TIME Science

Watch Two Students Extinguish Fire Using Sound

George Mason University engineers use low-frequency sound waves to put out a blaze

A pair of engineering students at George Mason University in Virginia managed to create a fire extinguisher that operates using sound waves.

This started as an idea for a senior research project, and after a year’s worth of tinkering (and spending $600 of their own money), Seth Robertson and Viet Tran created something fully functional, the Washington Post reports. As you’ll see in the clip above, the portable device puts out a blaze in mere seconds.

Sound waves are also “pressure waves, and they displace some of the oxygen,” Tran told the Washington Post, explaining how the apparatus works. At the right frequency, the sound waves “separate the oxygen [in the fire] from the fuel,” he said. “The pressure wave is going back and forth, and that agitates where the air is. That specific space is enough to keep the fire from reigniting.”

After quite a bit of trial and error, Tran and Robertson found the frequency that worked. Before applying for a patent, though, the engineers plan to do a lot more testing. Stay tuned for the day when you’ll be able to use this in your kitchen.

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This Stunning Time-Lapse Video of Flowers Blooming Will Make You Really, Really Ready for Spring

Watch a dozen types of gorgeous cactus flowers bloom in seconds

It’s technically spring, but several parts of the U.S. are still facing cold temperatures and generally unpleasant weather. Watching the above video, though, will help us all feel like it’s spring.

Created by filmmaker Greg Krehel (also known as EchinopsisFreak), this time-lapse video shows a dozen types of Echinopsis cactus flowers blooming (and then wilting.) These types of flowers bloom overnight and then last for one day, he explains in the video’s description. They’re at their “peak beauty” for just one or two hours.

“With their garish colors, their crazy shapes, and the contrast between spiky parent and the flowers, the cacti provide the drama,” Krehel writes. “My job is simple: bring their freaky nature to your attention.”

TIME celebrity

Watch Ed Sheeran Surprise a Couple at Their Wedding

And then sing "Thinking Out Loud" for their first dance

Ed Sheeran continued his streak of doing adorable and sweet things by making a surprise appearance at an Australian couple’s wedding.

The couple, Kya and Matt, had won an all-expenses-paid wedding from Sydney’s KIIS FM after Matt called in to explain the couple’s situation. They’d been planning to get married, but after Kya’s mother took her own life they had to postpone the event. Since then, they’ve been struggling to get enough money together.

The wedding KIIS FM planned for Kya and Matt included a special appearance by Ed Sheeran, who’s currently touring in Australia. He surprised the couple and then sang his hit “Thinking Out Loud” for their first dance.

It was all really adorable and then Ed wished them well with some parting words: “Make lots of babies tonight.”


See the Entire Construction of Disneyland in One Minute

A time-lapse video marks the 60th anniversary of the park

To get ready for its 60th anniversary celebration in July, Disney has released a time-lapse video which shows the park’s construction in the 1950s. (It officially opened on July 17, 1955.)

The video shows several bare-bones structures becoming full-fledged houses and castles — and eventually shows the completed park swarming with visitors.

This video is just a small part of Disneyland’s 60-year anniversary celebration, which will also include keeping the park open for a full 24 hours.

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TIME movies

Here’s What Anna and Elsa From Frozen Would Look Like in Real Life

According to a digital artist in Australia

Frozen may have come out in 2013, but people are still all about it. So to feed everybody’s appetite, an Australia-based digital artist named Jirka Väätäinen produced some very realistic portraits imagining what the movie’s stars, Anna and Elsa, would look like in real life.

Väätäinen shared them on his Facebook page this week:

The portraits are part of his “Real Life Disney” series, which also features realistic-looking portraits of Jane from Tarzan, Cinderella, Ursula from The Little Mermaid and more.

(h/t Daily Dot)

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TIME celebrity

See the Hilariously Dirty Look Sarah Jessica Parker Shot Tom Hanks at a Hockey Game

Try to guess what Hanks said to merit such side-eye

Sarah Jessica Parker — who turns 50 today, so HBD, SJP — was spotted at a New York Rangers game Tuesday night seated right behind Tom Hanks. Most people would be delighted to be just inches from such a national treasure, but Parker seemed, uh, less than thrilled:

It’s unclear what Hanks is saying, but it looks like it ends with, “What’s the matter with you?” Maybe he was like, “Why would you star in a show about four ladies navigating their way through life and love in New York? What’s the matter with you?”

Either way, this Vine is an instant classic.

Update: Sarah Jessica Parker cleared things up in a statement to TIME: “We were all pretend fighting about them being Kings fans and us being Rangers fans. I adore Tom and Rita.”

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TIME World

See a Bus in Brazil Get Sucked Into a Massive Sinkhole and Float Away 

All passengers managed to evacuate just in time

Following intense flooding in northern Brazil, a passenger bus collapsed into a crater Monday and then floated away with the floodwaters running below. All passengers managed to scramble off the bus just before the bus collapsed into the sinkhole, CNN reports. No injuries were reported.

The above video captures the entire incident, from the last few passengers exiting the vehicle to the moment when the bus falls through the hole and then gets spit back out into the river.

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TIME Sports

Watch a Tennis Champ Struggle to Lift Her Massive Trophy

Simona Halep laughs and asks, "How many kilos?!"

After winning the BNP Paribas Open tournament in southern California this weekend, Romanian tennis star Simona Halep received a giant, gleaming trophy. In a press conference following her victory, a reporter asked if she could lift it. Halep was basically like, Um, duh, do you see how strong I am?

But Halep was shocked when, even after standing up, she couldn’t get the thing off the table. She laughs, looks off camera, and asks, “How many kilos?!” The reporter apologizes for asking the question, but Halep remains in good spirits since, you know, she just won the entire tournament.

TIME animals

Dog Angry About Being Left in the Car Takes Matters Into Its Own Paws

We should all be this assertive, really

This dog was apparently very unhappy that it was left waiting in a parked car in the town of Eureka, Calif., — and decided to show it by simply leaning on the horn. After a few minutes, people started to gather to see who was disturbing the peace on a quiet street.

The antsy pup didn’t appear to be distressed or overheated.

Of course, this isn’t the first impatient canine to honk the horn while waiting inside a car. Plenty of other resourceful pups have used this strategy.


Guy Kicked Off Plane Because His Broad City Shirt Had Profanity On It

Comedy Central Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, creators and stars of Comedy Central's Broad City

Should have just taken the Chinatown bus

People get kicked off planes for all kinds of reasons — but college student Daniel Podolsky was thrown off a plane Monday for a conflict that happened over a T-shirt.

Podolsky was heading home from the South by Southwest festival in Texas and had a layover in St. Louis, KTVI-TV reports. He was wearing a shirt advertising the Comedy Central show Broad City — but the shirt didn’t just say “Broad City.” It said “Broad F—king City.” Podolsky said he removed his jacket during the layover, revealing the words, and then he was booted from the connecting flight.

“It just happened so fast. Within thirty seconds the flight was gone,” Podolsky said, adding that he would have “gladly” covered up the shirt.

However, Podolsky provided video of the incident that seemed to tell a different story, KTVI-TV reports. According to the footage, when a Southwest Airlines worker asked him to change the shirt or turn it inside out, he simply replied, “Nope.” He insisted that he had freedom of speech and that the shirt wasn’t bothering anyone. Soon, though, airport police escorted him from the terminal like he was some kind of a counterfeit bag peddler.

Eventually, Podolsky made it to his final destination — but only after changing his clothes. Should have just worn a Garol shirt.

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