Thingiverse - a site filled with user-created downloadable 3D designs - user "PrintThatThing", created a full set of 3d-printed armor for his cat "Bobo". Think of it as a cross between The Dark Knight suit and Game of Thrones armor. It consists of four major pieces held together with rivets for movement that runs down the back. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Blank William, a talented artist and designer, has unveiled a line of Stormtrooper helmets for animals, ranging from an elephant, rhinoceros, as well as a hippopotamus. They all feature a glossy paint job in both black and white, complete with gold accents. Unfortunately, the artist has not yet built the full armor, but if these garner enough interest, we can definitely expect to see something around the Force Awakens premier next month. Continue reading for more pictures.
"Winston the White Corgi" has quite the following on Instagram, and for Halloween, the famous pup dressed up as a stormtrooper, but one thing you can't get him to wear is the helmet. "For Halloween, the corgi engaged in a little Star Wars cosplay, hitting the streets in a tailor-made stormtrooper costume that would undoubtedly cause Comic Con to shut down from a cute overload," said Melissa Locker of TIME. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mind-bending shelf cloud approaching Australia.
Footage of the elusive Omura's whale has been captured by an international team of biologists off the coast of Madagascar. "Over the years, there have been a small handful of possible sightings of Omura's whales, but nothing that was confirmed. They appear to occur in remote regions and are difficult to find at sea, because they are small-they range in length from approximately 33 to 38 feet-and do not put up a prominent blow. This is the first definitive evidence and detailed descriptions of Omura's whales in the wild and part of what makes this work particularly exciting," said Salvatore Cerchio, who led the research while at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Continue reading for another video and more information.
BionicKangaroo is essentially a robotic model developed and made by Festo in the form of a real-life kangaroo. Applying methods from kinematics, bionics, and biomimetics, the company's researchers and engineers studied the way kangaroos move, and applied that to the design of a robot that moves in a similar way. The robot actually saves energy from each jump and applies it to its next jump, much as a real kangaroo does. Continue reading for two videos of Festo's equally impressive SmartBird.
Scientists in China have created the world's first gene-modified dogs, which have twice the amount of muscle mass than that of a non-engineered dog. One advantage this gives them is a "stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications," said Liangxue Lai, a researcher involved with the project at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health. This same gene mutation does happen naturally in one particular dog breed, whippets, whose lack of myostatin makes their muscles grow even while resting. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kid teaching Jackie Chang Shaolin techniques.
Why bother with a fish aquarium, when you could get the Darwin Jellyfish Tank? This transparent creation boasts a custom StreamMaker pump that aspirates the water without harming the jelly fish, and its curved glass dome acts like a magnifying glass to help you better see your aquatic pets. Built-in LEDs ensure an illuminated light show on the wall when lights go off. "To move from prototype to finished product we will produce this piece Acrylic totally transparent. This step involves the realization of 3D plans and the creation of an aluminum mold," according to its creators. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how filmmakers use color to manipulate our emotions.
Megan Hixson snapped a photograph of a rose, but what she found inside was a tiny lizard. "As long as I live I will probably never see this again. My daughter picked me a rose, but we got a surprise when we went to smell it and found a lizard. It looked so cozy and peaceful, we couldn't bear to disturb it. It's certainly an interesting place for a nap." Continue reading for more pictures.
Scientists surveying the active Kavachi volcano, located 60-feet below the ocean's surface near the Solomon Islands, were shocked to discover two species of shark living in the highly acidic waters within the crater. They were observed with disposable robots, underwater cameras, and National Geographic's deep-sea Drop Cam. "It makes you question what type of extreme environment these animals are adapted to. What sort of changes have they undergone? Are there only certain animals that can withstand it? It is so black and white when you see a human being not able to get anywhere near where these sharks are able to go," said scientist Brennan Phillips. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Rosie Kemp, a resident of Nassau, Bahamas, discovered a baby raccoon that had fallen out of a tree with the mother was nowhere to be found. So, instead of just leaving it there, Kemp and her daughter Laura Young decided to adopt the tiny animal and named her "Pumpkin". According to Young, "She instantly bonded with us and our two rescue dogs and follows me and our two dogs everywhere we go. She now thinks she is a dog...she is able to play and be rough with them and she respects them when they have had enough." Continue reading for more pictures and information.