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Archive for February 2020

Computer Physics Simulation Can Accurately Mimic Bread Being Pulled Apart

Computer Physics Simulation Can Accurately Mimic Bread Being Pulled Apart
Computer graphics have come a very long way in the past couple of decades, offering up images which are becoming more and more difficult to distinguish from reality. Especially notable are the improvements in physics engines, which allow objects to move and behave more like they do in real life.

Flat-pack Star Trek Starship Kits Let You DIY Starfleet

Flat-pack Star Trek Starship Kits Let You DIY Starfleet
If you’re a Star Trek fan, here’s something a little different for your collection. These kits from OzpinsFactory let you assemble your own starships from sheets of laser-cut birch plywood. These models are really nifty, and come in a variety of designs based on ships from the Trek universe.

Robotic LEGO Car-Building Factory Puts Minifigs out of Work

Robotic LEGO Car-Building Factory Puts Minifigs out of Work
Imagine a LEGO car factory where, like the real world, the workers have been replaced by robots. Did this make LEGO cars cheaper for the people of LEGOLand? Probably so. The factory is faster than ever with no minifigs working the line, making mistakes and getting the occasional limb chopped off.

Star Wars-Inspired USB Arcade Controller Hits Kickstarter

Star Wars-Inspired USB Arcade Controller Hits Kickstarter
I always loved playing Atari’s vector-based arcade games back in the 1980s. Games like Tempest, BattleZone, and Quantum were some of my favorites. And then there was Star Wars. I loved shooting down TIE fighters, zapping radar towers, and zooming into the belly of the Death Star to take aim at its exhaust port in hopes of blowing the thing to smithereens.

Now Boarding for LAX via Endor: United Airlines Joins the Star Wars Fleet

Now Boarding for LAX via Endor: United Airlines Joins the Star Wars Fleet
Star Wars fanatics can hitch a ride to places far, far away on a special United Airlines jet decked out as the only Star Wars-themed commercial jet winging it across the galaxy. Or at least across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Artist Makes Giant Jet Engine Ceiling Fan for Rolls-Royce

Artist Makes Giant Jet Engine Ceiling Fan for Rolls-Royce
A couple of years back, I came across some unique ceiling fans designed to look like the fan blades from a jet engine. Now, the artist behind these awe-inspiring fans is back, and he’s showing off his biggest build yet.

Laser-cut Orrery Puts the Earth, Sun, and Moon on Your Desktop

Laser-cut Orrery Puts the Earth, Sun, and Moon on Your Desktop
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “orrery,” it’s one of several words used to describe a mechanical contraption that simulates the orbit of planets, moons, and stars. Some variants are also known as a “tellurium” or a “loxocosm,” all of which are harder to pronounce than “planet machine.”