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Real Kermit Frog

Researcher Brian Kubicki discovered a new species of glass frog that looks just like Kermit from The Muppets, complete with translucent skin so you can see its insides. Officially named Hyalinobatrachium dianae, it was found in the mountains of eastern Costa Rica Its 'advertisement call' consists of 'a single tonal long metallic whistle-like note with a duration of 0.40-0.55 s...and a dominant frequency of 3.35-3.44 kHz'. This call is used to find a mate in the mountain forests. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Stray Animal Feeding Machine

At first glance, this looks like any other vending / recycling machine, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize that it dispenses food for stray animals in exchange for plastic bottles. Istanbul, Turkey is known for its high number of strays, with some estimating as many as 150,000 stray dogs alone. Pudgeon has built a vending machine just to take care of that problem, dispensing food and water in exchange for recycled plastic bottles. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Cool Geeky Rooms

Let's face it, most kids' bedrooms are purely for sleeping with some toys strewn around, but then there are these parents who decided to spend the time (and money) to create a truly memorable experience. Our favorite is definitely a toss up between the pirate ship bedroom and the Super Mario Brothers-themed creation. 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 Matthew Mcconaughey's reaction to the new Star Wars teaser trailer.

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Earthflow Phenomenon Russia

In Russia, land slides you, or at least that's what internet meme experts have been saying. One thing's for sure, many would start running immediately at the sigh of soil and rubble creeping towards them as if it had a life of its own. A Russian YouTube user managed to capture this bizarre earthflow phenomenon, a rare type of landslide, on video. Technically speaking, it's a viscous flow of fine-grained materials, such as clay / sand / silt that have been saturated with water and moves downhill due to the pull of gravity. As it runs down a slope, the earthflow remains covered with any vegetation and typically leaves a bowl-shaped depression behind. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Digital Dumping Ground

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot depicts incredible photos of environmental damage caused by overpopulation, including Agbogbloshie (above), a digital dumping ground in Ghana. To be more specific, it's the center of a legal and illegal exportation network for the environmental dumping of electronic waste (e-waste) from industrialized nations. Basel Action Network, a small NGO based in Seattle, has referred to as a "digital dumping ground", where they allege millions of tons of e-waste are processed each year in Agbogbloshie. Continue reading for more.

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Amazing Universe Picture

In this incredible image, hot blue stars shine brightly in a recently formed galactic or "open" star cluster. This particular open cluster, NGC 3293, is located in the constellation Carina, which lies at a distance of about 8000-light-years from us. These blue stars are only about 6-million-years-old, whereas the cluster's dimmer, redder stars appear to be about 20-million-years-old. Star formation in this open cluster took at least 15-million-years, a very short time when compared with the billions of years stars like our Sun live, and the over-ten billion year lifetimes of many galaxies and our universe. Continue reading for more.

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LEGO Technic Volvo L350F Wheel Loader

The LEGO Technic Volvo L350F Wheel Loader isn't just some sit you leave on a shelf, it's a fully-functional vehicle, once assembled of course. The company partnered with Volvo Construction Equipment in order to make this vehicle into a Technic model, and worked closely with engineers as well as designers at Volvo to ensure you're getting the real deal. This model measures over 22-inches in height, and features a the largest single piece ever created for LEGO Technic...a massive scooper that reaches 14-inches in the air. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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R2-D2 Game Consoles

Star Wars fanatics have probably dreamed about owning their very own R2-D2 droid, and one is actually living that dream right now, but it's not quite what you think. This droid may not be able to talk, but it houses an Xbox, Dreamcast, SEGA Mega Drive, NES, Nintendo 64, SNES, PlayStation, and an Atari console. That's not all, his head doubles as a projector that can be used anywhere with a suitable power source. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never give your kid a Portal gun.

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3D Printed Shoes

Some would say that architecture and fashion go hand in hand. These unique 3D-printed shoes that by 3D Systems show why. They were designed by five of the world's greatest living architects: Ben van Berkel, Fernando Romero, Michael Young, Ross Lovegrove and Zaha Hadid. Many of these would fit in right at a museum, like for example Young's creation, titled "Young Shoe," uses an intricate lattice pattern that camouflages the foot when worn. Continue reading for more.

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NES Themed Arcade

Imgur user "mysterysmellyfeet" is a gamer who prefers the older consoles, especially the NES. So, he decided to pay tribute by building an upright arcade cabinet themed like the system. The most surprising thing? It only took this gamer a weekend to finish, from start to finish, and the end products looks like something straight from a 1980s Nintendo catalog. For those who still want to pick up an NES console, there's always the option of getting the Retro-Bit Retro Duo. Continue reading for more pictures of the build process.

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