The standard Bentley Continental GT is equipped with a 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 engine generates 560 hp at 6,100 rpm and 479 lb⋅ft of torque at 1,600-6,100 rpm, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds, while topping out at 197.6 mph. What if you were to turn one of these into a tank? One group of Russian auto enthusiasts did just that and the resulting vehicle is just as impressive. Read more for a video and additional information.
LEX, a bionic wearable chair by Astride Bionix, is designed to improve posture and comfort, but at a price. At $250, it consists of a pair of folding aluminum legs attached to a pad that clips onto the wearers’ backside and turns solid ground into a chair. It’s already exceeded its initial $50,000 funding goal on Kickstarter campaign, and has now raised over $143,000. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray to recreate every pre-installed Apple MacOS wallpapers of California landmarks in just one week. For those who don’t use MacOS are have just started to do so, OS X versions were named after big cats until OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as that update marked when Apple officially switched to using California locations. Read more for a video and additional information.
Remember ‘Oumuamua? It was the first known interstellar object detected that through the Solar System. Since it can’t be captured into a solar orbit, the object will eventually leave the Solar System and resume traveling through interstellar space. However, it will take the object roughly 20,000 years to travel the Solar System before leaving. Now, amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov has discovered a second interstellar object, called “C/2019 Q4”. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Did you know that the original Darth Vader costume design did not include a helmet? That’s right, it only came about when concept artist Ralph McQuarrie proposed that Vader should wear a breathing apparatus during pre-production discussions for Star Wars with George Lucas in 1975. With that said, this Chevrolet Camaro attempted to turn to the dark side, but seems to have failed half way. Read more to see the entire body kit.
We covered the Human Headphones a couple weeks ago, but they’ve already started shipping, and they may perform better than it looks. These wireless headphones do away with the headband, and have been designed to adapt to the physical structure of your ear. In other words, each of the earpieces is mounted directly on the ear. They can also be used as language translator, with support for 11 different languages. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Say goodbye to plastic / aluminum headphones, and hello to fungus. Design studio Aivan unveiled Korvaa, the world’s first headphones made from microbial-grown materials. The studio created two versions of the Korvaa headphones, with each consisting of six microbe-grown components with different properties: enzymatically produced, lignin-free cellulose; 3D-printed biodegradable microbial bioplastic PLA for the frame; a leather-like fungal mycelium for the soft foam inside the headset; biosynthetic spider silk for the mesh inside the earphone; and protein foam with plant cellulose. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
MIT engineers have created the blackest ever material, or to be more specific 10 times blacker than anything that has previously been reported. The yet to be named material is made from carbon nanotubes that were grown on the surface of aluminum foil. Why? The chlorine-etched aluminum foil captures more than 99.96% of any incoming light, making it the darkest on record. Read more for a video and additional information.
We’re still at least a decade away from commercial trips to the Moon’s orbit or even surface, but one startup company called Lifeship wants to give you a headstart, and it won’t break the bank. LifeShip founder Ben Haldeman is planning on sending human DNA to the Moon for just $99, or at least during the initial crowdfunding phase. Read more for a video about moon colonization and additional information.
You’ve probably seen your fair share of Bugatti Veyron knockoffs over the years, but we have to say, this one, called “BuCougar”, was built by a Florida man, and it doesn’t look half bad. Based on a 2002 Mercury Cougar, this knockoff even has a wing that retracts and is still powered by the Cougar’s V6 engine generating 170 horsepower. Yes, there’s even a Bugatti-branded speedometer with a top speed of 280 mph. Read more for additional pictures and information.