For those who haven’t been following Deepfake, it’s basically an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique called a “generative adversarial network” (GAN). The most recent example to go viral on social media is this clip from the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, and as you can see, Steve Buscemi’s head has been superimposed onto Jennifer Lawrence’s body. Read more to watch the original clip with Jennifer Lawrence and another video on Deepfakes.
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Residents of Vancouver Island were surprised to see fallstreak hole, also known as a hole-punch cloud, early Monday morning, and some had their cameras out ready to capture this phenomenon. The U.S. National Weather Service says these form when “high to mid-level clouds, such as altocumulus, composed of tiny water droplets that are much colder than freezing, but have yet to freeze.” These large numbers of tiny ice crystals, which could be formed by passing aircraft, introduced in the cloud layer sets off a domino effect of fusion, thus creating the hole. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser is basically a front-engine, front-wheel drive, small family car manufactured in both 5-door hatchback (2000–2010) and 2-door convertible (2005-2008) body styles. However, one person decided to create their own body style by transforming one into a “Stagecoach” of sorts. Featuring a bespoke, longer wheelbase with an extended rear end cabin. On the inside, you’ll find two bench seats and lots of headroom should you need to stand up for any reason. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Galagadon, a freshwater shark from the Cretaceous Period, is related to a group called carpet sharks found in Indo-Pacific seas today, and measured 1-2 feet in length, with teeth the size of a sand grain, about four-hundredths of an inch (1 millimeter). However, these teeth are shaped just like the spaceships found in the 1981 Japanese arcade game Galaga, which is the sequel to 1979’s Galaxian. Read more for an artist’s depiction of an actual Galagadon shark.
Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard University’s Astronomy Department and friend of late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, claims that the mysterious interstellar object Oumuamua is actually a spaceship sent be extraterrestrials, and it uses a solar sail for propulsion. “The Spitzer Space Telescope found no evidence of heat emission from the object, and that means that it is at least 10 times more reflective than a typical comet or asteroid. What we have, then, is a thin, flat, shiny object. So I arrived at the idea of a solar sail: A solar sail is a spaceship that uses the sun for propulsion. Instead of using fuel, it is propelled ahead by reflecting light. In fact, it’s a technology that our civilization is developing at this very time,” said Loeb. Read more for a video giving ten reasons why Oumuamua will blow your mind.
You may have heard that rapper Soulja Boy pulled his previous video game consoles due to legal threats, but now, he’s back at it again, and with a brand new PlayStation Vita knockoff, called the “SouljaGame Handheld”. It’s priced at $99.99 and features a 4.3″ (480 x 272 resolution) display, 8GB of internal storage, an integrated camera, TV out, and a “multi thread task mode, you can listen to music, while watching e-books.” There’s no word yet on if it will come branded with the Soulja logo, but if this interests you, snag one quick, or else it may be pulled again even before hitting the ground. Read more for another hands-on review of this console and additional information.
Many already know that RollerCoaster Tycoon is a series of simulation video games that lets players build and manage an amusement park. Each game challenges players with open-ended amusement park management, development, and construction. Marcel Vos has created “12 Years of Suffering” a ride that that doesn’t end for 12 straight years in real-world time. Simply put, it’s two separate coasters that have been joined together, with one taking up almost all of the park with single carts that go around 20 times and another on a smaller track that features 30 carts. Read more to see this crazy attraction in-action.
Are you a professional eSports gamer and have been looking for a backpack large enough for all of your gear or a high-powered Intel / AMD desktop machine, complete with monitor? If so, then look no further than “Backpacker’s Closet” by Japanese design studio CWF. It measures 100 cm in length and 68 cm in width while offering a maximum holding capacity of 180 liters (48 gallons). The shoulder straps feature extra padding and an additional middle strap to reduce stress on the wearer’s back and shoulders. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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If Batman decided to go pure luxury for his next Batmobile, it might look something like this Rolls-Royce concept by NeoMam Studios. On a somewhat related note, did you know that Rolls-Royce Motors was a British luxury car manufacturer, created in 1973 during the de-merger of the Rolls-Royce automotive business from the nationalized Rolls-Royce Limited? That’s right, they produced luxury cars under the Rolls-Royce and Bentley brands, but was eventually sold to Volkswagen in 1998. BMW acquired the rights to the Rolls-Royce trademark for use on automobiles and launched a new Rolls-Royce company shortly afterwards. Read more for more geeky Rolls-Royce concepts that could one day become a reality.
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The origin of folded paper airplanes is generally considered to be of Ancient China, since manufacture of paper on a widespread scale took place there during 500 BCE, and origami as well as paper folding became popular within a century of this period – approximately 460-390 BCE. The most significant use of paper models in aircraft designs were by the Wright brothers between 1899 and 1903, the date of the first powered flight from Kill Devil Hills, by the Wright Flyer. The brothers used a wind tunnel to gain knowledge of the forces which could be used to control an aircraft in flight. Read more to see a massive 122-inch paper airplane being flown.