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Macro Butterfly Wings

Photo credit: Chris Perani via Peta Pixel

These aren't computer generated images, just extreme close-ups of butterfly wings captured by photographer Chris Perani. They may look beautiful, but these images took a painstaking amount of work, as each one is composed of 2,100 separate exposures that were merged into a single ultra-high-resolution photo. They were captured using a 10x microscope objective attached to a 200mm camera lens. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Intel Dual-Screen Prototype

Photo credit: The Verge

In the future, we may see dual-screen devices that merge tablets and laptops into one, just like Intel's Tiger Rapids. It features a regular LCD display and an electronic paper display, with the latter barely consuming any power, but is meant for writing on. The hinge enables it to close flat like a book, similar to the Lenovo Yoga Book. Continue reading for another video, more hands-on pictures and additional information.

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Magirus AirCore

The Magirus AirCore Fire Extinguishing System is basically a jet-powered, fire-fighting robot that can be controlled remotely by a single operator from up to 500-meters away. Offering two effective modes of extinguishing flames: high-water flow and water mist, with the former being capable of blasting 3,500 liters a minute as far as 80 meters. The water mist mode projects up to 1,500 liters of water per minute up to 60 meters away. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Harrison Ford Solo Movie

YouTube user "DerpFakes" gained prominence by using deepfakes, or to be more specific, an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique, to digitally add celebrities to movies that never starred in. In the latest example, Han Solo was inserted into Solo: A Star Wars Story in place of Alden Ehrenreich. Continue reading for another popular example featuring Princess Leia.

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MANHART 911 Turbo

German tuner MANHART has just unveiled their latest project, and it's called the "991.2 Turbo". This tuned model boosts the turbocharged 3.8-liter, 6-cylinder engine to 670 hp and 642 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a remapped ECU and stainless steel exhaust system, good for a 0-62 mph time of 2.9-seconds. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Adobe MovingStills

Today at the Adobe MAX 2018 conference, Adobe introduced MovingStills for the Creative Cloud, a feature that lets you essentially transform still photographs into cinematic sequences. It uses artificial intelligence to create a parallax based on the photo's data, which is turned into a video shot with a moving camera. Continue reading for the full tech demo video and more information.

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Autonomous Travel Suite

How about a self-driving airport shuttle that offers the comforts of home all the way to your hotel? Meet the "Autonomous Travel Suite". This vehicle aims to merge transportation and hotel into one, or the Autonomous Hotel chain to be more specific. Simply step into the suite, input your destination on a tablet device, and you'll be transported straight there. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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VicTsing RGB Keyboard

VicTsing's RGB Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard offers a mechanical feel with 12 multimedia keys, all for $12.99, today only, originally $69.99. Six-zone dynamic RGB backlight with seven vivid RGB lighting modes allow you to personalize the backlight according to your preferences. Backlit brightness can be switched among five levels. The backlit also can be turned off to prevent light pollution. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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Jet-Powered BMW

Believe it or not, Igor Negoda from Russia managed to cram a TS-21 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) of a MIG-23 fighter jet into a BMW E30 3 Series, transforming it into a flame-spitting monster, literally. The TS-21 turbine is used to start the MIG-23's main engine, but in the 3 Series, there's enough propulsion to get it moving when paired with the original transmission. Continue reading for another build video and more information.

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Brixel Mirror

Design studio BREAKFAST reveals the "Brixel Mirror," a 19-foot-wide by 6-foot-tall installation made up of 540 Brixels - black on one side and mirrored on the other. Each Brixel is illuminated from the bottom with LEDs, and the mirror can be controlled from a smartphone, enabling users to switch between various content and interactive experiences. "Silhouette" is one that transforms the installation into a mirror that matches your silhouette, giving a one-to-one reflection. Continue reading for a making of video, more pictures and additional information.

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