Earth is just amazing and it brings us numerous natural surprises that won’t fail to keep us in awe. Somewhere outside your door, there are always stunning things happening in nature that you don’t get to see every day. Some of these natural phenomena are rare and unbelievable but they do happen indeed.
Apart from the breathtaking and the rare, some of these weird phenomena will make you appreciate just how wonderful our planet is.
#1. Double Rainbow
A double rainbow is just like any regular rainbow but this awesome natural phenomenon happens when the sun occasionally reflects in a raindrop twice.
#2. Striped Iceberg
As water melts and eventually freezes again, particles like dirt can get trapped in between those layers of ice, resulting in a striped surface.
#3. Fire Rainbow
This natural phenomenon happens when sunlight hits on frozen ice crystals that are found in high-altitude cirrus clouds.
Scientists refer to this phenomenon with its more formal name, the circumhorizonal arc.
#4. Columnar Basalt
It looks like it’s man-made but it’s actually a natural occurrence.
These columns are mostly hexagonal-shaped and they form as thick lava cools off rapidly.
#5. Raining Animals
Waterspouts (or tornadoes formed over a body of water) cause little animals to be carried to far distances before they are dropped somewhere near you.
#6. Asperatus clouds
These gloomy clouds usually appear before a thunderstorm after its gust front has blown through.
Under the right conditions, the deep thick waves of cloud develop giving this bizarre formation.
#7. Green Flash
This optical phenomenon can be observed very briefly (for about two seconds) after sunset or before sunrise.
#8. Nacreous Clouds
These clouds are extremely rare to catch but they do happen during the dark hours after sunset or before dawn.
They may be wonderful to look at but these clouds are destructive to the atmosphere since they contribute to ozone hole formations.
#9. Gravity wave
Any disturbance in the atmosphere, like a thunderstorm or an updraft, can result in a gravity wave.
#10. Moeraki Boulders
These large spherical boulders found in New Zealand were formed from 60-million-year-old sea sediments.
#11. Bioluminescent Red Tide
Under the right conditions phytoplanktons in the ocean reproduce rapidly, resulting in this thick "red tide" layer.
In some parts of the world, there is a bioluminescent variety of the algae, Noctiluca scintillans, which gives this gorgeous glowing view of the waters.
In late summer, this eerie and almost magical glow can be seen in the forests.
These bioluminescent mushrooms thrive in moist, rotting barks.
#13. Snow Rollers
This natural phenomenon happens when a thick layer of snow falls on top of an ice layer.
Under the right conditions, chunks of the snow break off and start rolling, picking up more snow along the way.
#14. Catatumbo Lightning
Known as everlasting storm, this non-stop lightning occurs specifically in the mouth of Catatumbo River in Venezuela.
#15. Sun Dogs
Sundogs are formed during extremely cold weather when ice cyrstals drift in the air at low levels.
Newly Discovered Material Can Convert Heat, Light, and Movement to Electricity All at Once
This mineral may just be the next big thing in green energy!
A new material capable of instantly converting various types of energy, including light and heat energy, into electricity all at once has just been found. Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have recently discovered a mineral with a structure akin to that of a perovskite crystal, a material that can turn multiple energy sources into electricity.
Perovskite come from a family of minerals known for possessing properties that allow conversion of at least two types of energy - not simultaneously, though, to usable power. Some types may be efficient in converting solar energy while others may harness energy from heat and motion. This means that to create a device that can efficiently transform multiple types of energy into electricity all at once, multiple materials must likewise be used.
Perovskite crystals are ferroelectric.
Japan is Set to Build the World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant
With the move towards green energy on its way, Japan has made a bold move by creating this giant floating power plant!
Tokyo Leasing Corporation, along with Kyocera Corporation, has announced plans to build the world's largest floating solar power plant. Kyocera is a Kyoto-based manufacturer of advanced ceramics, and has expanded to creating semiconductor packaging and electronic components, alongside solar power generation systems. Japan is the third country to create a floating solar power plant so far, with India and Australia as its predecessors.
The 13.7 megawatt power plant will be placed on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, and another 7.5 megawatt power plant will be build on Umenokifurukori reservoir. There has been no word on exactly how much this project will cost the government.
The Yamakura Dam floating solar power plant can generate enough electricity to sustain up to 4,700 households!
Nokia 3310, The World’s Most Reliable Phone, to be Relaunched This Year
Shut up and take my money!
Amidst all the news about exploding mobile phones, we bring you some good news. Nokia 3310, the sturdiest and most reliable mobile phone ever invented, is set to have its comeback sometime this year - 17 years after it was first launched. The ultra-resilient phone is known for its seemingly infinite battery life and almost indestructible body.
The unit reincarnation, which is rumored to be sold for around $62, will be unveiled later this month at the Mobile World Congress. It is still unknown, though, if we'll see the same, exact 3310 model that we knew almost two decades ago, or if the manufacturer will add new features. However, based on the phone's description on Amazon, it seems that original features, including a calculator, a clock, and games we have so loved: Snake II, Pairs II, Bantumi, and Space Impact, will be retained.