For those who don’t know, several sets submitted to the annual LEGO Ideas contest will eventually become a reality, and this year, they received a record 35 submissions. One of them that easily achieved 10,000 supporters is this Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night set. It re-imagines the original painting in a 3D scene and places strong emphasis on the artist’s iconic brush strokes as well as color choices. Clips and brackets are used to recreate the swirling clouds, while plates stack to form the hillsides and bushes. Read more for additional pictures and information.
NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope spotted TXS 0128+554, a faint source of gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light, a few years back, and it resembled a TIE Fighter from Star Wars. The galaxy is situated 500 million light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, anchored by a supermassive black hole around 1 billion times the Sun’s mass. However, it’s classified as an active galaxy, which means that even with all its stars together, it still can’t account for the amount of light emitted. Read more for a video and additional information.
This is the first-ever McLaren Senna ‘Ride-On’ and the third vehicle in the company’s range of children models, which includes the P1TM and 720S. Think of it as a supercar toy, complete with working dihedral doors, functional brakes, an infotainment system and realistic McLaren Senna engine sounds. Six liveries are available, with one – yellow with green accents – being sold exclusively through the official McLaren Retailer Network. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Inventor Allen Pan managed to turn a car’s brake line, sprain paint can pistol grip, custom electronics, an 800 PSI CO2 canister, and a solenoid valve into a face mask-shooting gun. A laser scope was added that projects a green dot onto a target, and the gun works similar to cannons that launch nets to disable drones. Unfortunately, the mask shoots out like a parachute, so even the laser scope won’t help your aim. Read more for the video and additional information.
Few of visited Blockbuster’s Bend, Oregon location, but many know that it’s the last remaining store in the world, and it even houses Russell Crowe film props that John Oliver donated. Now, even fewer people will have the chance to stay inside this historic site for night. That’s right, Deschutes County residents will be able to request to book a stay at the store, or to be more specific, for three individual, one-night reservations on September 18, 19 and 20. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Former aerospace mechanic for the Royal Air Force and now a stay-at-home dad Steve Jones managed to transform hollowed-out jet engine shell from a Vickers VC10 into a functional camper trailer for his family in Lancashire, England. In all, he spent around 1,000-hours between January and mid-March to complete the build. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Otterbox and Amazon have partnered to bring you the Den Series The Mandalorian stand for the Echo Dot smart speaker. The Child, or better known as Baby Yoda, is designed for plug-and-play installation, allowing you to continue enjoying the same great Alexa experience without having to piece anything together. Its non-slip base keeps the smart speaker secure and ensures that it stays right where the device is set. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan wanted to help eliminate two invasive species of mussels in the Great Lakes. Emily Marquette, Mahsa Banadaki and Wei Huang transformed zebra and quagga mussels into stunning blue Zebra Glass. This material would be perfect for artisanal, industrial, ceramic glass applications. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Ideas collection just got a new addition, and it’s musical to say the least. This set was designed with the intricate elements of a real grand piano, complete with a motor and working keys. When you combine the finished build with the LEGO Powered Up app, anyone can become musical maestros at the push of a button, thanks to ‘auto-play’ with ten pre-set songs. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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We have seen the future of music streaming, and it will be transmitted directly to your brain, thanks to Elon Musk’s Neuralink. His brain interface company Neuralink is currently developing devices that can be implanted in the human brain, such as flexible threads, thinner than human hair, designed to be implanted into the brain to monitor brain activity. In other words, these are ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces capable of transmitting brain impulses to machines, with the ultimate goal of humans merging with artificial intelligence. Read more for two videos and additional information.