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University of Rochester and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics, and Physics researchers have figured out how to make unsinkable metals using superhydrophobic (water repelling) materials. To accomplish this, they created structures made up of two treated aluminum surfaces facing each other, connected by a small central pole, designed to trap the maximum amount of air. What they ended up with was a virtually unsinkable metal. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Researchers at the University of Richmond in Virginia taught rats how to drive a miniature car in order to collect food, and surprisingly enough, the animals actually found it relaxing based on their corticosterone, a marker of stress, and dehydroepiandrosterone levels. The vehicle was crafted out of a clear plastic food container and mounted on a battery-powered, four-wheeled platform. Rats used three copper bars, which functioned as a steering wheel, to move forward when they stood on the aluminum floor and gripped the copper bars with their paws to trigger an electrical circuit. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
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A bizarre yellow blob has made its first appearance at the Paris Zoological Park, and it’s unlike any other that you’ve seen before. This yellow unicellular may look like a fungus, but it acts like an animal. In addition to having nearly 720 sexes, it can move without legs, wings or any other visible sign of locomotion, and can even heal itself in two minutes when cut in half. Read more for two videos and additional information.
For those who have never heard of Untitled Goose Game, developed by House House and published by Panic, it’s basically a stealth puzzle video game where players control a goose who bothers the inhabitants of an English village. The player must then use the goose’s abilities to manipulate objects and non-player characters in order to complete specific quests, but what happens if you put this animal in Resident Evil 2? Read more for a short preview of a gamer who did just that.
Just when you thought you’ve seen all the smartphone cases, this bizarre artificial skin case comes along. Developed by Marc Teyssier and his team at Telecom Paris, this is no ordinary case, as the artificial skin is designed to interpret a variety of gestures, like if you tickles the accessory, it types a laughing emoji onto the phone. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Vatican is probably the last governing body you’d expect to launch a smart gadget, but that’s exactly what they have done with the “Click to Pray eRosary.” Think of it as a fitness tracker, but with added religious functions, complete with six-axis inertial sensing, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, IP67 water / dust resistance, wireless charging, a 15mAh lithium-ion battery, 10 black agate beads and 11 hematite beads. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Nyanko Charge cat head phone charger just might be the quirkiest one yet and may just freak out anyone who sees it at first glance. This is a normal power bank, but shaped exactly like a real cat’s head and work with any USB-compatible device. It also comes with a pouch, strap, and an extra cable. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
In the 21st century, the buggy is still used as normal, everyday means of transportation by most of them have not been modernized nor are they suited for normal roads, other than a triangular warning sign with red border and yellow background attached to the rear, that is unless…you’re talking about this custom jet-powered version. One of the owners originally wanted to purchase a turboshaft powerplant that outputs through a shaft, but instead purchased a turbojet that shoots hot gasses out the back to create thrust, and thus this creation was born. Read more for a video and additional information.
Technically speaking, a subwoofer describes a loudspeaker that is specially designed to reproduce low-pitched audio frequencies known as bass and sub-bass, which are lower in frequency than those which can be generated by a woofer. Many vehicles use just a single subwoofer to enhance the bass, but this one went a bit overboard. So much so that they it apparently caused some destruction. Read more for the video.
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Brooklyn-based product design company MSCHF injected 60cc of holy water from the Jordan River into the Nike Air Max 97, and calls them “Jesus Shoes”. They’re limited to 20-pairs in the world, and the insole is made from 100 percent frankincense wool, while the laces are home to a steel crucifix. MSCHF knew these would only appeal to a select few, so they six pairs to social influencers before posting them on StockX, a popular online retailer. Read more for a hands-on video preview and additional information.