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Lexus teases ‘real’ hoverboard powered by magnets, liquid nitrogen

Lexus teases ‘real’ hoverboard powered by magnets, liquid nitrogen

After roughly a year or so hoverboard announcements that have turned out to be April Fool's jokes, expensive concepts, or low-tech hacks, it's easy think the same of Lexus' out-of-the-blue teaser video. As part of their "Amazing in Motion" series of unique, bizarre concepts, Lexus has revealed what it calls SLIDE, a "real, rideable hoverboard." Presented under the motto "There's no such thing as impossible, it's just a matter of figuring out how," the hoverboard is shown, well, hovering, above the ground, with steam vapor coming out.

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Burger King acts weird again, launches all red burger

Burger King acts weird again, launches all red burger

It's not terribly uncommon to seem a themed meal of some sort from a fast food place, but Burger King has been pushing it to various extremes. Last September we took the plunge and sampled one of its all-black burgers, which were -- as the name suggests -- all black, including the cheese. It was tasty, in case you were wondering. If a colored burger sounds appealing but you were hoping for something a little more cheery, Burger King has an alternative -- an all-red burger.

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Hockey puck survives fire, ice, and now thermite

Hockey puck survives fire, ice, and now thermite

If you spend any time on the Internet at all, you’ve likely seen that now infamous red-hot ball of nickel burning its way through friend and foe alike: fruits, random objects, nothing has managed to stand in its way. That is, until it met a hockey puck. Turns out hockey pucks are able to do more than take a beating from hockey sticks — they hardly sizzle when paired with red hot destruction. As an act of revenge, perhaps, the nickel-bearer turned to a more destructive force — but, as you’ll see in the video after the jump, a hockey puck is not easily destroyed.

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Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Tired of staring at the same old, same old website all day long? Presuming, of course, that is part of your work. If so, and if you use a Mac, you might want to give this hack a spin. Probably inappropriately named Screentendo, this small open source program was designed to do one thing and one thing alone. It will turn any web page you set it on into a Mario level, which you can then use to while the hours away by playing until all the bricks are gone.

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Another Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, this time in LEGO

Another Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, this time in LEGO

Some people just have a lot of time in their hands. Or lots of creativity. And definitely lots and lots of LEGO pieces. The group of "quirky artists" at Brotherhood Workshop probably qualify for all those. Combining months of hard work, scene by scene analysis, and a whole load of LEGO, the groups was able to recreate one of the earliest trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. They have just released their own LEGO stylized trailer, and just in time to welcome the premiere of the non-LEGO film this week.

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Pantone names a new color after Dispecable Me’s Minions

Pantone names a new color after Dispecable Me’s Minions

You know a pop culture thing is a BIG thing when even serious business institutions get into it as well. That definitely sounds like the situation here when the Pantone Color Institute, which is responsible for one of the most popular color palettes in the industry, has just added "Minion Yellow" as its newest named color, designed after the lovable yellow creatures from the Despicable Me films. This is quite big when you consider that Pantone has not named any new color since 2012, and the first one it does it names after fictional characters.

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Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Some people are advised to think out of the box in order to arrive at creative solutions to problems. Yamaha might have done exactly just that, almost literally, and without any real problem to solve. It has taken engineers and designers from its Yamaha Corporation, which makes musical instruments, and from its Yamaha Motor Company, which makes bikes, out of their respective work boxes and put them in each other's shoes. The goal: to come up with designs for the respective products that incorporate the sometimes incompatible ideas and thinking of another.

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Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

What is the essence of a skateboard? It seems that some people, for some reason, under the inspiration of some muse or other substance, asked this deep philosophical question. And, luckily or unluckily for us, they actually came up with the answer: two wheels. After all, one can't go anywhere with just a board and no wheels (unless it's a hoverboard). But can you really get around with just two? Apparently yes, but not without skill, learning, and perhaps a few bruises, as the Post Modern Skateboard demonstrates.

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This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

Hot Wheels cars: you have likely played with them at some point or another, maybe stepped on one and took an impromptu slide across the floor. Near endless track arrays are available for playing with the miniature cars, but at the end of the day it all revolves around the same thing: rolling around. Just rolling. That is, unless you are Phil Foss, the man behind a new track piece that lets you drift Hot Wheels cars like a boss.

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This watch has a real laser inside — a REAL laser!

This watch has a real laser inside — a REAL laser!

How many times in a day do you think “man, a laser would come in super handy right now”? If you’re like me, probably half a dozen or so (alright, so, mainly I wish I had a pen light to torture the cat, but still). If you’re a James Bond fan, you might even wish that laser was mounted to a watch, and you could burn ropes typing you down, or like seal a bag of chips on the fly. That’s getting closer to reality for you and I, as one tinkerer has created a laser-enabled watch.

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