Piloting a Pacific Rim Jaeger Is the Perfect Oculus Rift Endgame

The limits of real-life technology mean that the giant robots that made Pacific Rim so awesome are hundreds of decades away. Sad, for sure, but with the technology we do have at our disposal we can at least simulate the experience of piloting a towering jaeger with the use of an Oculus Rift. » 7/24/14 8:45am 22 minutes ago

Stunning selfie of a lonely man facing a terrifying volcano pit

Look at that lonely guy, so tiny and fragile on the edge of the fiery Gates of Hell—the Kilauea Volcano's Halemaumau Crater. His name is Andrew Hara, the photographer who took this amazing self-portrait, which was just featured as photo of the day in National Geographic's Your Shot. How the hell did he do it? » 7/24/14 4:25am Today 4:25am

Chopping down a super tall tree with a chainsaw looks like a lot of fun

It probably requires a lot of planning and a lot of strategic rope placement and a lot of brass balls but once you're all the way up there and everything is set, chopping down a tree with a chainsaw looks like crazy amounts of fun. This GoPro footage from the chainsaw's perspective proves that. » 7/23/14 11:45pm Yesterday 11:45pm

Here's a satirical glimpse of Earth's dystopian future

Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet, cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they're during a nuclear winter. » 7/23/14 11:17pm Yesterday 11:17pm

I wish I could spend summer in the Mediterranean driving this beauty

Italian designer Pietro Russomanno's Raceline is the 26-foot-long daughter of a classic Riva boat— one of my favorite vehicle designs—and a classic sports car. If I had to spend a summer in the Mediterranean riviera, this is the vehicle I'd like to have to move from coast town to coast town to eat seafood and drink… » 7/23/14 11:03pm Yesterday 11:03pm

Indian company wants to kill Nemo and destroy the Great Barrier Reef

Nemo survived an ordeal in the movie but, according to Greenpeace and UNESCO, he won't be able to survive human greed: Indian coal giant Adani wants to dredge and dump 3 million cubic meters of sea-floor in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to make way for a new coal terminal. » 7/23/14 10:36pm Yesterday 10:36pm

Calvin and Hobbes creator's new comic strips are now for sale

Bill Watterson's new comic strip originals—born from his collaboration with Stephan Pastis—are now up for sale for the benefit of Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. They published very high resolution scans of the three original uncolored strips so yo can enjoy the finest details of his ink brushwork: » 7/23/14 9:24pm Yesterday 9:24pm

Impressive photo of hundreds of flying rays is one beautiful nightmare

This photograph of a large school of mobula rays by Eduardo Lopez Negrete is one of the entries for the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Keep in mind that these majestic creatures can reach a 17-foot (5.2 meter) wingspan and weigh over a ton. It may look like a nightmare but they are harmless. » 7/23/14 9:03pm Yesterday 9:03pm

Huge chocolate mill reveals delicious changing geometry as you shave it

This huge chocolate mill—created by Studio Wieki Somers and chocolatier Rafael Mutter for a retrospective on the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld—reveals intricate geometrical designs as you rotate the sharp metal arm that shaves it one millimeter at time. It cements my conviction that all art should be edible and… » 7/23/14 8:20pm Yesterday 8:20pm

How Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Taught Me to Love Technology

You might not believe me, but I was kind of a nerd when I was a kid. My family lived out in the mountains, miles away from anyone my age, so I spent my days buried in books and playing with my rock collection. Then, the summer before I started kindergarten, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids hit theaters and my world view… » 7/23/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

Google Maps App Now Gives Suggestions Based on Weather and Time of Day

The Google Maps app has proved invaluable for the intrepid urban explorer in navigating the city. Now a new update for iOS and Android can provide specific contextual details about what's around you depending on your location, time of day, and even the weather. So if it's raining (or about to), it will warn against… » 7/23/14 7:46pm Yesterday 7:46pm

Cyclist films his own road accident, miraculously saves life

"The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this," says YouTube user cyclejack. "This" being an idiot in a car deciding to ignore him, ramming and sending him and his bicycle into the air. Miraculously, he wasn't injured, just bruised. » 7/23/14 7:22pm Yesterday 7:22pm

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