This looks like a 1999 Acura Integra at first, but peek in the car’s rear, and you’ll see a twin-turbocharged 8.2-liter Cadillac V8, mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Other upgrades include: a large aluminum radiator, two intercoolers, a 17 gallon fuel cell and a custom fuel pump. Ultra wide arches have been fitted in the front and rear to accommodate the massive engine. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
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If you’ve only just heard of hang gliding today, it’s basically an airport where a pilot flies a light, non-motorized, foot-launched, heavier-than-air aircraft. Most modern versions are made of an aluminum alloy or composite frame covered with synthetic sailcloth to form a wing. Launch techniques include launching from a hill on foot, tow-launching from a ground-based tow system, aero-towing (behind a powered aircraft), powered harnesses, and being towed up by a boat. Professional hang gliding pilot Wolfgang Siess recently recorded his launch off a mountain in Interlaken, Switzerland. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
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The blue crayfish, also known as the electric blue crayfish, can be found in Florida, near the area east of St. Johns River as well as on some of the Florida Keys. It’s frequently kept in freshwater aquaria, but in the wild, this species varies from brown-tan to blue, while the former has been selective bred to achieve a brilliant cobalt blue color. continue reading for more unexpected things found in everyday life.
Disney Research has created, PaintCopter, a quadrotor drone that has been custom fitted with an arm plus a spray gun on a pan-tilt mechanism. To enable long deployment times for industrial painting tasks, power and paint are delivered by lines from an external unit. In addition to basic tasks, it’s capable of painting on a 3D structure, complete with a desired texture appearance. System operation consists of an offline component to capture a 3D model of the target surface, an offline component to design the painted surface appearance, and generate the associated robotic painting commands, and a live system that carries out the spray painting. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, has just released two photos that give us a glimpse into the company’s Mars exploration plans. The first image shows a BFR rocket that will be used for deep space missions, and the other, “Mars Base Alpha.” SpaceX will first launch two BFR cargo missions to Mars by 2022 before Martian settlers arrive by 2024. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
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The functionality of Apple’s iPhone notch is truly only good for displaying tiny bits of information, or at least for now, since few apps are truly making use of that space. Most developers are great at blending the notch display into the app, but the notifications are still displayed. Industrial designer “Phone Designer” has came up with a solution for this, and it’s a “wart” to replace the notch. As you can see, all of the equipment from the notch has been moved up slightly. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
This custom Shadow of the Tomb Raider GeForce RTX 2080 Ti PC isn’t just for how, as it packs plenty of power to run all the latest and greatest games. Starting with the case, it’s built on a Corsair 270R chassis, which has been covered in a mix of MDF Fiberboard, sculpted styrofoam, 3D printing, modelling clay, and then finished with airbrushing as well as some hand-painting. Model-shop foliage and sculpted vines were added to create a jungle motif, while flickering LEDs and cotton balls create the appearance of fire-based torches. Last, but not least, the system was finished off with an altar, a hand-sculpted dagger, and a 3D printed Tomb Raider climbing axe. Inside each one of these GeForce GTX 2080 Ti-powered PCs, you’ll find an ASUS X299 TUF Mk1 motherboard, an Intel i7-7820X CPU, 32GB of Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4 RAM, a 512GB Samsung 970 Pro SSD, a Corsair RMX1000 PSU, Mainframe Customs Cables, and customized Primochill Watercooling. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
You’ve never quite seen a backpack like PIX, which is touted as the world’s “first smart animative backpack”. What does that mean? Well, it can be used to display pictures, animations, and even playable 8-bit games like Tetris, once synced through an iOS or Android app. The customizable illuminated screen can also be used as a stopwatch, sign, or even to hitchhike. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Former late night television talk show host Jay Leno owns just about every modern supercar that you can imagine, so it’s no surprise that he’s one of the first to ride in Tesla’s all-new Roadster. Set for release in 2020, it’s touted as the fastest road-legal supercar to hit the streets, thanks to three electric motors that deliver a combined 7375 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to hit 62 mph in a mere 1.9-seconds. Best of all, it’s priced at just $200,000. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Most film buffs know that the first Back to the Future movie was released on July 3, 1985 and grossed over $381 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 1985. However, did you know that the filmmakers “decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then [they] would just totally trash it down and make it all bleak and ugly for the 1980s scenes”? The interiors for Doc Brown’s house were shot at the Robert R. Blacker House, while exteriors took place at Gamble House. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.