Lego already makes plenty of Star Wars sets, but you're not going to find this Death Star trench run in any stores. This 50,000-piece diorama is the result of a seven-month build by Anthony Ducre. The model includes scenes from Rogue One, A New Hope, and Return of the Jedi, a flying X-wing, and a crashed UCS Super Star Destroyer. There's even a rig so he can record his own trench run chases.
Just because you can't afford a Ferrari doesn't mean you can't dream of owning one. The same goes for a Rolex. In this ultimate what-if scenario, Watchfinder & Co. builds a dream three-piece collection of luxury watches. If these aren't your style, they've also assembled a trio of timepieces for the more classic collector.
If Tony Stark was going to build an Iron Man suit with today's technology, this is exactly how he'd do it. Adam Savage teamed up with Richard Browning, founder of Gravity, to learn how to fly Gravity's jet pack. Then he used the latest in 3D printing — with lasers and metal powder — to create an Iron Man suit using the Mark II 3D files from Marvel Studios. The result is amazing and gives the movies a run for their money. Watch Adam ready the suit for display after testing here.
Released in 1989, the Nintendo Game Boy brought mobile gaming to the masses. With its green dot-matrix display and familiar NES-like controls, the Game Boy was another hit for Nintendo. Odd Tinkering restored a first-generation Game Boy back to like-new condition, bring back a lot of fun and nostalgia.
Testicular cancer affects 1 in 250 men over their lifetime. Like any cancer, early detection is key and can lead to vastly improved outcomes. As men age, it becomes more important to keep an eye on the boys — and this animated jingle shows you how.
Be careful what you suggest to Will Pemble — he just might do it. When Will's 10-year-old son asked why they didn't have a roller coaster in the backyard, Will decided to do something about it, and not just once — he's now on his fourth roller coaster and thinks he's just about got it right.
The current method for boarding airplanes is agonizing, painful, and frankly, a waste of human life. Fortunately, there is a better way. The downside, none of the airlines will use it. In his latest video, CGP Grey points out everything wrong with the current back-to-front method and shares the more efficient way to fly.
When Mark Rober caught a couple stealing a package off his front porch, he had an idea — make their day a little brighter with a massive glitter bomb. Taking a little inspiration from Home Alone, Rober created a glitter bomb that not just spreads Christmas cheer, it also is equipped with four phones that track location and video of the suspects, and fart spray to ensure they throw it away, so it can be reused. The trick package works so well that a friend of his borrows it with great results. The moral of this Christmas story is: Don't be a thief!
There are thousands of new crossword puzzles made and completed every day — and they can be really hard. Someone is out there making crosswords and one of the world's great mysteries is how they're created. To find out the method behind the magic, WIRED went straight to the source — the New York Times' resident cruciverbalist David Kwong.
Mt. Everest isn't the most dangerous mountain in the world, but its place as the highest peak and the thousands of people, from professionals to amateurs, who have tried to climb it make it one of the most fascinating. Everest has become so popular that climbing it has become an efficient business, with guides and sherpas making year-round livings taking people to the summit. But like any business, climbing Mt. Everest requires a supply chain — one of the most dangerous logistics cases ever.
Eric Idle, a member of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python, needed a guitar case. He wanted his parlor-size acoustic to be able to travel as carry-on luggage so it wouldn't be risked to loss or baggage handlers. Proving that Twitter isn't completely terrible, Adam Savage answered the call, flying to Los Angeles to meet with Eric, have some tea, and pick up the guitar. Watch Adam build the case in less than eight hours before he catches a plane to New Zealand and Idle flies to Australia.
You probably wear one every day. Maybe you even have one on right now. The basic staple might have a solid spot in your wardrobe but to call it a masterpiece seems like a stretch, unless you're Paola Antonelli. In this episode of TED's Small Thing Big Idea, the design curator goes back 3,000 years to recap the history of the hoodie.
Cemeteries weren't always drab places that were scary at night. For most of human history, the dead weren't necessarily buried, and the places where they were laid to rest were often sites of celebration. TED looks at the history of getting rid of all the bodies, and how it's changed over the millennia.
The stereotypical James Bond-esque spy doesn't need disguises. Disguises almost seem a relic of campy Hollywood B-movies in the post-WWII, tech-laden spy era, but they're used far more often than what we mere mortals would believe. The CIA even has a Chief of Disguise and Jonna Mendez was the Agency's guru. In this interview with WIRED, Mendez explains how the best spy agency in the world uses disguises and how it takes more than makeup to make on effective.
What makes something beautiful is hard to explain — but humans seem to have an innate way to know beauty when they see it. From early stone tools to cave paintings and modern masterpieces, beauty has been a part of humanity since there were humans. But the broader question of why we find things beautiful and how that helped us to survive and evolve is an open one. Kurzgesagt looks at beauty, and the unexpected ways it influences us.
Move over hockey, Mounties, and maple syrup — Canada is about to become known for being even nicer than they already are. On October 17th, 2018, Canada will become one of a handful of countries in the world to legalize cannabis — with the potential to change marijuana's status in other nations around the world.
Before ninjas were turtles, 80s action movies, or even Kurosawa films, they were spies and assassins that hid in plain sight — not darting from shadow to shadow in black jumpsuits. From the modern Western conception of the ninja starting in the late 50s and early 60s, the stealthy assassin has gained a huge place in American pop culture, and Vox looks at how ninjas became one of Japan's biggest exports.
Only about 40% eligible voters turn out for midterm elections — elections that are arguably more important than presidential ones. NAIL Communications has an important message to share with young people who don't vote because elections don't really matter — don't bother. If you're happy with the status quo, don't change it. Otherwise, you have an important choice to make come November.
The detective story, bizarre Gothic horror, love, grief, and guilt — Edgar Allen Poe's contribution to literature has stood the test of time. His stories still haunt, and the man himself looked like a character from his own tales. This video from TED explains why reading Poe is still necessary, and how the author crafted tales that feel just as terrifying over 150 years later.
You say, or more likely text, "OK" hundreds of times a day. The two-letter word is used worldwide to describe your mood, provide approval, or give acceptance. Taken from the phrase "oll korrect," the history of the expression dates back to 1839 going from a newspaper, to a political campaign, to quite possibly the most used word around the globe.
Zack Freedman has made the most technologically advanced NERF blaster on Earth — the EOX Meta Breaker. Based on the NERF Rapid Strike, the EOX Meta Breaker has OLED screens and an NFC system that keeps track of rounds and magazines and selects the current fire mode by tapping custom cards. The Meta Breaker can fire at speeds up to 20 rounds per second, making it the most advanced weapon on the NERF battlefield.
Most of us never pay attention to those safety videos before every flight. We know where the exits are, how to fasten our seatbelts, and how to properly adjust an oxygen mask in the event of an emergency. Turkish Airlines had a great idea on how to get everyone, adults and kids alike, to watch — just add characters from the LEGO movies. This is something you'll definitely watch, and you might even learn something new.
Last year, Adam Savage launched his first everyday carry bag. The designer/host is following up that project by adding to the collection with the EDC 2. Along with the bag, he is also selling the plans to make your own which he demonstrates himself in his latest One Day Build.
Geography seems like a pretty cut-and-dry subject — until you start breaking it down. New York City, with its cold winters, is roughly on the same latitude as Madrid, Spain, which is renowned for its good weather. RealLifeLore finds this and a lot of other strange quirks of geography in this surprising video.
Adam Savage's favorite NERF blaster in the Rival. The Rival can fire 100 consecutive shots, but Adam thought he could improve it — and improve it he did. Adam fabbed up a huge banana clip that holds up to 1000 rounds, ensuring that this NERF blaster will outlast whatever competition it faces.
National Geographic has a history of thought-provoking covers but their June issue was one of the most captivating in recent years. The now iconic iceberg made from a grocery bag has everyone talking about plastic. Formerly a natural product, the man-made material now accounts for 18 billion pounds of pollution in our oceans. In line with the launch of their "Planet or Plastic?" campaign, NatGeo has released this video covering the history of the product as well as ways to reduce its waste.
Simone Giertz isn't a professional engineer — or even that good of one. Her mechanical monstrosities are largely failures — and that's important. In this TED talk, Simone explains why building useless things is important and the creativity of failing.
When it was announced that the Transportation Safety Administration had failed to find weapons in 95% of airport tests, the news was shocking. But while the results look bad, there hasn't been a terrorist attack involving airplanes in the US since 9/11. A solution might be the controversial practices of Israel's Ben Gurion airport, probably the most secure airport in the world.