Skydiver nearly struck by a meteorite that he captured on film

April 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Shortly after Anders Helstrup jumped from a small plane in Norway two years ago, he sensed that something strange happened. He wasn’t sure what it was until he checked the film from the helmet camera he’d been wearing and saw a stone hurtling through the air, barely missing him.

Experts soon confirmed that the stone that nearly hit Helstrup was a meteorite — the first meteorite in history that’s been captured on film in mid-air after the light has disappeared from it and it’s in “dark flight.” Helstrup has expressed his own doubts, but meteorite experts who have reviewed the footage remain insistent of the flying stone’s space origins.

Since then, meteorite enthusiasts have spent hours painstakingly searching for the meteorite, but to no avail. They’ve now created a website and released this video in an attempt to generate additional interest and assistance in the search for the valuable meteorite…

Water gushes through a mall’s ceiling when hail shatters its skylight windows

March 31, 2014 | No comments

On Sunday evening, Hong Kong experienced torrential downpours of nearly 3 inches of rain in under an hour accompanied by golf ball-size hail. Hong Kong has only seen 39 days with hail in the last 48 years, making this weather event especially unusual.

A strange scenario unfolded at the Festival Walk shopping mall when its skylight windows were shattered by the hail, allowing the torrential downpour to stream directly into the mall…

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Of course, shoppers had their phones ready to share their bizarre experience with the rest of us as pieces of the ceiling came crashing down…

Helmet-cam captures ice climber’s “worst nightmare” as the ice under him gives way

March 29, 2014 | No comments

John Freeman is an avid ice climber with years of experience, but that experience doesn’t guarantee safety in a sport this risky. Two years ago, when climbing in Canada’s Banff National Park, a pillar of ice he was on gave way.

Freeman was sent tumbling several hundred feet down the mountain in an incredible fall that was captured by his helmet camera. Amazingly, he walked away from the harrowing experience without serious injury and was climbing again the next day.

The whole video is well worth watching, but if you’re pressed for time, skip to 2:15 for the final moments leading up to the fall at 2:45…

(via Business Insider)

40-year-old deaf woman breaks down as she hears another person speak for the first time

March 28, 2014 | 7 comments

Deaf since birth, Joanne Milne was given bilateral cochlear implants at 40 years old that finally allowed her to hear for the first time in her life. As you can imagine, it was a very emotional experience…

(via VVV)

Why you should never let the internet be your doctor

March 25, 2014 | No comments

Most of us have had some nagging cough, irritating itch, or upset stomach that caused us to turn to WebMD, Google, or even Facebook (please don’t do that again…) for help.

This simple illustration from Joy of Tech shows us what we think we’ve been stricken with both before and after we’ve conducted our own online research…

Medical Web Search

(via Neatorama)

These cross-stitches make deadly diseases look like the cutest little things

March 23, 2014 | No comments

Alicia Watkins has a knack for combining cross-stitch and humor. Whether getting her nerd on with binary cross-stitch or immortalizing Captain Picard in thread (“Set phasers to stunning”), her work playfully explores modern pop culture through an age-old art.

I especially enjoyed her microbes and germ collection, which makes deadly viruses and bacteria look like child’s play…

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Side-by-side pics visualize how animals see the world differently from us [10 pics]

March 21, 2014 | No comments

Editor, blogger, and cephalopod enthusiast Elizabeth Preston has written an intriguing and approachable article for Nautilus comparing how we see things as humans with how various other animals see things.

Here are several comparisons she discusses. On the left is a simulation of what the animal sees and on the right is how we see the same thing…

Cats

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Neighbors take to Twitter to save 2 eagles that got tangled in a fight and crashed to the ground

March 21, 2014 | 3 comments

On Monday evening, residents in Shakopee, Minnesota, noticed two bald eagles laying on the ground in Kyle and Lesley Breimhorst’s front yard. Upon closer inspection, they realized that the two eagles were tangled in one another’s talons, unable to escape. Injured during a territorial dispute with one another, the eagles had crashed to the ground…

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The police showed up but they weren’t equipped to help with the situation and calls to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center’s after-hours number weren’t being picked up. Onlookers quickly took to Twitter with pictures of the birds and pleas for help…

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