This perfectly rectangular-shaped iceberg was spotted on October 16 by NASA’s IceBridge program, which flies planes over the poles to capture photos, near the Larsen-C ice shelf. “It’s not uncommon to see that in Antarctica – although that [the tabular iceberg spotted by NASA] is a fresh and sharp looking one,” said Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Matthew Riese from San Francisco spent his life savings making his dream of building a functional DeLorean hovercraft a reality. How so? The ‘car’ boasts a fibreglass shell that has been painted and sprayed to take on the classic DeLorean exterior, complete with gull-wing doors, and placed on an inflating base with an engine. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Believe it or not, Igor Negoda from Russia managed to cram a TS-21 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) of a MIG-23 fighter jet into a BMW E30 3 Series, transforming it into a flame-spitting monster, literally. The TS-21 turbine is used to start the MIG-23’s main engine, but in the 3 Series, there’s enough propulsion to get it moving when paired with the original transmission. Continue reading for another build video and more information.
Panasonic Wear Space, a collaboration with Japanese fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga, is a bizarre wearable gadget with noise-cancelling headphones. The main idea is to keep the wearer focused when in open spaces such as coffee shops, schools, and co-working spaces. It consists of flexible material that wraps around the back of your head, extending all the way to the sides of your eyes, thus blocking out distractions in your peripheral view. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Google Street View can be used for many things, like visual turn-by-turn directions, or just a virtual vacation, but one Peruvian man discovered much more. He was allegedly searching for the quickest way to reach the Bridge of Sighs, in Barranco, Lima, when he stumbled upon a curly-haired woman sitting on a bench with a not so familiar man. Despite their faces being blurred, he quickly identified the woman as his wife due to her hair and clothes. A divorce ensued shortly after. continue reading for another picture and more information.
Photo credit: Marc Teyssier
MobiLimb, developed by Marc Teyssier, a PhD student at the University of Paris-Saclay in France, is basically a smartphone accessory that adds a robotic finger to your device when it’s plugged into a USB port. You can use it as a phone stand, or just for some extra grip to hold secure a phone or even act out emojis. Currently, you can select from a model made from Plastil Gel-10 black silicon material or one covered in a ‘finger-like skin with a high degree of realism’. Gamers could use it as a controller or joystick of sorts to manipulate virtual objects. Continue reading for the full video demonstration and more information.
If you can scientifically prove your superpowers, The Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP), a group of German physicists, biologists and psychologists, will reward you with €10,000 ($11,700). Whether it be telekinesis, telepathy, or the ability to generate fire, you’ll need to prove it in controlled laboratory conditions. To date, over 60 people have been tested, but as you might’ve already guessed, none have been able to claim the money. Continue reading for another video on real superpowers and more information.
Javion Hill, 35, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, managed to snap several photos of what appears to be a square UFO with glowing lights hovering in the night sky above the treeline. “I was on my way home with my wife on the speaker phone, and it looked like there was a tornado coming, so I was trying to take a picture of the clouds for my wife. But then I saw something that wasn’t normal and I was, like: ‘Oh my god, what is that?’ I started trying to take as many pictures of it as possible while I was driving,” said Hill. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Digital artist and 3D illustrator Miguel Vasquez has made a name for himself on Instagram, but not in the way you may think. He specializes in creating realistic versions of popular cartoon characters, like Homer Simpson, and as you can see, the results aren’t very pretty. Others include: SpongeBob, Luigi, Patrick Star, and more. Continue reading to see more of his popular works.
Quadcopter drones are nothing new, but this is the first to be used in this way, or so we’ve seen. Called the “Aerial-Biped,” it was designed by researchers at the University of Tokyo, and uses a quadcopter to help reduce gravity, thus staying upright on on its thin flamingo-like legs. “We aim to develop a biped robot that has the ability to display desired motions, including various dances, in addition to walking…by enabling movements that have been impossible due to the constraints of the mechanisms,” said University of Tokyo’s lead project researcher Azumi Maekawa. Continue reading for two more videos and information.