This isn't a prop from an upcoming Marvel movie, just a real working Iron Man glove that fires an aluminum slug and shoots a high-powered 700mW laser from its palm, and another, slightly lower-powered 300mW laser from its knuckles. Created by Patrick Priebe, the outside is made from aluminum, spray-painted with primer, metallic red and candy red on top - inside firing mechanism is brass. It's activated when the wearer flexes their hand, and the other weapons deploy through an attached controller. The entire project took Priebe just 3-weeks to complete. Continue reading for more.
Though it may look other-worldly, Fly Geyser is all natural, and basically a small geothermal geyser located approximately 20 miles north of Gerlach, in Washoe County, Nevada. The geyser started spewing water in the 1960s when a geo-thermally heated pack of water found a weak spot in the wall and began escaping when accidentally hit by drillers. The dissolved minerals rose and accumulated creating the mound on which the geyser sits. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The 2976-pound Aston Martin Vulcan was first unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and is a rear-wheel drive, track-only supercar powered by the company's all-new 7L V12 engine that delivers 800-horsepower, mated to an Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox. Other features include: a carbon fiber chassis and body, carbon ceramic brakes, magnesium torque tube with a carbon fiber propeller shaft, as well as a limited-slip differential. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
BigDog is basically a dynamically stable quadruped robot created by Boston Dynamics (acquired by Google) with Foster-Miller, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. It measures 3-feet long, stands 2.5-feet tall, and weighs a hefty 240-pounds, about the size of a small mule, hence the nickname robotic mule. Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
Believe it or not, the image you see above was not captured on Mars or any other planet, just right here on Earth. Volcanic activity produces lightning-friendly conditions in multiple ways. The enormous quantity of pulverized material and gases ejected into the atmosphere with explosive power, creates a dense plume of highly charged particles, which establishes the perfect conditions for lightning. Continue reading for more cool facts and videos.
A WaveRider is essentially a hypersonic aircraft design that improves its supersonic lift-to-drag ratio by using the shock waves being generated by its own flight as a lifting surface, a phenomenon known as compression lift. The Boeing X-51A scramjet demonstration aircraft was launched successfully from 50,000-feet and had accelerated using a rocket to Mach 4.8 at which point it separated from the rocket and ignited its Scramjet. It then accelerated further to Mach 5.1 and climbed to 60,000-feet before shutting down its engine and intentionally crashing into the Pacific. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
For those who don't know, the Eurocopter X3 is an experimental high-speed compound helicopter that has achieved 293mph in level flight, setting an unofficial speed record for a helicopter. It's based on the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin helicopter, with the addition of short span wings each fitted with a tractor propeller, having different pitch to counter the torque effect of the main rotor. Continue reading for five more interesting facts.
Touted as the "Ultimate Interceptor," the Convair F-106 Delta Dart was the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft used by the US Air Force from the 1960s through the 1980s. It was complemented by other Century Series fighters for other roles such as daylight air superiority or fighter-bombing. To support its role, the F-106 was equipped with the Hughes MA-1 integrated fire-control system, which could be linked to the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) network for ground control interception (GCI) missions, allowing the aircraft to be steered by controllers. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the US Air Force and NASA. It set numerous speed and altitude records in the 1960s, reaching the edge of outer space and returning with valuable data used in aircraft and spacecraft design. The aircraft currently holds the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft, with a maximum speed of 4,520mph (Mach 6.72) achieved. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie is the prototype of the B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command. The XB-70 is a large, six-engined aircraft capable of reaching Mach 3+ while flying at 70,000 feet. At these speeds, it was expected that the B-70 would be almost immune to interceptor aircraft, the only effective weapon against bomber aircraft at the time. Continue reading for more interesting facts.