Painting Colors with Lasers

Painting Colors with Lasers

Scientists from Russia’s ITMO University have developed a technique that uses lasers to create different colors on a sheet of metal. The laser is used to create oxide layers on a sheet of titanium, producing a variety of colors. The method can even be used to change or erase images multiple times. Read more in Optica.

Citizen Promaster Sailhawk Chronograph

Citizen Promaster Sailhawk Chronograph

Designed for avid mariners, Citizen’s stainless steel Sailhawk watch features a bright blue polyurethane strap and matching numbering on its aluminum bezel. It packs a yacht racing timer, a countdown timer, two alarms, a split lap timer, and world time. It’s water-resistant to 200 meters, and is also available in red.

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Life in Color with David Attenborough

Life in Color with David Attenborough

Famed nature show host David Attenborough returns with a three-part series about how color plays a role in the biology and evolution of animals. Colors can be used for camouflage, to scare off predators, or to help win mates. The series used specially-developed cameras in order to reveal what other animals see from their perspective. On Netflix now.

Kouik Swing Arm LED Desk Lamp

Kouik Swing Arm LED Desk Lamp

This incredibly flexible modern desk lamp is great in any workspace. It’s designed to produce smooth, shadow-free light with no flickering, and offers variable brightness and color temperature settings. Its 17″ wide head can rotate 180º, its adjustable arm has three 205º hinges, and its base can spin 360º.

When an Alien Speaks but Doesn’t Have Subtitles

When an Alien Speaks but Doesn’t Have Subtitles

Have you ever watched a movie and an alien starts talking in their native tongue, but no subtitles come on screen? Are they saying something critical to the story? Is Closed Captioning turned off? Joel Haver and Brandon Dester sum up the feeling of confusion that comes with scenes like that in this animated comedy sketch.

Jack Black Gets the Vaccine

Jack Black Gets the Vaccine

Most of us who have gotten our COVID vaccines have had some side effects, but the protection is well worth the temporary inconvenience. Jack Black recently got his shot, and his side effects were, um, a little more colorful than what we experienced.

LEGO Looney Tunes Minifigs

LEGO Looney Tunes Minifigs

LEGO and Warner Bros. teamed up to create a series of Minifigs based on Looney Tunes characters. The 12 mystery-bagged figures include Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, Speedy Gonzales, Tasmanian Devil, and Marvin the Martian.

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra is best known for their classic Russian tunes, but they also enjoy the occasional rock and roll song. Here, their balalaika section performs a cover of the 1971 Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven. We had no idea that a contrabass balalaika was a thing.

Best Inexpensive Military Watches 2021

Best Inexpensive Military Watches 2021

Military wristwatches are known for their practical, rugged styling and easy-to-read displays. They’re also generally not too expensive. Everyday Carry picked 10 of the best sub-$100 military watches for 2021, from analog classics like the Mil-Tec Aviator to modern digitals like the Timex Command.

Every Single Spooky Podcast

Every Single Spooky Podcast

Podcasts don’t benefit from visuals to help create a mood, so they rely on sound effects, music, and narration style to get their point across. Alasdair Beckett-King pokes fun at the genre of spooky horror and murder podcasts, and tropes like their soft, foreshadowing vocals, and the abundance of unnecessary words.

Tortoise Toiletry Bag

Tortoise Toiletry Bag

Step22’s unique dopp kit makes to find all your toiletries on the road. Its diagonal zipper provides quick access to everything, while a dozen pockets and pouches keep things right where you expect to find them. It’s made from durable Denier Nylon and includes a built-in hanging hook, a removable hygiene pouch and a mirror.

Derringer Pocket Tools

Derringer Pocket Tools

RAEgearUSA makes these three pocket-sized bronze and steel alloy tools. Each one packs a variety of drivers, wrenches, a nail pry, chisel/scraper, and more. The Derringer 1 has 18 functions, while the Derringer 2 has 24, and the Derringer 3 packs 27, including a level and bit storage slots.

Disney’s Groot Robot

Disney’s Groot Robot

Engineers at Walt Disney Imagineering have been working on animatronic robots which can walk on their own for a while now. As part of their Project Kiwi initiative, they created a walking version of Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. He needs a safety tether at present but is still an impressive creation.

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LEGO UCS R2-D2 (2021 Edition)

LEGO UCS R2-D2 (2021 Edition)

If you missed out on the original LEGO UCS R2-D2, good news. The Star Wars droid has come out of retirement. LEGO set #75308 ups the part count to 2314, and includes a retractable mid-leg, a rotating head, opening front hatches, a periscope, and a hidden lightsaber compartment. It also includes a mini R2-D2 figure.

Apollo Neuro Stress Relief Wearable

You stress out all day. You can’t sleep. Repeat. If you’re stuck in this vicious cycle, let us introduce you to Apollo Neuro. This wellness wearable actively works to rebalance the body’s stress response with gentle waves of vibration. Save 10% when you try it today.

Lichtenberg Figure Coasters

Lichtenberg Figure Coasters

Scotland’s Wildflower Designs makes these unique coasters with tree-like patterns by applying high-voltage electricity to oak wood. They fill the one-of-a-kind patterns with colored resin then finish them with butcher’s block oil. They also make cutting boards and tabletops using the technique.

Why Plastic Exists

Why Plastic Exists

In the early 1900s, electricity was about to take the world by storm. But live wires couldn’t safely be used without insulation. Resin harvested from insects worked, but was too expensive to harvest. Necessity being the mother of invention, it drove chemist Leo Baekeland to develop what would become the world’s first plastic.

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Fishbone’s metal gadget is designed for knotless joining and tying of ropes and straps. It holds up to 0.5″ rope or 1″ flat webbing, and has built-in neodymium magnets for stacking and storage. Available in stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. They also make a mini version for 0.25″ or smaller rope or paracord.

GoFish Underwater Fishing Camera

This wireless underwater camera sits on your fishing line and not only gives you insights about what’s down there but can capture some cool video footage of undersea life too. It shoots up to 1080p/60 resolution, has a night-vision green light, and works at depths up to 500 ft.

Win a 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak

The new Ford Bronco is one of the most desired off-road vehicles in decades. Now you could win a Bronco Wildtrak, complete with the Sasquatch package. One lucky entrant will win this fully-loaded Cyber Orange Bronco while supporting the Museum of Boulder with their donation. Awesomer readers get 25% bonus entries.

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How the Burj Khalifa Was Built

How the Burj Khalifa Was Built

At a height of 2717 feet, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on Earth, towering over its nearest competition. TED-Ed takes a look at the engineering innovations that made it possible. Though its rapid, 5-year construction didn’t come without a cost for those who toiled to build it for low wages in poor working conditions.

Endurax XL Camera Backpack

Endurax XL Camera Backpack

Serious photography calls for big cameras with large image sensors and lots of lenses. This extra large backpack offers padded storage for a DSLR or two mirrorless cameras, 6 to 8 lenses, 2 to 3 flashes, accessories, a 15.6″ laptop, and a tablet. It also offers multiple tripod carrying positions, and comes with a rain cover.

Theme Park of Torment

Theme Park of Torment

After pushing his CPU and RAM to the limit with a mega-fireworks display in the physics-based sim game Planet Coaster, Let’s Game It Out decided he was going to build himself a terrifying virtual theme park, designed exclusively to torture its oblivious visitors in hilarious ways.

Star Wars Helmet Mugs

Star Wars Helmet Mugs

Star Wars fans will want to revamp their mug collection with these lidded ceramic mugs, featuring the likenesses of Darth Vader for dark roast, a Stormtrooper for flat whites, and Boba Fett, which isn’t quite as ideal for sipping Boba tea.

The Bizarre Physics of Fire Ants

The Bizarre Physics of Fire Ants

You never want to get too close to a mound of fire ants. But from the comfortable distance of your browser, they’re neat little buggers. Vox explores some of the fascinating ways in which colonies stick together to form structures, and how they can act as both a solid or fluid.

High-Tech Citizen Multi-Tool

High-Tech Citizen Multi-Tool

Italian knifemaker Maserin’s pocket tool is substantial and versatile. It starts off with a 2.6″ stainless steel knife blade, and adds to that a tool blade with a can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, wrenches and more. It’s all set into a handsome body with sturdy G-10 handle scales. Available in black/black, black/silver, blue, or orange.

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