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Harry Potter Treehouse

When is a treehouse, not just something you enjoy in the warmer months? When grandparents Steve and Jeri Wakefield from Dallas, Texas decide to go all out and hire James Curvan to design a multi-level treehouse for their two grandsons. In addition to the Harry Potter-inspired exterior, which boasts some extra special details including decks, a suspension bridge and even a zip line, and the interior boasts plenty of furniture and amenities that you'd expect in a real home. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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kSafe Smart Safe

Find yourself snacking way too often? The kSafe Smart Safe will definitely come in handy. This smart, connected, and lockable safe that only opens when your goals have been completed. They can be anything from walking 10,000 steps today to finishing the paper you've been working on. Just place your iPad, TV remote, cookies, etc. in there, set a goal on the smartphone app, and lock the safe. For those who need even more customization, you can also program it to unlock only on certain days of the month. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page.

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Two Earth-Like Planets

Scientists discovered two Earth-like planets orbiting a star in Alpha Centauri, our closest solar system. Astronomers claim that they could be part of a more extensive solar system containing watery worlds like our own 4.3 light years away. This discovery suggests there's a high chance of other planets in the same solar system that may have conditions in which life could thrive. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Anker Dual-Port Solar Charger

Anker's 14W Dual-Port Solar Charger is not only portable and compact, but its 14 watt monocrystalline solar array provides enough power to charge two devices at a time, all for just $49.99 shipped. Industrial-strength PET panels and polyester canvas ensure weather-resistant durability. Exclusive PowerIQ(TM) Technology detects your device to deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 2 amps under direct sunlight. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Meiosis Backpack

Think of the Meiosis as a futuristic backpack with turtle shell-like protection. It was designed by Davidi Galid at the Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Tel Aviv and features 'reactive armor', which consists of a flexible mesh fabric material. It has tension and flexibility, enabling the bag to keep its shape even when being opened and closed. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the worst firefighter ever.

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Bond Laser Watch

Laser weapon extraordinaire Patrick Priebe has unveiled his latest project, a Bond-inspired laser watch. Featuring a rugged metal body, clear-coated carbon fiber face for durability, a salvaged LED watch module and the most important part, a 1500milliwatt laser. This powerful laser is capable of burning through a number of materials as you're about to see. It took him approximately 40-hours to build. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Kai Table

When everything is closed, the Kai Table looks like any other, but start pulling out the drawers, and you'll discover that there are over a dozen secret places to hide your things. It was designed by Naoki Hirakoso, along with input from Takmitsu Kitahara, and as you can see, there are a plethora of sliding drawers, shifting panels, and even hinged cupboards. Whether it be magazines, snacks or gadgets, you'll find a place for them. Continue reading for two more pictures.

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Baby Squirrel Rescued

Photo credit: Priama / Reddit

Priami, a Reddit user, found a badly injured baby squirrel on the side of a road it. Priami's grandmother thought it was dead at first, but she quickly handed it over to her grandson for safe-keeping after noticing some movement. They tried to release it back into the wild, but since it was still partially blind in one eye, they kept the tiny animal, and named it Arttu. The squirrel lived with them from 2007 to 2013, and these images document the many adventures they ad together. Continue reading for more.

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Amazing Engineering Feats

Researchers achieved many engineering feats last year in 2014, including building a working hoverboard, performing a record-setting 43 terabit / second data transfer, WiTriCity's wireless electricity technology and more. Our favorite? It definitely has to be the Hendo Hoverboard. This is how it works: four plate-shaped hover engines on the bottom of the board create a magnetic field that induces a secondary magnetic field in a conductive copper surface - although aluminum under concrete works as well. Co-founder of Arx Pax Greg Henderson, who developed the hoverboard, says: "This is not the end, this is just the beginning of where this technology can go. When you discover that you can levitate a dynamic load in a stationary position, can you think of anything more exciting than a hoverboard?" Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to turn Styrofoam into solid aluminum.

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Panoramic Cat Fail

Just about every smartphone and point-and-shoot camera these days have a panoramic photo function, but what happens when a person or animal walks by when you're moving the device? Well, Reddit user "FallenCoffee" discovered that a normal cat becomes a terrifying centipede-like (or caterpillar) creature. Fortunately, a Photoshop master could probably remove the pet in an hour or two. Continue reading to see the full madness that ensued.

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