Author Archives: Andrew Liszewski

All the Dangerous Things You Shouldn’t Be Doing With Your Fidget Spinners

Like lawn darts, nano-magnets, and slap bracelets, fidget spinners are only one stupid stunt away from becoming yet another forgotten fad. And as usual, instead of enjoying them responsibly, the internet is hard at work trying to find ways to make spinners as dangerous as playing with firecrackers. This is why we…

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The First Video of Disney World’s New Avatar Ride Looks Fantastic

When the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride first opened at Disneyland in 1967, it represented the cutting-edge of amusement park technologies. Fifty years later, this video is our first glimpse at how far ride technologies have advanced, as Disney World’s new Avatar: Flight of Passage attraction is set to open…

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AI-Powered Software Makes It Incredibly Easy to Colorize Black and White Photos

AI-powered software that can automatically colorize old black and white photos exists, but it’s often far from perfect. In comparison, manually colorizing an image in Photoshop yields stunning results, if you’ve got lots of time and impressive skills. But a new app, developed at the University of California at…

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Google’s Plan to Make Assistant Actually Useful

Released last year, Google Assistant hasn’t really proven itself useful outside of checking the weather, searching Google, or setting an alarm using voice commands. So far it’s been limited to just basic features that are more than matched by other smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. But Google is…

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A Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Could Turn Your T-Shirts Into Amazing Speakers

2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a heat-powered graphene chip that could replace the speaker in your phone, scientists at Michigan State University have developed a paper-thin, flexible electronic panel that…

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The Tron: Legacy Daft Punk Soundtrack Goes Perfectly With the Trippy Effects of Star Trek: The Motion Picture

A soundtrack can often make or break a film. Daft Punk’s work on Tron: Legacy helped make that sequel mostly watchable, but it turns out that score works even better for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as Patrick Collins discovered when he brilliantly mashed up both films.

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This Simple Smartphone App May Just Trick People Into Thinking You Don’t Suck at Graffiti

Have you ever dreamed about impressing the people around your neighborhood with preachy Banksy-inspired graffiti? SketchAR is an augmented reality drawing app that uses a smartphone and its camera to let you trace images. And when used with a device that supports Google’s Project Tango technology, suddenly anyone can…

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This Hand-Drawn Alien: Covenant Flipbook Is Better Than the Actual Film

Fans of the long-running series might want to skip Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. The director’s follow-up to Prometheus is not only disappointing, it somehow manages to make both films worse. It’s not a complete loss, though, thanks to talented stop-motion artist Serene Teh who made this amazing Alien:

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The Ultimate Cosplayer Built a Working Version of Batman’s Grappling Hook Gun

Probably best known for his functional electromagnetic Captain America shield replica, YouTube’s The Hacksmith and his team spent the past six months designing, building, and re-building a working Batman grappling hook gun that makes it extra easy to escape awkward cosplay conventions.

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One of the World’s First Modern Physics Textbooks Just Sold For Over $790,000

Remember how you spent half your time at college complaining about how expensive textbooks were? It could’ve been much worse. A few weeks ago, a copy of Galileo’s Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences sold at auction for just over $790,600. Thankfully, the text is no longer required…

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This Laser Printer Creates High-Res Color Images Without a Single Drop of Ink

Anyone with a color printer knows that selling replacement ink cartridges is the quickest way to become a millionaire. But what if your printer never needed a single drop of ink to produce color images at impossibly high resolutions? A new laser printer can already do that by etching microscopic patterns onto sheets…

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We Finally Figured Out How To Make Realistic CG Mud

Jurassic Park had just six minutes of computer-generated dinosaurs in it, compared to modern blockbusters which can have thousands of shots requiring complex visual effects. It’s no surprise that animators are eager to embrace any shortcut they can—which is why realistic-looking CG mud could be a game changer.

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Doctors Have Built a Magnetic Robot to Gently Explore Your Colon

As you get older, colonoscopies become an important part of maintaining your health, allowing doctors to spot potentially fatal diseases like colon cancer before they progress too far. So medical researchers are hoping to make the procedure safer, and slightly less invasive, using a tiny capsule that’s remotely…

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Scientists Figure Out How to Turn Anything Into a Touchscreen Using Conductive Spray Paint

Touchscreen smartphones and tablets are so intuitive that even babies can easily learn how to use them. So why can’t any object work like a touchscreen? Everything from guitars to Jell-O might soon be able to, thanks to scientists at Carnegie Mellon University who came up with a way to use conductive spray paint to

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A Graphene Speaker With No Moving Parts Uses Heat to Produce Sound

The traditional speaker design involves the use of a vibrating membrane that pushes air to create sound waves that travel to your ears. The technology has been in use for well over a century, but scientists at the University of Exeter might have found a way to improve how speakers work—eliminating movement…

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Star Wars Characters Sing Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’ and It’s Annoyingly Good

You can blame Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show for all those “lol you’ve gotta watch this!” emails from your mom that you constantly have to delete. But we begrudgingly have to admit that aliens, Jedis, droids, and Sith singing Smash Mouth’s “All Star” is shockingly well done.

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Somehow There Were No Injuries From This Terrifying Plane Crash Caught on Dashcam

Driver Simon Li was in the right place, at the right time, for his vehicle’s dashcam to capture what looks like a terrifying and deadly crash of a Piper PA32 single-engine airplane. But it turns out both the plane’s pilot and passenger were able to climb out of the plane’s wreckage and walk away afterwards, with no…

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The Secret to How Hollywood Makes an Actor Vomit Massive Amounts of Blood

Adam Savage and the Tested crew recently had the opportunity to visit the sets of Alien: Covenant, and in their latest video they not only get some hands-on time with many of the weapons used in the upcoming prequel, they also learned the secrets of ho… Continue reading

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The Ultimate Lawn Ornament Is This Life-Size $75,000 Alien Queen Statue

If your neighborhood has a home owner’s association that tirelessly works to ensure everybody’s lawn is neat and presentable, you might find yourself dealing with a few angry letters when you install this 16-foot tall replica of an Alien Queen in your front garden. But it’s still more tasteful than a ceramic gnome or…

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This Wireless Wall Device Will Literally Monitor Your Every Step

For years, we’ve been told that strapping a fitness tracker to your wrist is a great way to track your physical activity and fitness level. But researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have come up with a non-invasive, non-wearable way to do the same thing—and more accurately—using…

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