Video: These days all you need to recreate Hollywood-calibre visual effects is a fast PC and some expensive 3D software. But if you want to try your hand at recreating old-school special effects, find yourself a 3D printer, make a miniature version of Ghostbusters' Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and go to town with a blowtorch.
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Video: You're already accepting some level of risk when you climb aboard any amusement ride, from the Ferris Wheel to the bumper cars, and for little payoff. So if you're going endanger yourself for some cheap thrills, why not go big aboard a merry-go-round powered by real jet engines rocketing you around in circles.
To help promote its Video Music Awards that aired yesterday, last week MTV employed a novel approach to aerial advertising. Instead of having a plane pulling a large banner, it used a pair of helicopters to create a flying movie theatre that the Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed as the world's largest aerial projection screen.
Mark Zuckerberg continues making news on his Italy trip, the latest being an update on the AI he's building to help around the house. The Facebook founder revealed he'll be ready to demo the assistant he's been working on throughout 2016 next month. He also revealed that, "much to chagrin," his wife Priscilla cannot use the technology quite yet.
In May 2013, a bridge spanning the Skagit River along Interstate 5 in Washington state catastrophically collapsed, after an oversized trailer clipped one of the bridge's cross beams. A new analysis by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign confirms the many factors that contributed to the collapse, and offers recommendations for how to prevent similar failures in the future.
Video: OK, it's probably hell if you actually try it. Alex Gorosh visited 13 museums in London, saw more than 140,000 works of art, and walked more than 35km in one day in an attempt to see all the art there is to see in London. He didn't even see more than one per cent of the art in the city. That's because London has 92 museums and more than 20 million works of art.
By now, there's a Guinness World Record for just about any random accomplishment you can think of, including "most functional gadgets on a cos-play suit". This record is currently held by Ireland's Julian Checkley, who managed to cram 23 different contraptions into his impressive Batsuit.
Video: I mean, the animator in the gif above changes his shirt at least four times before he's able to make the Ninja Monkey doll walk, like, a couple of steps. That's a lot of time spent animating the most basic of motions lasting just seconds. Imagine all the elbow grease that goes into the more intense stuff, or even a minute of footage. In the behind-the-scenes footage of Kubo and the Two Strings, we get to see a bit of the magic that goes into making a stop motion film.
Video: With the lights on, John V. Muntean's LEGO creations look like something a five-year-old would build. "Look, mummy, it's a horse!" But turn the lights off, shine a spotlight on these creations and suddenly their real raison d'être is revealed; intricate shadow designs that change as each mass of LEGO bricks is turned.
Video: I love New York City. I live here, so I'm biased. You might hate New York, and think it sucks, and think it's dirty, and think people who live in New York talk about New York way too damn much. That's fine. You're actually more right than you know. But even you should be able to enjoy this fine video of New York City in glorious 8K. It's every important landmark, building, bridge, cityscape and thing you've seen a thousand times before in stupid TV shows and movies set in New York, painted with the most beautiful pixels I've ever seen.
Video: The making of a record isn't exactly a big mystery but there's still a bit of old magic in seeing music get put to wax in a factory where the metal gets etched and the vinyl gets stamped out. Super Deluxe took its stoned mode camera into one of these vinyl stamping factories and recorded all the good stuff. Sometimes it looks like they're making Captain America's shield and other times it looks like they're mixing paint dye, but they're all steps into giving the world better sounding music.
Micro apartments and tiny but well designed living spaces are all the rage right now. Most people living in tiny apartments do so because they're cheap, and don't have the money to turn their homes into an urban transformer. So they need to find other clever ways to maximise their limited space, like with a two-in-one sofa bed with extra furniture hidden inside.