Steve Thompson created these ingenious carvings of Star Wars characters on Crayola.
Nothing gets fantasies going like money. Some of these might be serious attempts at the dollar, others more playful like the Make Your Franklin project. The project website allows anyone to download the bill, and rework it into something artistic, like those shown here. There’s a lot more at the project gallery, with the ultimate goal of the project founders being to make a book with the best submissions, and possibly to get a few Franklins for themselves.
Epic Games and NECA teamed up to produce this wicked Gears of War 3 Retro Lancer; we’ll just skip the word replica from now on. The gun was created using 3D data from the game, and does maintain an authentic look throughout its 3.5 feet length. It will start shipping on September 13, and is available for pre-order on Gamestop.
Twenty light years sounds like a massive distance, but it is just a stone throw away when talking in astronomical distances. That happens to be our distance from Gliese 581d, a planet orbiting a red dwarf star, with a stable atmosphere, comfortable temperatures and plenty of water. Gliese planetary system has been of particular interest for quite some time now, getting some limelight with scientists speculating possibility of life on another planet, the 581g. Scientists now believe the 581g may not be such a great place after all, and it may just be a fairytale coming out of errors in measurement. The 581d though, is sure to exist, lying on the fringes of the star systems habitable zone, called the Goldilocks zone.
Frankly, the heart gets too much credit for love. While its boss, the brain sits there doing a lot of hard work, and never getting any credit. This image of the brain was made using MRI scans of people who claimed they were experiencing passionate love, material love or unconditional love. It is this situation that gets neurotransmitters and chemicals into action, making us feel the pleasures of love.
Explosion of Iceland’s Grimsvötn volcano has already made news, sending off a 7 mile high plume of ash and dust into the atmosphere. These series of images were captured by US GOES 13 satellite, and stitched together to create this video-effect for us. So how massive is the ash plume? For comparison, the blue lines mark Iceland’s area. The GIF image is after the jump.
Finally, the mystery and true meaning of Barack Obama’s signature has been found. It is a baby Tyrannosaurus playing with a ball of yarn.
Exploiting the magic of X-Ray cameras and high frame rate, scientists evolutionary biologist Alfred Crompton and some Harvard colleagues have found the exact way a dog drinks. It is generally believed that dogs scoop liquids into their mouth from the underside of their tongues, but now it seems they are quite similar to cats, pulling columns of water into their mouth using neat fluid mechanic tricks. Basically, the tongue hits the liquid and snaps back, forcing water into the space behind it.
A creation of Kurt Mottweiller Studios, the P90 is a lensless medium format camera handmade from various types of wood. It can capture 90 degree panoramas on a 6×9 film, while its curved surface ensures the film remains equally brightened throughout. The camera is available for purchase, priced at a little more than $1000.