Minecraft Ray Tracing

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Just in case you don’t know what ray tracing is, this refers to a rendering technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects of its encounters with virtual objects, thus producing a very high degree of visual realism. Digital Foundry used the Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shadows mod on Minecraft to show what the blocky game looks like with modern 2019 graphics. Read more for the 30-minutes gameplay video.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019 Meteoroid

The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks overnight on April 22-23, and this event typically produces around 20 shooting stars per hour. Meteor experts normally say to catch them in the early predawn hours, but this year, the best time to see the Lyrids is expected to be in the early evening hours before midnight. “So try — this year — watching in the early part of the night. There will be a brief window between the time the radiant rises in mid-evening and moonrise around midnight,” according to Earth Sky. Read more for a video explaining the science behind the Lyrids Meteor Shower and additional information.

The Pasta PC
YouTuber Laplanet Arts like pasta and computers, so what better way to combine the two than by building a functional PC? Meet “LASAGNA PC V.1”. The computer portion is based around an ASUS Transformer tablet, which means he only need to make a computer case out of pasta, as the other hardware components – motherboard, batteries, buttons and ports – were ready to go. Other tools used include: hot glue, electric tape, and paint for added authenticity. Read more for the build video and additional information.

UFO Lights Beijing China
Paranormal researcher Scott C Waring uncovered footage of mysterious UFO lights that appeared in the skies over China. These bright lights, possibly from multiple unidentified flying objects, hovered in the night skies, and not only appeared in the skies of Beijing, but also in other regions of the country. “The lights caught the attention of most of Beijing, but it was seen by people that were 100 km away! That means the UFOs went to many locations, not just over Beijing. The light is lumpy and contained. That means its not a spotlight from the ground. A spotlight would spread the light evenly in all areas and cannot make lumps like this in the clouds. The lights suddenly appear as a group of spots, and then spreads into a plurality of spots, and moves quickly, sometimes ring-shaped, and sometimes resembles a pattern, and sometimes becomes another irregular pattern,” said Waring. Read more for the video and additional information.

Game Boy Ad 1989
The first handheld in Nintendo’s Game Boy lineup was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, then North America, three months later, and lastly in Europe the following year. It portable game console was designed by the same team that developed the Game & Watch and several Nintendo Entertainment System games, thus it combined features from both the NES home system and Game & Watch hardware. Featuring a green dot-matrix screen with adjustable contrast dial, five control buttons, a 2-voice speaker with adjustable volume dial, and cartridges as physical media for games. Read more for five commercials you probably never seen or knew about.

Mouse Tools Box Shed
Homeowner Stephen Mckears, 72, was puzzled as to who was tidying up his tools in the garden shed late at night and discovered something bizarre to say the least. He asked his neighbor Rodney Holbrook, 70, to help him solve the mystery. The retired electrician first began noticing plastic clips appearing in an old ice cream tub filled with peanuts which he keeps to feed the birds before more objects began to accumulate. To make sure he wasn’t going crazy, Stephen emptied the tub each night, only to discover the mess had been cleaned by the morning. After weeks of this going on, the duo set up a trail camera to uncover the mystery guest. Read more to see what they discovered.

First Classic Electric Bronco

Classic cars have always been a hit among auto enthusiasts, and that group includes the classic Ford Bronco. California-based startup Zero Labs Automotive decided to create an all-electric version of that iconic vehicle, or to be more specific, it’s a fully restored and re-engineered original Bronco, complete with aerospace grade carbon fiber bodywork, handcrafted walnut / bamboo interior panels, premium leather, a retro-styled digital gauge cluster and more than 1,000 newly-designed parts. Two caveats: it’s expected to cost between $275K – $325K and limited to just 150-units worldwide. Read more for two additional videos, pictures and information.

3D-Printed Nintendo Switch Arcade Cabinet
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Always wanted a cool stand or mini arcade cabinet for your Nintendo Switch? Well, if you have a 3D printer, then look no further than this custom creation. Created by Zach on Howchoo, you simply print all the parts, glue them together, and then install the optional electronics. These optional electrical parts charge your Switch while you play, as well as provide additional cooling to help keep the console cool. You can also plug in USB controllers up front since all of the electronics connected directly to a powered USB hub. Read more for a video tutorial, additional pictures and information.

Anker Powercore+ 26800 PD

Anker’s PowerCore+ 26800 PD power bank not only charges mobile devices, but USB-C laptops as well, all for $88.98 shipped, today only, originally $129.99. That’s right, its USB-C Power Delivery ensures full speed charging for MacBooks, phones, tablets, and more, which means you won’t need to scramble for a wall socket for days on end when you’re out and about. You can get over 6 full charges on an iPhone X, while saving up to 20 hours of time with Power Delivery recharging. Product page. Read more for a 1-year update / teardown videos and additional information.

iPhone Steve Jobs Apple Starbucks

After years of rumors and speculation, Apple officially announced the first-generation iPhone on January 9, 2007, and it was later released in the United States on June 29, 2007. Featuring quad-band GSM cellular connectivity with GPRS and EDGE support for data transfer. During the first press event, Steve Jobs wanted to show off the Maps function, and thus a prank call to Starbucks ensued. On a side note, did you know that development for this handset dated back to 2005, when Jobs conceived the idea of a device that users could directly interact with the display interface? That’s right, this was further developed upon over the next 2 years in complete secrecy, before being announced in Q1 2007. Read more for a selection of interesting images from the web.