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Teens Nigeria Sci-Fi Films Smartphone
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and that holds especially true for this group of teens from Nigeria. These group of eight from northern Nigeria have now become social media stars for making science fiction movies using a broken smartphone. They call themselves the Critics Company and started this whole journey back in 2016 using special effects they learned from YouTube videos. Read more for a video and additional information.

Netflix Handheld Game
Photo credit: Julien Rivoire
Art director Julien Rivoire is completely self-taught and likes to spend his free time creating 3D models. Recently, he decided to take retro technology, such as the Tiger Electronics handheld games from the 80s / 90s, and add some modern day flair to them, or Netflix to be more specific. If this should ever catch on, we’d imagine Stranger Things, Black Mirror, and Orange is the New Black, all getting their own handheld games. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Loop Industries Plastic Waste Packaging
Trying to contain the plastic waste that eventually makes its way to shared rivers, oceans and ecosystem today is a major challenge we face today. Eventually, long-term solutions must involve finding alternatives to plastic, but until that happens, there’s Loop Industries. This Quebec, Canada-based company has an innovative up-cycling technology, which uses a process called depolymerization that requires no heat or pressure to deconstruct plastic waste. Read more for a video and additional information.

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Medals
The opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics may be in one year, but the medal designs have just been unveiled. Nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones as well as electronic devices were collected from all around Japan, and will be used in the handcrafting every gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded to athletes at next year’s games. There expect to be approximately 5,000 medals handed out between the two games. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Old Typewriter Sculptures
Photo credit: Jeremy Mayer
Jeremy Mayer has always been fascinated by the typewriter, and he spends countless hours rummaging for these vintage objects at flea markets and thrift stores. Once he does find one, he quickly snags it and then fully disassembles it, before turning the machine into something entirely new, whether they be robots to birds or even giant human figures. Sometimes, he creates an initial sketch to establish the general layout of new pieces, but the rest of the build process relies on how the parts fit together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Shipping Container Camera
Photo credit: Brendan Barry via Peta Pixel
At first glance, this just appears to be a clever shipping container painted to resemble a Polaroid instant camera, but open its doors, and you’ll realize it’s actually a functional camera. That’s right, photographer and educator Brendan Barry created this amazing contraption that also doubles as a darkroom. The container is fully wheelchair accessible, well ventilated, and even solar powered, which means large groups of all ages are able to comfortably tour its interior. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Infinity Cube Lamp
At first glance, this mind-bending lamp appears to be some sort of Photoshop trick, but it’s real, and all just a clever illusion that looks to be straight from a science fiction movie. Created by New York-based artist Sean Augustine March, this desktop ‘lamp’ was created using a combination of dichroic and reflective glass, which in turn create a colorful light show from all angles. One caveat: it’ll set you back a hefty $3,000. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Airport Escalator Security Check
Photo credit: Charles Bombardier & Ashish Thulkar | Imaginactive via Yanko Design
The last thing you’d want is to be stuck in a security line when you’re running late for a flight, and designers Charles Bombardier and Ashish Thulkar have an interesting solution. Called the Aerochk, this airport escalator is also a security checkpoint. Simply place your passport before getting on and you’ll be run through an X-ray machine while riding, along with your carry-on luggage. It’s equipped with multiple sensors to scan your body weight, composition, and facial recognition to match you to your passport. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Person Holding Solar Eclipse
Photo credit: Albert Dros
This year’s only total solar eclipse passed over parts of the Pacific Ocean, Chile, and Argentina on Tuesday. The full eclipse was visible on land for more than two minutes, where tourists, locals, and scientists all gathered along its path to observe, take photos, as well as study the sun’s atmosphere. Photographer Albert Dros might take home the award of coolest photo of the eclipse along with his model, Bart Lablans, who was captured holding it at totality. No Photoshop trickery was used to compose the image, just a 100-400mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter. Read more for a few more images from the shoot and additional information.

Google Independence Day Easter Egg Fireworks
Another holiday, another Google Easter egg, and for this Independence Day, it has everything to do with fireworks. That’s right, you’re based in the US (or using a VPN), simply typing “Fourth of July”, “Fourth of July fireworks”, or just “fireworks” into the search box will put a fireworks show o your screen, mobile devices included. Once activated, the show lasts for around 5-6 seconds before returning to normal, but the one term that won’t trigger anything is “firework safety”, and for good reason. Read more for additional pictures and information.