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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’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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To celebrate German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Google decided to create its first AI-powered Doodle, or a fully interactive musical experience that uses machine learning to harmonize with whatever notes you decide to play. This was a collaboration between the Google Doodle, Google Magenta, and Google Pair teams, and simply put, once you compose a two-measure melody by dropping notes onto the bars, AI takes care of the rest by harmonizing your music to Bach’s famous style. Check out the one we created here. Read more for a video about this special Google Doodle.
Dogfish Head is best known for their unique beers, and their latest creation is no exception. Founder Sam Calagione appeared on a Kodak podcast last year and learned that beers with high acidity and vitamin C could be used to process film, and SuperEIGHT beer soon became a reality. Early batches were shipped over to Kodak to ensure they could successfully develop Super8 film, and as you might’ve guessed, it did so without a hitch. Read more to see actual Super 8 motion picture film developed with the beer.
Many gamers still enjoy playing NES classics even though there haven’t been any official releases for over two decades now. Fortunately, there’s a way to try out new games to this day, thanks to something called “NESMaker”. Think of it as Unity or GameMaker, complete with various modules that enable you to make platformers, shooters, action adventure, etc. games, without any coding experience. You’ll be able to design your own art, adjust the physics, and if you have the technical know how, even modify the code, all the while running on actual NES hardware. The end result is an .nes ROM file that runs on any emulator, or you can just use the “Burn” function with the cart flasher to create a functional game cartridge. Read more for a video showcase of some of the games made with NESMaker.