LaFerrari Replica Knockoff

Photo credit: GT Spirit
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
Photo credit: Design Boom
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
Photo credit: Imgur via Bored Panda
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.

Surfing Polar Vortex

Photo credit: Devon Hains Photography
The last thing you’d expect for someone to do in the midst of a polar vortex is probably surfing in the frigid waters, but that’s exactly what Daniel Schetter decided to do on Lake Superior. Fortunately, photographer Devon Hains was there to capture all of the action. According to Hains, the photos were captured across two shoots: one on January 27 and other on January 30. The temperature was around -3° F, but the windchill was about -30° F. Read more for additional pictures. and information.

North Magnetic Pole Compass

Check your compass, Earth’s north magnetic pole is drifting from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia at such a quick pace that the change is forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation by ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic. Just so you don’t get confused, the geographic north pole is fixed, while the magnetic north pole — the north that your compass uses – is not. Read more for another video and additional information.

Energizer Mobile Phone

Energizer is best known as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of batteries, but it’s never too late to pivot in case things go south, and that’s why the company is introducing 26 new mobile phone models at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. Available in Power Max, Ultimate, Energy, and Hardcase lines, at least one model will include an 18,000mAh battery, which is the largest battery ever in a phone, along with a pop-up camera and teardrop notch displays. Read more for pictures of two more models and additional information.

Vantablack Darkest Material

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Developed by Surrey NanoSystems in the United Kingdom, Vantablack is currently the darkest known material on Earth, absorbing up to 99.96% of visible light (at 663 nm if the light is perpendicular to the material). It’s composed of a forest of vertical tubes “grown” on a substrate using a modified chemical vapor deposition process (CVD), so when light strikes the material, instead of bouncing off from it, the beams become trapped and is continually deflected amongst the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat. This is what a basketball looks like when coated in Vantablack.

Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship

Celebrity Edge, the latest vessel from Celebrity Cruises, features a first-of-its-kind, 90-ton passenger platform, called the “Magic Carpet”, hanging over its side that serves a range of functions as it moves up and down the ship. This tangerine-colored structure can be used as an open-air lounge or restaurant with breathtaking sea views when positioned along higher decks. Lowered to Deck 2, it can be used as a “tender platform” where passengers catch boats to shore. Read more for an in-depth look at the Magic Carpet and for a full tour of the ship.

Axolotl Salamander Regeneration

Photo credit: Christian Baker
The axolotl is a Mexican salamander with incredible regenerative abilities, which means you can slice off its leg off, and the limb will grow right back, exactly the way it was. How they’re able to do this and humans can’t is still a mystery to researchers. “It’s hard to find a body part they can’t regenerate: the limbs, the tail, the spinal cord, the eye, and in some species, the lens, even half of their brain has been shown to regenerate,” said study co-lead author Randal Voss, a professor at the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center. Read more for another video and additional information.

Farming Simulator eSports

Believe it or not, Farming Simulator 19 by GIANTS Software is getting its very own eSports league. Unlike the “Farming Simulator Championships” in 2017 / 2018, the “Farming Simulator League” will kick off with ten tournaments across Europe this summer. “The best teams will compete for the title of the Farming Simulator Champion and €100,000 in prizes. Every single tournament will not only grant circuit points for the best teams, but also wield big prizes, bringing the total prize pool for season two up to a total of €250,000,” said the developer. Read more for another video and additional information.