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For $110K, you could either buy a nice used Ferrari 360, or this bizarre Acura NSX and LaFerrari mashup. According to the seller, the vehicle is painted blood red and was built by Santarsiero Concepts. It took approximately four-years to design and build using an Acura NSX chassis with 75,000 miles on the odometer. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine generating 270 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips and a team of researchers traveled to the Solomon Islands in search of hydrothermal activity, and what they found was completely unexpected. Kavachi, a very active underwater submarine volcano located 60-feet below the ocean’s surface, is home to two species of shark – hammerheads and silky sharks – living in the hot, highly acidic waters within the crater. Read more for two videos and additional information.
For those who aren’t number aficionados, googol is basically the large number 10100, or in decimal notation, it’s written as the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. Daniel de Bruin decided to build a gear system machine that visualizes this number, which he says is greater than the sum of all the atoms in the known universe. It consists of 100 connected gears, which whhen you turn the gear at one end, it slowly turns the gear behind it at a rate of 1 to 10. Read more for a video and additional information.
Murder hornets are bad enough, but researchers at West Virginia University have discovered “zombie cicadas,” caused by a parasitic fungus, called Massospora, that can play mind games on cicadas to spread the infection. Simply put, t his psychedelic fungus is capable of manipulating male cicadas into flicking their wings like females, similar to a mating call, to draw in other unsuspecting male cicadas and infect them. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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When you see these boxes, most people think of a distribution transformer, or a device that provides the final voltage transformation in the electric power distribution system, stepping down the voltage used in the distribution lines to the level used by the customer. Designer Joey Ruiter envisions a motorbike that looks just like one of these transformers, blending in perfectly with its surroundings. Read more for additional pictures.
Fight Crab just might be the strangest fighting / action game you’ll come across, as it lets you take control of a simulated physics-powered crab. Once you start the game, you’ll take on various opponents in an attempt to flip them over. Claws, swords, guns, armor, jet engines, and more are all at your disposal. Available August 12th on Steam and September 15th for the Nintendo Switch. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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For those who aren’t aviation enthusiasts, the Cirrus SR22 is a single-engine four- or five-seat composite aircraft that has been the world’s best-selling general aviation (GA) airplane every year since 2003. It’s currently the single most-produced GA aircraft made from composite material, and comprises over 30% of the entire piston aircraft market. However, when you combine one of these with a Chevrolet Tracker, this monstrosity ensues. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Big Bud 16V-747 is currently the world’s largest farm tractor, built in Havre, Montana in 1977. This 1100 horsepower beast is about twice the size of many of the largest production tractors in the world, depending on parameter. The United Tire Company of Canada, which made the tractor’s custom 8-foot tires, went bankrupt in 2000, which meant the tractor could not be used for regular work starting in July 2009. Read more to see it get its tires replaced for the the first time in decades.
It’s not everyday that you see a hot rod on the road, much less one shaped like a helmet, but that’s exactly what AJ Bohata created. Modeled after the helmet of a knight’s armor, the project began with rectangular tubing cut and TIG-welded for the chassis. Once the chassis was completed by hand, a 355-cubic inch V8 with Weiand 6-71 supercharger was installed that generates 1,000 horsepower. Read more for a video and additional information
Sony has been known to release some unusual PlayStation-themed items in the past, but these new sneakers from Zara may not be for hypebeasts – those devoted to acquiring fashionable items. Inspired by the original PlayStation console, each shoe features a full-color logo, while the heels have PS1 “Power” buttons. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the laces have been replaced with an elastic band that stretches across the top. Read more for additional pictures and information.