Yosemite Firefall

Photo credit: National Geographic / Sarah Bethea
National Geographic has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888, and it has always showcased the beauty of our planet. This year, the winners were selected from from nearly 10,000 entries in three categories – People, Places and Wildlife. The photo above was captured by Sarah Bethea of the Yosemite Firefall. “Each February, the sunset hits the right angle over Yosemite Valley to light up horsetail falls, resulting in a spectacular effect looking something like a lava-flow. we were fortunate enough to see this event two years ago during a clear break in an otherwise rainy day,” said Sarah. Did you know that the original Yosemite Firefall began as a summer event in 1872 and continued for almost a century? That’s right, burning hot embers were spilled from the top of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park to the valley 3,000 feet below, but ended in January 1968, when the National Park Service ordered it to stop because the overwhelming number of visitors that it attracted trampled the meadows. Read more to see ten more winners.

3D-Printed Moon Lamp

Magicfly’s 3D-Printed Moon Lamp fits on your desk and is exquisitely crafted according to NASA satellite images, all for $20 shipped with coupon code: YIQ3PMGN, today only, originally $24.99. The surface has the feel of real craters and mountains, thanks to a special PLA material extracted from corn stalks. When fully charged via USB cable, it can be operated with gentle taps or other vibrations, with colors changing from yellow, white, to warm white. Product page – be sure to enter coupon code: YIQ3PMGN during final checkout for the additional discount. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.

Soulja Boy Video Game Console

Photo credit: Mark Davis / Getty Images for Microsoft
Rapper Soulja Boy managed to hit number one on the Billboard charts back in 2007 with “Crank That,” but ever since then, he has dabbled in many businesses, including hoverboards. Now, he’s selling two different video game consoles on his website, the self-branded SouljaGame Console as well as the SouljaGame Handheld, and they’re not what you think. The former allegedly runs “PlayStation / NEO GEO / PC / SEGA / Game Boy Advance / NES Video Games” and comes with 800 preinstalled games, while SouljaGame Handheld supports “Nintendo Switch / 3DS / Vita / NEO GEO / Game Boy Color / Game Boy/ Game Boy Advance,” including the 3,000 built-in games. Read more for another video and additional information.

Simes Brick Light
Photo credit: Hi Consumption
Want to make your walls light up without installing unsightly lights? If so, then you might want to check out the Brick Light by Italy-based company Simes. It’s designed to look like any other brick, and they’re even shaped like the surrounding bricks, but these are powered by LED technology that’s good for 30,000 to 100,000 hours of use each. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional pictures and information.

2019 McLaren 720S Spider

Just like the coupe, the 2019 McLaren 720s Spider boasts the Monocage II-S carbon tub for the torsional rigidity, but adds a power-operated retractable hardtop that adds just 108-pounds. It’s still powered by the very impressive twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 generating 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed sequential shift transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a blistering 2.8 seconds and 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in just 7.9 seconds. If there’s enough road, it can hit a maximum speed of 212 mph with the roof up and 202 mph, when lowered. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.

NASA Mars Audio Sounds

NASA has just released a new audio file, captured by the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, of the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. The lander’s sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, which were estimated to being between 10 to 15 mph on December 1st, from northwest to southeast, consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area. Read more for another video and additional information.

Japanese Cafe Robots Paralyzed

Yes, a high-tech cafe staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralyzed people has opened in Tokyo, Japan. The pop-up shop employs total of 10 people with a variety of conditions that restrict their movement, and they help control robots in the Dawn Ver cafe, earning 1,000 yen per hour – the standard waiting staff pay rate in Japan. These OriHime-D robots used in the cafe were developed by Japanese start-up Ory, who originally designed them to be used in the homes of people with severe mobility issues. Operators can instruct them to move, observe, speak with customers and carry objects by simply moving their eyes. Read more for two more videos and additional information.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 26

Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 26 camera + rainbow film bundle lets you instantly print your photos at any event or occasion, and it’s being offered for just $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $69.99. Its simple operation, thanks to a high-quality FUJINON lens, provides great 2”x3” instant photos in as little as 90 seconds. Automatic exposure compensation always ensures that the right amount of light is captured in most shooting situations. A Lighten-Darken Control adjusts the intensity of colors to make the print finish brighter or darker. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.

Game Changer Yacht

Based on the Damen Yacht Support 6911, this 227-foot vessel has been fully customized and is perfect for a supervillain who just happens to be a worthy enough opponent to make your hero look good. Of course this person is also clever and accomplished enough that people must lend him begrudging respect, and this yacht is perfect, as it comes with a fully-equipped dive center, Saab Falcon remote vehicle, as well as a U-Boat C-Researcher submarine. Step out onto the deck, and you’ll find a fully-certified helipad with a hangar beneath made for an Airbus H130. That’s not all, it’s also certified for Arctic operations, with a max speed of 22 knots and room for a a crew of 22. Read more for more fascinating images from around the web.

UE Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker Review

The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker that we’ve come across, that can withstand the daily rigors of life, without even flinching. For those familiar with its predecessor, the Ultimate Ears 2, you’ll notice that it’s the same cylindrical shape, complete with the now flat (previously slightly rounded) oversize plus + minus volume controls, but with a new “Magic Button” on top, and everything is wrapped in a new ultra durable, high-performance fabric rated to withstand falls of up to a meter. Yes, it’s also IP67 waterproof (1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes) and can even float if you happen to be near a pool, etc. Product page. Read more for our full review as well as hands-on pictures.