Let’s face it, steel workers probably have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and the ladders or lifts found at constructions sites are often safety hazards. Introducing Column Climber. This shoe attachment basically turns a steel column into a ladder, or in other words, it securely grips the flanges of the column, thanks to its high strength 514 steel construction. They’re so strong, that they can hold up to 700 pounds per foot. Unfortunately, they won’t be turning anyone into Spider-Man anytime soon. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
NASA has just released a new audio file, captured by the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, of the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. The lander’s sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, which were estimated to being between 10 to 15 mph on December 1st, from northwest to southeast, consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Are you a professional photographer that has always wanted to travel the world, even if it’s with someone else’s family? This job may be for you. One wealthy family from the UK is reportedly looking for a travel photographer, and offers to pay over $100,000 a year. To find the perfect candidate, they contracted photographer booking service Perfocal to narrow down the applicants. “We need someone to travel around the world with us and take photos. The photographer will be expected to travel for up to 3 months at a time, should work up to 10 hours on days of work, and will receive full sick pay and 30 days of holiday during the year,” according to the family. Read more to see all that the job entails.
The iQue Player is a lost Nintendo video game console that was manufactured by iQue, a joint venture between the Japanese company and Chinese-American scientist Wei Yen. Even though the console was never released in any English speaking countries, the name “iQue Player” appears in the console’s instruction manual. There was no separate console, you plug the controller itself directly into the television, but a box accessory is available that allows multiplayer gaming. It was officially released on November 17, 2003, but unfortunately, the launch was not successful, with total estimated sales between 8,000 to 12,000 units. Games are stored on a 64 MB flash card that is contained within a cartridge that plugs directly into the controller, and titles were purchased at a special “iQue depot”, where they could be downloaded and played later. Read more for an unboxing video, additional pictures and information.
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Sure, Christmas is still a few weeks away, but automakers are already getting in the spirit, with Dodge making the first splash at this year’s LA Auto Show. They have revealed a 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Santa Claus sleigh. Power comes from a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 from the Hellcat Redeye, and it features dual exhaust tips, along with seven-passenger seating. This isn’t a fiberglass shell, but rather a Dodge Challenger widebody that has been modified and turned into a sleigh, complete with a start button for the engine. Read more for another video and additional information.
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The world of food photography is more than meets the eye, and while many things look delicious in ads, the things used to make them look that way are not safe for ingestion to say the least. One example would be creating fake champagne, which is actually a combination of soy sauce, Alka Seltzer for the fizz, and then last, but not least, water. Another example is tasty-looking ice cream that’s made from corn syrup, shortening, and food coloring for advertisements. “Blossom” recently created a video showing nine more tricks that professional photographers use to make food look good. Read more to watch the video and for additional information.
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The last thing anyone would expect after getting their laptop stolen is an email from the thief themselves, but that’s exactly what happened to college student Stevie Valentine. After receiving the message, Stevie posted it on Twitter, and it went viral shortly afterwards, receiving 26,000 Likes and thousands of comments. Like anything on the internet, there are those that actually like the thief, while others say extreme poverty doesn’t justify any type of crime. Read more to see the full message.
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Scientists have discovered a relatively easy way to edit genes in recent years using a tool called CRISPR-cas9, which makes it possible to operate on DNA to supply a needed gene or disable one that’s causing problems. Chinese scientist He Jiankui of Shenzhen claims to have the altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far, resulting in twin girls who now have an ability to resist possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus. Read more for another video on gene editing and additional information.
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SEGA is best known for their Master System and Genesis consoles, but did you know they also released a motion-sensing electronic game back in 1994? That’s right, it’s called “SEGA Pods“, and consists of three sensor-equipped “pods” that the player must hold their hand over in order to play its seven built-in games. The special sensor was able to detect the height of the player’s hand, as long as it’s held 12-inches or below. You can actually get a used version here. Read more to view an original TV commercial for SEGA Pods and another in-depth overview.
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From afar, this may look like real lava flowing from a window, but it’s actually an art installation by Spanish architects David Olivia and Elisenda Planas of SP25. The two artists call it “a layer of incandescent lava that expands [with] flames that arise from the night nothing, from the inside of a mysterious abandoned building and spread, occupy and invade the entire space that surrounds it.” More than 10,000 pieces of origami was used cover nearly 100-square-meters. Read more for additional images and information.