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Behind The Scenes Footage Shows How The Interstellar Robots Were Made

Video: Though I understand its problems, I still enjoyed the visual ride that was Interstellar. Still, the best thing about the movie might have been the TARS and CASE moving monolith robot machines. Here’s a behind the scenes clip that shows how the practical effects of TARS and CASE were made and how they were controlled and moved and given life by puppeteers.


A Cheaper Non-Hovering Hoverboard Prop That Doesn't Feel Like A Rip-Off

Back in 2012 Mattel decided to toss Back to the Future II fans a futuristic bone in the form of a hoverboard replica that looked exactly like the one Marty McFly rode in the time-travelling sequel. The one feature it lacked, of course, was the ability to actually hover. That made its $US130 price tag a little steep, but this $US49 alternative? Now we’re talking.


Ancient, Predatory 'Lobster' Is An Ancestor To All Modern Arthropods

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, prawns and butterflies, was a predatory “lobster-like” creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago.


Somebody Found The Most Appropriate Use For The Nintendo Virtual Boy

Remember the Virtual Boy, Nintendo’s early, failed foray into virtual reality gaming? Twenty years after its release, somebody’s finally figured out the best use for the unwieldy console: Giving all of your friends a handlebar moustache.


Hypnotic Hyperlapse Of Paris Teleports You All Over The Beautiful City

Video: Maxime Gaudet’s hyperlapse experiment video of Paris lets you jump all over the city in 3 minutes. The video moves at such a frenetic pace that the feel of the video doesn’t quite match up with the feel of the City of Love but it’s still a lot of fun to watch because it feels like you’re teleporting all over the place.


How Far Samsung's Galaxy S Phones Have Come, In One GIF

The evolution of any smartphone is a long, drawn-out process. But when you cram it all down into a four-second GIF, the results are pretty mesmerising.


April Is The Last Chance You'll Have To See The Blood Moon For 3 Years

We’ve had a couple of opportunities to catch the moon in deep-rouge form, but if you miss out on the next one, you’ll be in for a wait of over 1000 days. Certainly not forever, but long enough to prompt a brief amount of cussing.


Turning Styrofoam Into Aluminium Is Surprisingly Easy

If you’re looking for a fun, high-risk weekend project, look no further: Grant Thompson, the self-styled “King of Random”, has decided to shared his method for transforming styrofoam into metal. (Spoiler: don’t try this one around your kids.)


How Do 'Futuristic' Concept Cars From The 70s And 80s Hold Up Today?

I’m sure we’ll look back in 20 years at the designs of today’s most advanced vehicles and have a chuckle at how strange they are. Or maybe not. Just because we consider something “retro” doesn’t mean it’s suddenly terrible a few decades later and this is very much the case with some concept cars of the 1970s and 80s.


The 10 Best Episodes Of Top Gear, Ever

Jeremy Clarkson was fired last week. It’s looking more and more likely that Top Gear won’t survive in any recognisable form, with James May sounding down on the possibility of continuing and Richard Hammond calling it “the end of an era”.

With that in mind, we’ve picked the 10 episodes of Top Gear you absolutely have to watch, whether you’re a fan of the show or a complete newbie.