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University Of Rochester Researchers Make Cloaking/Invisibility Device (Video)

University of Rochester Ph.D. student Joseph Choi 

Photo Credit:  J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to cloak large objects from sight, using what they call a “Three-dimensional, Transmitting, Continuously Multidirectional Cloaking Device”. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed. What is most amazing is that the device can be created using inexpensive and readily available technology. The cloaking device requires four specific lenses, but it only cost researchers John Howell and

Vote For Who You Think Deserves National Geographic’s $50,000 “Expedition-Granted” Prize! (Video)

The wonderful people at National Geographic are hosting another awesome youth-inspiring contest that will award a $50,000 grant to help fund a winning team’s nature expedition. The contest opened its doors to entries from all over, with the only parameters being that the expedition idea pushes boundaries and forges new territory. Unfortunately the doors have been closed for new entries, but the lucky projects that have been recognized as finalists for this year’s grant include all types of expeditions, from

If Fireflies Weren’t Cool Enough, Here’s An Awesome Firefly Time-Lapse Video!

Photo Credit: National Geographic

Photographer/filmmaker Vincent Brady teamed up with National Geographic to put together an awe-inspiring time-lapse video using awesome stills of fireflies. The video/stills were captured at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and Grand Ledge, Michigan, during the summer of 2013. Enjoy! Fireflies or “lightning bugs” as some people call them, are a winged beetle that scientist believe to be over 2,000 species of on our planet. According to Wikipedia… “Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence. This

Meet Two of the World’s Best Hula Hoopers (Video)

Professional hula hoop performer Coral Jade is undoubtedly one of the best hula hoopers in the world. The modern hula hoop was created by by Arthur K. Melin and Richard Knerr in 1958. Since then, children and adults from all over have enjoyed the physical challenge and entertainment the hula hoop offers. But few hula hoopers have earned an international reputation and gotten a deal with GoPro. Based in Melbourne, Austrialia, Jade has earned a reputation as far more than just a street performer. Not only

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Finding Some Strange Objects On The Surface of Mars…

Back in November of 2011, the spacecraft for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory project launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. A little less than a year later, on August 6, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity Rover touched down on the surface of Mars. Since then, the rover has been exploring the surface of the Red Planet, taking samples and performing experiments to, “…assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the

NASA Goes Commercial, Signing Manned-Spaceflight Contracts With SpaceX and Boeing

This past Tuesday (September 16, 2014), NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX as the winning commercial contracts for bringing astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017. According to YahooNews… “NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners of the competition at Kennedy Space Center, next door to where the launches should occur in a few years.” The U.S. retired it’s own Space Shuttle in 2011, and since then has been relying on Russian rockets to bring NASA astronauts to

Find Out How To Grow Your Own Buddha-Shaped Fruit And More (Video)

The Fruit Mould Company prides themselves on, “…creating one of a kind, high quality fruit and vegetable molds to transform regular fruits into wacky and weird shapes that you’ve never seen before. Imagine square watermelons, heart shaped cucumbers and Buddha shaped pears.” The secret is in the fiberglass-reinforced moulds- anyone can make their own uniquely shaped fruits and vegetables with the right mould and a bit of patience. Depending on which mould and which fruit or vegetable you are using,

This App Uses Your Phone To Help With Cancer and Alzheimer’s Research While You Sleep (Video)

A University of Vienna invention is turning our smartphones into a network of processing power. The Samsung Power Sleep App was developed by Samsung in Austria, as a collaboration with the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna. Samsung Power Sleep lets you donate the processing power of your smartphone or tablet to assist researchers with the decryption of protein sequences. This decryption is an essential part of cancer and Alzheimer’s research (as well as other diseases). The app works like an

What’s A Bobcat In 60 Seconds

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are a mainly nocturnal animal and like most feline are very elusive, so they aren’t often seen by humans. A mammal part of the cat family “Felidae”, bobcats first appeared around 1.8 million years ago.  Bobcats have adapted to thrive in many different habitats, such as forests, swamps, deserts, and even urbanized areas. They inhabitat regions from southern Canada all the way to northern Mexico and can be found all throughout the United States. There are an estimated 1 million bobcats living

Sao Paulo’s “Ouvidor 63″: A 13-Story Utopia For Squatting Artists and Musicians (Video)

Brazil’s biggest city is filled with towering skyscrapers and abandoned buildings. Since 2008, however, rent has sky-rocketed in the city, increasing by 97% in just six years and putting Sao Paulo at #19 on the list of most expensive cities to live in. These rising living costs have left many local residents struggling to keep up with the price of keeping their home. In May of this year, a group of local artists claimed an abandoned 13-story tower block as their own. They redefined

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