Impressive photo of hundreds of flying rays is one beautiful nightmare

This photograph of a large school of mobula rays by Eduardo Lopez Negrete is one of the entries for the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Keep in mind that these majestic creatures can reach a 17-foot (5.2 meter) wingspan and weigh over a ton. It may look like a nightmare but they are harmless. » 7/23/14 9:03pm Yesterday 9:03pm

Amazing trees produce 40 different types of fruit

When Sam Van Aken found out that a New York state orchard—with varieties of stone fruit 200 years old—was about to be abandoned in 2008, he bought it to save those species and to experiment: Grafting from the existing trees he created the magical Tree of 40 Fruit, which produces over 40 types of fruit. » 7/23/14 12:23am Yesterday 12:23am

Seeing real US Navy SEALs moving underwater is way cooler than any movie

This isn't a trailer for the next Tom Clancy movie. These are real U.S. Navy SEALs showing how they get into enemy territory from the sea. They get deployed in a mini-sub launched from a nuclear submarine. Then they get out as they approach the shore at night, ready to complete their mission. » 7/22/14 6:41pm Tuesday 6:41pm

If you fold a paper in half 103 times it'll get as thick as the Universe

The myth: You can't fold a paper in half more than eight times.* The reality: Given a paper large enough—and enough energy—you can fold it as many times as you want. The problem: If you fold it 103 times, the thickness of your paper will be larger than the observable Universe: 93 billion light-years. Seriously. » 7/19/14 3:24am Saturday 3:24am

Discuss: The laws that bind atoms and galaxies control your feelings too

Pour yourself a whiskey and think about this before going to sleep tonight: "What you perceive as a conscious perspective is actually a bunch of little particles banging into each other and swerving around based on the same rules that form stars, nebulae, and black holes... » 7/18/14 12:24am 7/18/14 12:24am

Man climbs real-world 5,900-foot Game of Thrones' Wall with no ropes

This is one of the most amazing and terrifying things I've seen in a long time: Watch Ueli Steck speed climbing the 5,900-foot (1,800-meter) north face of the Eiger—a mountain in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland. No ropes and solo—just him, his crampons, and his ice tools, risking a fatal fall at every single step. » 7/16/14 7:44pm 7/16/14 7:44pm

Some really crazy people made the entire Star Wars movie in Minecraft

After three years in the making, the Minecraft version of Star Wars: A New Hope is almost done. According to the fans making the movie, the individual sets alone took six months to build—"no mods have been used, just custom textures and art." Here's their version of the original movie trailer, released in 1977: » 7/16/14 1:17pm 7/16/14 1:17pm

Mysterious giant hole suddenly appears in Siberia [Updated]

A mysterious giant hole and crater have suddenly appeared in Siberia, Russia. There are not many details right now, but the video captured from a helicopter shows a weird configuration with debris and signs of combustion around it. What the hell is this? Update: New pictures and video show the interior of the hole in… » 7/16/14 9:48am 7/16/14 9:48am

I can't wait to see this awesome Chinese animation movie

Behold the spectacular trailer for Master Jiang and the Six Kingdoms, a new Chinese animation feature that feels like a wild magic mix between Seven Samurai, Ran, and Lord of the Rings through a Studio Ghibli lenses. It looks amazing and, the cel animation was done by just two animators: Li Wei and Pei Fei. » 7/15/14 8:22pm 7/15/14 8:22pm

Sensual images of dreamy women are actually incredible oil paintings

Few artists in the world have the perfect command of lighting, color, and oil media technique of Yigal Ozeri. His always sensual and sometimes disturbing hyperrealistic art—which usually focuses on women in dreamy and contemplative states—is simply stunning. Warning: Some paintings are NSFW (nipples shown). » 7/14/14 9:12pm 7/14/14 9:12pm

Amazing hail storm on a beach looks like the beginning of the Apocalypse

This video captured on a beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia, looks like a scene from a movie about the end of the world. People were enjoying a perfect sunny day—with temperatures of 99F (37C)—when bullet-sized hail started strafing the beach while everyone were running for their lives in panic. » 7/14/14 12:45am 7/14/14 12:45am

This guy spent $500,000 in his Star Trek collection

$500,000. That's how much a Star Trek fan Anthony Sforza is, a man who put three years of his life into turning his basement into a temple dedicated to Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi series—then filled it with unique memorabilia. He actually bought a piece of the set to analyze it and use the exact same materials. » 7/10/14 11:28pm 7/10/14 11:28pm

Guy turns jar of warm liquid into ice just by putting his hand inside

This is like a scene from X-Men: A man puts his hand into a jar seemingly full of water. Instantly, ice starts growing around it despite the fact that the liquid is warm, expanding until all the content is solid, with the texture of ice cream. What is this sorcery? It's something called hot ice. » 7/09/14 1:34am 7/09/14 1:34am

The fieriest star explosion I've ever seen is not even a supernova

The star Wolf-Rayet WR124 disintegrates in the constellation Sagitta, 10,900 light years from Earth. The fiery explosive halo is made of "glowing gas globs each typically over 30 times more massive than the Earth being expelled by violent stellar winds." And the incredible thing is that this is not even a supernova. » 7/01/14 2:04am 7/01/14 2:04am

100 tons of TNT, one really cool explosion shock wave

Today I learned that scientists blow up 100 tons of TNT in the middle of nowhere not just for the fun of it, but to listen to the blast. The Comprehensive Nuclear‑Test‑Ban Treaty Organization sets microphones thousands of miles away to listen to low frequency waves produced by these TNT explosions. » 6/27/14 7:22pm 6/27/14 7:22pm