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.
City Hall was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), and opened on October 27, 1904. This station is located underneath the public area in front of City Hall and designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. Due to the infrastructural shortfalls, as well as its proximity to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge station, passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1945. Continue reading for another video and more information.
It’s always fun to see just what went into the making of your favorite movies, especially ones that rely heavily on special effects, like Ant-Man and The Wasp. These videos showcase how the filmmakers used CGI to turn that towering building into a rolling suitcase as well as super sizing the Helly Kitty PEZ candy dispenser. Many studios were used, including Rodeo and DNEG. Continue reading to see the DNEG VFX breakdown video.
Lanzante, a British automotive company specializing in classic car restoration as well as auto racing, took one of the six P1 LMs to Pikes Peak for a hill climb run. For those who aren’t familiar with this model, the McLaren P1 LM is based on the track-only GTR, and Lanzante received approval from the British automaker to build six P1 LM models as a McLaren F1 LM successor. Continue reading for a video of the McLaren P1 LM’s record-setting lap of the Nurburgring.