You can always pick up some ferrofluid online, but what if you wanted to make your own? These tutorials show you exactly how, and for some, it is a manageable task, especially if you’re locked down at home. A process for making a ferrofluid was first invented in 1963 by NASA’s Steve Papell, as he set out to create liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a fuel pump in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field. Read more for two videos and additional information.
In Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey, the strange monoliths are actually machines built by an unseen extraterrestrial species. Three of them are discovered in the solar system by hominids and humans, with the response of the characters to their discovery driving the plot of the series. Recently, a strange 12-foot monolith was discovered in a remote area of Utah, which prompted internet users to compare it to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read more for a video and the exact coordinates of this strange structure should you be brave enough to go exploring in the area.
Photo credit: Benoit Lapray via Peta Pixel
In alternate universes, you may actually see stormtroopers in front of the Eiffel Tower, but in this reality, French photographer Benoit Lapray shows us exactly how this would look in his new Monuments series. This idea of combining pop culture with Parisian sights came about when he was strolling the streets back in 2015. The original locations were shot with a medium format camera on à l’ancienne’ film and then the negatives were digitized before being retouched with CGI elements. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Teslerati
SpaceX‘s historic Crew-1 flight is currently on its way to the International Space Station, and there is one unexpected guest, Baby Yoda, or technically “The Child” from The Mandalorian. Why? It’s being used as a zero-gravity indicator to let Commander Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker from NASA and Soichi Noguchi from Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency, when they’ve reached a microgravity environment. Read more for a video and additional information.
If your love LEGO, traveling, and / or Italy, you’ll want to get this set when it’s released on Black Friday (Nov. 27th). Consisting of a massive 9,036 pieces, the Colosseum (10276) is the largest LEGO brick set launched to date and mimics the incredible architecture of the original Roman amphitheater right down to the small details, including the three levels of the original adorned with the columns of the Doric, Ionic as well as Corinthian orders. Read more for two videos, including a review / speed build, additional pictures and information.
Many people were stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, but one Disneyland fan from Napa, California, decided to make the best of it. Since most theme parks have not yet reopened, graduate student Sean LaRochelle decided to create a miniature version of the Matterhorn roller coaster in his backyard, complete with a yeti. The two-story coaster project began at the end of March, and was finished in July. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Ghostbusters: Afterlife film may have been pushed back to March 5, 2021, but the LEGO Group might have something to hold you over until then. A 2,352-piece Ghostbusters ECTO-1 set that is packed full of authentic details from the iconic converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance. Plus, it includes various tools required by any Ghostbuster to track and catch ghoulish enemies, including a moving, wheel-activated ghost sniffer, an extendable rear gunner seat, working steering wheel and a host of other paranormal detection equipment. Read more for a hands-on review, speed build, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Simone Giertz
Inventor Simone Giertz is known for her wacky robotic creations, and her latest project is no exception. This selfie booth for dogs was made using a LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Building Kit and several other parts. When a dog presses a pedal, a GoPro camera is triggered to take the selfie. Afterwards a treat is dispensed to ensure the perfect shot. This was accomplished by linking several different linked modules and works like a charm as you’re about to see. Read more for a video demonstration.
Photo credit: Luis Nostromo
Luis Nostromo, a 43-year-old driver from Barcelona, has been a science fiction movie fan for as long as he can remember. One film franchise, Alien, caught his eye and for over 20 years, he’s been collecting memorabilia. What better way to showcase all of these goods than by building a museum? That’s exactly what he did, but instead of renting out a warehouse, he turned his apartment into one. To accomplish this in a fairly tiny space, everything had to be handmade using wood, metal grating, plastic, PVC, and other recycled materials. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
The King of the Monsters first appeared in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla and became a worldwide pop culture icon. Today, it has become a life-sized attraction a Nijigen no Mori Park on Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture. Even though this beast is not standing tall, “Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji,” lets you zip line into its mouth and take on various missions to prevent it from destroying the city. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.