Public pissers be warned: cities around the world are starting to retaliate against late night public urinators by coating walls with hydrophobic paint that will actually splash the urine back at the empty-bladdered offender.
During the War of 1812, the United States’ small and relatively new navy was taking a major beating at the hands of the powerful British. The U.S. needed a victory, and the…
On the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I officially ended. Exactly one year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day, which would later be expanded to honor all veterans and become Veterans Day. In the 21st century, these veterans are returning not from the European trenches but the stultifying deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq. Photographers like David Jay and James Nachtwey have documented their return, highlighting the fact that the most difficult part of battle often comes after it’s technically over:
Created in 2013 by a research team from China’s Zhejiang University, grapheme aerogel (featured atop a cherry blossom in the photo above) is considered the world’s lightest material — so much so that it is seven times lighter than air.
That’s not to say it’s incredibly fragile or useless: the material can recover completely after more than 90 percent compression, and absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil at a rate of 68.8 grams per second. In fact, it’s these properties that has led researcher Gao Chao to hope that the material can be used to mop up oil spills, squeezed to reclaim the oil, and then thrown back in the ocean to mop up more oil, Extreme Tech reported.
In 2014, the United States was feeling a sense of renewed vigor from the Edward Snowden revelations. It had been a year since the first top–secret NSA documents were published, Snowden was being charged under the Espionage Act, the U.S. government was trying to extradite him from Russia and Wired had just put him on the cover of their magazine. But one revelation could have the biggest repercussions of the entire Snowden affair: “MonsterMind”, a Skynet-esque cyber warfare program straight out of Terminator Genisys (just released on Blu-ray and Digital HD).