Animals, Videos

Watch: The first 21 days of a bee’s life in stunning timelapse

Image via National Geographic.

As part of a recent TED Talk (presented at the bottom of this article) photographer Anand Varma captured the incredible 21 day transformation from bee egg to larvae to pupae to adult, all in a breathtaking one-minute time-lapse video: In order to construct this time-lapse, Varma raised bees in his backyard, in front of a camera. His effort is part

Videos

Watch a killer whale pass right underneath this paddleboarder

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When Luke Reilly took his paddleboard out, he certainly wasn’t expecting this. The killer whale, one of the most intelligent predators in the world, passed right beneath him, apparently playing and showing off. The once-in-a-lifetime footage was captured – where else? – in New Zealand, just off the Kuaotunu beach. His reaction at the end of the video says it all:

Videos

Watch: two men flying with jetpacks in Dubai

Screenshot from Youtube.

The future is here – bring me my jetpack. Yves “the Jetman” Rossy and his protege, Vince Reffet do a fantastic job at illustrating that, pushing the limits of jetpack technology; and what better place to do it than Dubai? Warning – this video isn’t for the faint of heart, nor for those afraid of heights. Proceed at your own risk.

Animals, News, Videos

The ugly truth behind the ‘cute’ video of the orangutan and tiger cubs

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Social media was ecstatic – just look at this video of an orangutan bottle-feeding a tiger cub. Tens of millions of people tuned in to watch this “cuteness overload”… but the truth behind this is not cute at all. It’s actually quite saddening. We’ll discuss why, after the video.

News, Science, Videos

Just two guys casually jetpacking over DUBAI

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Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet look like out of the Jetsons in this epic video where they use jetpacks in a synchronized flight. Rossy is a pilot with more than 10,000 hours worth of flights and the lead designer behind the jetpack he and Reffet used in this powerful demo shot right above Dubai’s glorious skyline. The jetpack seems really sturdy and able to propel the pilots with agility and grace. To use them, however, the two had to jump off a helicopter. Despite this, the jetpacks can be used to gain altitude and sustain the flight from 6 to 13 minutes at speeds between 180 and 300 km/h, depending on how hard they go.

Art, Videos

Yet another beautiful timelapse video

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Move from Aaron Keigher on Vimeo. “The world around us never stands still and it is this motion that gives Earth life. Without this movement, our planet could not exist. Simply put, movement breathes life into our world. Few of us have ever stopped to think about the importance of this constant motion — stop to bask in its simplicity

Technology, Videos

This computer is worth 9$ and it’s not as bad as you might think. No, seriously

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Next Thing Co, a fledgling company started by three budding hardware enthusiasts, just released a KickStarter campaign in which they promise to release a computer worth nine USD. The computer, called CHIP, can do everything 90% of all people usually use computers for: office apps, surf the web and play games. The team hoped to raise $50,000 to supplement their own budget and start rolling orders at an assembly line in China. Right now, $1,040,006 were donated as I’m writing this and the numbers are swelling with 24 days still to go. Are we finally seeing the fruits of liberalizing computing and economics of scale?

Offbeat, Videos

Timelapse video perfectly highlights world’s largest salt flat

Image via Atlas Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí in southwest Bolivia, close to the crests of the Andes, at 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level. It was captured in all its splendor in the above timelapse, by Enrique Pacheco. The Salar was formed as

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Crater wall collapse causes lava explosion in Hawaii [with video]

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A crater wall collapse in a Hawaiian volcano has triggered a powerful lava explosion. The Kilauea explosion spread lava and debris around it, in a spectacular display which was caught on camera by the USGS. Material was thrown 280 feet (85 meters) up into the air. Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS, compared the blast to popping a champagne

Technology, Videos

This 10-engine-copter made by NASA can morph into a plane in mid-flight

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Inspired by quadcopters and airplanes alike, NASA engineered made the best of both worlds and designed a 10-engine electric craft that can hover like a drone, but also cruise like a plane. Called Greased Lightning or GL-10, the craft is allegedly four times more efficient than a helicopter in cruise mode, while also retaining vertical take off capabilities.