Normal school buses are designed to withstand inclement weather, but when things really hit the fan, it may be time for the Torsus Praetorian. It can easily clear just about any obstacle, thanks to its high ground clearance and 4×4 drive, all the while carrying up to 35-children safely. On the inside, you’ll find bespoke seats with a math-inspired design, made from a polymer protective coating, complete with seat belt. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Found mainly in the U.S. Southwest, the diabolical ironclad beetle hides under rocks and inside trees, but thanks to an exoskeleton, it can even survive being run over by a car. That’s right, its crush-resistant structures makes it nearly indestructible, specifically, its elytra. The elytra are basically the forewing blades that open and close to safeguard the flight wings from bacteria, but the ironclad’s elytra have evolved to become a solid, protective shield. Read more for two videos and additional information.
An 11-year-old boy may have been playing too much Grand Theft Auto when he decided to steal a school bus and lead Louisiana police on a wild chase. Authorities received a call about the incident at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, which prompted multiple police units to follow the bus as the child allegedly taunted and flipped officers off as well as striking three other vehicles for nearly 45-minutes. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Avtoros Shaman 8×8 may look beastly, but it won’t be winning drag races anytime soon with a top speed of 44 mph. However, it is designed to go anywhere, including the beaches of Dubai, thanks to an 18” ground clearance and an independent suspension for each of its eight wheels. Or, you can use the Shaman’s crazy towing capacity of over 31,000lbs to get just about any vehicle out of trouble. Power comes from an Iveco 3.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel producing 146 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Read more for the video and additional information.
Yomiuriland, an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan, announced this week that it will be offering an “Amusement Workation” package. Priced from $17.94 USD ($34 for two people), it will be available from October 15 and not only includes one hour on the Ferris wheel, but also gives visitors a poolside workspace with access to chairs, tables, outlets as well as WiFi. If you’re finished working, check out all the other attractions, like the botanical garden or haunted house. Read more for a tour of the amusement park and additional information.
Scientists at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado have created transparent wood derived from the balsa tree, native to South America. This new material is not only stronger, but five-times more thermally efficient than traditional glass. Transparent wood is much more rugged as well, capable of withstanding more damage without bending or splintering. The balsa tree wood was first immersed in a bleach solution at room temperature to remove the light absorbing substance. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Yes, this 1952 Ferrari V12 ‘Arno XI’ is real and not a fan creation. It was inspired by Achille Castoldi in the early 1950s and built by the Cantiere Timossi boatyard, located in Azzano on Lake Como, Italy. This watercraft is powered by a 4.5L V12 engine producing 385 hp, the same one Ferrari used for their 1951 Grand Prix victory in the 375 F1, installed on a Timossi three-point racing hydroplane hull. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Researchers from the University of Queensland discovered that if time travel were possible, the paradox couldn’t actually exist. In other words, any changes a time traveler would make in the past would cause the timeline to self-correct, thus ensuring that whatever occurred to send you back in time would still happen. The current timeline’s events would still happen, but probably not in the same way, though similar enough for one not to notice. Read more for two videos on time travel and additional information.
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Japan already has a 60-foot-tall Gundam robot, and now, they’re following up with a life-sized Godzilla theme park attraction on Awaji Island’s Nijigen no Mori theme park. When completed, it will become the world’s first permanent, to-scale replica of Godzilla, measuring 65 feet tall, 82 feet wide, and 180 feet long. However, the character’s lower body will be “hidden” underground and house several games as well as attractions. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Ever wish there was a gadget that could help keep your burrito eating experience a lot cleaner? If so, then Burrito Pop should do the trick. Simply put, it’s a twistable burrito holder that not only keeps the toppings on the inside, but your food warm as well should there be any leftovers. Available in several different colors, the design has been patented so you won’t see a flood of similar burrito holders on the market. Read more for a video and additional information.