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“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science.” – Edwin Powell Hubble


Oooh shiny! This 20 carat gold nugget can float on your cappuccino foam!

Grabby hands! Gimme gimme gimme!

Even when it seems unbelievable: this is a genuine photograph, in which nothing has been faked. The 20 carats gold foam is lighter than milk foam. Credit: Gustav Nyström and Raffaele Mezzenga /ETH Zurich
Even when it seems unbelievable: this is a genuine photograph, in which nothing has been faked. The 20 carats gold foam is lighter than milk foam. Credit: Gustav Nyström and Raffaele Mezzenga /ETH Zurich

Take a 20 carat nugget of gold and try to make it float in your coffee. Impossible, right? Not anymore!

Swiss researchers have succeeded in created real gold that is so light it can float on the milk foam in your morning cup of cappuccino. As a matter of fact, it’s so light it can even balance on the tip of a feather or on the petals of a dainty flower.

It’s actually made up of a three-dimensional porous mesh of gold – or aerogel foam, and is a thousand times lighter than conventional gold alloys. In other words, it’s lighter than water and almost as light as air!

Check it out!

BEHOLD! My newest video creation – Intriguing Exoplanets

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first confirmed planet around a sun-like star, NASA asked more than 60 leaders in the field of exoplanet observations to choose their favorites among the nearly 2,000 known exoplanets. Some of the exoplanets are rocky, some are gaseous, and some are very, very odd. But there’s one thing each one of these strange new worlds has in common: All have advanced scientific understanding of our place in the cosmos.

You can learn much more about these cosmic wonders on

I admit, the font kerning is still a bit off. But I’m getting there. Video editing is nowhere near like what I’m used to in Pshop.

Weight loss secrets of an aging star revealed

When you think of weight loss, fad diets and bathroom scales come to mind. The last thing you would think of is catching a giant star in the act of slimming down.

VY Canis Majoris is a red hypergiant star in the final stages of its life. One of the largest known stars in the Milky Way, it is 30-40 times the mass of the Sun and 300,000 times more luminous. In fact, this goliath is so large that it would encompass the orbit of Jupiter. But it’s shedding material and astronomers have been searching for answers.

I was so mesmerized by the images and video that getting this article written took quite a while.

Find out why this aging behemoth is losing weight, and what it means for the future.

UPDATE: Archaeologists 90% sure there are hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb

I’ve been waiting all day to break this news because I was waiting on reliable sources to work from. Better safe than sorry in the news world.

Credit: Philip Pikart/Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Philip Pikart/Wikimedia Commons

University of Arizona archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, along with Egypt’s antiques minister, announced Saturday that their chances of finding a hidden chamber behind the walls of King Tutankhamun’s tomb have now risen to 90 percent.

Continue reading and see the video here.

These are the things that make me happy.

Black Friday Ham Butt and Pineapple

We had this random butt we had to cook before it went out of date. So, instead of going out and into all the chaos, we did some cookin’.

Glaze is kind of super secret, but it does involve pineapple as you can see. 😉 Can’t wait to use the bone to cook in beans.

Quest for Nefertiti enters a new phase within King Tut’s tomb

Credit: Philip Pikart/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Credit: Philip Pikart/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Nefertiti – Neferneferuaten Nefertiti – was an Egyptian queen and the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten. With her husband, she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history. So it would make sense that archaeologists would want to find her tomb.

University of Arizona archaeologist Nicholas Reeves has suggested that the queen’s mummy could be located in a secret chamber hidden in Tutankahmun’s tomb in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings.

He started scanning Tut’s tomb in September. Those initial scans revealed that the tomb’s northern and western walls both concealed chambers.

New scans were begun yesterday and are being continued today. Results will be revealed Saturday.

Want to learn more, my curious friend? Dig in to the full story here.