Every summer, amusement parks across the country compete to lure visitors with bigger, faster, and more terrifying thrill rides. This year, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is hoping that people will actually line up to ride its new Cyborg Cyber Spin that churns stomachs along three different axes.
Downhill skiers hit tremendous speeds as they race down a mountain, but it’s still not fast enough to outrun an avalanche. Fortunately for Maxence Cavalade, the parachute he was using to speedride down Mont Charvet in France carried him to safety and probably saved his life.
It’s worth pointing out that the avalanche was undoubtedly triggered by Cavalade’s snow-shredding antics—it wasn’t necessarily a ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ scenario. But, his terrifying aerial footage of the avalanche also reveals the tracks of countless other ski runs, so he probably he assumed the mountain wasn’t primed for disaster that day. (We have no idea if he tested the snow for avalanche conditions ahead of this run.) Still, the gamble paid off, whether he knew he was making it or not. I wonder what other dangerous sports could benefit from the addition of parachutes?
How many times have you accidentally given yourself a papercut after excitedly tearing open a delivery from Amazon? As Japan’s most resourceful knife maker demonstrates, those papercuts could be a lot worse if you spend hours painstakingly turning those cardboard boxes into a razor-sharp chef’s knife.
The process involves soaking the cardboard in water, repeatedly folding it over on itself, squeezing out all the moisture, pounding it flat, and trying to get the cardboard to dry as thin, dense, and stiff as possible. There doesn’t appear to be any liquid plastic resin added as a stiffener, but at one point the excess cardboard is shredded, soaked, and boiled, presumably to extract all the glues holding it together, which the cardboard blade was soaked in to improve rigidity. So while the results successfully slice and dice, this is the last utensil in your kitchen you’d want to toss in the dishwasher.
Colombia destroyed the remains of a cable bridge that partially collapsed earlier this year.
The Chirajara Bridge is located on the road that connects Bogota with the city of Villavicencio.
Some 200 kilos of explosives, 3,000 meters of detonating cord, 30 detonators were used in the implosion. Eleven experts supervised, reported the local group overseeing the work, Concesionaria Vial de los Andes (Coviandes).
What did Honda’s super-fast Mean Mower need? More power, of course.
The Japanese manufacturer, also known for its cars, jets, motorcycles and marine engines, wants to reclaim its title for making the fastest lawn mower in the world. The original Mean Mower could hit 130 mph and set a Guinness Book record at 116.575 mph in 2014. The current record-holder, a modified Viking mower made by a Norwegian group, hit a top speed of 134 mph a year later.
Honda’s U.K. division and Team Dynamics are working on Mean Mower V2 and targeting a top speed of 150 mph. The new riding mower, a modified Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor, will have almost double the power of the original Mean Mower, using a 999cc four-cylinder motorcycle engine that generates more than 190 horsepower at 13,000 rpm.
And yes, the Mean Mower will still cut grass. The previous model was able to mow the lawn at speeds up to about 15 mph. Mean Mower V2 will sport carbon-fiber blades powered by electric motors.
According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, “this watermelon was completely destroyed by a firework the size of a stick of gum.” Now, we’ve set off a lot of commercially available fireworks in our day yet we have yet to find any the size of a stick of gum that can blow up a watermelon. But now that we know something like this exists, WE WANT TO TRY IT: -- Mayor Eric Garcetti @MayorOfLA: “Fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles and even small ones can cause a lot of damage. This watermelon was completely destroyed by a firework the size of a stick of gum. 🎆 This #FourthOfJuly be safe, find a professional show near you.” -- That was the mayor’s intended effect, no? He’s trying to sell watermelon-killer explosives?
Liam Dillon @dillonliam: “I feel like this incredibly awesome video may not have its intended effect of reducing interest in fireworks.” -- Marc Luber @JD_COT: “Are you trying to tease us all? That video made me want to buy fireworks!” -- Chris Owens @Chris_J_Owens: “I need to know what was used in the demonstrations… because reasons.” -- Paul Farhi @farhip: “Millions of people thinking the same thing: How can I get my hands on some of these awesome gumstick fireworks?” -- Mitchell Prothero @mitchprothero: “Are you trying to entrap me into blowing up fruit with exploding gum? Are you a narc?” -- Don’t feel guilty … everyone wants to blow up a watermelon after seeing this: -- Gabby Velasquez @not_gabriela: “I feel so guilty that my first instinct is wanting to blow up a watermelon.”
SpaceX marked the end of an era this morning as the last of its old-generation Falcon 9 rockets blasted beyond orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
On board was a ball-shaped artificial intelligence robot nicknamed the 'flying brain', which is designed to fly around the International Space Station and interact with a German astronaut.
The rocket's Dragon cargo ship is also carrying an experiment to measure plant stress in space and a study of a new cancer treatment. It is expected to dock with the International Space Station next week.
The launch formally ended the reign of the Falcon 9 Block 4 rocket as SpaceX makes way for its next-generation Block 5 boosters, which the company hopes to launch and re-use up to 100 times before they need replacing.