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Desert Plant Resurrection

You’re not looking at computer-generated imagery, but rather Rose of Jericho, a desert plant that opens when moisture is present and closes up as if dead during short or long dry spells. In other words, it would be perfect for a Max Mad-like environment because it’s capable of surviving several years of drought, and even lose up to 95% of its water without being damaged and come back to life after exposure to moisture. Read more for a TED Talks video about these resurrection plants and additional information.

Spyscape Interactive Spy Museum

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For an interactive museum experience unlike any other, look no further than SPYSCAPE in New York Center. You’ll receive a unique Identity Band, which uses RFID technology to personalize your experience, upon entry. Then you’ll step into Briefing, a high-tech theater which rises up through the building as it introduces the world of secret intelligence through an immersive film developed with the studio that creates VFX for films such as Avengers, Ex-Machina and Blade Runner 2049. Read more for an in-depth walkthrough of all the different challenges, additional pictures and information.

BolaWrap 100

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Police officers are finding new non-lethal ways to deal with the current mental health crisis, and Wrap Technologies has created just the tool to do so. Called the BolaWrap 100, this remote restraint device basically shoots a Kevlar cord up to 25 feet. The cord measures around 8-feet long and quickly wraps around the suspect, while the wrap has hooks on the end and comes out of the device at about 640 feet per second. It was designed by former police officers who hope to keep people from harming themselves or law enforcement. Read more for another video and additional information.

Have I Been Pwned
Created by security expert Troy Hunt back in 2013, Have I Been Pwned? is a website that lets you check if your personal data has been compromised by data breaches by collecting and analyzes hundreds of database dumps. It allows users to search for their own information by entering their username or email address, with the option to sign up to be notified if they’re detected in future dumps. One thing you may not know is that a password like “ji32k7au4a83” is more commonly used than you think, according to Robert Ou, and it’s a simple reason actually, as it’s comprised of characters from the Zhuyin Fuhao system for transliterating Mandarin. Read more to see a picture of the Chinese keyboard, and how the characters come about.

Aladdin Deck Enhancer

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Released in November 1992, Codemasters and Camerica’s Aladdin Deck Enhancer is basically a cartridge-based system that enabled you to run software on Compact Cartridges on the NES. Unfortunately, only seven of the twenty-four planned games were released before production was ended. Simply put, this accessory contained a bypass Security Circuit Chip, a Memory Control Chip, and a Graphics Chip that would work with the lock-out chip and other features inside the Nintendo Entertainment System. The goal was to provide a lower-cost way to make the game cartridges. Read more for another video and additional information.

Cellebrite UFED
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You may have never heard of the Cellebrite UFED (Universal Forensic Extraction Device), but it’s used by the police, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, etc. on smartphones, memory cards and more. Typically, current models cost around $15,000, but cybersecurity researcher Matthew Hickey managed to pick up several UFEDs from eBay for just $100 each. He found details on what phones law enforcement officials searched, when they were accessed and the data retrieved. Read more for a video showing how it works.

Energizer Power Max P18K Pop

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Energizer’s Power Max P18K Pop is the world’s first smartphone to pack an 18,000mAh battery, but it comes at a price. Sure, you’ll be able to make 90hrs of calls, listen to 100hrs of music and watch around 2-days of video on a single charge or 50 days is standby mode, but the device is as heavy as a brick. Featuring a 6.2″ FHD+ screen, MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and five cameras, of which TWO are front-facing in a “pop-up” housing. There’s no pricing information available now, but the handset will launch this summer. Read more for another hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

LaFerrari Replica Knockoff

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The LaFerrari, also known as the Ferrari F70, is a limited production hybrid supercar that is powered by a longitudinally-mounted Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout Ferrari F140 direct injection 65° V12 engine producing 789 hp)at 9,000 rpm and 516 lb⋅ft of torque at 6,750 rpm, paired with a 161 hp KERS unit that provides short bursts of extra power. Unfortunately, this strange knockoff from Malaysia won’t be fooling anyone, but at the least its body was constructed entirely from sheet metal, rather than around another car, such as the Pontiac Fiero or Toyota MR2. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Shopping Cart Wheelchair
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Let’s face it, purchasing old shopping carts ($45 – $50+) is far less pricier than a new wheelchair ($100+), so what better way to make use of the former than by turning them into affordable wheelchairs for those in need? This designer is doing just that, and is offering two models: a ‘manually propelled wheelchair’ that can be self-pushed and then a ‘transport wheelchair’ for use with a family member or a caregiver. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Interesting Google Earth Sightings
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Google Earth has been around for quite some time, but its users are still finding interesting sights from around the world, like this marina in Milwaukee with some winter ice breaking up. “This is my favorite. It’s a marina near Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). The winter ice is in the process of breaking up. I don’t know why, but this is very visually appealing to me,” said this anonymous Google Earth user. Bored of Earth? The computer program also has globes for the Moon and even Mars as well as a tool for viewing the night sky. Read more to see additional sightings.