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Burning Roses

Photo credit: Ars Thanea

Ars Thanea, a creative production house from Warsaw, Poland, created "The Ash", a bouquet of roses that was covered in ash and lit by a burning coal fire below. The final result looks like something straight from a science fiction movie. The team said: "So we knew that this time there will be no space for any of 3D tools, we are used to on every day basis. We decided to create everything form a scratch, there would be anything 'alive' in this project. Firstly, we used various of materials to built the shape of flowers. Then we painted and fully covered them with the material which looks like a volcanic ash. Then we finished it up with a real burning coal, and to fulfill the gaps between the roses, we decided to use a red light, which gave the feel of a glowing. The second part was to take some photos of burning coal only, using the same perspective - it was easier afterwards, to digitally compose all the layers. As the final result was that we got a big and very detailed picture - which, to be honest, would take a much more time to achieve if we would use our regular 3D tool." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Sound System Chips

We've all probably heard at least one car was ground shattering bass roll through the street, but have you ever wondered what all that thumping could do to a bag of chips? If so, then wonder no more, as Steve Meade Designs shows us in one of his crazy demonstrations. Apparently, all the damage is caused by four 18-inch subwoofers that put out an insane 30,000Watts of power. Continue reading to see what happens.

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Sealander Amphibious Camper

You may have seen similar campers, or even a previous version of this model, but the latest Sealander may be the best one yet. It basically combines a boat with the road-worthiness of a camping trailer all into one package. Feel the need to escape to the campsite for the weekend? Simply tow the trailer along behind your car and set it up once you arrive. Thinking of hitting the waves? That's where things take a different turn. This trailer can move at speeds of 5.5 mph with enough battery power to last for a weekend on the move, weather permitting. Simply pop the camper's top off, raise the railing into position, bolt on the engine, and you're ready to relax. Weighing 1,069-pounds unladen, the flat-bottomed vehicle is light enough to ease off into the water from shore or by using a boat launch. Expect to shell out $17,100 for the base model, but the price starts rising if you want lighting / electrical outlets, sleeping quarters, seating areas, an audio system, cooking station, toilet and even a shower. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today including the world's bounciest ball.

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Active Denial System

The Active Denial System, also known as ADS, is basically a non-lethal, directed-energy weapon developed by Raytheon for the U.S. military. Its main purposes are area denial, perimeter security and crowd control. Sometimes, it's referred to as a ray gun since it works by heating the surface of targets, such as the skin of targeted human subjects. Raytheon is currently marketing a reduced-range version of this technology. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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BMW i9

If you just can't get enough of the BMW i8, wait until you see the i9 prototype. As you can tell, it looks like a cross between a Star Wars pod racer and the i8. Insiders say that the i9 has been approved for production in 2016, and will sport the same carbon fiber chassis as its predecessor, but with a new, modular 3.0-liter hybrid system. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Retractable Wolverine Claws

This project started with pieces of metal, but after Colin Furze finished working on them, a set of retractable Wolverine claws ensued. You read that right, Furze built his own version of the famed claws using compressed air from a backpack to 'pop' the 12-inch stainless steel spikes. Not just for show, they're able to slice a melon in half. Continue reading for two videos, including a making of.

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Lucra LC470

You could either buy a second-hand supercar for $85,000, or the Lucra LC470. Weighing just 2,000-pounds, thanks to a lightweight, carbon fiber body, the LC470 can be powered by either an AMG 6.3L V8, 6.3L LS3 or a 7.0L LS7, all of which have at least 550-horsepower. If you don't fancy a Tremec TKO 600RR 5-speed manual transmission, a 7-speed Mercedes paddle shift is also an option. How fast can it go? For starters, it does 0-60mph in a mere 2.7-seconds, and the 1/4 in 10.1-seconds, topping out at 200 mph. Willwood brakes and a fully adjustable suspension ensure you're able to stop on a dime. Continue reading for two videos, including a "How It's Made", and more information.

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Cheero Power Plus Danboard

Cheero's Power Plus Danboard Edition may look like an anime robot, but it's actually a 10400mAh power bank, and the number one selling battery charger on Amazon in Japan to boot. When paired with the Danboard Lightning and microUSB cable, you'll know exactly when your gadgets are finished charging, thanks to the clever blinking eyes. We recently got some hands-on time with these two accessories, and they're definitely more functional than you expect, to the point where we charged an iPhone 6 Plus from 0% - 100% battery nearly three times. Company page. Continue reading for our full review and hands-on images.

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Zero SR Electric Motorcycle Bike

Most electric motorcycles look different from their sport bike counterparts, but not the Zero SR. At $17000, its electric motor produces 67-horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit 60mph in just 3.3-second. Best of all, owners can use any standard power outlet to charge the bike - reaches near full capacity in 60-minutes. When fully-charged, expect to get 170-miles of city driving and 130 highway miles. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two brothers who saved a hammerhead shark at a beach.

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Salt Water Lamp

Photo credit: SALt

Small communities in the Philippines will soon be using salt water-powered lamps, instead of candles. The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project, also known as SALt, has gifted the nation of 7,000 islands with this innovative gadget. It uses a solution of one glass of water mixed with two tablespoons of salt, or just salt water from the sea, to provide 8-hours of continuous light. The electrode inside can be used for up to a year, depending on how often it's turned on. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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