Jimmie Luecke was a Texas state trooper who left the highway patrol in 1980 to try his hand at oil drilling, and fortunately, the Austin chalk oil boom made him a millionaire. His next move was acquiring land outside Smithville, Texas before settling down to raise cattle. In the late ’90s, while clearing new grazing land on his ranch, he bulldozed the brush, but left behind the word LUECKE, making it the biggest signature in human history. Read more for a video to show why NASA uses it to analyze satellite imagery.
Designer and 3D-printing expert Danielle Baskin is offering custom N95 respirator masks that are not only smartphone-friendly, but protect against the coranovirus as well. Simply put, it prints a high-definition image of the mouth and nose onto disposable N95 respirator masks, thus enabling Facial ID software in the latest smartphones to recognize the wearer without them having to remove it. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Netflix and Hasbro have teamed up with Rooster Teeth to bring War For Cybertron to fans around the world in an all-new original series to launch in 2020 – complete with a new animation look and style that presents the robots like you’ve never seen them before. It begins in the final hours of the civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons, which has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron. Read more for the trailer and additional information.
While fans of The Mandalorian are awaiting the second season, Hasbro wants to whet your appetite for merchandise with a new animatronic Baby Yoda, which made its debut today on Good Morning America. If you want to see it in person, head on over to the New York Toy Fair this weekend at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Hasbro is bringing back the Tiger Electronics LCD handhelds that many remember from the early 90s, and rather than have swappable games, each one was based on a character or franchise / series, like Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, etc. This Fall, the company will be released four LCD games: The Little Mermaid, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Transformers: Generation 2 and X-Men Project X. Read more for a video on the originals and additional information.
Called “The Oaks,” this $22-million estate is located on Lake Thonotosassa and is one of the largest homes in the county. Featuring 600 trees, 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 14 half-baths, a stable / barn, grazing pasture, two-story boat dock with boat lift, 20 car showroom garage, two-story guest house, pool house, walking trail, an 11,000-square-foot workshop, and coolest of all, a private race track. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Jetman Vince Reffet took off in Dubai yesterday heading south towards the Jumeirah Beach Residence equipped with a carbon fiber wing powered by four mini jet engines. In just seconds, the stuntman reached more than 325 feet and in half a minute achieved a height of 3,280 feet at an average speed of 130 knots. By the end of the three-minute flight, he reached a maximum altitude of 5,000 feet before opening a parachute to land safely back at Skydive Dubai. Read more for the video and additional information.
The experience of slipping into self-lacing sneakers, pressing a button, hearing the whirr of the power-lacing engine and sensing an unparalleled fit is like stepping into a time machine, or at least into Back to Future II. The refining of fit continues in the company’s new Nike Adapt BB 2.0, which evolves the design principles of its predecessor to improve on-court play, while retaining the spirit of the technology’s underlying magic. It hits stores on Feb. 16, priced at $400. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
The Batman director Matt Reeves has just released the first screen test video of Robert Pattinson playing the masked vigilante. Set for release on June 25, 2021, this film focuses on a younger Batman and hopes to emphasize the detective aspect of the character to a greater extent than previous films. Principal photography is currently ongoing in London, England. Read more for the video and additional information.
If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you drop a 9-inch ice core into a massive 450-foot hole, this video should answer that question. Scientist Austin Carter, who was part of a research team on site in Allan Hills, Antarctica, filmed this clip as his colleague Jenna Epifanio dropped the chunk of ice which made strange noises straight from a science fiction movie when it reached the bottom of the hole. Read more to watch.