Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This is a one piece 3D printed crossbow

Lots of interesting things are being made (or printed) using 3D printers. Take this crossbow for example, printed entirely in one piece, including the trigger and catch. The only part that was not printed was the string.

interested in printing your own?

get the plans here

This lego machine makes and throws paper airplanes

This full automated Lego Mindstorms project is basically a paper airplane assembly line. Not only does it start with a regular sheet of paper, sending down the line for appropriate folds but when the completed airplane gets to the end of the line it gets launched.

So you locked your keys in your car? Smash the window

I`m sure this has happened to everyone, or at least you know someone this has happened to. So you locked your keys in the car, you have a hammer, simple fix right? Well not for these guys, that`s one stubborn Volvo, maybe they should have tried dynamite first.

in this case resistance is NOT futile.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Watch how this "Terminator" hand improves one man`s life

This is Nigel Ackland, and unfortunately he lost his arm in an accident six years ago. Nigel got fitted for with a Bebionic3 prosthetic hand around 4 months ago and as you can tell it has improved his life by orders of magnitude. Just watch the intricate tasks this hand is capable of performing, he can ties shoelaces, deal cards, make coffee and of course give you the finger if need be.

This is what a wet living Mars would look like

Imagine Mars as a wet living world. Kind of looks like the Earth doesn`t it? Or perhaps this is what Mars would look like terraformed, either way quite striking.

First Short Peace trailer

This is the new trailer for Short Peace by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. Not to much is really known about this one just yet.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Shocker: Electric fences can hurt

This shouldn`t come as any surprise but grabbing hold of any electric fence can be a shocking experience. Watch as 3 well insulated people are then accompanied by an uninsulated 4th, completing the circuit with some not so surprising results. Shocking!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

This RC glider was piloted from the edge of space back to Earth

This is one very cool video. RC enthusiast David Windestal has taken an RC glider up to the edge of space (via balloon) and piloted back to Earth, but not without some almost show stopping difficulties.

Star Trek Into Darkness trailer 2

Lots of new stuff in this new Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. Action galore.

Official synopsis:

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

opens May 17th 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Matrix speed run: Watch The Matrix in 60 seconds

This is the Matrix (just the 1999 film) in 60 seconds flat. Great little animated short, love these speed runs.

From 1A4Studio:

Put machines, dreams, Neo, dystopia, and more machines into a blender and chug it really fast - that's the taste of this condensed version of the 1999 hit movie.

New After Earth trailer

This is the second trailer for After Earth from director M. Night Shyamalan. Stars Will Smith and his son Jaden. Looks pretty good hopefully it`ll be a good movie despite the fact its from M. Night Shyamalan!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Hangover Part III teaser

The Wolf pack is back! This one will be the final one in the series and apparently it departs from the wake up hungover and try to figure out what happened and fix whatever mess they made.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Use the Force!: guiding a smoke ring around the neck of a beer bottle

If this is not the finest example of a Jedi Force Push i don`t know what is. This guy proceeds to blow a smoke ring and using nothing but his own sheer will (and The Force) guides it around the neck of a beer bottle. Not sure if he`s a Dark or Light side Jedi but it`s a cool trick nonetheless. I`ll have to give this guy props for being able to manipulate micro air currents the way he does. Wonder how many cartons of cigarettes it took to perfect it.

Another big asteroid heading our way this weekend

A recently discovered asteroid the size of a football field is heading our way, not to worry this one will cruise by us at over twice the distance of the moon or 960000 km or 600000 miles.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hunting the Kraken: How the giant squid was found

Not all that long ago the first footage of a giant squid captured in its native habitat was released, you can watch it here. But what did it take to capture the images of the generally camera shy Architeuthis? You can bet there`s some a story and some very persistent researchers behind it.

2nd Iron Man 3 trailer

Here`s new the brand new 2nd trailer for Iron Man 3. Not only does good ole Tony have more problems (wouldn`t be much of movie if he just sat around eating corn flakes and playing Fruit Ninja now would it?) but it looks like he`s got a few new iron clad buddies too.

Build an awesome backyard BBQ on the cheap

With spring around the corner and summer not far behind its time to start thinking about backyard parties and of course barbecuing. But some of these gas grills are just down right expensive and to top it all off they have zero personality. So why not build your own BBQ pit? You can have a nice story to tell when you`re slugging back a couple of cold ones and if you`re up for it you can always throw your own custom touches into it too. Besides, who can argue with a build cost of around $250?

Monday, March 4, 2013

This is water tied into a knot

This is a first, scientists have tied water into a knot. Not the kind of knot you struggle with when you can`t get your shoes off but a knot nonetheless. These knots are quite different, first off they don`t have "ends" to untie, they are closed loops, yet it`s something that has eluded scientists for almost 100 years.

Quantum satellites: The new space race

There`s a new space race brewing and this one`s not about being the first to get anywhere, its about being the first to set up a quantum communications network. Thomas Jennewein and Brendon Higgins of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada, describe that a quantum space race is taking place to create the world's first global quantum communication network.

This is a very interesting way to pass another car on the road

This is another one of those infamous Russian dashcam deals. Passing another vehicle on the road is nothing special, it happens so often not generally noteworthy at all. Then there`s this technique, think of it as an automotive ballet or a pirouette. Quite pretty to watch this Subaru do its thing, very nice.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

These slingshot fired paper airplanes are deadly

To be fair I wouldn`t call these paper airplanes anymore, they`re more like flechettes or darts with steel tips. I still wouldn`t want to have one thrown at me though.

This RC steam powered trike is awesome

This one very cool custom RC vehicle. Not only does it look like some kind of post apocalyptic piece of heavy equipment, its steam powered. This 3 wheeler has a custom boiler, transmission to get the power to the wheels, heavy duty suspension and cute little pilot to steer this mechanical monstrosity.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The DRM chair self destructs after 8 uses

DRM CHAIR from thibault brevet on Vimeo.

Let`s face it no one likes DRM, well maybe the big corps but I know I sure don`t. This is the DRM chair and it has exactly 8 uses, thats it, after that it becomes a pile of wood.

This Barbot pees in your drinks

Shake is a barbot that has an interesting way of mixing you a drink. Shake was made by Inertial Labs for the Barbot competition in San Francisco this weekend. Shake is also capable of mixing you any 3 ingredient cocktail. See those cute little cherubs? They`ll be peeing the ingredients of the drink you ordered any second now. It is a pretty cool design and it seems to work well, good luck Shake.

Friday, March 1, 2013

First images from the bottom of a frozen Antarctic lake

Here are some images from an Antarctic lake cut off from the rest of the world since forever. Using a custom mini submersible NASA researchers explored Lake Whillans located under the Ross Ice Shelf and took these images along with some samples.

New Oblivion trailer shows off more "survivors"

This new Oblivion trailer has got some new not seen footage. In it they keep going on about survivors, and lies being told. Hmm, this movie just seems to pile on the mysteries doesn`t it?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Robots and AC/DC: Compressorhead covers TNT

This is Compressorhead, you may have seen these robotic metalheads cover Motorhead`s Ace of Spades here. Well they`re back and this time they`re covering AC/DC`s TNT, in front of a live audience no less. All they need now are some robotic groupies.

Could you skydive using an umbrella?

Think you could skydive using an umbrella? Mary Poppins did it and now so did skier Eric Roner. Mind you this thing was a big custom umbrella, just look at how beefy the structure is on it. So do you think he actually made it all the way to ground using this thing? Watch and find out.

Let`s go to Mars!: Private Mars mission set for 2018

This is ambitious to say the least. Denis Tito, the first space tourist and his non profit group Inspiration Mars want to send a couple to Mars, or to be more precise a Mars fly-by in 2018. It`s a VERY aggressive schedule but attainable according to some.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Introducing the Super Arrow

There`s been a lot of talk about the procurement of F-35 fighter jets by the Canadian Air Force. Specifically the cost overruns, in the billions. So what alternatives does Canada have? There have been talks about a version of the F-18 Super Hornet called the Northern Growler, but what else? Dare we think it, could Canada make it`s own fighter, does it have the will? They once did.

Russian meteor.... who cares!

Not sure whether this is real or fake but its good for a laugh. It`s only 10 seconds long but this Russian driver allegedly recorded by his dash cam (which are EVERYWHERE in Russia) doesn`t really seem to give a flying F when the now famous meteor streaked across the sky. On second thought its probably fake but hey, good for chuckle.

"A million times": This Digital clock is made out of 288 analog clocks

'A million times' by Humans since 1982 from Humans since 1982 on Vimeo.

This is pretty amazing, this piece is called "A million times" by Stockholm based studio Humans since 1982. This digital clock is made out of 288 analog clocks to produce the digital readout, quite the choreographed wall sized art piece.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

And now a vintage Rolls Royce with a Viper V10 engine, pure awesome

A Michigan man has just built one of THE most awesome hotrods ever. Take a vintage 2 door 1930 Rolls Royce, add a viper V10 engine and what do you get? One helluva car with 500 horsepower. I`d seriously consider this as a daily driver.

Mars could be hit by a comet in 2014

Recently a comet has been discovered that will make an uncomfortably close call... to Mars. The comet identified as C/2013 A1 could come within AU (650,000 miles) from Mars on Oct 19 2014 according to current observations. This guy came from the Oort Cloud, a distant region of the outer solar system that contains countless comets.

Now that`s one small step: Moonwalk recreated in the eye of a needle

British "micro-artist" Willard Wigan latest creation depicts the Apollo 11 mission by placing Buzz Aldrin's moonwalk inside the eye of a needle. In fact Wigan`s artwork is so small that a high powered microscope is needed to see the finer details of his work.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Just how big is the Universe really?

This is from Minute Physics and it gives you an idea just how overwhelmingly large the Universe really is, and at the same time it makes you feel inconceivably small.

Oceanwings: Fly underwater just like a manta ray

I was wondering when someone would do this is, seriously. These are Oceanwings, they look and act like wingsuits that base jumpers use except that these are for aquatic use. Currently these are a one off design, there are not plans for product yet, why I seriously don`t know.

Long lost continent discovered under Indian Ocean

There`s a long lost continent that has been discovered in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and India. The evidence comes from the beaches of Mauritius where rock fragments have been found that point to an ancient continental crust.

Legonardo the Legobot can draw portraits

This is Legonardo (nice play on words there), he likes to draw portraits. He`s made of Lego technic brick and controlled using Lego Mindstorms parts via a PC. He`s pretty good at it too.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

This hotel was designed for stargazers

LosDomos TimeLapse from Boppin Community on Vimeo.

This is Elqui Domos, its a hotel nestled in the Elqui Valley in Chile. The great thing about this hotel is that it has its very own observatory, which is great if you`re a vacationing astronomer or just an avid stargazer.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Watch these quadrocopters play catch with a pole

This is quite the aerobatic ballet, watch as two quadrocopters play catch with each other using an "inverted pendulum" not only catching, but elegantly tossing it to the other in mid flight.

Is a private Mars mission taking shape for 2018?

Entrepreneur and private space flight pioneer Dennis Tito has a grand vision. The world`s first space tourist and founder of the Inspiration Mars Foundation Dennis Tito wants to team up with Space X to go to Mars, in 5 years no less!.  Dennis Tito has scheduled a press conference for February 27th to detail his "Mars shot" mission. Don`t get your hopes up for a landing though, this would strictly be a fly-by, turn around and go home type of mission.

Bicycled: bikes made out of junked cars

Go to a junkyard and what do you see? Piles and piles of old scrapped cars basically rotting away. But Bicycled out of Lola Lowe Madrid has a very innovative idea, why not make bikes out of cars? Each bike is handmade out of junked cars, including the seat and handlebar wraps, it even looks like the final drive is made out of old timing or fan belts, pretty cool recycling and they`re quite pretty too.

Zombie Western madness: Ghoulwalkers trailer

Wesley Snipes? Zombies? Yes, this is Ghoulwalkers, a western zombie thriller horror mashup. Apparently shot in 2006 and never released due to some kind of studio delays is now being released in 2013 along with Wesley Snipes I hear.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Alpha Centauri has a cool atmosphere

Something interesting has been discovered about our nearest celestial neighbour Alpha Centauri. Alpha Centauri A seems to have a cool atmosphere surrounding it, this is the first time anything like this has been seen beyond our own Sun.

It`s tiny! Smallest exoplanet discovered yet

Exoplanet Kepler 37b is small, how small you ask? Smaller than Mercury, that means we now have a reasonable chance to detect more Earth sized planets orbiting distant Suns. The parent star, Kepler 37  is located 210 light years and is a Sun like star about 80% of the mass and 97% as bright as our Sun.  Kelpler 37b has a diameter of 2400 miles or 3800 km, and is more than likely a rocky little world similar to Mercury that takes 13.4 Earth days to orbit its Sun.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ride a Russian mechanostrider to work, only $1500

A group of four Russian scientists calling themselves "Konstantin Ivanov" have taken it upon themselves to beat ASIMO, not only that, but it`s rideable too. Working with a budget of only $1500 USD they put this beautifully insane contraption together, weighing in at around 400 lbs and able to balance on one leg this is very cool robot. Shades of WOW?

3Doodler, world`s first 3D pen

This is the 3Doodler and its no ordinary pen. The 3Doodler from WobbleWorks extrudes plastic from its end allowing you to create works in 3D. Currently a Kickstarter project they still have 32 days to reach their goal of $30000, not much if you ask me.

Radar movie of near miss Asteroid DA14 2012

This is what the one that missed us on Friday February 15th 2012 looks like. Not to be confused with the large meteor that exploded over Russia on the same day Asteroid DA14 was around 130 ft long (40 metres) and overall a considerably larger beast.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How Graphene Super Supercapacitors could change the world

Graphene has some interesting properties to say the least. Composed of pure carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal pattern only one atom thick this wonder material has uses in not only new materials but in optical and electronic industries as well.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Watch Hidetsugo Ueno hand carve a diamond for your drinks

This is Hidetsugo Ueno, he`s a barman from Tokyo working at Bar High Five. He hand cuts a giant diamond out of a block of ice to keep your drinks nice and chilly. Yup I got to make my way to Japan and check this out some day.

A LEGO loom, and yes it does work

Lots of great projects have been made using LEGO Mindstorms, but you have to admit this one is pretty cool. Its a loom, it can make clothing, now how cool is that?

gallery of photos here

Sunday, February 17, 2013

RobotCar: self driving car kits for $150?

UK researchers want to bring you driverless cars, not only that but they want to bring you the kits to transform any car into one for the low, low price of $150.

World`s largest Solar Sail is a go for launch next year

Solar sails represent a novel for of space travel. Not only is an onboard fuel supply not entirely necessary (some designs have added thrusters for station keeping and maneuvering) but these space craft can attain some pretty decent velocities given enough time that is. 2014 will see an interesting NASA mission take flight.

The Mushroom Man speaks: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

This is Paul Stamets, he`s a fungi expert and advocate that is also on the editorial board of The International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, and is an advisor to the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School, Tucson, Arizona. As you`ve probably guessed mushrooms are his thing. This is him speaking at TED on how mushrooms have amazing health and antimicrobial properties but they can be used to clean the environment of man made toxins as well as having amazing ecological restorative properties.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Beautiful glowing ice castle sculptures

These are simply amazing, ice castle sculptures and are illuminated from within, some of them almost remind me Superman`s Fortress Of Solitude. These are pretty big too, some of them are cavernous and have tunnels so that visitors can explore their interior.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Grillbot: This little guy cleans your barbecue grill so you don`t have to

This is Grillbot, he uses wire brushes to clean the surface of your barbecue grill of all that greases caked on stuff that`s always left over when you`re done grilling. Not available just yet but when it does get released expect to pay around $70 for the base model and $100 for the premium model. I have no clue what the difference between the two models of Grillbot are going to be.

Watch over 40 minutes of the best bloopers in Star Trek history

This is great in covers bloopers, flubs, outtakes and general fails from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Enterprise, some of the older Star Trek films and even a newer one directed by J.J. Abrams. It`s pretty good stuff and definitely a must see of you`re a Star Trek fan. Make sure to watch it because this video does not have the blessing from CBS/Paramount so don`t be surprised if it gets pulled soon.

Tunguska event 2: Meteor explodes over Russia

This Meteor was caught entering the Earth`s atmosphere over Russia`s Ural region. Thank heavens for the Russian dash cam phenomenon otherwise you probably would`nt be viewing this amazing video compilation of the event.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Canadian House of Commons debates the zombie apocalypse

Canada`s parliament recently had a debate about impending doom, zombie related impending doom that is.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Oblivion trailer

This second official trailer for the upcoming Sci-Fi movie Oblivion and it looks a lot better than the first one. What happened to the Earth? Who are the Scavengers and what is this secret hidden agenda hinted at in this trailer? Oh the intrigue!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Watch competitive eater Takeru Kobeyashi eat a 12" pizza in 1 minute

This is competitive eater Takeru Kobeyashi, he basically makes a pig of himself for a living. Actually he`s been doing this kind of thing since around 2001, not bad for a 128 lb guy. You`d think being able to power eat would require you to be pretty hefty but nope thats not the case at all, just look at him.

Think I`d rather have these in my drink: Frozen hose ice maker

Just look at these ice cubes or cylinders. Now isn`t this the best ice maker ever? I can just about see these babies floating in my Caesar right now. Just leave that garden hose out overnight in cold weather and you`ve got the best ice maker hands down. Shame it won`t work in summer though. Oh well time to build a bonfire and have a barbecue in the yard anyway.

Ghost In The Shell prequel: Arise

Ghost In The Shell fans rejoice, the prequel Arise is not to far off. This will be a four part deal, each part being around an hour in length. Expect the DVD and Blu-Ray to drop July 26th in Japan but not before a very brief theatrical run.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What is this? Enhanced Mars abnormality shot

So this image has been making the rounds online for a couple of days now, but what exactly is it? Is this thing a bonafide piece of alien technology, some weird quirk of lighting or a piece of scrap that fell off of Curiosity during descent?

Monsters University trailer

Loved Monsters Inc? How about a prequel? Well this is it, Pixar`s Monsters Univsersity.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

This is a full auto minigun slingshot

Joel Sprave is at it again. This time he made a full auto minigun slingshot. It`s pretty fast too, but then again what else would you expect to see with the word minigun in it?

For the grifter in you: 10 bar bets you can`t lose

Want to take advantage of your friends at the local pub? Or maybe you just want to sucker some drinks out of the drunk and stupid, well this video will show you how. Richard Wiseman has some neat tricks for you to amaze (and possible grift) your friends and some local drunks. Happy grifting!

The Evil Dead remade in 60 seconds, yum

This is one the entires to the Virgin Fake Film Festival. Participants are encouraged to take their favourite film and remake it in 60 seconds. This version of Evil Dead is pretty good, even the effects looks great. So get ready to soak up all that gore in 60 seconds flat.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Need to "go" out in the great outdoors? well the Strap and Crap may be just what you need

If you`ve been out hiking, fishing, camping or just generally out in the wilderness for any great length of time you just might get the urge to "go". But where? No restrooms around thats for sure? And pardon the pun but it can be a pain in the you know where. Well here`s Strap and Crap to the rescue now you can enjoy some "relief" as much as you can enjoy the great outdoors.

Watch Back To The Future in 60 seconds

This is pretty cool to watch, Back To The Future (first one) as an animated short speed run. The first one was a classic and clocked in at 116 mins, but you `ll get all the goodness here in 60 seconds. Thanks the 1A4 Studios for this mini classic in its own rite.

This condensed version of the 1985 hit movie travels MUCH faster than 88 miles per hour.

yup, it sure does travel much faster than the original 1985 move! very fun to watch, recommended

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A pancake making Rube Goldberg machine

Let`s face it Rube Goldberg machines are awesome. Not only are they fun to look at but they represent real engineering challenges. This is the pancake-omatic, it took around 200 hours to make and add another 100 hours for testing the thing. What does it do you ask? Well make pancakes of course!

Rumour: John Noble of Fringe will be the villain in Star Wars Episode VII

Chalk this one up as rumour, John Noble of Fringe fame will allegedly be cast as the primary villain in the as of yet untitled upcoming Star Wars Episode VII movie.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Artist`s flexible paper sculptures stretch and expand like an accordian

Li Hongbo demonstrating, how his paper sculptures work. from Dominik Mersch Gallery on Vimeo.

This is Beijing artist Li Hongbo, and by the looks of it his medium is paper. Not only is this sculpture beautiful when viewed as a static display it hides a secret, it`s also flexible. It can stretched and moved distorting the head completely, quite amazing work actually.

This is what a solar flare sounds like

You`ve probably seen footage of solar flares but ever wonder what one sounds like? Well you can`t actually hear them but you can listen to their effects on radio waves here on Earth.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

For the lazy: micro robotic smartphone and tablet screen cleaner

You know you`re lazy when you can`t even clean the screen of your smartphone or tablet. Well Tomy has the solution for you, this is the Tomy Auto Bee S and yes it will happily clean your device`s screen without any complaints.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Disabled goldfish gets her own little life preserver to lead a normal life

Poor little gal. This goldfish can`t really swim around so her owner built her a little harness to maintain buoyancy. Hey, she looks happy and apparently very loveable and tame too.

New Lone Ranger Super Bowl trailer

Yup It seams to be trailer day, yet another Super Bowl extended trailer headed your way. This time we have the new Lone Ranger trailer that aired during last night`s Super Bowl. Got to say Johny Depp looks pretty awesome as Tonto in this, he`s definitely got the potential to steal the whole show.

Star Trek Into Darkness Super Bowl trailer

This is last night`s Star Trek Into Darkness Super Bowl offering. Lots of destruction of and some burning Federation ships, nothing really given away but fun to watch.

Iron Man 3 Super Bowl extended trailer

This is the good one, the extended Iron Man 3 Super Bowl trailer in HD. Watch as Tony Stark does his snarky thing.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Flying Fortress: A DIY LEGO drone

Two LEGO builders Tyler Westmoreland and Chris Shepard have built a drone using nothing but LEGO Mindstorms parts and balloons.

Watch Stardust, a short about Voyager 1 outliving the Sun

This one is pretty cool. What if the Voyager 1 spacecraft kept going, it could theoretically outlive our Sun and the species that built it. Well Postpanic productions asks that question:

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Asteroid to set record close shave flyby

On February 15 an asteroid will swing very close to Earth. How Close? Try 17200 miles or 27680 km from Earth, thats well within the orbits of navigation and communication satellites. Asteroid 2012 DA14 was discovered last year by an amateur team of astronomers at the La Sagra Sky Survey observatory in Spain. While there is not any danger of the asteroid actually hitting the Earth none have been observed to come this close so far.

Watch Paper War a fun little ink animated short

This is Paper War. It`s a short animated film about two men made of ink on paper that must travel across sheets of paper as they attempt to conquer and destroy one another. As the battle between these two rivals progresses they cut, tear, fold, and unspool the paper as they move along, finally progressing into three dimensions.

This is what a New York City subway flood looks like

A water main broke today In New York City somewhere around the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. Obviously subway service was down as crews rushed to clean up the mess.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Scientists create almost living crystal

NYU biophysicist Jérémie Palacci and fellow physicist Paul Chaikin have created something interesting to say the least. Together they led a team of researchers in developing particles that can best be described as living crystals.

Russian film crew captured 4 simultaneous volcanic eruptions

Moscow based film crew Airpano flew a crew to the Kamchatka peninsula in order to capture some truly stunning images of the Tolbachick volcano as it erupts. The team also employed to the use of RC quad drones in order to get these aerial shots of the area.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yes, these are bagpipes made out of PVC, duct tape and a plastic bag

No your eyes do not deceive you, this is a guy playing homemade bagpipes that he made using nothing but PVC tubing, duct tape and a plastic shopping bag. And you guessed it they do sound like bagpipes or at least close enough to my tin ear.

Aeroscraft heavy lift airship makes first float test

The colossal new airship by Aeroscraft has made a successful float test. This airship called Dragon Dream is 230 ft long and uses aerodynamic principles to create lift as to completely relying on gases to stay aloft. Capable of lifting 66 tons, reaching a ceiling altitude of 18000 ft and having a top speed of 140mph this is definitely not your typical airship from yesteryear.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Check out Disney`s short Paperman, done with a new ground breaking technique

Not only is Disney`s new short entitled Paperman a great little short film but it showcases some very cool new animation techniques. Paperman combines 2D animation with 3D animation to give it a hand drawn feel. The results speak for themselves, CGI never looked better.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Detailed ISS fly around

Very cool video of a complete International Space Station fly around. Shot by the Space Shuttle Discovery crew on March 19 2009 right after the shuttle undocked from the space station.

The cast of Fringe thanks you

Fringe is done, but not forgotten. For those itching for one last fix here`s an official goodbye video released by Fox.

Monday, January 28, 2013

This amazing book scanner flips and reads 250 pages a minute

The BFS-Auto so no ordinary run of the mill scanner. This Japanese robotic device can scan a book at really high speed, 250 pages a minute in fact ad flip the pages to boot.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Yes, this is a chainsaw firing slingshot

The insanity never ends with Joerg Sprave and personally I`m glad it that`s the case. This huge 7 foot slingshot fires chainsaws, yes, chainsaws. Too awesome not to watch.

Watch an Audi R8 go up in flames at a Supercar show in Mumbai

Wow, this is sad to watch yet I can`t take my eyes off of it. This Audi R8 burns to the ground on Saturday backing up local traffic for hours. Thankfully the driver and passenger managed to escape the burning Audi and where unharmed, the car caught fire while trying to overtake some other vehicles at a high rate of speed. No official cause of the fire has been revealed yet.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Watch a 58 year time lapse video of an expanding Nova

This is incredibly beautiful and captures the raw power of immensity of a star gone nova. In 1901, the star GK Persei, 1,300 Lights Years from Earth, exploded. Images of the remnant (Nova Persei 1901) by the Isaac Newton Telescope and the Nordic Optical Telescope in Spain spliced together allow a 3-D model to be created.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dwarf planet Eris may reveal quantum scale gravity

Dwarf planet Eris may have something big in store for researchers, namely the killing of dark matter and dark energy theories. Galaxies appear to have a stronger gravitational influence than can be explained by a visible analysis, this has led to both the dark matter and dark energy theories to try to explain these anomalies.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Watch a chainsaw wielding robot carve a stool out of a block of wood

This is pretty cool, what happens when you take an industrial robot arm, add a chainsaw and some creative programming? Your shop teacher replacement! Actually you get a pretty good furniture maker. This creation has some precise cutting going on and its pretty fast at it too.  So sit back and watch this robot carve out a usable stool out of a block of wood.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

And now the guillotine slingshot: Beheader Bazooka

Yes Joerg Sprave is at it again, this time it`s to celebrate the release of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, so he`s got a "Beheader Bazooka" basically a guillotine slingshot to take care of those nasty witches.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

300 Million year old machinery found in Russia

This is a very interesting claim, it would seem that a piece of "machined" aluminum has been found in Vladivostok Russia. It would appear to be a part of a gear rail, but who made it? Is this thing a really 300 million year old machined part or is this literally a freak event of nature?

And now, almost 3 minutes of Segway fails

Hey, the Segway is a remarkable product, that`s still looking for a real use. Like come on, do you know anyone who actually bought one of these things? Admittedly I`ve never tried one but here`s a video of some people who have... and failed miserably.

These are some cars from Mad Max 4: Fury Road

Feast your eyes on some the vehicles that will be seen in Mad Max 4: Fury Road.  Apparently someone was on vacation in Namibia and stumbled upon the set, lucky them. So have a look, there`s no way mistaking these vehicles for anything other than a Mad Max movie.

Monday, January 21, 2013

This is one crazy Terminator mashup up from Ghana

I`m guessing the title of this one is 12:00 1,2 and 3. It seems to be some kind of cyborg street fighter mashup, but you know what, I can`t take my eyes off it. Kudos to being able to watch part 1,2 and 3 all at once if you can that is. Peter Jackson should take note.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A real working laser firing Iron Man gauntlet

This one`s pretty cool, here`s a completely handmade and fan made Iron Man gauntlet with a functioning laser strong enough to pop a balloon and probably damage your eyes too. Very cool DIY project, just don`t ask for any schematics or tutorials. Hope there`s more on the way.

Watch this video together with your kitty on the dangers of catnip

Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? This film frankly discusses the facts about this controversial substance.

priceless, make sure you know the signs!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

German bank robbers dig 100 foot tunnel in $15 million heist

Thieves in Germany dug a 100 foot long tunnel from a parking garage to the Volksbank to net $15 million in Berlin.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mr. Jones: Ticking Skull teeth automatic watch

I like this wrist watch, it`s called Mr. Jones and his teeth act as a seconds hand. It`s a mechanical automatic watch so you never need batteries.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This is the short film that kickstarted The Evil Dead

This super low budget short is the film that kickstarted not one but two film careers and legends. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell both made this short entitled "Within the Woods" in 1978.... for $1600, enjoy.

Super detailed RC British Centurion tank

This is an awesome RC British Centurion. This tank features a gas engine, real metal treads, is over four feet in length and weighs in at over 240 lbs! Price you ask? just around $6000 thats all.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Parting shots of NASA`s GRAIL moon mission

NASA`s GRAIL mission is now over, but on December 17 2012 the Ebb spacecraft took a series of shots that have been stitched together before it`s dramatic crash into a lunar mountain near the moon`s northern pole.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Smurfs on crime spree in Australia

This is something you don`t see everyday, four Smurfs assaulting a man along with their gang leader, Papa Smurf.

Monday, January 14, 2013

How to weaponize Duct Tape

Joel Sprave has taken a break from making his usual slingshot creations to concentrate on something else, Duct Tape. Here he`ll use Duct Tape and other things to fashion some pretty interesting weapons, but he can`t completely get away from the slingshot (nor should he!).

Sunday, January 13, 2013

This is Parasledding: Canada wins again

This Parasledding, get a snowmobile couple it with a paraglider and you get this awesome new winter pass time. Canadian ingenuity at it`s finest, even though it looks like control during the flight period is a bit sketchy but oh well, small price to pay when you`re having fun right? Shot somewhere in BC.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Unscathed: Can you believe the luck of these people?

This one`s from Belarus taken from a traffic cam. This van gets T-boned by a car and spins straight toward some pedestrians. Very lucky people, they should buy some lottery tickets, or maybe not getting hurt was their lottery win.

A good deed gone horribly wrong.....

In this video we see a guy freeing a mouse that has been keeping him up at night. So being the obvious animal lover he released the little rodent in a wooded area in hopes that it would have a proper mouse`s  life and go on to do whatever mice do in the wild (like try to find another house?). That`s when things went horribly wrong......

Friday, January 11, 2013

A very cool magic trick

This magic trick looks pretty cool. Not sure how he does it but sometimes not know is better. Oh yeah it also involves a cute little furry thing, but enough about that, don`t want to spoil it for you.


Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Darth Vader... awesome

Darth Vader, you love him. I love him. But how about someone other than James Earl Jones voicing him. Say someone like.... Arnold Schwarzenegger! Yup, you`ll never look at the most well know Star Wars villain the same way. Straight to the point no BS Sith Lord.

Thorium reactors: A real energy crisis solution

Nuclear energy specifically nuclear reactors are become a bit taboo. But is there anything else that can be done with this technology? Are we not exploiting a technology that was envisioned decades ago due to our fear of all things nuclear? Watch this video about the Thorium fuel cycle reactor, maybe you`ll change your mind about nuclear energy and maybe our governments will start to embrace this technology.

Watch R`ha a short about a robot uprising

R´ha [short movie] from Kaleb Lechowski on Vimeo.

It`s only 6 minutes long, but it is really good. Sci-Fi at it`s finest, not going to spoil anything but it`s basically about a robot uprising on an alien world. Great work by it`s 22 year old creator Kaleb Lechowski.

How to go about building a Space gun

In Sci-Fi there`s a common theme of weaponized space craft, be it lasers, missiles or some kind of kinetic energy device they all seamed armed to the teeth. But have you ever wondered if this is plausible and what the real world challenges are to weaponize a space craft?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Watch this Audi Quattro cut a telephone pole in half

Rallying is really fun to watch, not only for the race but the accidents, and they can get pretty destructive. This Audi Quattro of team Klausner/Söllner slid around a corner at Austria's Jänner Rallye when a telephone pole decided to get in the way.

Sarah Kerrigan your dress is ready: A robotic spider dress

Sarah Kerrigan the Queen of Blades from the StarCraft franchise would love this thing. The legs have a creepy motion but man is it cool.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Video of Neutron star blasting away

This is nature at it`s most raw, watch as this neutron star blast matter and energy from its poles. At the center of the Vela supernova remnant is a madly spinning neutron star. It spins *11 times per second*, which helps it whip up a magnetic field so fierce it can actually defy the gravity of the star, which is a billion times stronger than Earth's!

All of this help it generate two beams of matter and energy that blast away from its poles. Recent observations of this beam show that it appears to be wobbly, making a corkscrew motion over a period of 120 days. This movie is made from 8 images of the pulsar and its weird beam taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory

Ye Olde invisible driver at the drive thru prank

Think I`ve seen this before but it`s always good for a laugh. Car pulls up orders food then goes to pick it up at the window and low and behold no driver! Pretty ingenious little costume and the reactions to this driverless car are priceless. Have a look.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The World`s shortest escalator

If you happen to be in Kawasaki Japan make sure you find a "More`s" department store located across the street from the train station, go to the basement and low and behold you`ll find the World`s shortest escalator. Strap yourselves in!.

they should sell tickets to ride that thing

Toyota unveils autonomous car

Toyota is developing an autonomous or self driving car to create what they are calling a virtual "co-pilot". Showing off a modified Lexus at CES this week, Toyota says the car has sensors and automated systems to observe, process and respond to its surroundings.

Giant squid filmed in deep sea habitat for the first time. UPDATED with new footage

Giant squids have been washing up on shores for centuries, not too long ago there was some footage of one of the beasts attacking a lure and another of a live one on the surface. But this is different, never have any of these creatures been filmed in their native habitat.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Watch a film clip from Pixar`s new short The Blue Umbrella

Love animation? Can`t wait for something new from Pixar? Well here`s a clip from an upcoming short called The Blue Umbrella. It`s a sweet love story between you guessed it, 2 umbrellas. Have a look.

Now you can have your very own HAL 9000

2001: A Space Odyssey, a beautiful movie by the late Stanley Kubrick. Who can for get the soft spoken protagonist, HAL 9000. Well now you can own your very own replica of HAL made from the movie`s original blueprints. It speaks when spoken too, has the same soft red glowing "eye" and even sings "Daisy Bell". Very cool.

getting it, maybe 2, then they can bicker all they want about not being able to open the pod bay doors

more here

This is why you don`t want to live in a binary star system

Binary star systems sound cool and are featured in countless Sci-Fi stories and movies. But in almost half of all simulations the distant companion star ejected at least one of the gas giants, suggesting this would be a very common outcome in the millions of the galaxy's binary star systems.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

This is what you`d look like going through a luggage X-ray machine

If you`ve ever wondered what someone would look like going through an airport luggage machine, well here it is. Apparently shot in Mexico, if you`d ask me to do I`d have to say no. I`m not sure how much radiation those things give off so I`d rather not take my chances.

not surprising

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Millionaire Boy Racers Of London: The documentary about grumpy old men complaining about rich young hooligans

This one is interesting. Apparently every summer rich Arab tourists invade London and terrorize the streets in Ferrari`s, Lamborghini`s and other ultra high end sports cars. The local upper crusters are none too happy about this, so you know there will be some sort of a clash between them. But if you want to see a lot of nice cars it`s worth a look.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Helmet cam goodness: Watch a firefighter in action

Scott Ziegler is a firefighter in Highland Park Michigan. He wore a helmet cam and put together this video of 1 year`s worth of fires that he and his brigade fought. It is intense.

This is COMPRESSORHEAD: A robot band covering Ace Of Spades

This COMPRESSORHEAD. They are metal (literally) this robotic band is covering one of the greats. Namely Motorhead Ace of Spades. Pure awesome metal goodness, now thats music.

pure metal

more here

The Deep End: drawn with coffee, ink and white out

The Deep End from Jake Fried on Vimeo.

This just just a sample of Jake Fried`s work. Kind of eerie? This Boston based experimental animator uses some pretty interesting materials, namely coffee, ink, white out and crayons in his work. All hand drawn too.

more here

Ultra bloody Evil Dead red-band trailer

Here`s the new Evil Dead red-band trailer and it is bloody I can tell you that. If you like blood vomiting slicing, dicing and general gory mayhem well this is it. The remake is pretty disgusting but hey, that`s the way you like it right?

Everything wrong with Prometheus in 4 minutes or less

Yeah I seen it and I had some really high hopes or it, but I was left feeling kind of meh.

Man captures video of unexplained explosion in night sky

Well this one is just downright weird. A Sacramento man scanning the night sky caught a sudden explosion on video that so far has defied explanation.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The LEGO axle sorting machine

Check out this LEGO TECHNIC axle sorting machine. Driven by a single motor this thing is a work of art. Kudos to builder Akiyuki. Actually it`s kind of relaxing to watch too, so sit back and enjoy.

The early Universe had magnetic fields before stars

Magnets and magnetism is something most take granted, these are common objects and effects. But the early Universe was much different, consisting on non-magnetic elements and particles how would this force come into being?

Jon Olsson`s Lamborghini Ski Transporter

Swedish professional skier Jon Olsson loves his Lamborghini. So much so that he uses this Lamborghini Gallardo as his daily driver to get to the ski slopes. Many people would cringe just thinking of using a car of this calibre in the snow, but just look at this thing, I think they might be wrong.


Japanese trucker likes vacationing in war zones

This is Toshifumi Fujimoto, he lives in Japan and makes his living as a trucker. When Toshifumi Fujimoto goes on vacation things get a bit more exciting because he takes his vacations in war zones, he`s in Syria right now in the thick of it taking in some photography and casual bullet dodging.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Remind you of the night before? The Hobo puke-bot

Yup, New Year`s Eve has come and gone, had fun? I did. Now we all know that loads of people around the world have libations on that day, some a bit too much.

Watch Melbourne`s New Year`s Eve Fireworks display in reverse

No doubt about it, Melbourne`s New Year`s Eve fireworks display in the Docklands was quite the spectacle. But you know what? it`s quite the spectacle when watched in reverse too.

Legend Of Zelda as a cartoon

Ah Zelda, fond memories playing this Nintendo game and gladly its still pretty popular. Well, now you can watch this nicely done re-imagined classic video game as a cartoon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

And now the firecracker launching slingshot vs gelatin

You asked, and I delivered. In part 2 of firecracker launching slingshot we get to see what this bad boy can really do.

Yes, this is a firecracker launching slingshot

Joerg Sprave is at it again, this time in order to ring in the New Year he`s got something with a bit more bang to it, a firecracker launching slingshot. Being German, Joerg has built a slingshot that will accommodate the largest legal firecracker in that country.