Fire in a Bottle, Nitromethane Filmed in Slow Motion.

Fire is one of nature’s most spectacular chemical reactions, a reaction that demonstrates one of the ways that matter can be converted to energy. Containing this reaction within a glass bottle and filming it in slow motion allows this fascinating process to become plainly visible, and it just looks stunning. Humanity has maintained a fascination with fire since we learned to control its properties as cavemen, turning it into a tool that has changed who we are, and created an obsession for many.

The purveyors of slow motion over at Warped Perception share this fascination for fire in their latest video ‘Nitromethane Jet Bottle’, perfectly capturing this hypnotic reaction. As always WP aren’t happy to simply fire off everyday alcohol in a little bottle, no they crank things up to 11 with a massive glass jug and a healthy dose of nitromethane, and it is spectacular. Site back relax and prepare to enjoy a pyromaniac with a slow motion camera capturing the almost alive chemical reaction that is fire.

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Landing a Boeing 777 in New York, 4K Footage from the Cockpit…

Modern jet airliners have made travel around the world fast and affordable, and at the same time made the world a much smaller place. Seated at the very front of these aircraft the pilots do their jobs without the passengers ever seeing what it takes to safely land one of these carbon fibre and aluminium birds.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the view from the cockpit as a Boeing 777 is brought in to land at New York’s JFK airport. If you have ever wondered what is happening up front while you are coming in to land this video should be of interest. Sit back, relax and remember to fasten your seat belt and put your seat in the upright position.

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Norway’s Auto Dimming Street Lights, Street Lights Just Got a Little Smarter…

Highway 155 in Norway is the site of a very interesting experiment being conducted by the Norwegian government. 220 light poles have been fitting with technology that will allow them to automatically dim at night when no cars are on the nearby road. This 9.5 km stretch of highway is now one of the first smart highways in the world.

Bjørn Nyland was so fascinated by the project that he ventured down to this little stretch of highway near the Norwegian town of Hole to shoot a video of the street lights in action, and it turns out to be fascinating.

Each of the auto dimming light poles is fitted with radar and LED lights. When they sense that there is no traffic around they dim to 20%. When traffic is present they switch back to 100% brightness, they’re even smart enough to communicate with each other allowing them to switch up well in advance of the oncoming traffic. This one small change is estimated to save 2,100 kWH of power a week, enough to pay for the extra technology in 4.5 years.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is Bjørn’s video documenting the lights in action. An interesting perspective of the smart street lights of the future in action today. Sit back relax and prepare to drive down the highway of the future today.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Drone Fly By…

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX has released a spectacular video of their brand-new rocket the Falcon Heavy on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. Scheduled for launch on the 31st of January 2018 this is the first time the Falcon Heavy has been fired up and should prove the technology has what it takes to take payloads all the way to Mars.

The most powerful launch vehicle since America went to the moon on the Saturn V Apollo rockets the Falcon Heavy first stage rockets produce over 5 million pounds of thrust and can carry 63,800 kilograms of payload into low earth orbit, or 16,800 kilograms to Mars. While the Space Shuttle did technically produce more thrust with the 3 liquid engines producing over 3.54 million pounds of thrust and the two solid boosters providing 5.6 million pounds of thrust the payload that it could lift into orbit was only 27,500 kilograms.

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Road Rage with Fireworks…

Road rage is the scourge of our modern world but one man has come up with a creative way to fire back at ragers. Sure, we’ve all thought of the perfect comeback minutes after an angry encounter but this clever cyclist has a more immediate way to respond, fireworks. Having mounted plastic piping on his bicycle, and with a lighter and fireworks at hand this cyclist was prepared for any rage event that may occur. Of course it didn’t take long for the angry green monster to appear with a scooter and his pillion passenger engaging in some creative sign language and aggressive riding, time for the fireworks.

Presented for you viewing pleasure is the one cyclist with the perfect solution to aggressive attitudes on the road, have a fireworks show. While the raising of the middle finger may be the standard response the fireworks just seem a whole lot more satisfying. Sit back relax and prepare to be amused by this demonstration of multitasking, even it is just slightly staged.

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LG Shows Off 88-inch 8K OLED TV…

Televisions are our window to a world of entertainment in our living rooms, a hotly contested territory for technology manufacturing companies. In the build-up to the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas the battle between manufacturers to control that territory is heating up. LG’s latest attention getting salvo is their 88-inch 8K OLED television, the largest and highest resolution OLED television seen to date. With 32 million pixels crammed into this massive display expect a razor-sharp image and an astronomical price tag to go with it.

8K is still a few years away from entering the consumer market, with everything from cables to camera to capture the content still under development. Here at Highpants we can’t wait to see the next generation 8K PlayStation running on a television such as this. Many people may question the need for so many pixels but as Apple showed with there Retina displays there is a smoothing and sharpness improvement when the pixels pass the perceptible limits of the eye. Combine that with the enhanced brightness of the extra pixels and you have one hell of a sharp and bright display.

LG are the only manufacturer producing large format OLED displays at the moment so it should come as no surprise that they are demonstrating leading edge displays such as this at CES 2018, a show that is building up to be as impressive as always. Continue reading LG Shows Off 88-inch 8K OLED TV…

Paula Jo Taylor is the Viral Granny Guitarist…

The unexpected and exceptional always captures the internet’s attention and often leads to a video going viral. It seems that as much as the world loves a stereotype it also loves when stereotypes are smashed to pieces. Recently this was true for Paula Jo Taylor who was captured playing guitar at NAMM 2017 (National Association of Music Merchants) and the video went viral. Titled the ‘Viral Granny Guitarist’ the world instantly took a shining to this fast playing granny who smash stereotypes as quickly as she plays guitar.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the video that reminded us all that music is a universal form of expression and that talent is talent no matter the age, sex, hair colour or whatever generalized stereotype you wish to apply to the world. Sit back relax and prepare to enjoy the toe tapping, string slapping guitar maestro that is Paula Jo Taylor.

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Mechanical Problems Mega Mix…

The automobile is without a doubt one of the most influential inventions of the modern era. Enabling travel and transportation of goods it has mobilised the entire world but these complex machines need to be maintained otherwise mechanical problems may ensue.

The men and women that we entrust with maintaining our wheels are witness to these mechanical problems, and from time to time they are asked to fix problems so extreme that they are left shaking their heads and reaching for their phone to record the situation. Treat your car badly and it may just end up being part of the mechanical problem mega mix.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are some of the most extreme mechanical issues encountered by the mechanics entrusted with fixing our cars. Problems so extreme that they needed to be recorded for posterity. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the worst mechanical problems captured during 2017.

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Laser Projectors, a New Class of Projector…

Video projectors are the holy grain of the home theatre for many people. Able to produce a massive picture for a reasonable price all from within the comfort of your own home. As with all displays the technology driving these wonders periodically takes a leap. The latest leap in projector technology is the Laser Projector, a projector that replaces the old-fashioned light bulb for LED Lasers as the source of light. This change improves the brightness, efficiency and colour reproduction of the projector producing a far better image for less money, and improves the longevity while lowering power consumption. Lasers do in fact make everything better.

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Policeman Attacked by Dangerous Squirrel during Cookie Party…

Police face many dangers in the line of duty, but nothing is more dangerous than an out of control Squirrel. Pepped up on cookies and loud music this one crazed squirrel took offence at the interruption to his cookie party and went on the offensive. Captured by a Brookport (New York) police officers body cam the footage shows just how out of control a squirrel cookie party can be. With the music blaring and cookies being consumed this is one hard core party squirrel.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the hilarious footage from a world many of us will never get to see, the world of the highly addictive squirrel cookie party. Be warned never interrupt the squirrel crew when they are mid party, the results can be terrifying. Site back relax and prepare for the Squirrel attack to begin.

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