It took expert puzzle solver Chris Ramsay 4 hours and 45 minutes to solve this $30,000 puzzle by Labsterium. The Paris-based company makes all kinds of handcrafted puzzles, escape rooms, and other delights.
YouTuber Stian from agepbiz decided to 3D print the iconic LEGO Knight Helmet upscaled 2020% so it was wearable. It's one of those things that sounds kind of silly as a premise, but it turned out really great!
Treeline is a beautiful documentary that looks at old growth forests around the world, interspersed with amazing footage of skiing and snowboarding:
Follow a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings.
Yang Tianxin created a tiny aquatic soccer stadium in a fish tank, then spent half a year training his Ranchu goldfish to shoot a ball into the goal. So far he has about half a team, but they only know how to play offense. Maybe they will learn defense once he has 11 trained.
We quickly sold out of our Aptera Paradigm and Paradigm+ editions on the first day, and things haven't slowed down since. It's with excitement and gratitude we announce we've accepted over $100 million in pre-orders with over 3,000 vehicles reserved by future Aptera owners in the U.S. and internationally. We'll be ramping our production with a new facility in San Diego and two more development vehicle builds in the coming weeks, working towards our goal to begin deliveries in 2021 and early 2022.
Note that the company liquidated about ten years ago. CleanTechnica has a good overview of the company's history.
Joe Scott has a great survey of all the reports of living things unearthed alive years, decades, and even centuries later. His rabbit hole of research started with Old Rip, the horned frog that survived being locked in a time capsule for 30 years. Learn about estivation, cryptobiosis and other fascinating forms of hibernation, including producing internal antifreeze with pee and blood sugars.
Cam Cole is well known for playing at protests and political events, but like many buskers and street performers, he's had to adapt in the pandemic. Now he's doing concerts out of his van, and they are really great.
Here's a really crunchy cover of California Dreaming, the song that inspired him to live in a van.
Be sure to support indie performers, many of whom have not had in-person gigs since last March.
The size of wind turbines is increasing so dramatically that the industry faces the same issue solar farms have faced, where by the time construction is completed, the whole farm can already be obsolete.
The New York Times looks at a massive new GE Haliade-X turbine with a blade span of over 200 meters:
The prototype is the first of a generation of new machines that are about a third more powerful than the largest already in commercial service. As such, it is changing the business calculations of wind equipment makers, developers and investors.
The G.E. machines will have a generating capacity that would have been almost unimaginable a decade ago. A single one will be able to turn out 13 megawatts of power, enough to light up a town of roughly 12,000 homes.
The turbine, which is capable of producing as much thrust as the four engines of a Boeing 747 jet, according to G.E., will be deployed at sea, where developers have learned that they can plant larger and more numerous turbines than on land to capture breezes that are stronger and more reliable.
The race to build bigger turbines has moved faster than many industry figures foresaw. G.E.'s Haliade-X generates almost 30 times more electricity than the first offshore machines installed off Denmark in 1991.
Aki Inomata places various materials in tanks and enclosures with animals. She then records the interactions, and in some cases presents the modified materials as sculptures. The effect is often quite lovely.
Artist Gabriel Schama shared this commissioned collaboration with Limelight 3d Mapping: "The animation is projected onto the surface of Pachamama, a 13 layer, laser-cut plywood sculpture, which is 40 inches square."
This map of 63 of Jupiter's 79 known moons is fascinating. There is a cluster orbiting relatively close that includes many of the best-known moons, then a significant dead space before the remainder appear:
We start close in to Jupiter showing relatively fast moving inner moons that are generally in the same orbital plane including the so called 'Galilean moons': Europa, Io, Ganymede, and Callisto. Other inner moons are: Amalthea, Thebe, Adrastea, and Metis. These inner moons orbit Jupiter as fast as about every 7 hours to about every 17 days. These moons are also relatively close to Jupiter: from around 100 thousand to a couple of million kilometers away.
On Valentine's Day, 1978, 20 million viewers watched hustler Minnesota Fats trash talk dapper champ Willie Mosconi in what was supposed to be an easy win for Mosconi. Fats gave him a run for his money in the most entertaining fashion. And Howard Cosell with the play-by-play!
An irrepressible showman with a flair for windbag stories, Fats was more of a trickster and entertainer than a great champion of the art. Always carrying wads of hundred dollar bills rolled in his chest pocket, Fats never won a major pool tournament. But his sideshow verbal antics nonetheless made him one of the most recognizable and colorful figures in the circuit.
Mosconi couldn't have been any more different. Dapperish and all-business, he was synonymous with the table sport itself. He won the World Straight Pool Championship 15 times, the most of any other player. At an exhibition game in Springfield, Illinois in 1954, Mosconi officially sunk 526 straight balls, a record that still holds today.
I remember watching this, and I love how crappy this recording is!