Jimmie Luecke was a Texas state trooper who left the highway patrol in 1980 to try his hand at oil drilling, and fortunately, the Austin chalk oil boom made him a millionaire. His next move was acquiring land outside Smithville, Texas before settling down to raise cattle. In the late ’90s, while clearing new grazing land on his ranch, he bulldozed the brush, but left behind the word LUECKE, making it the biggest signature in human history. Read more for a video to show why NASA uses it to analyze satellite imagery.
Japan-based Tone Mobile just launched its latest smartphone, the e20, which uses artificial intelligence in an unusual way to say the least. Simply put, it uses a special algorithm to prevent users from taking drunken / inappropriate photos of themselves or anyone else, while also being able to ‘connect’ with other devices and notify their owner if such a shot has been snapped. Read more for a video and additional information.
Does the name of this smartphone sound familiar? If so, that’s because it’s from the company owned by Pablo Escobar’s biological brother Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria. Plus, there was apparently a first-generation version released last year, and now, here’s a hands-on look at the latest model. Featuring a main 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED QXGA+ folding display, a 6-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 1680) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset (2.84 GHz octacore processor), up to 12 GB LPDDR4X RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a triple rear camera setup (12 MP + 12 MP Tele + 16 MP ultra-wide), a 10 MP front-facing camera, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB-C, and a 4,380 mAh lithium polymer battery. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk are two of the biggest names in technology right now, but what if they were actors instead? Or to be more specific, actors in Star Trek: The Original Series, which ran from 1966-1969. Well, thanks to deepfake technology, we get to see the former playing a Talosian alien, while Musk takes on Captain Christopher Pike. Read more for the video and additional information.
Sure, there have been auto enthusiasts who’ve created their own Cybertrucks, but this just might be the strangest Tesla Model 3 mod we’ve seen yet. Thanks to Mullin Manufacturing, YouTuber Michael of “lowlifeduramax” was able to equip the rear axle of his Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus with snow tracks, thus turning it into an electric snowmobile of sorts. Read more to see the fun that ensued.
Photo credit: Justine Haupt
Engineer Justine Haupt hated all the distractions that modern smartphones have, so she came up with an unusual solution: a basic cell phone with a rotary dial. How do you use it? Just like you would a normal rotary phone by placing a finger in the desired number and then turning it until the dial touches the metal clip before letting go. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Land Rover Perentie is a nickname given to the Land Rover 110 produced by JRA Limited for the Australian Army during the 1980s and 1990s. There were two build contracts. The first was in 1988 and the second build quantity occurred in 1998. It was based on the Land Rover Defender 110, and was introduced in 1987 to replace the ageing fleet of Series 2A and 3 Land Rovers. Now is your chance to own one of these rare vehicles. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers have been targeting Jupiter’s moon Europa as the one place extraterrestrial life is most likely to evolve outside of Earth due to its abundance of icy cold water and rampant production of oxygen. NASA has made exploration of the moon as a high-priority mission by since 2013, and Monica Grady, a professor of Planetary and Space Science at Liverpool Hope University, has made a wild claim. She believes that the seas beneath the moon’s crust could be host to marine wildlife similar to that of octopuses. Read more for a video and additional information.
Scientists have discovered a mysterious radio source located in a spiral galaxy 500 million light years from Earth pulsating on a 16-day cycle, marking the first time fast radio bursts (FRBs) have beat at a steady rhythm. These fast radio bursts are mysterious because they can be detected once or be “repeaters,” with some bursts appearing only once in a certain part of the sky, while others emit multiple flashes to Earth. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers have discovered a type of black fungi that eats radiation inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. It was found growing up the walls of the reactor, which baffled scientists due to the extremely high radiation environment. They later found that the fungi was not only impervious to the deadly radiation, but was attracted to it, thanks to a large amount of the pigment melanin. Read more for a video and additional information.