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Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)

Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California not only encountered

New Algorithm Adds Sound to Silent Video By Observing the Tiny Vibrations of Objects (Video)

Researchers at MIT (in conjunction with Microsoft and Adobe) have created an algorithm with a truly impressive function: adding sound to audio-less videos. The algorithm has the ability to observe and analyze countless tiny micro-vibrations and then determine what type of sound must have made them. These vibrations are almost imperceptible – as small as one thousandth of a pixel in some cases. Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, is first author on a new paper discussing

Watch As A Wall of Snow Hits Buffalo, NY (Time-Lapse Videos)

Tuesday morning was the coldest November morning in the United States since 1976, with more than 85% of the surface area of the contiguous 48 states experiencing below-freezing temperatures. According to Dr. Ryan Maue at WeatherBell models… “ Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff—to 10°C below climate normal—more anomalous than even during the Polar Vortex of early January 2014. November is shaping up to be a colder-than-normal month by a lot.” According to

Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power

Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 hours

This Strange Wrinkle-less Brain Was Recently Found in A Long-Forgotten Lab Closet

One of the most familiar characteristics of the human brain are its grooves (sulci) and folds (gyri). But not everyone’s brain is the same when it comes to these structures. Roughly 1 out of every 85,470 children are born with a rare brain condition known as lissencephaly, which is characterized by a lack of sulci and gyri. The condition is a result of abnormal neuron migration during the early weeks of embryo development, and most people born with it pass away before

These Guys Want to Build A Fleet of Giant Fighting Paintball Robots (Video)

Most new technologies aim to solve a common problem, facilitate a difficult task, or just generally make our lives easier and better. But sometimes it’s okay for new technologies to be designed solely for entertainment purposes – the MegaBots Project would certainly fall into that category. The MegaBots design team, which includes engineers, scientists, artists and manufacturers, came together to create giant, paintball cannon-equipped robots. Their current MegaBot design stands about 15 feet tall and weighs around 15,000 pounds, with a cockpit that

This Cool Video Shows You All ~600,000 Asteroids Discovered In Our Solar System Since 1980

Scott Manley is a self-described “astronomer, hacker, gamer, DJ” from Scotland. He is also an avid YouTuber. A few years back, Manley created an awesome visualization showing the discovery of new asteroids in our solar system since the year 1980. Originally posted back in 2010, Manley updated the video this past June to include all of the approximately 600,000 asteroids that have been found over the past 34 years. Check it out! Even compared to Mercury (the smallest planet in our solar system),

This Google-Owned Firm Is Building Some Insane Robots, Including A Robo Karate Kid (Video)

Last December, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when they purchased the robotics firm Boston Dynamics. The acquisition led to all kinds of speculation about what Google was going to do with this new robotic wing of its business. Well, there’s at least one cool project Boston Dynamics has been working on recently: a 6ft 2in, 330-pound robot with exceptional levels of balance and maneuverability. They call it the Atlas bot. The robot is a joint project between Boston Dynamics, the

Watch This Guy Go From 0 to 207 MPH In Under 5 Seconds On a Rocket Bicycle (Video)

François Gissy is a bike enthusiast with an insatiable appetite for speed. In May of 2013, the French daredevil set a bike land speed record by reaching a top speed of 163 mph (263km/h) on his rocket-propelled bicycle. Gissy smashed that record this past Friday (Nov. 7), hitting speeds of 207 mph (333 km/h) while dusting a Ferrari 430 during a test run at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France. The most incredible part: he reached that top speed in less than 5

Breakthrough: Japanese Scientists Make Mouse Nearly Invisible

On Friday, Researchers at Riken Quantitative Biology Center and the University of Tokyo announced that they had succeeded in making a dead mouse nearly transparent by using a decolorization method that removes nearly all the color from its tissue, according to The Wall Street Journal. The project’s leaders say that the study allows for them to see the “bigger picture”, which could help them better understand how certain genes are expressed in different tissues, how embryos develop, how cancer or autoimmune diseases develop at

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