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Always wanted to paddle through bioluminescent waters in a clear kayak? Then you might want to head on over to Florida’s Space Coast. This phenomenon normally occurs during the summer months and turns the area’s rivers and lagoons into a glowing scene straight from a fantasy movie that travelers can actually kayak and paddleboard through. It occurs in Florida due to a chemical reaction that causes Cone Jellyfish and Dinoflagellates to light up anytime the water is disturbed. Read more for another video and additional information.
NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is celebrating the reopening of Mission Control, the command post that helped astronaut Neil Armstrong become the first human to set foot on the moon, after a three-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. During the Apollo era, Mission Control was one of the most famous and important rooms on Earth, but sadly, it fell into disrepair. “This is a place where we battled to achieve the high ground of space. Carpeting was held together with yellow duct tape. I’d walk into the consoles, pieces were missing,” said legendary flight director Gene Kranz. Read more to see the completed renovation.
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue teamed with Lucasfilm LTD to create a Star Wars-inspired furniture line that just might be the geekiest yet. You’ll find everything from an Imperial TIE Fighter Wings Easy Armchair Imperial TIE Fighter Wings End Tables, a Darth Sidious Easy Arm Chair, a Chewie Rocking Stool, hanging / floor Jedi Lamps and a Darth Vader Covered Computer Easy Chair. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Nissan’s Aigamo may not be the first robot duck, but the task it was designed to perform most certainly stands out. Simply put, it keeps farmers’ rice paddies healthy by destroying weeds, eating bugs and fertilizing crops without using harmful chemicals. That’s right, it specializes in muddying the water to prevent weeds from growing by blocking sunlight, thanks to GPS, a WiFi connection and solar power. Read more for this week’s selection of fascinating images from around the web.
The Boeing 757 is a mid-size, narrow-body twin-engine airliner that is the company’s largest single-aisle passenger aircraft and was produced from 1981 to 2004. What happened to all of the decommissioned engines? Well, Delta Airlines decided to turn one of the Pratt & Whitney PW2000 engines into a functional barbecue grill with enough grilling space to serve all of the TechOps crew. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information
An official media address by Pakistani regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai gained international attention last week, but not for the reasons you may think. Simply put, someone accidentally left the cat filter on during the Facebook livestream, thus transforming Yousafzai and other party members into cats for the entire conference. They intended to discuss important decisions of the provincial cabinet in Peshawar last Friday, but the social media team handling the broadcast wasn’t quite paying attention to what was going on. Read more for a video clip and additional information.
This incredible image of asteroid 101955 Bennu was captured on Jun. 13, 2019, shortly after NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its second orbital insertion maneuver. From the spacecraft’s vantage point in orbit, you can observe that half of Bennu is sunlit and half is in shadow, while its largest boulder can also be seen protruding from the southern hemisphere. It was taken from a distance of 0.4 miles above the asteroid’s surface by NavCam 1, one of three navigation cameras that comprise the spacecraft’s TAGCAMS (the Touch-and-Go Camera System) suite. When you’re this close, details as small as 1.6 feet across can be seen in the center of the image. Read more for another video and additional information.
Adam Savage, former co-host of MythBusters, is kicking off his new TV series, Savage Builds, with a bang. So, he decided to build a flying Iron Man suit, made possible by Richard Browning’s Gravity jetpack system. The suit itself consists of approximately 250 individual pieces of lightweight, 3D printed titanium, which is then used with Gravity’s thrusters for the full Iron Man effect. Read more for an in-depth look at the suit and additional information.
You may not have heard of Mil-Spec Automotive, but they’re the one company bringing back the Hummer H1, and most recently, to Jay Leno’s Garage. These included a four-door satin black model as well as a soft-top one, both powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel generating 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, mated to Allison six-speed automatic transmissions. Other features include: new aftermarket wheels and an onboard air system which. Even more impressive, these can run on biofuel and achieve up to 20 mpg. Want one? Prices start at a whopping $218,000+. Read more for this week’s selection of fascinating images from around the web.
If IKEA ever released a DIY cardboard drone, it might look something like the Ahadrone kit. Assembling it is easily as piecing together the corrugated board body for maximum rigidity, install the motor, battery pack, and a few other bits. Once completed, you’ll be able to control it with a smartphone or table using a special app. Read more for additional pictures and information.