SLIDE, A Hoverboard Developed by Lexus That Uses Magnetic Levitation and Nitrogen-Cooled Superconductors

Luxury car company Lexus has just released a series of new videos for SLIDE, a Hoverboard they have developed and have been promoting the last few weeks that uses magnetic levitation and nitrogen-cooled superconductors to float above the ground.

Creating SLIDE required re-engineering core technologies and uncovering true technical innovations. From assembling maglev technology into a board, to finding the right combination of superconductors, magnets and liquid nitrogen – every step pushed the team to stretch the possibilities of technology.

The hoverboard is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks). These are housed in cryostats – reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197°C. The board is then placed above a track containing permanent magnets. When the board is cooled to its operating temperature the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place, maintaining the hover height of the board.

Lexus Slide

photo via Lexus

The World’s Tallest and Longest Tunnel Slide to Be Installed in the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London

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The world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide will be installed in the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The slide will start 80 meters up the 114 meter sculptured, and will loop around in a spiral five times before a final straight shot of 50 meters. The slide will feature clear sections to give riders a unique view of the sculpture during their 178-meter, 40-second ride to the bottom.

The slide is expected to be installed by the spring of 2016.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower slide 1

images via Metro

via Metro

Brightly Colored Hand-Crafted Lifelike Animal Cling Rings Whose Paws and Tails Curl Around the Finger

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Japanese artist and sculptor Jiro Miura has created a line of brightly colored lifelike animal cling rings that use the animal’s paws or tails to just curl around one’s finger. Jiro hand-crafts each of these and his other figurine jewelry out of clay, so each ring of the same animal can slightly different from another. The rings are currently only available in Japan through Jiro’s Rakuten store , but hopefully these adorable cling rings will make it to the U.S. soon.

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Cheetah

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Ram

Panda

Chipmunk

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Cling Ring Collection

images via Jiro Miura

via Artist Database, Rocket24News

‘Pooping Is Logical’, A Potty Training Book Based on Vulcan Principles Established in ‘Star Trek’

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Pooping Is Logical is a potty training book by Gary Whitta (Star Wars: Rogue One) and his wife Leah Whitta based on Vulcan principles established in Star Trek. The book was inspired by the couple using Vulcan wisdom to potty train their own three-year-old daughter.

In a post to his Tumblr, Whitta writes about the problems he’s having getting the book published because, as he put it, “We can’t get anyone to take this seriously.” Whitta is encouraging potential book buyers to RT his tweet about the book to show potential publishers that there is interest in a logic-based potty training book set in the Star Trek universe.

Whitta was a recent guest on The Great Big Beautiful Podcast where he also discussed some of his other work.

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images via Gary Whitta

via GeekDad

Fiery Drone Resembling the Human Torch Flies Around New York to Promote ‘Fantastic Four’ Film

The Thinkmodo advetising agency and 20th Century Fox teamed up and built a flying drone that resembles the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) to promote the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot film. With the Nassau County Fire Service Academy on standby, the lightweight dummy attached to a drone was lit on fire and launched safely into the New York skies to fly around. The fiery drone did numerous tricks before finally hovering above a version of the Fantastic Four logo that was purely made of fire.

What would the Human Torch look like in real life?

The Human Torch Drone

The Human Torch Drone

The Human Torch Drone

The Human Torch Drone

The Human Torch Drone

via GeekTyrant

A Compilation of Celebrities Whose Careers Were Launched By ‘The Daily Show’

Digg has put together a pretty thorough compilation of celebrities whose careers were launched by being a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and what they are doing now

As “The Daily Show” winds to a close, lets look back at some of its most distinguished alumni, from their first appearance on the show to the trajectory their careers have taken since departing.

Development of a ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Film Resumes at Warner Bros. After a Years-Long Lawsuit Ends

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Warner Bros. has resumed development of a new Dungeons & Dragons feature film after a years-long lawsuit over the rights to the franchise came to an undisclosed settlement. The screenplay for the film was written by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2).

Dungeons & Dragons film was released in the year 2000 produced by Sweatpea Entertainment, but was not very well received critically or at the box office.

image via Dungeons & Dragons

via Variety