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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gizmodo Australia

Hamsters Become Talented Self-Portrait Artists While Running On This Wheel 

As far as pets go, hamsters rate somewhere just above goldfish when it comes to entertainment value. But watching them run for hours inside a tiny plastic wheel is far more satisfying when their miniature treadmills are part of a larger contraption that sketches hamster self-portraits at the same time. Someone put this rodent in a gallery.

This Engraving Machine Sounds Like The Future 

Video: What could possibly be the reason for an engraving machine to make these noises? Do spacey-sounding arpeggios make it engrave better? Does it support MIDI? If you know anything about the fine art of engraving, do please enlighten us. 

Rey Finds Luke Skywalker In This Gorgeous Force Awakens Poster 

No matter what you think of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’ll never forget that final moment, when Rey, ready to start her life as a Jedi, finally finds the hiding Luke Skywalker. And now, you can enjoy that moment forever.

Star Trek: Discovery Officially Takes Place In The Prime Universe 

In a packed panel during San Diego Comic-Con, the name of the new Star Trek series — which, in the grand tradition of Star Trek, is also the name of the ship — was revealed. In a press conference after the panel, executive producers Bryan Fuller and Heather Kadin gave just a few more details about the show. 

How Sansa's Development Is Mirrored In Her Fashion 

Game of Thrones isn’t just a pricey show because of all those CGI dragons, British actors and exotic locales. It also has some of the most thoughtful creatives building props, sets, and costumes. Especially costumes. Mild spoiler warning.

When CGI Meets Ferrofluid, Things Get Weird 

Video: The magnetised liquid known as ferrofluid already looks like some kind of alien substance, but a design studio in Barcelona created a short video using this strange material along with CGI to create something that resembles a Pixar film you’d watch in hell. 

Gross Algae Bloom Engulfs A Lake Full Of Human Waste 

The United States is in the dog days of summer, which means disgusting algae blooms are cropping up across polluted and poorly managed waterways all over the country. The latest slime-covered coastline to grab headlines? Utah Lake and it seems that actual human crap is to blame. 

The US Government's Latest Fireworks Safety Video Is Horrifying As Hell 

Video: Every year around July 4 (surprise, surprise) the US Consumer Product Safety Commission puts on a graphic demonstration of why you should be really careful when setting off fireworks. The video of the demo arrived late this year, but if you’re a fan of horror movies, it was still totally worth the wait. 

No, A Lemon Can't Actually Start Fires And Here's Why 

Earlier this year a video appeared online purportedly showing how you could turn a lemon into a simple battery and then use it to start a fire by igniting a piece of steel wool. Uh no, that’s where the science falls apart. 

Seeing Friction Welding In Slow Motion Is Like Watching Stars Form 

Video: Friction welding already looks out of this world. I mean, watching two pieces of metal forge together through friction as they turn bright space orange? Awesome. But seeing friction welding in slow motion? That’s when we find out how truly spectacular the process is. The little sparks flying off the metal blocks look like stars being formed. 

Grab Your Tricorders And D20s, Because Star Trek Is Returning To RPGs 

It’s called Star Trek Adventures, and there won’t just be a new table-top role-playing game, but a miniatures line as well. 

The Second Doctor Strange Trailer Finally Shows Us Some Real Magic 

Video: The first trailer for Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange kept things pretty small. But at Comic-Con, the second trailer has been revealed and it actually shows some of the magic the film contains — both literal and figurative — as well as the potential impact Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) could have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.