Adam Taylor spent 10-years building his very own supercar that all started when he was a college student and went on through his grad years. He worked tirelessly to bring his dream car to life and it ended up with a powerful 950hp LS V8 engine that can rev up to 8,000 rpm. The body was all handcrafted from sheet metal, with the front headlights sourced from an Aston Martin Vantage, and the rear boasting Lotus Elise taillights. ““It’s a very hopped-up go kart type feel where your feet are almost touching the front wheel and your backs almost touching the back wheel. It’s very compact, but very wide. I think the most challenging aspect of this build was reaching near-perfect symmetry with the hand-formed body,” said Adam. Read more to see a collection of fascinating images from around the web.
Brown University researchers have developed a 3D-printed hydrogel that can repair itself. To be more specific, it’s a dual polymer – one with covalent bonds and the other ionic – capable of bending, twisting or sticking together when treated with certain chemicals. The first provides strength and structural integrity, while the second the ability to bend and self-adhere. When combined, the soft material is perfect for use in robotics and / or medicine. Read more for an image showing how it can even be used to create LEGO bricks.
We may not live to visit the galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy, but thanks to data collected by the Chandra X-ray observatory, this ultra-high-definition visualization should definitely whet your appetite. NASA’s Ames supercomputer was used to render the data as a virtualization you can experience straight from your web browser. “This visualization shows the effects of massive stellar giants blowing off powerful winds in the region around the Galaxy’s supermassive black hole,” said NASA. Read more for the clip and additional information.
Photo credit: Cpt. Maggi via Laughing Squid
R2-D2, which stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2, was portrayed mainly by radio controlled props and CGI models in the Star Wars movies, but one German professor decided to create a larger than life version of the astromech droid. Professor Hubert Zitt decided to transform the Zweibrücken Observatory of the Natural Science Association into a giant R2-D2. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague worked outside the International Space Station Friday to swap in powerful new batteries for the lab’s solar array power system, a task that started back in 2017. The two began their six-hour 39-minute excursion at 8:01 a.m. EDT, floating out of the Quest airlock to mark the 214th spacewalk since station assembly began in 1998. Their goal was to finish a job already started by flight controllers remotely operating the station’s robot arm, which is to replace six large nickel-hydrogen batteries on the port, or left, side of the station’s power truss with three more powerful 300-pound lithium-ion batteries. There’s another extravehicular activity mission planned next Friday. Read more for the entire spacewalk video.
Sure, Škoda vehicles are also from the Czech Republic, but when you hear about supercars, that’s probably one of the last places you’d expect one to be designed and manufactured in. Introducing Mosquito (reference to the Havilland DH.98 Mosquito British World War II fighter plane). At 2,147-puonds, thanks to a full carbon fiber body, it’s powered by a naturally-aspirated V8 engine proucing 600 horsepower and 479 foot-pounds of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.9-seconds, while topping out at 200 mph. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Noob Saibot originally debuted as an unplayable hidden character in Mortal Kombat II, in which he was a black silhouette of the game’s other male ninjas, and his name actually consists of the surnames of Mortal Kombat creators Ed Boon and John Tobias spelled backwards. Mortal Kombat: Deception established him as being the original Sub-Zero, who had been killed by his nemesis, Scorpion, during the events of the first Mortal Kombat and then resurrected as a vengeful revenant. Read more to watch his Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay reveal trailer.
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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.
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.