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.
Released in 1981, the Osborne 1 was touted as the first mass-produced, microprocessor-based portable computer, running the CP/M operating system. Despite being noticeably bulkier compared to today's laptops, with a tiny 5" CRT monitor, it had a near-revolutionary impact on business professionals, as they were able to take their computer and data with them just about anywhere. This, along with a few other "luggables" were inspired by what was probably the first portable computer, the Xerox NoteTaker. Size wise, the computer could be compared to a portable sewing machine, just portable enough to be carried onto commercial aircraft. Continue reading for eighteen more interesting pictures from around the web.
The United States presidential state car, best known as "The Beast", is the official state car of the President of the United States. The current model is a unique Cadillac built upon a medium-duty truck platform, and equipped with many life-saving, offensive, and defensive measures, built to the United States Secret Service's standards. The doors of the presidential state car have no keyholes; the way to open the passenger doors on the limousine is a secret known only to the Secret Service. It has more 5-inch-thick bulletproof glass than the previous model, and only the driver's window opens (to pay tolls). It also has run-flat tires, and an interior that's 100% sealed to protect the occupants in the event of a chemical attack. The current presidential state car boasts rocket-propelled grenades, night vision optics, a tear gas cannon, on-board oxygen tanks, an armored fuel tank filled with foam to prevent explosion, pump-action shotguns, and 2 US pints of the president's blood type. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.
Here's something you don't see everyday, a 5MB hard drive being loaded onto a plane. The IBM 350 Disk File, invented by Reynold Johnson, was introduced in 1956 with the IBM 305 RAMAC computer. This drive had fifty 24-inch (0.6 m) platters, with a total capacity of five million 6-bit characters (3.75 megabytes). A single head assembly having two heads was used for access to all the platters, yielding an average access time of just under 1 second. Continue reading for more cool historical photos you may not have seen before.
An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is basically a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current. Panasonic has managed to embed an OLED display, developed from fine mesh, directly into the glass sliding doors of an entertainment center. When not in use, the display becomes transparent, and whatever is located behind it can be viewed normally again. Continue reading for more cool pictures from around the web.
Scientifically speaking, neon lighting consists of brightly glowing, electrified glass tubes or bulbs that contain rarefied neon or other gases. These types of lights are normally placed in a sealed glass tube with a metal electrode at each end, filled with one of a number of gases at low pressure. A high potential of several thousand volts applied to the electrodes ionizes the gas in the tube, causing it to emit colored light. When they fail, disaster may ensue, like the gas station above. Continue reading for more bizarre neon lighting FAILS now. Click here for a few bonus images.
Russian nature photographer Vadim Trunov specializes in capturing squirrels in peculiar situations, including shooting photos of each other. You might think some of these images have been digitally altered, but the truth is that Trunov left some food for them in a clearing so he could see how they reacted, and sometimes, nuts were strategically placed inside objects to capture the perfect poses. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.
Sometimes, less is more, but when you really want to get away from it all, and don't mind a lack of privacy, this pyramid bedroom in the forest should do the trick. Simply put, it's stylish, yet basic, place to rest your head for the night, with absolutely no luxurious amenities, besides a steel frame and plenty of windows to let natural light flow in. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
These conical homes appear to be from a fairytale, but they can be found in the Japanese mountains of Shizuoka Prefecture. They were designed by Issei Suma and consist of five tents that were built for two retired ladies. Inside, you'll find modern amenities such as a seashell-shaped pool, full kitchen, as well as plenty of space for their caretaker and cook to roam around. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.