Geomagnetic Storm Aurora Earth

A geomagnetic storm occurred on Wednesday when a new sunspot blasted a small solar flare that lasted for just over an hour, causing disruptions for some radio operators in Europe and Africa. There was a CME, or a slower-moving, massive cloud of charged particles, that has pushed the Aurora Borealis south. The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) predicts that the Northern Lights could be visible as far south as New York and Chicago on Saturday in the early morning hours. Read more for another video explaining the difference between CMEs and solar flares, along with additional information.

Wood Resin Fused Sculptures
Photo credit: Alpine Art via Twisted Sifter
Artist and master woodworker Scott Huebner specializes in creating other worldly sculptures that fuse burl – a tree growth where the grain has grown in a deformed manner – with resin. Burls are normally found on the trunk, at the tree’s base, and sometimes even underground in the form of a rounded outgrowth, thus resulting in uniquely patterned wood, which is perfect for these types of sculptures. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Aston Martin Valkyrie Simulator

Let’s face it, some wealthy individuals buy limited edition cars to eventually flip for a profit, and that includes the $3.2-million Aston Martin Valkyrie. This mid-engined hypercar is as close as you’ll get to driving a real F1 car on the streets, as its engine produces an impressive 1,160 bhp at 10,500 RPM and 664 lb-ft at 6,000 RPM, thanks to its naturally-aspirated, Cosworth-built, 6.5-liter V12. An F1-inspired KERS-style boost system consists of an electric motor capable of delivering 160 bhp and 206 lb-ft of torque. Read more to see the simulator in-action with Carfection’s Henry Catchpole behind the wheel.

Pagani Huayra Dragon
Photo credit: GT Spirit
The ultra sleek Pagani Huayra Dragon has leaked, and it’s the craziest street-legal version yet. Featuring a revamped front end with a one-piece design, a new hood scoop, new air inlets on the side, and downwards-angled tailpipes out back. The Huayra BC is powered by an upgraded Mercedes-AMG-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 producing 789 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, so expect this model to at least match those numbers, if not offer a slight power increase. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 mobile phone was designed for all-around gaming, complete with Gamepad 2.0 hardware add-on compatibility that connects via Bluetooth and adds 12 buttons, joystick, and touchpad. Featuring an ultra crisp 6.39-inch AMOLED (2340×1080) display with 240 Hz touchscreen polling rate/43.5 ms touch latency, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 12GB of LPDDR4X memory, 512 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, 48MP / 12 MP dual rear camera setup, and an HDR-enabled 20MP frot-facing camera. Read more for a hands-on video review, additional pictures and information.

Underwater Restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Snøhetta | Ivar Kvaal
Europe’s first underwater restaurant, called “Under” (means “wonder” in Norwegian), opened in Norway on Wednesday with more than 7,000 customers booked in to eat among the aquatic life. The modern structure was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snoehetta. “The fascination is just this movement from above water to underwater through the building … The big window exposes the underwater not like an aquarium, it’s the real thing,” said Snoehetta’s founder Kjetil Traedal Thorsen to Reuters. One caveat: a full 18-course meal can cost you up to $430 USD, including drinks. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

SpaceX BFR Travel Elon Musk

Even when the Concorde was in service, it still took just over 3-hours to travel from New York City to London, but SpaceX could change that within a decade. If you were to take the same journey Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship, it would take just 29 minutes. Analysts believe that point-to-point rocket travel will be worth $20-billion in less than 10-years, thanks to SpaceX rockets traversing the upper atmosphere. Read more for a TED Talks video about these 30-minute trips.

The Flat Earth Society Antarctica

An Antarctic expedition organized by the Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC) aims to find the frozen barrier they believe marks the edge of our world, which is allegedly thousands of feet thick, stands 164-feet high and surrounds the entire planet. This trip has intrigued many, including YouTube star Logan Paul, who just may join in on the fun. “If you take a globe and you squish it down, the Antarctic would go all the way around the Earth. It’s kind of like an ice shore and it’s very, very large. It’s not like you just go there and you can just peek over it. We don’t believe anything can fall off the edge, because a big portion of the flat earth community believes that we’re in a dome, like a snow globe. So the sun, moon and stars are all inside. It’s very high but all contained inside. So there’s no way to actually fall off of the earth,” said FEIC founder Robbie Davidson to Forbes. Read more to watch Logan Paul’s flat Earth documentary.

Vessel Hudson Yards

No, this isn’t an alien structure that landed in NYC, just “The Vessel,” a public landmark that was built as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in Manhattan. Featuring a stunning honeycomb-like structure, it rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings. It was designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, and is the main feature of the 5-acre Hudson Yards Public Square. Read more for a complete walkthrough of the structure, additional pictures and information.

Apple AirPower Wireless Charger

A mysterious new Apple AirPower wireless charger image appeared on the AirPods page. It was first announced way back in 2017, but has faced numerous delays, possibly due to the charging technology required to simultaneously power an iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch. Since the new AirPods were announced earlier this week with a wireless charging case, it only makes sense to quickly push this into production. Apple iOS developer Guilherme Rambo discovered references to AirPower in the watchOS code. Read more for another video discussing AirPower and additional information.