Students Sent A Balloon With A Camera Into Space. But 2 Years Later They Reveal Its Beautiful Story.

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Sometimes things and events that seem absolutely random in and of themselves can end up coming together to form one heck of a story. Whether it is truly random or fated to happen, this is one of those strange turn of events that turned out for the best.

In June a group of students sent a balloon to the edge of space over the Grand Canyon. Despite having planned out the detailed launch, and anticipating where it would eventually land, they were never able to find and recover the craft and the camera or cell phone attached to it.

However, two years later an eagle-eyed hiker in Arizona happened upon the wreckage and the long lost footage was found. The students put together a detailed video and shared it on YouTube so the world could enjoy the beautiful sights that were captured.

The short clip walks the viewer through the background events and all of the preparations that led up to the big launch. First the students tested the balloon with a parachute flight test by dropping it from a height off the ground.

Then they did trajectory planning, made computer models, planned out a custom designed structure, and printed it out in 3D. Finally the day came to send it up into space. The students started out on the road at nine in the morning and headed to a launch site 20 miles west of the Grand Canyon.

There they assembled the balloon and made some last minute adjustments to the spacecraft, switching on the GoPro Hero3 and cell phone which were attached to the chassis. At 10:46 it was launched and less than ten minutes later the balloon had already reached an altitude of 22,967 feet, which put it at a distance of 7 kilometers above Earth’s surface.

By the time an hour and twelve minutes had elapsed, the balloon was 86,558 feet up (26.4km). From that height the enormous Grand Canyon looks like a tiny feature way below on the Earth’s surface, and the curvature of the planet is clear to see. As the balloon spins around you can even catch a glimpse of the moon far off in the distance.

An hour and 27 minutes after launch the balloon reached its highest elevation, 98,660 feet (30.1km), and a clearer view of the Grand Canyon below is shown. That’s also when the craft began its violent descent back to Earth as slow motion reveals the moment the balloon popped and flew away from it.

By the time it landed upside down back on Earth’s surface among some dry grass scrub a full hour and 38 minutes had gone by. The video includes the computer models which show the launch and landing sites relative to the Grand Canyon, and the flight path trajectory as well. Despite these calculations and all of the planning, the students were unable to find the remains of their craft and the video of its journey.

Two years later the camera was found and picked up by a hiker in Arizona who tracked down and returned the footage to the team who launched it. They were able to recover the incredible video and the stunning images that it captured along its epic journey into the stratosphere and back down.

The reason why it was lost in the first place was because there was no cell phone coverage in the area it landed, which the students were relying on to track it down. They had looked at inaccurate coverage maps provided by AT&T and thus the cell never received a signal when it came back to Earth.

The hiker who found the wreckage ironically worked at AT&T. She brought it to a company store and they identified the phones SIM card and tracked down the owner to send back the footage. Check out the awe inspiring film and revel in the beauty that is our home, planet Earth!

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Scientists Reveal That Everyone With Blue Eyes Has THIS 1 Strange Thing In Common!

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I have always been fascinated with ancestory, anthropology and how genes combine to manifest our physical traits.  I knew that physical characteristics in different regions of the world have evolved due to adaptation to differing environments, but I must say that I was really shocked to find out about the origins of blue eye color.

Thousands of years of civilization and evolution account for most physical characteristics.  One characteristic that scientists were mystified by was when the appearance of blue eyes occurred in the evolutionary process.  In unlocking this mystery the researchers had to go back 128 generations!

As you will hear in the fascinating video you are about to watch below, up until 10,000 years ago all humans were brown-eyed.  A gene emerged, known as OCA2, that began to cause changes in the amount of pigment produced.

The most incredible finding is that every blue-eyed person on earth today, is a direct descendant from one single individual who lived somewhere in Europe, 10,000 years ago! A finding was made, after a Stone Age man who was well-preserved, was discovered in Spain.

Upon examination, a gene named HERC2 was revealed to be the specific cause of blue eyes.  Testing showed this gene to occur in African as well as Scandinavian populations; the mixture of these vastly different genetic mixtures is believed to have produced the first blue-eyed mutation.

All blue-eyed people who have ever existed, are descendants of this first blue-eyed man!

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This Guy Drops A Red Hot Ball Of Nickel On A Square Piece Of Foam. Then Things Get Unexpectedly Nuts!

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If you have ever seen any one of the 72 red hot nickel ball videos on YouTube channel carsandwater, then you should know what to expect from this clip. If not, then here is a short background on the red hot nickel ball (RHNB) phenomenon. Basically a super-heated, red hot, ball of nickel is placed on a variety of materials, from eggs and jaw breakers to dry ice and Elmer’s glue. The reaction that takes place is recorded, uploaded, and everyone can then share the knowledge of what happens with their friends and family.

The latest, and easily one of the best reactions thus far, is the red hot nickel ball dropped onto a piece of floral foam. Floral foam is that green, spongy, block packaged stuff that craft stores sell and it’s used by florists to support flower arrangements and to help keep them fresh.

When the RHNB is dropped on top one of the floral foam blocks a sort of strange magic quickly begins to occur. The foam turns from green into yellows, vibrant purples, brown, and finally charred black.

It seems like the foam is burning down, from the inside core outwards, as it shrinks and shrivels. You’ll have to check out the video to see what else happens and how fast the RHNB destroyed it, and this is definitely something you will want to see!

If you have an object, material, or substance that you would like to see tested, there is a safe way for that to happen. Viewers, commentators, and anyone who so desires can send in things to undergo the RHNB experience. Simply follow the instructions and refer to the PO address provided on the video link.

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This Is Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Don’t Touch Others!

Mosquitoes are nasty, irritating insects whose presence can easily ruin an otherwise perfect time. The way they buzz and swarm all around, waiting to land on some warm body to bite, is enough to drive anyone insane. The worst part about the pesky blood suckers are the diseases they carry, which they transmit straight into your body and bloodstream when they bite!

Every year worldwide almost 700 million people end up contracting a mosquito borne illness resulting in over a million deaths. That number keeps growing and the scary fact is what makes them the #1 killer of humans.

The current ongoing public health crisis surrounding the Zika Virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is causing all sorts of health issues. It’s only the latest international health threat that’s related directly to mosquito bites and it’s in good company.

Many diseases are spread mainly or exclusively by mosquitoes including malaria, dengue, encephalitis, West Nile virus, and more. While it’s best to avoid the flying terrors all together, that’s basically impossible because if they want to bite you they will, or die trying.

One way to lessen the amount of bites is knowing what attracts skeeters in the first place. Basically, it depends on how you smell and since mosquitoes have excellent scent receptors in their antennae, they can smell any human within 100 feet easily.

Unfortunately, it also comes down to genetics and 85% of the reason why mosquitoes prefer some people over others is due to their genetic makeup. Here are some of the main factors that make someone a mosquito bite magnet:

1) Exercise and Lactic Acid Production- The sweatier and smellier a person in the more attractive they are to a mosquito. Individuals who produce more lactic acid, which is emitted from our bodies via sweat glands, will draw in more of the pests to their general vicinity. Also, the more perspiration and the older it is, the greater the buildup of lactic acid, meaning your a tasty meal.

Research has proven that fresh sweat isn’t as attractive to a mosquito as day old sweat appears to be, so taking a shower after working hard or exercising can make a huge difference on how many bites you’ll end up getting.

2) Bacteria- Our skin is literally crawling with bacteria and it’s estimated that the average human has about one trillion or so bacteria on their body. The types of bacteria living on our skin can vary greatly from person to person and some varieties affect how much an individual gets bit by mosquitoes.

For example, it has been found that if someone has Staphylococcus and Variovorax present on their skin, they’ll likely suffer more mosquito problems. The opposite is also true, other types of bacteria act to make our skin less attractive to mosquitoes. A few of those types of bacteria include Pseudomonas, Delftia, and Actinobacteria. You definitely want those crawling on your body!

3) Blood Type- The type of blood you have coursing through your veins factors greatly into the risk of whether or not you’ll end up suffering from more bites than others. Studies have found that people with Type O blood are bitten most often, followed by Type B, then Type A. In fact, Type O’s are so appealing to mosquitoes that they’re twice as likely to suffer bites than Type A.

In addition, if you happen to be among the estimated 85% of people who emit a certain chemical that gives away your blood type through your skin then mosquitoes will bite you long before they bite those who lack that chemical. It’s as if the pesky insects like to know exactly what type of blood they’ll be sucking, eek!

4) Carbon Dioxide- Even just breathing is enough to attract mosquitoes because they are drawn to the CO2 you exhale. Individuals who produce more CO2 get bit more frequently, thus pregnant women and heavy-set people who tend to breathe heavier need to take extra precautions to keep from getting bit. Another factor in relation to carbon monoxide is that beer drinkers have been found to get bit more frequently because they too breathe more heavily when under the influence of a few beers.

While people commonly use bug zappers, horrible smelling chemical repellents, and mosquito nets to try and combat the pests, they’re mostly ineffective or plain gross. Fortunately, there’s an easy and highly effective way to keep your surroundings mosquito-free. This video shows how to make a trap to catch the suckers using old soda bottles. It takes just a few seconds and you can make a bunch of them for less than a couple of bucks.

Take a 2 liter soda bottle and carefully cut a third of the top part off it with a serrated knife. Place ¼ cup of brown sugar, 1 cup warm water, and ¼ teaspoon of yeast in the bottom two thirds portion of the cut soda bottle. Place the top of the soda bottle upside down into the bottom half of the bottle and make sure the cap is off and that it fits tight and snug all around the sides. Place the soda bottle trap outside near wherever you plan on sitting and let it do its magic.

Mosquitoes will be attracted to the brown sugar and yeast mixture and won’t be able to resist the sweet, sticky aroma it puts off. When they fly down inside the bottle they become trapped and can’t escape, leaving you with a comfortable, relaxing, mosquito-free atmosphere to enjoy and kick back in. Check it out, the video is definitely worth a one minute view!

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The Strange and Surprising Reason Why People Unexpectedly Twitch As They Try To Fall Asleep!

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Do you know what I love?  Getting answers to questions that you have always wondered about, but never thought to ask!

The video below, that you are about to watch, explains the fascinating theories related to the strange phenomenon that we have all experienced throughout our lives; that sudden jerking movement or FEELING OF FALLING, as you are going from consciousness into sleep.

So, What is that all about?  This scary, loss of control feeling, of trying to avoid falling, is referred to as a ‘hypnic jerk’ or ‘sleep start’.  Although many doctors believe this is just an “almost asleep” transition from wakefulness into unconsciousness, there are really interesting reasons to explain this transition.

The video explains the theories that have to do with the brain defending against the paralytic state of our organs,that keep us from running around when we sleep, in the transitional period.

As it is noted that this phenomenon occurs early on, when we are babies, the ‘hypnic jerk’ may be a developmental feature that we go through to learn how to control our limbs.

Our brains may continue to register this as a failing of our organs, as we get older, and continues to compensate by jerking us awake.  There is even a theory that incorporates our primate ancestors, the apes, as the origins of this bizarre phenomenon.

These and other explanations are explained in detail in the following footage, which I found to be really fascinating.

Watch the video below for further information. Let us know what you think.

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If You’re Using Black or Red Sheets On Your Bed Throw Them Out Right Now. THIS Reason Is Scary!

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Bed bug infestation is truly one of the worse experiences I’ve ever gone through.  My daughter came home from a college dorm and brought these horrid critters in her suitcase.  Because they have developed a resistance to insecticides, they are getting harder and harder to get rid of.  We had to get rid of two beds in our house!

Recently researchers who study bed bugs, found that they consistently have an amazing preference, that could prevent the breeding of bed bugs in your home to begin with.

In the video you are about to watch below, from the Mayo Clinic, one of the researchers explains the finding…bed bugs have a definite preference for certain colors, while they show no interest in other ones!

The original study was done by researchers at the University of Florida and Union College in Lincoln. Some of the details of how color preference was tested will be shown in the footage below.  The results showed that bed bugs have a strong preference for RED AND BLACK, while they actually avoided GREEN and YELLOW.

As you will hear, this preference is believed to be evolutionary and based on adaptation.  This will also be explained, but for now all I have to say is that my RED SHEETS won’t be seeing any of the beds in my house, and although I don’t have Black sheets I will not be using the dark navy or dark brown ones.

Having been through a bed bug siege, I will go to any lengths to avoid the chaos that ensued.  Let us know what you think after watching the video.

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