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Ann Makosinski was just another teenager with another science project when she joined her local science fair in Victoria, Canada, last year. Her invention, a flashlight that is powered solely from hand heat, also took home an award at the 2013 Google Science Fair. Ann's parents are both HAM radio operators and like to fiddle with electronics and were satisfied with that result. It's essentially a flashlight that shines for as long as you hold onto it. No more scrambling for and chucking away AA batteries. It could have an immediate impact on more than 1.2 billion people -- one-fifth of the world's population - who, according to the World Bank, lack regular access to electricity. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sure, a Darth Vader toaster that burns the iconic mask directly into your toast may sound cool, but just a regular toaster oven will do in most cases. The same can be said for the Dr. Who Tardis fridge, which may actually be larger on the inside. Whatever the reason may be, these awesome kitchen gadgets and accessories serve as great conversation pieces nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two ladies who flew on a plane for the first time and their priceless reactions.

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Project Ara is basically the codename for an initiative by Google that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. It will include a structural frame that holds smartphone modules of the owner's choice, such as a display, keyboard or an extra battery. This would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste. The first model of the modular phone is scheduled to be released in January 2015 and is expected to cost around $50. Continue reading for more.

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Technically speaking, photobombing is a practical joke that involves trespassing and posing distraction in the foreground or background of a picture during a photo shoot, typically unbeknownst to the photographer. Here are some animals that were captured at the perfect time and place for photobombing, starting with the emu above. Continue reading for more.

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Photographer Reginald Van de Velde didn't go to Japan for the normal tourist attractions, but rather for the sole purpose of exploring its abandoned theme parks. According to Velde, "The Land of the Rising Sun is cramped with derelict goodies, and they're on a scale you've never seen before." Above, we have a picture of a roller coaster from the Disneyland-inspired Nara Dreamland. Continue reading for more.

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Another day, another internet trend, and this time, it's Coloring Book Corruptions. This website is dedicated to posting a collection of illustrations from children's coloring books that have been modified by darkly humorous adults. No computer graphics were used, just simple crayons, colored pencils, and lots of imagination. Starting off, we have an ant that is being burned by the sun. Continue reading for more.

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Georgina Heap, a 16-year-old student from the UK, was stunned when when she looked into the sky to see this enormous unexplained black ring. She spotted this anomaly while playing tennis with her mom Jo. Both of them gazed into the sky and saw a clearly defined black circle which looked like a giant smoke ring. The ring remained there for around three minutes before disappearing completely. This event took place near Leamington Spa on Friday evening and has stumped officials. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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For those who just want a change of scenery, the Tetra Shed might be just what you're looking for. London-based design studio at Innovation Imperative has unveiled, Tetra Shed, an 86 square feet timber constructed office pod that's completely portable, enabling geeks to set up a work space right in their backyard. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Ever wonder what happens to old war equipment left laying around in the forest around young plants and trees? Well, let's just that eventually everything becomes one again. According to Bored Panda, "the majority of the gear represents Russian arms used during WW2, although there are German weapons as well - the area was the staging ground of an important part of the German army's terrible Siege of Leningrad. 260,000 Soviet troops died trying to reopen land communications with the besieged city of Leningrad, and 160,000 German soldiers died resisting them." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who really should become a comedian instead.

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The toy you see above is actually a finger-controlled game Tuttuki created by Bandai in 2008. The game comprises five mini-games (called "Stages"), and a resettable alarm clock. While the minigames are rather simplistic, Tuttuki Bako has received international acclaim for its unique means of control and the game has been put forward as an archetypal example of Akiba-kei and Japanese gadgetry in general. Continue reading for more.

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