Photo credit: Jacinta Shackleton
Photographer and marine biologist Jacinta Shackleton, managed to capture a rarely seen blanket octopus while diving off the coast of Lady Elliot Island in Queensland, Australia on January 6th. How did they get their name? Blanket octopuses are known for their long, transparent webs that connect the dorsal and dorsolateral arms of the adult females. That’s right, only the females have capes, which can be used to distract predators. Read more for the video and additional information.
Sure, helium blimps are nothing new, but what about an airship that can travel on both land and in the skies? Meet Lazzarini Design’s futuristic Air Yacht. Simply put, it consists of two helium-powered 150-meter (492-foot) airships that are connected via four bridges to a main 80-meter (262-foot) hull. The two so-called “floating balloons” are separated into hives that store helium gas. When taking to the skies, the compressed helium is then released, thus providing propulsion for up to 48-hours at 60 knots. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Pio Andrea Peri
Photographer Pio Andrea Peri has always been fascinated by the mountain town of Centuripe in the province of Enna, Sicily. So, he decided to fly over it with his drone and capture its unique humanoid shape. For those interested in visiting this unique place, you’ll find some remains of the ancient city, mostly of the Roman period, along with numerous antiquities, including some fine Hellenistic terra-cottas. Read more for the video and an interactive map of the town.
Eviation Aircraft has just revealed the production version of its electric Alice plane with a new executive cabin. The original commuter version boasts a 9-passenger capacity, while this new design seats 6 passengers with wider seats, allowing each to peer out large 16.5-inch-wide windows. That’s not all, the company also unveiled a cargo configuration that sports a temperature-controlled cargo compartment of 450 cubic feet in volume. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Spider-Man has been around the world, and while he may not have had time to scale the rooftops of Paris, some may wonder what jumping around them might be like. Fortunately, Ninja Warrior champion Charles Poujade has the skills to show us just that, and he dressed up as Spider-Man in celebration of the theatrical release of No Way Home. Read more to see what ensued.
Priced from $1.85-million USD, the Volkner Mobile Performance S is a motorhome designed for someone who wants to bring their luxurious apartment on the road. Everything inside can be customized to the customer’s preference, including real wood accents, marble countertops, two 40-inch displays, a separate bath / shower and full kitchen. Read more to see the real highlight of this machine.
Hyatt guests at six locations across the US can now seamlessly and securely tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock guestrooms and key card-protected common areas (fitness centers, pools, elevators, etc.). To get started, all guests need is the World of Hyatt app, where they can then add their room key to Apple Wallet after completing a reservation. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Two space tourists, with one of them being Japanese billionaire Yasaku Maezawa, have successfully arrived at the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The spacecraft’s other occupants are video producer Yozo Hirano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, all of whom launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday at 2:38 a.m. EST (1738 GMT). Read more for videos of the launch and the trio greeting the ISS crew.
For one night only, a lucky group or person will be able to spend one night (Dec. 12) in the “Home Alone” movie house that Kevin McCallister (Macaculay Culkin) made famous. Booking for this one-night stay opens Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. C.T. and several areas of the house have been redecorated to resemble the one from the film, including a lawn jockey statue in the front yard, a candlelit dining room and even a paint can dangling from the staircase. Read more for a news segment, additional pictures and information.
Baljenac is one tiny island you may have never heard of, but once you spot this landmass in the Adriatic Sea, located just off the coast of Croatia on the Sibenik archipelago, you’ll probably never forget it. Why? It’s been nicknamed “fingerprint island,” and rightfully so. The islet spans approximately half a square mile and is covered by a series of dry-stone walls that give it the shape of human fingerprint. Read more for a video and additional information.