Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Click here for a few bonus images.Development originally started under the "Advanced Technology Bomber" (ATB) project during the Carter administration; its expected performance was one of his reasons for the cancellation of the supersonic B-1A bomber. The ATB project continued during the Reagan administration, but worries about delays in its introduction led to the reinstatement of the B-1 program as well.The B-2 is capable of all-altitude attack missions up to 50,000 feet (15,000 m), with a range of more than 6,000 nautical miles (6,900 mi; 11,000 km) on internal fuel and over 10,000 nautical miles (12,000 mi; 19,000 km) with one midair refueling.It entered service in 1997 as the second aircraft designed to have advanced stealth technology after the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk attack aircraft. Though designed originally as primarily a nuclear bomber, the B-2 was first used in combat, dropping conventional, non-nuclear ordnance in the Kosovo War in 1999.For the manufacturing, a former Ford automobile assembly plant in Pico Rivera, California, was acquired and heavily rebuilt; the plant's employees were sworn to complete secrecy regarding their work. To avoid the possibility of suspicion, components were typically purchased through front companies, military officials would visit out of uniform, and staff members were routinely subjected to polygraph examinations.In 1984, a Northrop employee, Thomas Cavanaugh was arrested for attempting to sell classified information to the Soviet Union; the information was taken from Northrop's Pico Rivera, California factory. Cavanaugh was eventually sentenced to life in prison and released on parole in 2001.Show more.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016
With all the new camera gear being released, it's easy to get lost in trying to keep up with the latest and greatest, rather than focusing on improving your techniques. Photographer Skyler Adams fell into that trap and decided to get back to her roots by purchasing a Canon Sure Shot camera and an expired roll of Fujifilm Superia 400 film for $1. "I wanted to challenge my gear acquisition syndrome, so I decided to shoot with a $1 camera for a month," said Adams. Continue reading to see a few more of the photographs she captured."I was pleasantly surprised at the quality I could get from the 38mm lens stopped down. The manual ISO setting also let me play with exposure compensation. Most of the battle is finding good light," adds Adams.Show more.
This block of metal that is so light, and its density so low, that it floats on water, but despite its appearance, it can also withstand intense pressures. Motherboard visited the laboratory of Nikhil Gupta, an NYU Polytechnic University researcher who is designing some of world's strongest materials, in conjunction with researchers at Deep Springs Technology. "Syntactic Foam" is a metal that looks and feels solid, but at the edges of any given piece of material, you can see holes because the spherical particles don't always line up with the edge. These hollow particles, of course is what makes the metal so light. The foam is 44% stronger than similar, aluminum-based foams, while each individual sphere can withstand pressure of more than 25,000 pounds per square inch before breaking - roughly 100-times the pressure exerted by water coming out of a fire hose. Click here to view the first image in today's Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of homemade, 3D-printed automatic sunglasses.Show more.
Having a Max Yield of 100-Megatons and 5 More Cool Facts About Tsar Bomba, the Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon
Tsar Bomba was the Western nickname for the Soviet RDS-220 hydrogen bomb, code name Vanya. It was tested on October 30, 1961, and remains the most powerful human-made explosion in known history. Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb had a yield of 50-megaton TNT, and a maximum yield of 100-megatons if it were to have included a U-238 tamper, but because only one was built, this theory was never demonstrated. Continue reading for five more cool facts about Tsar Bomba. Click here for a few bonus images of actual nuclear explosions over the years.This is equivalent to about 1,570 times the combined energy of the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 10 times the combined energy of all the conventional explosives used in World War II, one quarter of the estimated yield of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and 10% of the combined yield of all nuclear tests to date.The Tsar Bomba was flown to its test site by a specially modified Tu-95V release plane, flown by Major Andrei Durnovtsev. Taking off from an airfield in the Kola Peninsula, the release plane was accompanied by a Tu-16 observer plane that took air samples and filmed the test. Both aircraft were painted with a special reflective white paint to limit heat damage. Despite this effort, Durnovtsev and his crew were assigned only a 50% chance of surviving the test.The bomb, weighing 27 metric tons, was so large (26-feet long by 6.9-feet in diameter) that the Tu-95V had to have its bomb bay doors and fuselage fuel tanks removed. The bomb was attached to an 800 kilogram parachute, which gave the release and observer planes time to fly about 28-miles away from ground zero. When detonation occurred, the Tu-95V dropped one kilometer in the air because of the shock wave, but was able to land safely.All buildings in the village of Severny (both wooden and brick), located 34-miles from ground zero within the Sukhoy Nos test range, were destroyed. In districts hundreds of kilometers from ground zero wooden houses were destroyed, stone ones lost their roofs, windows and doors, and radio communications were interrupted for almost one hour.The weight and size of the Tsar Bomba limited the range and speed of the specially modified bomber carrying it and ruled out its delivery by an intercontinental ballistic missile. Much of its high-yield destructiveness was inefficiently radiated upwards into space. It has been estimated that detonating the original 100-megaton design would have released fallout amounting to about 25% of all fallout emitted since the invention of nuclear weapons.Show more.
Efluky's USB 3-Speed Mini Rechargeable Portable Fan Keeps the Air Moving, Get One for $8.50 - Today Only
Efluky's USB 3-speed mini rechargeable portable fan keeps the air circulating while you work, all for $8.50 with coupon code: WDAIR68K, today only, originally $14.99. You can either connect the fan via USB cable to a power bank, computer or any compatible wall outlet for charging. Best of all, a single charge will last for 8-hours on the lowest speed setting. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: WDAIR68K during final checkout to receive the additional discount. Continue reading for a video of"So much better than I expected. I've only had it for a little while, but used it on a two day camp. The three speed options are great. I used a large USB power bank to let it run overnight. I don't know how long it would have ran on the charge. Just a note, when it's plugged in, the highest speed is slightly reduced compared to running off battery," said one reviewer. More information.Show more.
Why stay on a houseboat, when you could live in a jellyfish lodge? This floating, solar-powered structure boasts an aquaponic garden where four kinds of fish could be raised, in addition to plants like lettuce, basil, and oregano. However, what really sets this apart are its tentacles, which trap floating garbage and test water level toxicity. That's right, dirty water passes through these tentacles into round microbial chambers that purify water, and return it to the water system once its four spherical cistern tanks are full. No luxury is spared, as each lodge also features a comfortable living area, kitchen, bedroom, and compost toilet inside the bell area. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of "Singularity", a fascinating short about AI.Show more.
Photographers from around the world have captured small animals in sweaters that are gearing up for winter and submitted them to Bored Panda. They range from tiny hamsters to snails, and even a group of penguins. Now getting to wear them and stay still long enough is an entirely different story. Continue reading for more pictures. Click here for a few bonus images.Show more.
There are smartphones with decent cameras, and then the new Kodak Ektra, which comes equipped with a 21-megapixel Fast Focus Sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and a front-facing f/2.2 aperture, 13-megapixel sensor with Phase Detection AF, both lenses covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. On the back, you'll find a 5-inch high-definition touchscreen display with a DSLR-style dial and digital interface, which gives users manual settings, such as adjusting shutter speed, as well as the ISO. It's no slouch on the power side of things, as it's running a 2.3Ghz Helio X-20 Decacore processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and large 3000 mAh battery. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and additional information. Click here for a few bonus images."Other features and specs in the phone/camera include Scene Modes, a Smart Mode for auto settings, a Super 8 app that recreates classic Super 8 film stocks, 4K video recording, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, Snapseed editing software, optical image stabilization, an integrated photo printing app, [and] social media sharing features," according to Peta Pixel.Show more.
Friday, October 21, 2016
If Tony Stark, best known in the Marvel universe as a billionaire playboy, business magnate, and ingenious engineer, spent $200,000 building a treehouse, this is probably what it would look like, except the Woodsman's Treehouse actually exists. Located in the forest of Jurassic Coast, which sits along the English Channel in southern England, this mansion - by treehouse standards - features a full kitchen, copper bath, leather club chairs, a king-sized bed, a large deck with a wood-fired pizza oven, an outdoor tree shower and spa. In addition to the bridge, there's a 1-meter-wide stainless steel slide that lets you slide down for swift exit. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a dog that sounds exactly like a TIE fighter.Show more.
Lockheed's U-2, also known as "Dragon Lady", is a single-jet engine reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, ultra high-altitude (70,000-feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. It has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes. Continue reading for more cool facts about the U-2. Click here for a few bonus images.The design that gives the U-2 its remarkable performance also makes it a difficult aircraft to fly. It was designed and manufactured for minimum airframe weight, which results in an aircraft with little margin for error. Most aircraft were single-seat versions, with only five two-seat trainer versions known to exist. The U-2's flight controls are designed for high-altitude flight; the controls require light control inputs at operational altitude. However, at lower altitudes, the higher air density and lack of a power assisted control system makes the aircraft very difficult to fly.Instead of the typical tricycle landing gear, the U-2 uses a bicycle configuration with a forward set of main wheels located just behind the cockpit, and a rear set of main wheels located behind the engine. The rear wheels are coupled to the rudder to provide steering during taxiing. To maintain balance while taxiing, two auxiliary wheels, called "pogos" are added for takeoff. These fit into sockets underneath each wing at about mid-span, and fall off during takeoff. To protect the wings during landing, each wingtip has a titanium skid. After the U-2 comes to a halt, the ground crew re-installs the pogos one wing at a time, then the aircraft taxis to parking.The aircraft carries a variety of sensors in the nose, Q-bay (behind the cockpit, also known as the camera bay), and wing pods. The U-2 is capable of simultaneously collecting signals, imagery intelligence and air samples. Imagery intelligence sensors include either wet film photography, electro-optic, or radar imagery - the latter from the Raytheon ASARS-2 system. It can use both line-of-sight and over-horizon data links.Beyond not using American military personnel to fly the U-2, Eisenhower preferred to use non-US citizens. As of July 2013 the nationalities of the foreign pilots recruited remains classified.The U-2 is one of a handful of aircraft types to have served the USAF for over 50 years. The newest models (TR-1, U-2R, U-2S) entered service in the 1980s. The current model, the U-2S, received its most recent technical upgrade in 2012. They have taken part in post-Cold War conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and supported several multinational NATO operations.Show more.
The LEGO Star Wars AT-ST Walker 75153 not only has dual spring-loaded shooters, but also an opening cockpit, and it's being offered for just $32.82, today only, originally $39.99. Join the hunt for rebels aboard the AT-ST Walker, featuring posable legs, wheel-activated turning top section, opening cockpit and top hatch revealing a detailed minifigure interior, dual spring-loaded shooters and elevating guns at the front. Includes 3 minifigures. Product page. Continue reading for speed build and review videos."There is plenty of space in the cockpit for one person and a blaster. The best part of the set is that it comes with a pair of roller skates. Uh yeah, did I say roller skates? Well, one of the pieces of Baze Malbus' gun is a rollerskate piece. The gun itself looks lame whether you have the skate part or not. An extra skate is included as a spare piece. So, with a pair of skates on, Baze can literally skate circles around the AT-ST while taking pot shots at the undercarriage. Those wily rebels, you never know what kind of tricks they have up their sleeves," said one reviewerMore information.Show more.
At $4.3-million, this blacked out, street-legal McLaren P1 GT-R (converted to LM) is probably as close as you'll get to a real Batmobile, without having to settle for a fiberglass kit car replica. Only 45 exist in the world, each powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 engine generating 1000 PS (987 hp), good for a 0-60 time of 2.4-seconds, while topping out at 225mph. Click hereClick here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of new dynamic technology that allows projection on non-rigid surfaces.Show more.
Carwow revamps the Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6 with an all-new suspension and body panels, enabling you to transport passengers in luxury, while maintaining off-road ruggedness. The original is powered by a 5.5L AMG V8 twin-turbo engine that generates 536hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7G-tronic seven-speed automatic transmission, good for a 0-60mph run in 7.8-seconds. Continue reading for another picture.The G63 AMG 6x6 featured a compressor which allowed to reduce or increase tire pressure in order to adapt the traction to the driving surface, especially in desert like environments. Therefore, the compressor filled four containers with 20-liters each to allow fast inflation of the tires. This made it possible to change from sandy deserts to regular streets in less than twenty seconds.Show more.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Previously known as the NX, the Nintendo Switch has officially been unveiled, and it's a doozy. This console can be used as both a portable and living room, complete with high-def display that undocks from its TV-connected charger. A Joy-Con, or the two sides of the normal controller, also snap out, can also be removed to serve as separate, more basic controllers for multiplayer games. It's powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, and so far, 48 software companies have pledged support. Expect this to hit stores in March 2017 - pricing yet to be announced. Continue reading for a video detailing five things you should know, and additional information."The list of what we�ve actually witnessed people play on the Switch is a lot shorter than the list of partners, but Nintendo has confirmed a broad spread of genres: there�s The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, a new Super Mario game, the paint-based team shooter Splatoon, open-world fantasy game The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and an unspecified NBA game," reports The Verge.Show more.
Guy Takes Computer Parts and Starts Building. What He Creates? A Point Blank Barrett Radeon RX480 Gun PC
Suchao Modding & Design took an AMD A10-7800 processor, AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB graphics card, 4 x KLEVV Genuine 4GB RAM sticks, 2 x KLEVV Urbane 240GB SSDs, a Thermaltake Toughpower 600W SFX, along with a Thermaltake water-cooling system, and created a custom Point Blank (game) case modeled after a weapon found in the FPS. The coolest feature? A trigger that doubles as a power button, and a close second would be its GPU placement, which is used as the rifle's bipod. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the ultimate 1998 gaming PC.Show more.
Using what is known as a "conformable vinyl wrapping" material, a high-quality print or protective clear wrap can be molded to almost any and every part of a vehicle. This Volkswagen Beetle owner decided to put a Steampunk touch on their vehicle, or at least a partial design, and with a few touches of rust for added effect. Continue reading for more geeky car mods you might not have seen. Click here to view a few bonus images.Show more.
Sony's PlayStation VR offers seamless visuals that keep you connected to the virtual world through an expansive 5.7" OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second, all for $399.99 shipped. 3D Audio with PlayStation VR means that you'll be able to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you. Instinctively turn your head to the source of a single footstep and be able to judge its distance, just as you would in real life. Product page. Continue reading for a Batman VR walkthrough and more information.The PlayStation VR headset was engineered to be balanced, comfortable, and completely adjustable. It's designed to feel like it's not there - keeping you free from distraction as you explore new gaming worlds. More information.Show more.
Bran Castle, situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Now, you have a chance to win a one-night stay at this creepy establishment. "Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great grandnephew, will answer your knock on the castle's imposing wooden doors. He will be your host for the night, and resident expert on Transylvanian lore. Enter the castle and explore the labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors, creepy nooks, and squeaky staircases while there is still light in the sky. You may traipse through all fifty-seven rooms, from lofty tower lookouts to deep dark crypts, and even enjoy an incomparable view of the Carpathians from the terrace as the sun makes its final descent. But once darkness comes, retreat inside. Unexpected guests have been known to come knocking in the moonlit hours," according to the AirBnB page. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a little girl who waved at a cargo ship and got more than she bargained for.Show more.
Seth Casteel, known for his Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies series, is back at it again, but this time, with Pounce, which basically captures kittens mid-pounce. "A beautiful, funny gift book with more than 70 previously unpublished photographs, Pounce reveals adorable cats and kittens as they pounce and jump through the air, arms outstretched -- all in Casteel's signature up-close, mid-action style," according to the book description. Continue reading for more pictures and information.Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and the author of the national bestseller Underwater Dogs, Underwater Puppies, and Underwater Babies. His photographs of babies and animals have been featured in media including the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, Morning Edition, the Washington Post, The Today Show, and Business Insider, as well as on the front page of outlets AOL, MSN, Yahoo, and hundreds of others. He lives in California.Show more.
Nobody knows what F1 cars of the future will look like, or if they'll even have real human drivers, but automotive designer Sean Bull gives us his vision of a Bugatti vehicle, powered in part by a Tesla Turbine. This new technology consists of smooth disks equipped with nozzles that apply a moving fluid to the edge of the disk. It operates using the principle of centripetal flow, and reportedly operates at up to 95% efficiency. Continue reading for more pictures."The new rules will be made for the safety of the drivers, as the concept of an open cockpit could become extremely dangerous in the event of an accident. Furthermore, Formula 1 drivers risk being hit by debris while in an open cockpit, and the damage could be extensive," reports Auto Evolution.Show more.