Real “War of the Worlds” Tripod

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It’s not every day that you come face to face with one of the most infamous alien contraptions ever. Actually you could walk past one if you live in Woking, the home town of H.G. Wells, where a Tripod sculpture rules over the town square.

This amazing 23-feet-high Tripod was built by Michael Condron in 1998 to celebrate the centenary of “War of the Worlds” together with the first alien capsule to hit Earth, half buried into the ground. As you can see the design of the Tripod is simply amazing, it looks like it’s about to wake up and starting zapping people.

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Scientists use sea-lions to fight global warming

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There’s been a lot of speculations regarding the melting of arctic ice due to global warming, which spells disaster for all living beings, so scientists have decided to conduct some serios investigations and learn if there’s any real danger.

Sea-lions will play a serious part in the gathering of important data about the status of the ice, water temperature and climate change. A few specimens have been caught on the coast of South Georgia and a sensor with a special antenna has been strapped to their heads. When the animals swim in Arctic waters scientists will receive information vital to our survival.

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You too can be Ironman

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All you have to do is convince the creator of this suit sell it to you. That’s no easy feat though since he’s a die-hard fan of Marvel‘s character and he only created it as a tribute to the comic hero.

This is definitely the best looking home-made superhero suit I’ve ever seen, it’s made out of fiberglass and flexible plastic. The suit gloves are made out of rubber foam. The Ironman mask comes with see-through lenses that allow the wearer to see clearly but don’t reveal his eyes. The costume is also hand-painted in the classic colors.

The Ironman armor would be perfect for a person 6.2 feet tall, 220 lbs. in weight and with a 35inch waistline.

I have to hand it to the creator of the suit, even Ironman himself would be impressed.

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Solution to the fuel problem

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American auto company Aptera Motors proposes a new solution to the very present fuel problem. Its amazing tricycle-style vehicle runs 100 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel, at a speed of 88.5 km/h. As you can see from the photos, Aptera‘s creation looks interesting at least and it’s quite a beast, reaching 100 km/h in just 10 seconds.

The Aptera trike has these amazing performances due to its extremely low weight, streamed body line and advanced hybrid propulsion systems. You can place an order for an Aptera wonder car on the company’s official page, with just a $500 advance. The car costs around $30 000 and you’ll be able to jump behind the wheel in a year after you’ve placed the order. For this price you get GPS, satellite radio and a DVD player included. Quite a sweet deal, but is the world ready to try something as revolutionary as Aptera‘s machine?

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The incredible wooden miror

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Created by Daniel Rozen this incredible wooden mirror is made up of 830 tiny wood each controlled by a small motor. A camera gathers light and shape data and sends it to a computer which then shifts the panels to create the image in front of the device. The can’t provide a detailed image but still it’s pretty cool to see and hear those little wooden pieces move and mimic everything you do.

Watch the incredible video of the wooden mirror at the bottom to see how it works.

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Coolest coolers ever

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Oh yeah, we all have this problem…all who can’t afford an expensive cooling system, that is. Anyway I have to admit I also used one of these ventilators to cool down my rig, beats spending large sums of cash on water cooling although it does look primitive. Well here are some photos of ventilators in cooling action, as a tribute to them.

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Milliau Viaduct, highest vehicle bridge in the world

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You might think there’s nothing special about this bridge, and Milliau Viaduct is indeed one of the more common-looking bridges, but the mere fact that it’s slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower makes it special.

Opened to traffic in December of 2004, Milliau Viaduct holds the current record for the world’s tallest vehicular bridge in the world, standing at an amazing 343 meters in its highest point, which makes it only 38 meters shorter than the Empire State Building. The bridge is set in Milliau, France is a part of the A75-A71 autorute from Paris to Beziers and it most likely lose its position as highest bridge deck in the world, when Chenab Bridge is completed in 209, in India, so we thought we’d mention it until then.

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Horse training vehicle

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This 4 tonnes vehicle was created by Roush Technologies and it specializes in racehorse and camel training.

It might look look just a big can, but this is a piece of high-tech machinery able to monitor racing animals at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The nameless vehicle has some kind of enclosure in front of it, resembling a horse starting stall, in which animals can walk and gallop while being monitored by veterinarians and racing experts. It has a centered seat for the driver and two more for a racing specialist and a veterinary expert. Onboard technologies include heart, oxygen, breathing and fitness monitoring to make sure they are in top shape for official races.

Personally I think it’s a stupid, worthless vehicle, but I guess there’s some serious money in races…

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The Circle Bicycle

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Here’s an idea of what to do when you have some broken bikes on your hand and you don’t want to get rid of them. This ingenious invention is made out of nine salvaged bicycles assembled in a carousel formation. The Circle Bike was created at USCB, it’s modular, it can be taken apart and reassembled and it is normally left in public places so different bike enthusiasts can take it for a ride.

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The Dynamic Tower of Dubai

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The first moving building in the world will be built, where else, in Dubai, home to all the revolutionary architectural wonders in recent years.

Designed by Italian architect David Fisher, the Dynamic Tower will be made up of 80 pre-fabricated apartments rotating around a central column, with the help of 79 giant wind turbines placed between the floors. The 420 meters-long building “will never look the same, not once in a lifetime” says David Fisher, the apartments will be able to spin 360 degrees, giving the tower a different look every time.

One of the most important features of the Dynamic Tower is it’s going to be energy self-sufficient, the wind turbines will produce more than enough energy for the whole building, the extra energy will go back into the grid. The apartments will cost between $3,7 m and $36 m and the tower itself will cost $700 million to build.

The amazing Dynamic Tower of Dubai is scheduled to be ready in 2010.

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The computer of tomorrow

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Conceived by Korean designer Won-Seok-Lee, the “B-membrane” is one of the most interesting PC prototypes I’ve ever seen.

The B-membrane looks nothing like a conventional computer, more like a spaceship or space station, but it is indeed a PC, able to project an image of your desktop on any surface you can point its omni-directional projector at, thus rendering even the slimmest LCD monitor useless. It also has a membrane keyboard and mouse that appear only when you need them too, and an optical drive.

The B-membrane isn’t useless even when it is shut-down, its smart projector turns it into an ambient light-effects system to spice up the look of your crib.

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What 10 million pixels look like

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Set up in the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, the 10 million pixel screen has five times the resolution of a HD television.

It’s not exactly a screen either, more like a media wall set up in the lobby of Comcast‘s impressive building, covered with four-millimeter LED lights that form a giant screen. The device is able to play all kins of videos and 3D effects like people flying through the air with coffee cups in their hands. The wall gets its images from a special command center complete with routers, digitizers, video-processors and a whopping 27, 000 gigabytes of data. The wall can display footage for 45 straight days without a sequence ever being repeated. It’s also estimated that a Philadelphia local would have to hang around the Comcast Center lobby for 2 years in order to see all the permutations of image the system can come up with.

U should also know that it only takes 2 million pixels to render a

Comcast paid $22 million to the visual experts at Bosco for this wonder but I think they feel it’s all worth it.

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World’s most expensive home-cinema

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This baby costs $6 million but it’s the ultimate home theater experience.

Jeremy Kipnis is a music producer that also invented this incredible home-cinema system. I’m sure you think $6 million is too much for something like this but if you’re really passionate about something, money is definitely no object..especially if you have lots of it.

The Kipnis home cinema is made up of a Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector with a 4,096-by-2,160 resolution, the Stewart Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture screen (18×10 foot) , Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player, Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player with SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total) and Mark Levinson N° 51 DVD/CD Media Player, HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player,VC HMDH-5U D-VHS recorder. Throw in a PlayStation 3 consoles for hardcore gamers and you have the world’s most “badass” home cinema.

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World’s largest earthquake damper

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You might just see a huge steel ball, but this tuned mass damper is so much more.

This 728 tons steel pendulum is installed in one of the world’s tallest buildings, the taipei 101 in Taiwan. It helps stabilize the building in case of strong winds and earthquakes, through simple mechanics, when the building moves in a direction it swings in the opposite direction reducing movement by 40%. You can understand how it works by looking at the small GIF image.

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It cost #4 million to install the huge damper in the skyscraper but architects and engineers said it had to be done. It spans across 4 of the building’s stories and it was assembled on site because it couldn’t be lifted by a crane, due to its enormous weight.

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Here’s a video of the damper in action, on May 12th, when a horrific earthquake hit one of China’s provinces and the tremors reached as gar as Taipei. As the building started to shake, people ran towards the center to see the damper in action, it did it’s job.

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AntWorks – ant farm by NASA

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That’s right, this is like a NASA-made ant farm.

Actually NASA only came up with the concept of AntWorks, developed so it could test the development of animal life in a 0 gravity environment. The prototype was created back in 2003 but these days you can buy your very-own AntWorks ant farm directly from the shop for about $40. This small ant habitat is filled with a special gel containing all the nutrients the ants need to survive so you don’t have to feed them, ever. Just sit back and enjoy watching the world’s strongest creatures (they are able to carry 10-20 time their own weight) at work. All yo have to do is lift the lid of the AntWorks colony so air can get in.

Pretty cool gadget this, I’m thinking of getting one myself since I live in an apartment and I’d just be torturing a dog if I kept it here.

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