Amazon.com is no stranger to the Super Bowl, and this year is no exception. Alexa once again takes center stage, and several celebrities are back to help the voice assistant for Super Bowl LIII in the Amazon Beta Testing Program, which is described as “a top secret division which employs celebrities to test Alexa-enabled technologies. Stars include Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker, “Broad City” creators Ilana Glazer / Abbi Jacobson, and astronaut twins Scott / Mark Kelly. Read more to watch all four of the teaser videos.
Winter Storm Harper has already hit the Midwest and is fast approaching the East, which means The Weather Channel has created yet another amazing mixed-reality video showcasing just what may happen when it arrives. For this segment, they used meteorologist Jim Cantore and combined him with vivid, digital simulations to bring extreme weather events to life. “Just a tenth of an inch makes roads and sidewalks extremely slippery. A quarter of an inch can break branches, and once you’re over half an inch, serious problems ensue,” said Cantore. Read more for the video and additional information.
A new video, captured in Vietnam, has surfaced that shows honeybees performing an audio-like defense wave to ward off wasps. This technique, officially known as ‘shimmering’, where the hive is made to look as though it is performing a Mexican wave, involves the bees pushing their abdomens up into the air. To be more specific, each honeybee surrounding outer layer of the hive lifts their abdomen to create a ripple effect from one end of to the other for a shimmer-like effect. Read more for the video and additional information.
For the first time ever in the Space Needle’s history, the landmark’s 25th annual New Year’s Eve celebration will put on a 30-minute musically-choreographed light show that begins at 10 pm (PST) on Monday, December 31. There has been over $1-million of cutting edge lighting equipment installed throughout the structure designed to emit brilliant colors and moving beams of light across the tower as well as the Seattle night sky, creating a dramatically enhanced New Year’s Eve spectacle. This iconic landmark has been renowned for producing one of the best structure-launched fireworks displays in the world, and has recently added more than 176 tons of glass to its structure, including The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor. Read more for two more videos and additional information.
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In Manchester, New Hampshire, four burglars smashed a glass door at the Hunt’s Photo and Video store just before 5 a.m. Thursday and grabbed about $50,000 worth of cameras and lenses before running out the front door, all in under a minute. “They busted through it and they just kind of shimmied through like a big doggy door. They threw in a whole bunch of bins, and they just immediately got to work. Smashed out all the glass in the cases, and one guy just jumps up on the case and starts shoveling it off into their bins from on high,” said store manager Harper Hodges. Read more to see just how quickly they made out.
The performance specs for the Bugatti Chiron are enough to make your eyes water, with 0-62 in 2.4 seconds, 0-124 mph in 6.1 seconds, and 186 mph in a dizzying 13.1 seconds, thanks to its 1,500-hp 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16. Officially, the Chiron’s top speed claimed to be 261 mph, but before Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer vacated his position late last year, he stated that this hypercar would try to set a new record top speed for production hypercars, and this new video proves that it’s only second to the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which hit 284.3 mph. Read more for an up-close shot of the speedometer and additional information.
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Red Bull athlete Brian Grubb performed the first ever winch-to-drone handle pass while wakeskating the winding turns of Slovenia’s beautiful Sava Bohinjka River. He didn’t use a normal store-bought drone either, as this special 53-pound Infineon Technologies drone was powerful enough to allow Grubb to skim along the surface of the alpine river, jumping over half-sunken trees, boulders, and at times gliding over water just a few inches deep. Read more for the B-roll footage from shoot and additional information.
NASA recently tested their all-new Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression Water Deluge System at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for its new Space Launch System (SLS). This test created a giant 2-million liter (450,000 gallon) water fountain in just over a minute. “When the mobile launcher is sitting on its pad surface mount mechanisms, the rest of the Ignition Over-Pressure/Sound Suppression System is connected to the pad supply headers and the water will flow through supply piping and exit through the nozzles…[as the water subsides], it flows into the flame trench and onto the east pad surface before finding its way to the east and west holding ponds through channels, called water flumes, or off the pad surface through the water drains and trenches,” said Nick Moss, NASA’s pad deputy project manager. Read more for another video on the SLS and additional information.
The terrifying video you see above was captured by a family fleeing the fast-moving wildfire in Paradise, California, which has caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. In just a 6-hour time period, the raging fire had grown to more than 26-square-miles, and fortunately, the driver who recorded the video stated on social media that his family is now safe. Read more for another drive-through video and more information.
Russia-based Gosha TurboTech specializes in tuning high-end supercars, including this Nissan GT-R, called “Lucifer”. After heavily modifying the engine, they managed to squeeze out 1,600 horsepower, making it nearly three times as powerful as the stock 2017MY GT-R, or approximately 100 horsepower more than the Bugatti Chiron. Continue reading for another video and more information.