No, the image above isn't a CG-render, but rather the 2010 Guatemala City sinkhole. This disaster, in which an area approximately 65-feet across and 100-feet deep collapsed in Guatemala City's Zona 2, swallowed a three-story factory. The sinkhole occurred for a combination of reasons, including Tropical Storm Agatha, the Pacaya Volcano eruption, and leakage from sewer pipes. Immediately after the sinkhole's collapse, there were plans to fill it in with a soil cement made from cement, limestone, and water known locally as lodocreto. Continue reading for more.
These mysterious blue objects washed ashore at San Francisco's Ocean Beach, and while they look like something out of a sci-fi flick, they're actually just Velella. In other words, jelly-like "purple sails" that are known to flood California beaches in the springtime. Fortunately, they make for some interesting photos and land wherever the breeze takes them. Continue reading for more.
Toshiba's Satellite C55D-B5310 is priced at a mere $349 shipped, but it still manages to pack an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 Accelerated Processor, 4GB of DDR3L graphics, as well as a 15.6" LED-backlit display. "Graphics are run by the AMD Radeon R5 which can take on Skyrim or Dead Souls 2 at a reasonable clip, though it admittedly doesn't like Windows 8," says Hi Consumption. Product page. Continue reading to see more awesome budget gaming laptops that you can pick up today for under $500 shipped.
Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor conducted its first flight in 1997, and is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It was initially designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. While Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, Boeing provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems. The flyaway cost for a single unit is $150-million, as of 2009. Continue reading for more.
Limited to just 2 road-going units priced at $2.35-million USD, the Glickenhaus SCG-003C (Competizione) will be powered by a Honda-sourced, twin-turbo V-6, but James has previously said that owners will be able to choose whatever engine they like, even a twin-turbo V-12, mated to a Hewland sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Continue reading for more.
At $2.1-billion (fly away cost) per unit, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, is basically a heavy strategic bomber that features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is able to deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons. It has a crew of two and can drop up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pounds (1,100-kilograms) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only known aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. Continue reading for more.
Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island that some consider the real-life Jurassic Park, in the Philippine Sea. It's administered by Tokyo and located approximately 222-miles south of Tokyo and 40-miles south of Hachijo-jima. In addition to being a potential dinosaur theme park, it would be a great hideout if a zombie apocalypse should ever occur, as it's the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago. Continue reading for more.
People flock to Maho Beach in Saint Martin for up-close encounters with airplanes. This particular jet might have gotten a little too close as it approached Princess Juliana International Airport. If you're wondering why aircraft are forced to land so close to the beach, it's to touch down near the start of the short Runway 10, which is 2,300 meters in length. Continue reading for more crazy and dangerous airports.
Google may have quietly killed off its Glass Explorer program to work on smart contacts. Who really wants to wear a strange-looking headset, when they could just slip on a single contact. Google says the first version of their "Smart Contact Lens" lets diabetics measure their glucose levels through their tears, using a miniscule electronic chip and antenna to read blood sugar levels. Once the technology becomes readily available, these lenses could be used to display a lot more information. Continue reading for more.
How nice would it be if all laptops were modular? In other words, swapping out the processor, RAM, and even display would only require you purchase that single part, pop out the old component, and screw in the new one. These modular laptops would probably reinvigorate a slowly dying PC modding scene with lots of custom hacks. For example, the Fujitsu Lifebook you see above has removable parts that can also be used on their own. Continue reading for more.