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NASA Curiosity Rover Shiny Rock Mars

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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.

Apple-1 Computer Ad

The Apple-1 was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, and his friend Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer. To finance its creation, Jobs sold his only motorized means of transportation, a Volkswagen Microbus, for a few hundred dollars, and Steve Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. It was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. Since money was an issue, Steve Jobs had to handwrite at least one of the ads, and this one could be yours, if the price is right, during the Dec. 5 Bonhams auction. It offers a bare circuit board for the machine and a manual for $75. The letter also includes his contact information at the bottom, with his parent’s address. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.

Hands-On Nike PG 2.5 X PlayStation

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Just a week ago, you got a first glimpse of the new Nike PG 2.5 x PlayStation, which was inspired by the color-matching of the original PlayStation system. It connects NBA player Paul George and his love for gaming at a time when he’s found a new role for the pastime in his life — off-court restoration. These sneakers feature a pattern of the iconic PlayStation symbols through the shoe’s counter and the heel, adding the original gray of the first console as well as the classic four-color PlayStation logo on the left shoe — an alternate take on the PG2’s light-up tongue. The Nike PG 2.5 x PlayStation made its first public appearance on November 21 during the Thunder’s away game versus the Golden State Warriors (above video). “Before, I played video games just because it was fun. Now I do it because that’s how I relax. I need an exit from reality sometimes, to get away, to be in a different place and different moment.” said George says. Read more for additional hands-on pictures and information.

X27 Color Night Vision Camera

There’s night vision cameras, and then SPi Infrared’s X27 ColorVision, which is so sensitive to light that it can pick up light beams from laser pointers. Unlike standard cameras, this one utilizes special algorithms that enable the sensor to see in extreme low-light environments. The camera itself is a 10 megapixel fully-digital, solid-state system, with a 5 million-equivalent ISO rating – Canon’s ME20F-SH clocks in at 4 million ISO – and its low noise and high sensitivity is accompanied by 1920 x 1080 HD resolution at up to 60 FPS (optional 120 FPS). Read more for another video shot in extreme low-light conditions, and additional information.

Norwegian Bliss Go-Kart Track

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Norwegian Bliss, features a race course for electric go-karts, laser tag, a waterslide with a tube that swooshes you along the side of the ship, an observation lounge, a mojito bar, cigar lounge, brew house, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville At Sea, and even a Texas barbecue restaurant. Going back to the go-karts, the track sits atop deck 19 and the vehicles can hit speeds of up to 30 mph. Want to race? You’ll have to pay $9.95 for an eight-lap session. Read more for another POV video, additional pictures and information.

Dad Turns Sons Drawings Into Anime

Photo credit: Thomas Romain via Bored Panda
Animation creator Thomas Romain lives in Tokyo and when not on the clock, he likes to spend time with his two boys. Rather than watch anime, he takes their doodles and transforms them into incredible anime characters. Whether they be golems, monsters, warriors, royalty, and endless others, he’s able to work his magic. Read more for additional pictures and another video.

Remote-Controlled Corvette C6

Computer technician Bjorn Harms from the Netherlands built himself a self-driving Corvette C6 using just $4,062 in parts. How did it all begin? He purchased a Corvette C6 two years ago specifically to build a life-sized, remote-controlled-driving system for it, with a touch of inspiration from Back to the Future. First, he needed a universal motor controller to send commands to the extra devices for operating the accelerator, brakes, steering wheel, and gearshift. Next, a fail-safe system was implemented so if the vehicle is out of remote control range, it automatically shuts down. Best of all, the car can be driven as a normal road vehicle or using the controller. It took approximately one year to design / build the controller, three months building an in-car prototype and then an additional three months updating it for safety measures. Read more for another video and additional information.

Nike PG 2.5 X PlayStation Colorway

Sony’s PlayStation Classic launch is just days away (Dec. 3), and what better time for designer Paul George to debut a console-themed version of the PG 2.5 sneaker, than now, during a game tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Officially called the PG 2.5 X PlayStation, this shoe pays tribute to the classic console with its original gray color scheme and a PS logo to boot. Want to snag a pair? You’ll have to check Nike’s SNKRS app on December 1st. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Yume MRC Life-Sized Vegeta

Yume MRC, a Japan-based collectible manufacturer, has just unveiled a life-sized Vegeta statue that stands a towering 6.9-feet tall. It will be limited to just 150 pieces, and the standard edition shows the “Prince of Saiyans” in Super Saiyan form, complete with his Z-Fighter’s Saiyan armor outfit, and a light-up base. Read more to see the even more expensive “Combo Edition” and for additional information.

LEGO Technic 42096 Porsche 911 RSR
The 1,580-piece LEGO Technic 42096 Porsche 911 RSR has been officially unveiled, and it’s loaded with functional parts, including an authentic rear wing with ‘swan neck’ mounts, detailed cockpit, working differential, as well as an independent suspension. It measures 5-inches high, 19-inches long and 7-inches wide, while also offering realistic placement of the engine. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.