First seen a couple of years ago, AR500 Armor partnered with Heckler & Koch, TEA Headsets, Sog Knives & Tools, Armasight, SureFire, Wilcox Industries Corp, and Team Wendy to create a line of ballistic armor inspired by the Mandalorian bounty hunters from Star Wars. If you’re not familiar with these bounty hunters, the armor is a unifying symbol of the clans that allow them to identify easily as fearsome warriors while being customizable enough to tell who is who. Read more for a video and additional information.
For those who don’t know, the World Beard and Moustache Championships is a biennial competition hosted by the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA), in which men with beards and moustaches display highly stylized facial hair. This year, it was held in Antwerp, Belgium, and hosted by Snorrenclub Antwerpen. The next event, in March 2021, will be hosted by the New Zealand Beard Club, since they are held every two years, on odd years only. Read more for videos of some of this year’s craziest creations.
Photo credit: Julian Checkley via Kotaku
Homemade Batman suits are nothing special, but this one by Julian Checkley most certainly stands out as one of the coolest we’ve ever come across. Everything on this 7-foot-tall suit was sculpted, molded and cast in various grades of urethane rubber and it weighs in at a hefty 150 pounds. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there are no working weapons or gizmos on the suit. Read more for additional pictures.
This follow up to the 2018 release of the Transformers Optimus Prime G-Shock Collection for their 35th anniversary, G-Shock and Transformers have teamed up again for this holiday season. It’s based on Master Nemesis Prime, a Decepticon created by Unicron, and comes complete with a matching figure capable of transforming from bot into a watch pedestal. Read more for additional pictures and information.
To celebrate the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Build-A-Bear Workshop teamed up with Nintendo to create a giant Snowlax that stands 16 inches tall, making the large cuddly creature anything but a snooze. It even comes with an exclusive Pokémon: The Trading Game Snorlax card with its abilities listed as “Stir and Snooze – If this Pokémon is Asleep, flip two coins instead of one between turns. If either of them is tails, this Pokémon is still asleep.” Read more for a video and additional information.
8Bitdo, best known for their game controllers, has unveiled their latest product, the N30 Wireless Mouse. At first glance, this may appear to be an NES controller, but it’s actually a 2.4GHz wireless mouse for your computer, complete with a D-pad navigation button, a 3D touch panel, and rubber pad buttons. Read more for additional pictures and informationo.
Ever wonder what would happen if you opened a soda that has been shaken a little too much at the bottom of the ocean? Well, Commander Chris Hadfield, a former Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space, shows you just that and explains the phenomenon. Put simply, carbonated drinks, like seltzer or soda pop, get their fizz from dissolved carbon dioxide. When these are opened, the liquid is exposed to pressure imbalance (i.e. pressure outside is lower than the pressure inside). If the can or bottle is shaken before opening, it will increase the pressure inside, which means the top is popped, an explosion ensues. Read more for the video he recorded a few years back and additional information.
Batman fans rejoice! LEGO revealed today their all-new DC Batman 76139 1989 Batmobile model car kit that eplicates the classic curves of the famous Batmobile car, as seen in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie. It measures 60cm long and consists of 3,306 pieces, offering a challenging and rewarding build. Authentic features include a slide-open cockpit with a wraparound windshield element, 2 hidden machine guns with a pop-up function activated by turning the turbine exhaust, and decorative grappling hooks on each side of the vehicle.
Photo credit: University of Rochester/J. Adam Fenster
University of Rochester and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics, and Physics researchers have figured out how to make unsinkable metals using superhydrophobic (water repelling) materials. To accomplish this, they created structures made up of two treated aluminum surfaces facing each other, connected by a small central pole, designed to trap the maximum amount of air. What they ended up with was a virtually unsinkable metal. Read more for a video and additional information.
For most, this experiment is nothing new or special, but many don’t know that the iodine test is used to test for the presence of starch. It’s a simple, yet fascinating experiment, where starch turns into an intense “blue-black” color upon adding aqueous solutions of the triiodide anion, due to the formation of an intermolecular charge-transfer complex. Without the presence starch, the brown color of the aqueous solution remains. This interaction between starch and triiodide is also the basis for iodometry. Read more for the clip and additional information.