Watch Gorgeous Bubbles Tumble in Microgravity

It is a truth universally acknowledged that everything is cooler in space. Even oral hygiene becomes an awesome adventure in microgravity. 

But cool isn’t enough for NASA. The agency wants to be revolutionary, which is why astronauts have started filming their science experiments in super duper HD and uploading them to YouTube. Videos are shot in 4K with an Epic Dragon camera, the same high-speed, high-resolution equipment used to film The Hobbit. When slowed down, the videos should offer unique insights into the effects of microgravity.

Bubbles, space, and cameras make one heck of a team. Last year, astronauts immersed a GoPro camera inside a floating ball of water. If you happen to have a pair of stereoscopic glasses handy, you can even watch it in 3D. 

In their latest video, astronauts release a ball of water, then add food coloring and a fizzing antacid tablet to study how gas is released. Words can’t describe how cool this is; just watch the video. (For maximum awesomeness, click the gear icon and change the video settings to “2160p 4K”.) 

For more ultra HD videos from the ISS, follow NASA Johnson on YouTube.

A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.


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