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Solar Electric Volkswagen Bus

Brett Belen is no stranger to solar electric vehicles, as he's been building them for years, but his latest project, the "Solar Electric Volkswagen Camper Van" has become a personal expedition vehicle of sorts. Featuring a roof-lined with 4,305 Watt LG panels, with 1,220 watt array pivots in the front of the van, while actuators tilt the array up to a maximum of about 40°, adjustable for maximizing output. Spinning the vehicle 180° enables Belen to position the array to catch the morning sun - at full tilt it has 40°, allowing it face the sun directly for far over 6-hours. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Icehotel 365

You won't need to visit the ice planet Hoth for a stay in the world's only permanent ice hotel, just Sweden. Called "Icehotel 365", it's located approximately 125-miles north of the Arctic Circle in Jukkasjarvi, spans 2,100-square-feet, houses 20 suites, a bar, and even an art gallery. Power comes the way of solar panels harvested during the summer months, and the interior stays a comfortable 23° Fahrenheit year round to ensure the hotel remains cold throughout the summer. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Deepflight Dragon Undersea Aquahoverer

The "Deepflight Dragon" is essentially an Undersea Aquahoverer capable of transporting two adults. The submersible's fixed positive buoyancy combines with its six 400rpm, 1.2-kilowatt ducted propellers to provide easy omnidirectional movement and stand-still hovering at depth up to 400-feet. Its streamlined composite pressure hull keeps passengers safe in custom carbon fiber seats, complete with acrylic domes optimized for clear underwater viewing. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Airbus H160 Helicopter

Airbus may not be known for their helicopters, but the H160 is about to change that. Not only does it use up to 20 percent less fuel than the current generation of similar-sized helicopters, it's powered by two new fuel-efficient Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines, and can carry up to 12 passengers at a cruising speed of about 185 mph for distances beyond 500 miles. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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HondaJet

The HondaJet is now the fastest aircraft in its class, setting record times for two recognized routes: Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2-hours and 51-minutes; and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida in 2-hours and 58-minutes. It boasts a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph) while soaring to a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet, with an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles). "We chose several of the busiest business aviation airports with extremely popular routes to demonstrate that the HondaJet will get customers where they need to be faster than any other light jet. These missions prove just how dramatically HondaJet design innovations like the over-the-wing engine mount increase performance and fuel efficiency over other light jets," said says Honda Aircraft President and CEO, Michimasa Fujino. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a helicopter pilot's POV landing on a carrier ship in rough seas.

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Northern Lights Norway

Nestled in Dovrefjell National Park, this rectangular structure is not a spaceship waiting to be launched into the great unknown, but rather a perfect viewing area to take in the mountains, and Northern Lights at dusk. A floating fireplace keeps guests warm, while floor-to-ceiling windows, along with comfortable curved wooden seating, ensure an unobstructed viewing area. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the final Star Wars: Rogue One trailer.

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Original Tomorrowland

The original Tomorrowland debuted at Disneyland on July 17, 1955, with only several of its planned attractions open, due to budget cuts. The construction of the park was rushed, so this themed area was the last to be finished, and became something of a corporate showcase, despite Walt Disney's reluctance. Monsanto Company, American Motors, Richfield Oil, and Dutch Boy Paint were some of the many companies to open showcases in Tomorrowland in the first few years. One cost-cutting idea was to reuse the sets of the Nautilus from Disney's 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as a walkthrough attraction. This remained open until 1966. Continue reading for more rare pictures of Disneyland's opening day in 1955. Click here for a few bonus "then and now" images.

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Glass Bottom Pool

NOA (Network of Architecture) has unveiled a new design for Hotel Hubertus, located in the ski and hiking area of Valdaora, Italy. The standout feature is its new cantilevered, 115-foot-tall infinity pool, complete with a glass bottom so guests can view the commotion below as they swim. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Bruder Exp-6 Expedition Trailer


Why stay in pricey luxury hotels, when you've got a Bruder Exp-6 expedition trailer / camper? Featuring a 4mm galvanized chassis that can carry up to 11 times its own weight, it comes equipped with an extremely rugged suspension (300mm of travel), that ensures a comfortable ride for all that stay in its spaceship-inspired back hatch. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Alpine Shelter

Slovenia-based OFIS airlift the "Alpine Shelter" onto the top of Mount Kanin near the country's small resort town of Bovec to study the architecture necessary to weather some of our planet's most extreme conditions. While it may not be lavish, this most certainly beats staying in a tent. With room for up to 9 individuals looking for shelter during the winter months, it boasts magnificent views of the surrounding peaks. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view a few bonus images of hanging mountain temples from around the world.

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