. Venus is often referred to as our twin but this shouldn’t give you the impression that it is exactly like our planet. 3. The Sun is actually glowing, not burning. 4. Ask anyone to draw a Sun and they will immediately reach for the yellow crayon. Thing is, though, that we see it yellow thanks to our atmosphere. Regardless, we don’t need to see the Sun to know what color it is because we can tell from the temperature. 5. At a glance, this one seems logical enough. What isn’t a myth, however, is the idea that the Earth is sometimes closer and sometimes further away from the Sun. 6. Again, something we’ve talked about, but it is mentioned often so it bears repeating. 7. Movies rarely get sound right in space. 8. 9. 10.
5 Embarrassing Failures History Class Turned Into Victories #2. The Miracle at Dunkirk Wikipedia, Wikipedia Hitler wasn't a very nice guy, and he knew how to organize an invasion. GettyThose monsters. For any readers out there who have at some point been alive, you know that the French lost. But in a remarkable last ditch effort, the British managed to rescue over 300,000 of their troops from the beaches of Nazi-occupied France, frantically enlisting the help of everybody and anybody with a boat. Wikipedia"Last one to the sea gets shot by Nazis!" The rescue effort would come to be called the Miracle of Dunkirk. How History Remembers It: The Daily Express declared in their headline, "Tired, dirty, hungry they came back -- unbeatable." fotosmilitaresIt's hard to look cool in a fishing boat. Almost immediately, papers like the New York Times were joining in. WikipediaManly hug? The Reality: Meanwhile, the German newspapers simply declared: "Dunkirk Taken." nzz.ch"Left behind hats." ralphlaurino"What's this? It left the British desperately low on equipment.
150,000-Year-Old Pipes Baffle Scientists in China: Out of Place in Time? By: Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times Oopart (out of place artifact) is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that seem to show a level of technological advancement incongruous with the times in which they were made. Ooparts often frustrate conventional scientists, delight adventurous investigators open to alternative theories, and spark debate. In a mysterious pyramid in China’s Qinghai Province near Mount Baigong are three caves filled with pipes leading to a nearby salt-water lake. Dating done by the Beijing Institute of Geology determined these iron pipes were smelted about 150,000 years ago, if they were indeed made by humans, according to Brian Dunning of Skeptoid.com. And if they were made by humans, history as it is commonly viewed would have to be re-evaluated. The dating was done using thermoluminescence, a technique that determines how long ago crystalline mineral was exposed to sunlight or heated. “Nature is harsh here,” he said.
21 Images You Won't Believe Aren't Photosphopped (Part 8) #9. If Who Framed Roger Rabbit Was Directed by Michel Gondry Via Wexas.com What looks like a Lego building cropped into a nature photograph is actually a real building that sleeps four adults. Hovering in the middle of the forest just outside of the Arctic Circle, the bafflingly named "blue cone room" is part of the Treehotel. The hotel is located in Sweden, the same country that brought us IKEA. It's not the Treehotel's only room that will make your brain sneeze forth from your ears. #8. Via Metro.co.uk Even though this photo of an octopus playing with a Mr. Then you notice the shadows on the nose and body cast by the tentacle, and realize the Mr. Via Thisnext.com ... and you find out the Internet is full of the same picture from other angles. Via Paigntonpeople.co.uk #7. This looks like one of those "look how much this area has changed in just 30 years!" #6. Via Repperpatterns.com Once again we have something that not only looks like a Photoshop, but also looks like a lousy one. #5. #4.
The Amazon River Flows Backwards, And Now Scientists Have Figured Out Why The Amazon once flowed in the opposite direction, from east to west. Reversing the direction of the Earth's largest river is no trivial thing, and geologists have pondered the cause for some time. In Earth and Planetary Science Letters The University of Sao Paulo's Dr Victor Sacek has demonstrated that nothing more than erosion is needed to explain this enormous shift. With the mighty Andes at the western end of the continent it seems logical that South America's rivers flow east. However, until 10 million years ago, most of what is now the Amazon basin was drained by a river that flowed west into a giant lake that lay at the feet of the northern Andes. To tilt an entire continent seems such a vast endeavor that geologists had speculated changes in convection within the Earth's mantle, perhaps resulting from the break-up of Africa and South America, must have driven this. H/T Science
21 Images You Won't Believe Aren't Photosphopped (Part 8) This is the latest edition of our most popular feature, in which we demonstrate that the truth is stranger than Photoshop. Here are more photos that will make every poster in the comment section scream "FAKE!" but are absolutely real. In case you missed the previous episodes, here's Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, the gritty reboot that doesn't acknowledge the previous editions, Part 6 and Part 7. And now ... #21. Via Buzzhunt.co.uk This looks like a bank of escalators seconds before they were buried under a lava flow, but it's actually one of about a hundred decorated subway stations under Stockholm, Sweden, where the natural bedrock ceiling has been painted. If nothing else, it has to make it a hell of a lot easier to figure out if you're at the right stop. Via Wikimedia Commons"Hmmm ... this has less magma than I remember." #20. Via Forbes Yes, that's a satellite photo, and yes, there really is a gigantic set of connecting canals spelling "HAMAD" in Abu Dhabi. #19. Via Making Of
The Top 8 Unintentionally Hilarious Vehicles Ridden Into War #4. The Japanese I-400 Submarine Was Designed by Wile E. Coyote As World War II was drawing to a close, Imperial Japan unveiled the Death Star of the sea: the I-400 submarine. Oh, it was also intended to be an aircraft carrier. "We have no idea what we're doing here." It didn't even have a runway. Micro Machines learned so much from Imperial Japan. Yes, kamikaze. Ahoy- Mac's Web Log"This makes way more sense than just shooting torpedoes at them, right guys?" #3. The French Morane-Saulnier L was one of the first successful fighter planes made during World War I and was fitted with a forward-facing machine gun -- state-of-the-art tech at the time. But let us ask you something. GettySafe. Have you ever wondered why the guns didn't just immediately blow the blades off, sending the plane plummeting to the ground? It opted for a slightly more cartoonish solution -- slap on a piece of metal to deflect bullets safely away from the propeller and definitely not straight into the face of the pilot. #2.
8 Things You Won't Believe Can Be Hacked If movies are to be believed, hackers are mostly kept busy fighting the man with CGI animations of smiley faces, or else dwelling in the darkest corners of their mothers' basements and doing purely nerdy stuff that never affects the real world. But neither assumption is true: Hacking does not look like a rad skateboarder busting a kickflip over an onyx tower, and hackers do gain access to things that can affect your daily life ... and sometimes, even end it. #8. Explode Your Genitals We think we have a pretty good idea of what hackers are capable of: stealing your personal information, crashing your computer, Rollerblading like a sonofabitch and making out with Angelina Jolie (back when she was hot, before her alien DNA kicked in and she started looking like a hawk-monster). But today's hackers have finally crossed a line, and must be terminated with extreme prejudice. Photos.com"The good news is that your leg is going to be fine ..." "Is it enough to Sharpie 'Avira' onto them?" #7. #6.
6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain We like to feel superior to the people who lived centuries ago, what with their shitty mud huts and curing colds by drilling a hole in their skulls. But we have to give them credit: They left behind some artifacts that have left the smartest of modern scientists scratching their heads. For instance, you have the following enigmas that we believe were created for no other purpose than to fuck with future generations. The Voynich Manuscript The Mystery: The Voynich manuscript is an ancient book that has thwarted all attempts at deciphering its contents. It appears to be a real language--just one that nobody has seen before. Translation: "...and when you get her to put the tennis racket in her mouth, have her stand in a fountain for a while. There is not even a consensus on who wrote it, or even when it was written. Why Can't They Solve It? Could you? Don't even try. As you can imagine, proposed solutions have been all over the board, from reasonable to completely clownshit. Our Guess: