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When 15-year-old Madelynn Sumpter broke the rules by sneaking in boys at a sleepover party, her parents, Tawnya Ford and Larry Sumpter, gave her a choice of handing over her phone for a month, or giving them access to her social media for two weeks. As you might have already guessed by the title, she chose the latter and unintentionally gained over 10,000 new followers. Read more to see a couple of her Dad’s posts.
The YouTube Rewind 2019 video looks back at all the biggest things that happened on the platform this year, and unlike last year, they included fan favorites like PewDiePie and Minecraft. Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed the number of dislikes, as the video already received over 3.3-million at the time of this writing, with just 1.6-million likes. Read more to see what all the controversy is about.
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Auto enthusiast and brick master “BrickinNick,” decided to recreate the Tesla Cybertruck using LEGO in a single sitting spanning 24-hours. All of the build live streamed on his Twitch channel, and despite how basic it looks at first glance, the angular design of the truck were “extremely challenging to recreate” and “required a lot of trial and error. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Coca-Cola Singapore has harnessed the power of OLED displays for its latest promotion to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. These special-edition, sugar-free Coca-Cola bottles feature light-up, glowing lightsabers wielded by Rey and Kylo Ren. These battery-powered OLED bottles can light up around 500 times, which glow when touched. Unfortunately, there are no built-in sound effects. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Forget tasers, BolaWrap by Arizona-based Wrap Technologies is a new non-lethal way of restraining people. This battery-powered, razor-sized device is loaded with single-use recyclable cartridges, with each containing a propellant in the form of a .38-caliber partial charge blank as well as an 8-foot Kevlar-cord tether equipped with grappling hook-like metal barbs at either end. Read more for a video of it in-action.
Funko Pop’s Baby Yoda won’t be released until after Christmas, but you’ll be able to snag one before they sell out in stores for just $8.78, this week only, originally $10.99. Inspired by the Disney+ live action series Star Wars: The Mandalorian, this tiny creature is a perfect addition to your POP collection. Product page. Read more for a video and additional information.
SpaceX has successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft from a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday afternoon from Cape Canaveral. The launch was originally scheduled for 12:51 p.m. on Wednesday, but it was scrapped due to upper altitude winds and wind conditions that would affect the droneship. This will be the last resupply mission of 2019 as the cargo spacecraft delivered supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Read more for two launch videos and additional information.
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Motorola’s new RAZR foldable smartphone was inspired by the RAZR V3 and will be released as an exclusive on Verizon Wireless with a starting price of $1,500, but the next version just might be worth waiting for. In addition to a modular design that will let you snap on components, it’s rumored to have a much higher resolution camera setup, complete with a fisheye lens. Read more for the patent sketches and additional information.
Nissan announced today that customer deliveries of its ultra limited-edition $1.12-million Italdesign GT-R50 is set for 2020, and will firs be displayed at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March. The vehicle was built to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018, powered by a modified twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine generating 710 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was launched into space in August 2018 and soon became the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun. Equipped with cutting-edge scientific instruments to measure the environment around the spacecraft, it’s completed three of twenty-four planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. On Dec. 4, 2019, four new papers in the journal Nature describe what scientists have learned from this unprecedented mission. Read more for a video and additional information.