With hopes to prevent city-wide flooding altogether, Tarmac’s Topmix Permeable concrete went viral in September. The very thirsty concrete, which appears completely magical, can soak up 4,000 litres of water in 60 seconds and has the potential to rapidly direct floodwater away from roads, streets and car parks in the event of an emergency. The concrete sadly isn’t a sign that Hogwarts is real, and is in fact simply clever. It uses permeable layers, instantly draining the water beneath the surface for it to eventually make its way through the drainage system and back into circulation.
This concrete will allow floodwater to be efficiently and quickly collected, with little damage to surrounding areas, before being recycled for swimming pools, firefighting and drinking water.
Discovery of Warm-Blooded Fish
As children we’re taught the difference between cold- and warm-blooded creatures and, very definitively, told that fish are cold-blooded animals. Certain fish do have a “warm-bloodedness” to allow survival in the colder depths of the sea and aid hunting by temporarily warming their eyes and brains. However, they’re still technically cold-blooded.
Despite this, in May, researchers discovered the first warm-blooded, warm-hearted fish. The mysterious Opah, also known as the Moonfish or Sunfish, can keep its body temperature consistently above the temperature of the sea unlike any other known fish.
Source: National Geographic
Experience 360-Degree Videos
Both Facebook and YouTube recently introduced the ability to view 360-degree videos on their websites, making this seemingly futuristic feature more accessible to the general public. With its rising popularity leading to an increasing number of 360-degree videos available on the web, viewers can finally experience the view from a high-flying fighter jet, scuba divers swimming with sharks, exclusive events and rooms full of puppies from the comfort of their own homes.
Source: Popular Science
Flowing Water Found on Mars
With a distant-future journey to Mars persisting in the hopes of many, any new information on the cold, harsh, Red Planet is causing a flurry of excitement in the science community. Last September, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, designed to explore Mars from orbit, provided strong evidence of hydrated salts in a series of dark streaks and slopes on the planet’s surface. This confirmed a previous theory that the slopes were in fact formed by flowing water. NASA has since confirmed the discovery of intermittently flowing briny water on present-day Mars, which runs depending on the planet’s season.
Man Gets Bionic Penis
After a freak car accident completely destroyed his penis when he was six years old, Mohammed Abad underwent over 100 operations in three years, including regular skin grafts and a final 11-hour procedure, as doctors crafted him a new one. Abad’s new 8-inch bionic penis mechanically pumps liquid from his stomach to inflate it, replicating an erection. Go hard or go home, right?
Source: Daily Mail