Russia-based Garage 54 is a tuning shop known for their outlandish creations, including an eight-wheeled Fiat and six-wheel-drive Niva, but their latest project is a bit more time in comparison. Based on the UAZ 469 light utility vehicle that was first used as a concrete car in a previous build, this Tesla Cybertruck conversion required them to completely replace the bodywork and instead of an electric powerplant, they opted to keep the 2.5-liter UMZ four-cylinder engine with just over 70 horsepower. Read more for two videos and additional information.
When you just need a pocket-sized phone without all the latest features, the Zanco Tiny T2 should fit the bill. Measuring just 2.4 inches tall, 1.18 inches wide, and 0.65 inches deep and weighing only 31 grams, it features 3G connectivity, a 0.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD expansion, a 1-inch TFT screen, and even a few pre-installed games. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Researchers at Tufts University have the world’s first living robots created using stem cells scraped from frog embryos. These cells were then use to assemble “xenobots,” or small 1-millimeter-wide blobs act like living, self-healing robots. They’re capable of walking, swimming and working cooperatively, but future uses include reprogramming tumors in the human body, deliver drugs or scraping arterial plaque. Read more for a video and additional information.
Abimelec Design transformed a Ford Mustang Foxbody into a Ferrari F40 knockoff of sorts, but it wasn’t easy. The designer had to first lower the Ford’s roofline and then add flared fenders to give it the wide stance of its Italian counterpart. Out back, they equipped it with an F40-inspired rear wing before adding a Lexan panel over the engine bay. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Yukai Engineering’s Petit Qoobo just might be the strangest robot yet at CES 2020. This pillow-like device is the followup to the company’s larger Qoobo that was unveiled last year, and it’s exactly as it looks, a tail wagging robot, but this time, with a microphone to detect sound, as well as haptic feedback for vibrating softly to mimic occasional purrs. Read more for two videos and additional information.
This may look like a Hummer H1, but it’s actually the ultra rare Toyota Mega Cruiser. This large, heavy-duty four wheel drive vehicle made its debut in 1995 and is currently the largest 4WD vehicle ever built by the automaker, designed primarily for military use as an infantry transport, a light prime mover for heavy mortars, and mobile surface-to-air missiles in the Japan Self Defense Forces. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and information.
It’s not everyday that you get to witness the filming of a blockbuster film in person, much less see the main star in one of its most iconic scenes. That’s exactly what this smartphone user got to experience from a window overlooking these stairs, which connect New York’s Bronx Shakespeare and Anderson avenues at West 167th Street. Read more for the clip and the original scene.
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According to NASA, a VW Beetle-sized asteroid is hurtling towards Earth and is set to pass by on January 2, 2020. This space rock measures diameter 13 meters in diameter, and is officially called “2019 AE3”. Currently, it’s traversing our solar system at a speed of 8.2 kilometers per second (5MPS), and will be closest to Earth on January 2 at just 0.013 astronomical units away. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Astrophysicist Ronald Mallett has dedicated much of his adult life to the notion that time travel is possible, and so far, he’s come up with the scientific equations and principles upon which he says a real-life time machine could be created. When he was just age 10, his father died suddenly, of a heart attack, and that event changed the track of his life forever. Read more for a video and additional information.
Originally manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) for the American market from model years 1981 through 1983, the DMC-12 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and best known for its gull-wing doors, brushed stainless-steel outer body panels, as well as an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis. This particular example has been stuck in a barn for over 32-years. Read more for a video and additional information.