Technically speaking, AC power plugs and sockets connect electric equipment to the alternating current (AC) power supply in buildings and other structures. As many already know from their travels, electrical plugs and sockets vary in voltage as well as current rating, shape, size, and connector type. This person decided to install a fake outlet that conceals a tiny apartment. Read more for a short video tour and additional information.
One massive nearby star, Betelgeuse, has been suddenly dimming, which means it could be on the verge of exploding. Astronomy professor Ed Guinan at Villanova University, who was the lead author on a December 8 paper entitled “The Fainting of the Nearby Supergiant Betelgeuse,” said the star has been declining in brightness sharply since October, and is now about 2.5 times fainter than usual. Read more for a video and additional information.
West Coast Racers is a dueling steel roller coaster that will soon be opening at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It’s manufactured by Premier Rides and is a collaboration between automobile tuning shop West Coast Customs and Six Flags. The ride is touted as the world’s first launch version of a racing roller coaster. After multiple delays, access was given first to guests with select membership status, and yesterday (December 23, 2019), the ride opened to all season pass holders and to guests that have purchased either a West Coast Racers t-shirt or the park’s flash pass. Read more for the full video review and additional information.
Photo credit: Atsushi Adachi
Japanese artist Atsushi Adachi didn’t want to throw out his old newspaper clippings, so he turns them into amazing sculptures, battleships included. He’s been intrigued with battleships, combat planes and other military gear since childhood, when he used to visit Self-Defense Force and American Armed Forces bases. Afterwards, he attempted to make 3D models of what he saw. Read more for a video and additional information.
Stranger Things fans rejoice! Stern has unveiled several pinball machines themed after the hit Netflix show, where players unravel the supernatural mysteries of Hawkins and defeat the Demogorgon. Available in Premium ($7,699), Limited ($9,099) and Pro ($6,099) models, these machines feature an innovative projector that beams images and animations directly onto the play surface. Plus, the Pro / Premium editions come equipped with an Eleven-themed magnetic ball lock on those models, while the Limited adds custom artwork, glass as well as other goodies. Read more for a video tour of the Pro model and additional information.
Before we get into the world record attempt, elephant’s toothpaste is basically a foamy substance caused by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide using potassium iodide or yeast and warm water as a catalyst. David Dobrik teamed up with Nick Uhas to create a world record elephant toothpaste reaction that explodes over the former’s Los Angeles home. Read more to see how it all went down.
Photo credit: Jonathan Goh | Infographic by Yvonne Tang
Jon Goh, a recent mechanical engineering PhD graduate from Stanford, has upgraded MARTY, a 1981 DeLorean that his colleagues at the Dynamic Design Lab converted into an all-electric, autonomous drift car. His team have spent years coding and welding to prepare the vehicle to apply its drifting skills to an intense driving course inspired by Ken Block’s Gymkhana series. Read more for the video a nd additional information.
Before we dive into the build by none other than “The Hacksmith”, the term protosaber refers to an archaic lightsaber, or the the first known design of lightsabers. The main difference between the two is that the former’s hilt is connected via cable to an external power pack due to limitations in technology. Now for this build to work, he had to create a portable battery pack capable of powering the protosaber. Read more for the video and additional information.
Warner Bros. has just released the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s mysterious, yet highly anticipated, “TENET” movie, which stars John David Washington, best known for his role in “BlacKkKlansman”. This preview doesn’t reveal much about the plot, but as you’re about to see, it’s filled with lots of time manipulation in a bid to possibly prevent a third world war. Read more to watch.
Inspired by Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest kinetic sculptures, California-based creative studio CARV created what might be the world’s fist and only walking bicycle. At first glance, it appears to be a movie prop or sculpture, but step closer, and you’ll see the team swapped the bicycle’s rear wheel for a metal exoskeleton consisting of four legs controlled by the pedals. Read more for a video and additional information.