BATMAN: The Ride, A 4D Free Fly Roller Coaster Premiering at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2015

Batman The Ride

BATMAN: the Ride is a new comic book-themed 4D free fly roller coaster that will be premiering at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in summer 2015. The coaster will allow Batman fans to fly and flip around like the heroic Dark Knight.

After being lifted straight up a 120-foot hill, this 4D Wing Coaster challenges riders to “face their fears” as they flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless, tumbling journey. Along the way on this 4th dimension free-fly coaster, thrill seekers experience exhilarating coaster hills and unexpected drops along with an interactive ride experience. BATMAN™: The Ride allows adrenaline seekers to soar outside the confines of the track and fly like Batman.

Batman The Ride

Batman The Ride

video and images via Six Flags Fiesta Texas


Super Slow Motion Video of a Mantis Shrimp Punching Its Prey

Smarter Every Day shot some super slow motion video of a mantis shrimp punching its prey in order to get to the bottom of the mechanics behind the fascinating animal’s killer high speed strike.

That punch is so fast it can’t be accomplished by muscle movement alone. There must be something else going on, which brings up Sheila Patek. Believe it or not, Dr. Patek has determined that the shape of this potato chip is the secret to the punch of a mantis shrimp.

A Vial of Whisky Launched Into Space Scheduled to Return to Earth After Three Years in Orbit

Glass of Whisky

In 2011 the Ardbeg Distillery in Scotland partnered with Texas space research company NanoRacks to launch a vial of unmatured malt and charred oak pieces into orbit. The vial was launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket later that same year while an identical vial was kept as a control in the Ardbeg distillery. On September 12th, 2014 the vial is scheduled to return to Earth so the two can be compared. The hope in the experiment is to see how microgravity conditions affect the maturation process of whisky.

After being distilled, whisky needs to be aged or matured in a cask that is typically made of charred oak. It’s this process that gives whisky its color and much of its flavor as the whisky interacts with the charred wood over a number of years. Interestingly, despite originating at a distillery in Scotland, this space whisky cannot be called scotch whisky, because by law scotch is required to be aged in an oak barrel in Scotland, not space, for three years.

image via Joshua Reppeneker

via BBC News

A TED-Ed Animation Explaining How Studying Domesticated Dogs Helped Treat Diabetes

In the latest animation by TED-Ed, educator Duncan C. Ferguson explains how the study of man’s best friend helped scientists discover the causes of diabetes and eventually helped treat the deadly disease.

In 1890, the German scientists [Joseph] von Mering and [Oskar] Minkowski demonstrated that removing a dog’s pancreas caused it to develop all of the signs of diabetes, thus establishing the organ’s central role in the disease.

Super Slow Motion Video of the Flint From a Disposable Lighter Exploding

“Amazing Lighter Show & Flint Explosion,” the latest video from Slow Mo Lab, features Crazy Russian Hacker demonstrating some spectacular super slow motion tricks with a standard disposable lighter. He kicks things off by showing viewers (along with a “don’t try this at home disclaimer”) how to enlarge the lighter’s flame and then lights and tosses a flint, causing a fiery explosion.