Magicfly’s 3D-Printed Moon Lamp fits on your desk and is exquisitely crafted according to NASA satellite images, all for $20 shipped with coupon code: YIQ3PMGN, today only, originally $24.99. The surface has the feel of real craters and mountains, thanks to a special PLA material extracted from corn stalks. When fully charged via USB cable, it can be operated with gentle taps or other vibrations, with colors changing from yellow, white, to warm white. Product page – be sure to enter coupon code: YIQ3PMGN during final checkout for the additional discount. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.
NASA has just released a new audio file, captured by the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, of the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. The lander’s sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, which were estimated to being between 10 to 15 mph on December 1st, from northwest to southeast, consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the Uropyia meticulodina is bizarre, yet incredible, moth that can perfectly mimic a fallen, dead curled up leaf to perfection. Despite its strange mimicry, the curled up-looking wings are fully functional, and actually as straight as those of any regular moth species. This effect is created by minute scales on its wings that replicate the shading of a curled up dead leaf. Read more for another video and additional information.
Analogue, a company that specializes in high-end retro gaming hardware that plays classic NES, Super NES and SEGA Genesis games, unveils its latest creation, the limited edition Ghostly x Analogue Super Nt. Each all-white console will also come with a matching 8BitDo SN30 wireless controller, 8BitDo Retro Receiver, Super Turrican – Director’s Cut [digital], Super Turrican 2 [digital], STDC Original SNES-style box art, HDMI / USB cables, and a worldwide USB power supply. It’s limited to 1,000-units worldwide and priced at $249.99. Read more for additional pictures and information.
We first covered Chen San-yuan, a 70-year-old in Taiwan that has been dubbed “Pokémon Grandpa,” a few months back when he was only using 6 devices to play Pokémon Go. Now, he’s using 15 mobile phones at once while riding his bike to catch all the rare creatures that he can. How did it all begin? He learned about the game from his grandson in 2016, and has been playing ever since. “I used one cell phone back then and kept playing and playing. After a month, it became three cellphones, six cellphones, nine cellphones, 12 and 15, like that,” said Chen. Read more to see his 11 smartphone rig from a while back and for additional information.
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Los Angeles-based artist Katy Ann Gilmore uses math, physics, and simple lines to created mind-bending optical illusions, not Photoshop. She earned her BA in Mathematics, Art, and Spanish from Greenville College in Greenville, IL as well as an MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Many of the organic shapes in her art use geometry and brings them together with nature like a topographic map. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Star Wars fans rejoice! Columbia Sportswear has just unveiled a limited edition Empire Crew Parka. This $500 jacket was inspired by the original cast and crew while filming the iconic ice planet Hoth scenes of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. You’ll have to be quick though, as they will hit the online store at 12:10am EST on December 7th, as well as at select retail stores in the US, Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. That’s not all, select US stores will also offer a handful of parkas signed by Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the film, but this version will set you back a cool $1980 USD, with all proceeds being donated to charity. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The iQue Player is a lost Nintendo video game console that was manufactured by iQue, a joint venture between the Japanese company and Chinese-American scientist Wei Yen. Even though the console was never released in any English speaking countries, the name “iQue Player” appears in the console’s instruction manual. There was no separate console, you plug the controller itself directly into the television, but a box accessory is available that allows multiplayer gaming. It was officially released on November 17, 2003, but unfortunately, the launch was not successful, with total estimated sales between 8,000 to 12,000 units. Games are stored on a 64 MB flash card that is contained within a cartridge that plugs directly into the controller, and titles were purchased at a special “iQue depot”, where they could be downloaded and played later. Read more for an unboxing video, additional pictures and information.
The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition is no ordinary gaming book, as it’s designed to look like a giant golden NES cartridge, complete with sleeve, all for $33.45 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. More specifically, the book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with theme-appropriate material inside. The cover itself is made from a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a finished with a spot gritty varnish, while the details are embossed / debossed for added authenticity. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video review, additional pictures and information.
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NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered a mysterious shiny rock, officially named “Little Colonsay,” which could be gold, or more than likely, just a meteorite. The team will use its MastCam system to get better images, since it provides multiple spectra and true-color imaging with two cameras. The cameras can take true-color images at 1600×1200 pixels and up to 10 frames per second hardware-compressed video at 720p (1280×720). “One of the samples that we try to get a better look at is ‘Little Colonsay’. The planning team thinks it might be a meteorite because it is so shiny. But looks can deceive, and proof will only come from the chemistry. Unfortunately, the small target was missed in the previous attempt, and with the information from that, Curiosity will try again,” said NASA. Read more for the full-photo and a bonus video.