Sam Morrison likes to create thought-provoking art.

In high school, he made silk-screen shirts and decks of cards with secret compartments inside. But over the past several years, most of his projects were digital — that is, until he had the idea last year to make physical flip-flops out of President Donald Trump's tweets.

"Take a scroll through Donald Trump's 40,000 tweets, and you're sure to catch some contradicting opinions," Morrison told Business Insider over email. "I wanted to highlight this hypocrisy."

Morrison had a full-time job in the advertising industry at the time, but he got to work on producing his flip-flops. He sourced his own materials and printed and packaged every flip-flop by hand.

On September 5, 2017, Sam Morrison started selling his Trump-themed flip-flops through a website called

Morrison made 1,000 pairs of flip-flops.

He sold every single pair in less than a month.

Despite his marketing budget of $0, his flip-flops went viral anyway, getting coverage from major news outlets like MSNBC, HuffPost, Fortune, and the BBC. They also made the rounds on Twitter and Reddit.

Morrison said he donated 10% of every purchase to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Morrison said that the flip-flops were a limited run because of the effort and complexities behind the production.

"The minimum order of raw materials was 1,000 pairs and took two months to ship to me," he said. "I hand-printed all 1,000 pairs with a heat press, packaged and shipped everything myself, so it was a very time-intensive project."

All told, Morrison made three flip-flop designs, based on three sets of contradictory Trump tweets.

These are the "Syria Edition" Trump flip-flops.

In 2013, Trump tweeted to urge President Barack Obama not to attack Syria. In April 2017, Trump attacked Syria.

These are the "Electoral College" flip-flops.

In November 2012, Trump tweeted that the Electoral College "is a disaster for a democracy." Almost exactly four years later, just days after winning the 2016 presidential election, Trump called the Electoral College "actually genius."

Finally, these are the "Sources" flip-flops.

In 2012, Trump tweeted that Obama's birth certificate was a fraud, based on an "extremely credible source." Four years later, Trump urged people not to believe anyone who cites unnamed sources.

Despite making only three flip-flop designs, in five sizes, with a price point of about $30, Morrison sold every single Trump flip-flop he made in less than a month. He says they are "permanently sold out."

Morrison said that people from 47 states purchased the Trump flip-flops, but that given the effort to produce and ship all the shoes while still working a full-time job, President Flip Flops was a limited run.

China’s solar energy facility in space could beam energy to almost any part of the world, potentially transforming the economics of renewable energy and paving the way for more consistent power. The project, detailed last month, would collect solar in space and send it down to a receiving facility on the earth, bypassing atmospheric conditions to receive energy at six times the intensity of a similar facility on the ground.

“You could beam electricity from Canada to the Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America from a satellite at equator,” John Mankins, who spent 25 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developing space-based solar, told CNBC in a Sunday story.

It could prove a major breakthrough for sending energy to various localities as it’s required. While residential solar installation costs have plummeted over the past decade in the United States, from $6.65 per watt in 2010 to $2.89 in 2018, space solar could unlock cheap energy for a broader array of locations.

China aims to deliver the project soon. Work is underway on a space power plant in the city of Chongqing, and Sydney Morning Herald states the plan is to tesl small to medium-sized stations in the stratosphere between 2021 and 2025. From there, the goal is to build a megawatt-level space station in 2030 before moving to a gigawatt-level station by 2050 — for comparison’s sake, Microsoft’s global clean energy portfolio measures around 1.4 gigawatts.

“This is not posturing; this is a real plan from serious organizations with revered scientists in China,” Mankins told CNBC. “They have a perfectly good technical plan, and they can do it [the megawatt-level station] by 2030.”

The idea is nothing new, as NASA had explored its potential with concepts in the 1970s like the SunTower:

NASA's Suntower concept.

These original concepts were fueled by the Arab oil embargo, but fell aside as it emerged that space solar would have cost $1 trillion for the first kilowatt-hour. Mankins argued that these costs will have fallen as the prices of robotics and rocket launches drop, in part through efforts from SpaceX and Blue Origin. The ability to beam energy to remote locations could also prove beneficial to the military.

“The money you are sending to remote military bases can pay for the technology later,” Mankins said.

China’s planned station would orbit around 22,000 miles above the Earth and provide energy 99 percent of the time. The final construction will weigh around 1,000 tons, 600 more than the International Space Station. To bring down the complexity of such a project, the researchers are looking into using robots and 3D printers to complete the project in space.

It’s unclear how the station will eventually beam the energy down, with lasers and microwaves offering varying benefits. Lasers can orbit at around 250 miles and beam energy down to a cheap receiver, but each satellite only produces around 10 megawatts and its potential safety is questionable. Microwaves can send much larger amounts of up to one gigawatt from a satellite much higher in the sky to a receiver several miles wide. Both methods could help capture the approximately 30 percent of solar energy that the atmosphere currently reflects back.

Advancements in such technologies could help installations at home. Researchers from Switzerland-based firm Insolight announced last month a residential panel that uses a small number of space cells to boost efficiency to 29 percent. Space cells are more expensive due to higher efficiency, so the team used a smaller number of cells and focused the light with lenses by a factor of 100. The European Space Agency has also developed 100 micrometer-thick space cells with a much higher efficiency rate.

While the concept of solar panels on top of every home a la Tesla Solar Roof may seem futuristic, the future could lie with beams of energy shining down from space.
Language mix-ups and misunderstandings can make for hilarious travel anecdotes - but not when they happen at a hospital. An international student was hospitalized in China and fell under the care of a nurse that didn't speak English. Understanding the importance of getting the proper medical information across to her patient, she used some creativity to write him a detailed note that used some pretty frighting graphics.

Reddit user under the username of WaspDog, uploaded the note and internet users went wild. To her credit if you know the context her message is clear: the patient has surgery tomorrow and tonight they can't have food or water after 10 pm. But of course, that didn't stop people from coming up with their own hilarious interpretations.






You probably know that Virgin does trains and planes, but did you know the company also does rockets that go to space?

On Friday, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo made it to space for the second time, soaring at three times the speed of sound and reaching an apogee (max height) of 55.87miles. At this point, the crew experienced the feeling of weightlessness we all imagine in our space dreams.

Prior to this, the spaceship detached from the WhiteKnightTwo 'mothership' at around 45,000 feet, at which point the rocket motor ignited and propelled the crew above the arbitrary 50-mile boundary considered by the US to be the threshold between Earth and space.

After reaching such lofty heights, the spacecraft safely glided back down to Virgin Galactic's space port in California's Mojave desert.

The crew was comprised of Virgin Galactic pilots Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci, who flew the spacecraft, along with working passenger, chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses - the first woman to fly to space aboard a commercial ship.

Virgin Galactic said the flight had almost the amount of weight aboard that would be expected from a full commercial flight.

Richard Branson, Virgin's founder and CEO, hailed the success of the team on Twitter.

He said: "Gutted I couldn't be on the flight line to see @virgingalactic reach space for the second time as I had promised to help organise #VenezuelaAidLive - but a huge congratulations to the team."

The billionaire has previously said that he hopes to fly to space aboard the vessel by summer.

But this isn't just an incredibly rich man's vanity project; rather it is hoped the spacecraft will ultimately be able to take members of the public way beyond Benidorm and all the way into space.

That said, the 90-minute round trip will be priced at around $250,000, so that's the equivalent of a fair few hols to Benidorm.

The spacecraft first made it to space on 13 December, in what was an extremely emotional moment for Branson.

Speaking at the time, the teary entrepreneur told Sky News: "After 14 hard years, to have taken Virgin Galactic into space has been a momentous, historic occasion."

A Turkish dentist has been photographed out on the streets dishing out blankets to stray cats and dogs, as temperatures in the country plummet.

Huseyin Yurtseven - who lives in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city - has been busy scouring his nearby neighbourhoods for dogs and cats in need of his help, giving out blankets and wrapping them around the animals to keep them warm.

Huseyin Yurtseven is a dentist who lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

Yurtseven was inspired to help his four-legged neighbours after he watched a video on social media and saw street dogs living in his area.

According to Yeni Safak, he has also distributed the blankets to traders in the area and other animals looking to help, in order to build a network of local heroes determined to stop the poor cats and dogs from freezing.

They've also been leaving contact details so that residents in Istanbul can return the blankets should they need a bit of a wash, so as not to litter the city with dirty blankets.

Earlier this month, flights in Istanbul were disrupted due to snowfall and strong winds.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish Airlines were forced to delay and cancel many of its domestic and international flights due to the adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports the lowest temperature ever recorded in the country in January was -25C (-13F) in early 1942.

The cold snap has spread across Europe - including in the UK, where the Met Office has been warning of heavy snow with yellow weather warnings as snow and ice creates potentially dangerous conditions for pedestrians and drivers.

The Met Office said: "Further hail, sleet and snow showers are also likely at times. Accumulations of several centimetres are likely above 200 metres, mainly across western Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and northwest England. A small amount of settling snow (1 cm or less) is also possible at lower levels in a few places."

Northern Ireland, as well as northern England and Scotland are expected to be the worst affected areas.

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans added: "Most of the country is in the colder and showery air. The snow is mainly on the hills, while for most places the showers are falling as rain and maybe a bit of sleet.

"We've got some ice warnings; the weather front that has gone through has left rain on the ground, so as the air temperatures start to drop, ground temperatures will be below zero and that's giving the risk of ice across most of the UK.

"So look out for any areas where the surfaces haven't been treated. On untreated surfaces there's a risk of slips and falls.

"There's also a risk of some icy surfaces on any untreated roads."

A dog show is already a magical land where dreams come true, but one innovative attendee made a good thing even better.

Sally Kuchar arrived at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday with one goal: Pet 100 dogs. It was an optimal place for such an undertaking. The Golden Gate show is a bench show, which means that the dogs hang on on assigned benches (and are available for meet and greets) while they're not being shown.

"Folks are encouraged to walk around and familiarize themselves with the breeds, and petting is very, very encouraged," Kuchar explained via email.

So Kuchar made the rounds. Throughout the day, she took 100 videos of 100 dogs, each better (or good-er, if you're still into that lingo) than the last.

A few highlights:

Kuchar said that although she's been to the Golden Gate show five times before, this is the first time she's taken on the 100 dog challenge. "I like doing public challenges because it holds me accountable," she said.

As for her favorite dog, that's obviously #100. (It's her own dog, Skippy.) But she did also enjoy #64. "We just got along really well," she said.

And for the most part, the dog owners were cool with Kuchar's wholesome project. She only had one weird run-in: "I was having a great conversation with a bulldog's owner and did let her know that I was trying to pet 100 dogs," she said. "She looked at me quizzically and changed the subject."

She'll understand once she sees Kuchar's Twitter thread.

We've sent a lot of unusual things to space, guitars, AI robots, even a golden record, but none of that compares to what Elon Musk sent up at the start of 2018. His very own $100,000 cherry red, convertible Tesla Roadster. With the top down and a dummy at the wheel listening to David Bowie, strapped to the most powerful, operational rocket in the world, no less, The Falcon Heavy.

Since its launch a year ago, it's probably safe to say the Roadster has traveled farther than any other car in history. In fact, it's estimated to be about equal to driving every single road in the world 22 times. So the question is, where exactly is it?

Right now, the Roadster is traveling through space at thousands of kilometers per hour, faster than most fighter jets, but unlike a jet, the Roadster isn't burning any fuel because it doesn't have to. When SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launched on February 6, 2018, it gave the sports car an initial boost in speed, sort of like a slingshot that's been powering it through space ever since. And by November, that boost got it all the way to Mars. But Mars is just the first stop of many.

The Roadster is currently on an elliptical path around the sun, taking it past Venus and Mercury too. It completes one full orbit about every 557 days, and is scheduled to finish its first orbit before the end of 2019. Now if nothing unexpected happens, like a miniature asteroid strike that could pummel the car to pieces, researchers predict that the Roadster will orbit the sun for the next few million years.

Sadly, it's too small and too far away to see in the night sky, even with the aid of a telescope. But eventually, it will make its way back to earth. A team at the University of Toronto projected the Roadster's orbit decades into the future. They discovered that in the year 2091, it will likely pass close enough to earth that we'll be able to see it through a powerful telescope like the Panstar's telescope in Hawaii. But if you don't want to wait that long, you can easily track the Roadster online.

Fans like Ben Pearson use NASA data to project the car's location through space. For now, the convertible will continue its long drive around our inner solar system. And perhaps if humans make it to Mars like Musk hopes, we might even see the Roadster on our way there.
The mysteries of space may be more intriguing and hair-raising than any of the outrageous conspiracy theories about it, once one gets to know the reality of it all.

After decades of speculation regarding the strange experiences of astronauts who landed on the surface of the moon, giving birth to the timeless phrase ‘one step for man, a giant leap for mankind’, evidence has emerged suggesting that some of the conspiracy theories may be real after all.

A few months before the ground-breaking landing of Neil Armstrong in 1969 on the surface of the moon, Apollo astronauts were on a mission to orbit the moon and had apparently heard unexplainable and eerie ‘music’ on its far side. This leaves many questions, as there was no probability of any radio interference or transmission from earth, it was practically a silent zone.

The prime crew of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission at the Kennedy Space Center. They are from left to right: Lunar Module pilot, Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Thomas P. Stafford, and Command Module pilot John W. Young.

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Crew boarding the Command Module before launch

Recently NASA has released recordings of the lesser-known Apollo 10 mission, wherein a capsule was sent to orbit around the far side of the moon, known in popular culture as the ‘dark side of the moon’. The recordings clearly show the astronauts responding in panic and surprise to a howling noise, a periodic howling of sorts, that resonated in their headsets.

The capsule was on an hour-long orbital trip around the far side of the moon, and once it was way beyond the range of any earthly broadcast, a sound began buzzing in the astronauts’ headphones, sending a wave of uncertainty and confusion. Upon realizing that the sound had a periodic nature, with signs of it possibly emitting from an intelligent source, astronauts could be heard discussing if they should inform the NASA Mission Control Centre about the sound or not.

Apollo 10 launch

Apollo 10 view of Earth rising behind the moon

One astronaut could be heard suggesting that the sound was an ‘annoying whistling sound’, even describing it by imitating ‘Whoooooo!’. One astronaut said that the sound they were hearing was some kind of ‘space-type music’, apparently trying to ease the other confused and perplexed astronauts down. To this suggestion, others replied that if it were music, it was certainly a strange kind of music.

The ‘alien’ music was not a split-second anomaly, it lasted almost an hour during the time the capsule was orbiting the far side of the moon. When astronauts reached back to Earth, and NASA heard the recording, it shelved the recording and transcripts as classified. However, in 2008 NASA was contractually bound to declassify the recording, effectively triggering a never-ending debate regarding the nature and source of the music. Recently, an upcoming season of Science Channel’s NASA’s Unexplained Files series has made NASA’s Apollo 10 recording center of an elaborate investigation.

CSM Charlie Brown

Lunar Module about to dock with the Command Module

Apollo 15’s astronaut Al Warden has said on the show that Apollo 10’s astronauts were very much acclimatized and used to the kind of sounds and anomalies usually heard in space and expounded that the fact that there was an hour long buzzing, howling and ringing in the headphones of seasoned astronauts, clearly suggests that there was something there, something that we may not understand or that has probably been overlooked completely. In the show, experts can be seen analyzing various dimensions of the sound anomaly in space.

Researchers from Michigan State University developed completely transparent solar panels, which can have numerous applications in architecture, and other fields like mobile electronics or the automotive industry.

Researchers have tried to create such a device before as well, but the final results were never satisfying.

The team focused on the see-through factor, so they developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, or TLSC, which can be placed over a clear surface like a window. It can harvest solar energy without affecting the transmittance of light.

The technology uses organic molecules which absorb light wavelengths which are not visible to the human eye, such as infrared and ultraviolet light. Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science at MSU’s College of Engineering, says:

“We can tune these materials to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near infrared wavelengths that then ‘glow’ at another wavelength in the infrared. The captured light is transported to the contour of the panel, where it is converted to electricity with the help of thin strips of photovoltaic solar cells.”

Since the vertical footprint is bigger than the rooftop one, especially in glass towers, these devices could make the most out of the buildings’ facades. They would not affect the architectural design but will represent a far more efficient technology.  Yet, they can also be integrated into old buildings as well.

According to the New York Times:

“If the cells can be made long-lasting, they could be integrated into windows relatively cheaply, as much of the cost of conventional photovoltaics is not from the solar cell itself, but the materials it is mounted on, like aluminum and glass. Coating existing structures with solar cells would eliminate some of this material cost.

If the transparent cells ultimately prove commercially viable, the power they generate could significantly offset the energy use of large buildings, said Dr. Lunt, who will begin teaching at Michigan State University this fall.

“We’re not saying we could power the whole building, but we are talking about a significant amount of energy, enough for things like lighting and powering everyday electronics,” he said.”

Further research has been funded by the Center for Excitonics, an Energy Frontier Research Center financed by the Department of Energy.

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel grew up in Detroit and is an avid car and racing enthusiast. So much so that while commanding the International Space Station in 2018, Feustel photographed racetracks from space with a Nikon DSLR before watching the race itself in his free time.

“I was always a racing fan, [I] followed IndyCar, Formula One, and MotoGP, and I still follow it to this day,” Feustel says in a new interview with Hot Rod Network. “I keep up on the series, the teams, and the drivers, and because I was a fan I spent time in space taking photos of the entire 2018 season—all of the race tracks […] On the race weekends, I would post the picture of the track, and then watch the race. That was kind of what I did as a hobby while I was up there.”

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel.

Feustel tells Hot Rod Network that a lot of logistics went into getting the shots. He provided coordinates of racetracks to ground support teams at mission control, and people here on Earth crunched numbers to tell Feustel exactly when and where the photo opportunities would present themselves to his vantage point in the ISS.

“The photos were taken in my spare time—nights or weekends, or middle of the night or whenever, basically when I knew I was going to be flying over a track I would plan ahead for the day so that I had some free time to use the 5 minutes that I had to catch a track as I passed overhead, and then get back on with my work,” Feustel says. “I managed to capture all of them.”

Feustel shooting a DSLR while on a spacewalk.

Everything was shot with a Nikon D5 with an 800mm lens and 2x teleconverter, giving Feustel a 1600mm focal length to work with. He used manual camera settings and manual focus. And framing the shots were tricky because he couldn’t actually see the tracks with the naked eye.

“When I looked out in the lens you could probably fit 30 tracks into the area,” Feustel tells Hot Rod Network. “I couldn’t see them with the naked eye, usually, but if I pointed the camera in the right place, I could see them through the viewfinder. There were a lot of times where I couldn’t see them, and entirely missed a track because I pointed the camera in the wrong spot.”

The International Space Station orbits at 250 miles above the ground and zips around the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, making it very, very difficult to capture specific small areas on the ground. But with patience, practice, and perseverance, Feustel managed to get all the racetracks on his list.

Here’s a selection of the racetrack photos Feustel captured from space:

Circuit Paul Ricard. French F1 GP

Detroit GP. IndyCar.

Bahrain GP. F1.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Spanish F1 GP.

Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto in Spain.

Czech Motor GP.

Malaysian Moto GP.

NTT IndyCar.

Pocono Raceway. IndyCar.

Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar.

Valencia Moto CP.