A sungrazer comet (technically known as Kreutz sungrazers) crashed into the sun on August 4, 2016 and lucky for us, the entire event was captured on video by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Analysis of the video shows the comet plunged into the sun at a mind-boggling 373 miles per second! That’s 1.34 million miles per hour! At that speed, you could drive completely around the earth in about a minute. Kreutz sungrazers are fragments of larger comets, called Kreutz comets, that have broken apart as they neared the sun. When the sun pulls these smaller fragments toward it, they accelerate until eventually, they are vaporized by the intense forces near the sun. Kreutz comets travel around the sun on a path called the Kreutz path.
The Daboia, or Russell’s Snake Viper, is found in Asia throughout the Indian subcontinent, much of Southeast Asia, southern China and Taiwan. Not only is it very aggressive, but it is very poisonous. For the lucky few that survive, they may face a lifetime of chronic internal injuries as a result of the venomous bite. Why does the bite of the Russell’s Snake Viper do so much damage to the human body? Because it causes the blood of the victim to coagulate. Do what? Check out the creepy video below which shows what happens to blood when a single drop of snake venom is mixed with it. Here’s what happens when snake venom is mixed with blood Sources: BBC, Wikipedia
Greenpeace submarine attacked by pair of Red Devil Squid – attempted “squidnapping” narrowly avoided… [video]
Straight from the “Stuff of Nightmares” department, two Greenpeace submarine divers had their submersible attacked by a pair of Humboldt squids (aka jumbo squid). The workers were on an expedition in the Bering Sea when the attack occurred and caught the whole episode on video which they posted to Vine. Check out the video of the squid attack below: The workers were working inside the Dual Deep Worker submersible when the encounter occurred. The jumbo squid, affectionately known as red devil squid, are famed for their aggression and red ink they squirt when attacking. They can grow up to 7 feet in length, weigh as much as 100 lbs, and have tentacles lined with tiny, sharp teeth! [Editor note: Reeko says we are not to make any corny jokes about the squid
You can usually tell if a shark is hungry by, well, let’s face it – if they’re breathing, they are hungry. But they usually don’t attack each other. In the video below, two sharks go at each other off the coast of Neptune Island in Australia. It’s hard to tell if they purposely attacked each other or accidentally locked jaws while going after the same piece of bait but in the end, the result is the same – we end up with two sharks embraced in some sort of weird, angry kiss. Check out the video below (we’ve added post processing slo-mo’s and zooms for intimacy). Two sharks attacking each other off coast of Neptune Island in Australia
This incredible footage shows the August 29, 2014 eruption of the Mount Tavurvur volcano in Papua New Guinea and the powerful shockwave that rippled through the clouds above the volcano. The film was shot by a tourist on a boat off the coast of Papua. Thankfully, the brave tourist held steady and captured this amazing video which has already helped scientists better understand not only volcanic eruptions but the phenomenal properties of the tremendous shockwave that resulted from the explosion. The video below captures Mount Tavurvur belching out a thick tower of ash thousands of feet into the skies above the island of New Britain. The ash from the volcano reached 60,000 feet into the air! Analysis of August 29, 2014 Papua New Guinea volcanic eruption Mount Tavurvur is
An ant brain is tiny, about 1/40,000th the size of a human brain (ants have 250,000 brain cells vs. humans’ 10,000,000 brain cells) so it goes without saying, they’re not too bright. But an ant colony of 40,000 ants collectively has the same size brain as a human and working together as a group, they are capable of extraordinary feats. Together they may not be able to drive a car, work a computer, or send a text message but check out the amazing video below which shows a colony of ants forming a long daisy-chain in order to pull a dead millipede back to their nest. Ants form daisy-chain to pull millipede along Ants are what biologists call a “superorganism” – a social unit with an uncanny
For a long time, Reeko has been trying to convince his readers that despite mind-boggling implications, Galileo was correct – all objects fall at the same rate regardless of how heavy they are. In other words, mass does not affect gravitational pull. Theoretically, in a vacuum, if you dropped a school bus (yes, yes, imagine the principal inside if you really must add dramatic effect) and a feather from a tower, both would hit the ground at the same time (and the principal would be very unhappy). Wait – don’t leave yet! We’re not making this stuff up! In 1971, on his last day on the moon, Apollo 15 Commander David Scott tested this theory. In one hand, he took a heavy 1.32kg geological hammer. In
The electric eel generates electricity that it uses to catch prey and protect itself if attacked. In the video below, a hungry South American alligator corners an electric eel on the bank of a small river. The alligator, whom we all know surely is not too bright, decides to make a meal of the electric eel. As the alligator bites down on the eel, the eel’s natural reflexes kick in, it begins its electric discharge (which it can do for about an hour), and well, see for yourself. And in this corner, weighing in at 30 pounds, we have the mighty electric eel. In this corner, weighing in at a paltry 400 lbs., we have the beast from the east, the terrifying, hide your eyes, ALLIGATOR!