The SS Officer belt buckle pistol was an experimental German World War II firearm consisting of four 7.65 mm or .22 long rifle barrels and lockwork concealed within a Nazi Party belt buckle. The barrels were 2" long and the wearer needed to get very close to their victim. A lever was pressed which allowed the spring-loaded buckle to pivot downwards, exposing the barrel. Noted firearms authority S.P. Fjestad claims that they were designed by Louis Marquis while he was in a prisoner of war camp during World War I and that fewer than ten of these guns have been discovered. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.
Although details, such as the superlaser's location, shifted between different concept models during production of Star Wars, the notion of the Death Star being a large, spherical space station over 100 kilometers in diameter was consistent in all of them. The Death Star model was created by John Stears. In the image above, George Lucas himself inspected the incomplete Death Star model, which was a mirror image of how it appeared in the finished movie. It's one of the few models that never leaves the Archives because it is too fragile. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes images from famous movies. Click here for a few bonus images.
This is what a perfect circle looks like when coated with Vantablack S-VIS, a substance made of carbon nanotubes. It's currently the blackest substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. When light strikes vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected among the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat. The outgassing and particle fallout levels of Vantablack are low. The high levels in similar substances in the past had prevented their commercial usefulness. Vantablack also has greater resistance to mechanical vibration, and has greater thermal stability. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.
Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, known as Faz3 (Fazza) on Instagram, is not only know for his immense fortune, but amazing photos as well. He recently captured video footage and images of the Dubai skyline above the clouds, and that clip has already amassed over 1-million-views, captured from the top of a skyscraper. Thankfully, he did not attempt a Mission Impossible-inspired stunt, like Tom Cruise did in Ghost Protocol. Continue reading for more fascinating images gathered from around the web.
Tesla's SolarCity is now powering the island of Ta'u in American Samoa, which is located 4,000-miles off the west coast of the United States. The microgrid offers 1.4-megawatts of solar generation capacity and 6-megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. "I recall a time they weren't able to get the boat out here for two months. We rely on that boat for everything, including importing diesel for the generators for all of our electricity. Once diesel gets low, we try to save it by using it only for mornings and afternoons. Water systems here also use pumps, everyone in the village uses and depends on that. It's hard to live not knowing what's going to happen. I remember growing up using candlelight. And now, in 2016, we were still experiencing the same problems," said said Keith Ahsoon, a local resident whose family owns one of the food stores on the island. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
Remember when a 33.6K modem could be picked up for $9.99, or a 200MHz AMD K6 computer package for $999.99? If not, this Black Friday Best Buy ad from 1999 should refresh your memory. Back then, the lines were even longer, since online shopping wasn't as prevalent yet, which meant local news stations lining right up with the customers to catch all of the madness on video. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Living on a houseboat doesn't have to be without style, and Jet Capsule's UFO 2.0 shows why. This futuristic floating living space is composed of a central shell divided into three different levels: the main living area with a full kitchen, storage and bathroom; the sub-level that offers a sea-view bedroom and large bathroom, along with a 50-square-meter terrace as an upper deck/floor to control the vehicle. It can also be used for floating hotels, with each capsule being used for a different functions, such as a restaurant, gym, and more. Continue reading to see more interesting images from around the web. Click here for bonus images of the UFO 2.0 capsule house.
For those who prefer Redbox over Netflix, and have wondered just what the inside of a machine looks like, these pictures should provide a clue. Basically, the discs are all commercially-pressed discs placed in plastic sleeves, which are then loaded into a multi-tiered rotating carousel by a human operator. When a disc is selected, the carousel rotates to the right position, and a robot arm moves up or down to transport it to the dispensing slot. Just before the disc is pushed out the slot, the QR code is read to make sure it's the correct one. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.
The Mazda Furai was a concept car first revealed back in December 2007, powered by a new generation 20B 3-rotor wankel engine that generated 450 brake horsepower, plenty for a vehicle weighing in at just 1,488-pounds. The engine was developed and built by renowned rotary tuner, Racing Beat, who also built the car's rotary-shaped muffler canister. Unfortunately, the vehicle caught on fire during a photography session at Bentwaters Parks on August 19, 2008, at 11:52 am. Driver Mark Ticehurst was piloting the Furai when the engine bay caught fire while cresting a hill on the backside of the track, but thankfully, managed to escape without injury. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web. Click here for bonus images of the Furai.
Simply put, a fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. Approximate fractals found in nature display self-similarity over extended, but finite, scale ranges. The connection between fractals and leaves, for instance, is currently being used to determine how much carbon is contained in trees. These flowers above fall under this category, and are oddly satisfying to look at. Continue reading for more creative examples. Click here for a few bonus images.