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Sled Legs

Why bother with a bulky sled, when you can just strap on a pair of "Sled Legs". Once securely fastened, you'll be able to run towards just about any slope, jump into a kneeling position, and glide down. "Compared to skiing or snowboarding, these are much easier to learn. The low center of gravity makes it very comfortable to get the hang of. Sliding and transitioning to running to your feet, as well as jumps & tricks will take a little time to master," said its creators. Continue reading for another video and more information on how to get your own.

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Gravitational Waves

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Phycists at at LIGO - laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatory - have detected gravitational waves for the first time in known history. Einstein's theory states the fabric of space-time can become curved by any massive event in the universe, such as two black holes merging or stars exploding, and these curves ripple out as gravitational waves, similar to dropping a stone in a pond. When these ripples reach Earth, they're tiny (1 billionth of the diameter of an atom), which explains why it's taken so long to find them. Click here for more pictures of the LIGO laboratory. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Imperial Shuttle Drone

Most drones aren't the most aesthetically pleasing, but this Imperial Shuttle by Adam Woodworth, definitely is. Since paper models are a specialty of his, hand-crafting the chassis from foam was not an issue, as the printed plans were later glued on using 3M77 spray adhesive. After 4-months of hard work, the drone was complete, complete with transforming wings. Click here for more pictures of the shuttle. Continue reading for another video of it in-action during the daytime.

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Skyshield Laser

Rheinmetall Defense's Oerlikon Skyshield consists of one 10 kW fiber high-energy laser and a beam-forming unit. Commercial off-the-shelf fiber lasers were modified for an air defense role. The beam-forming unit provides diffraction-limited beam focusing, target imaging and fine tracking of the target. By utilizing this beam-superimposing technology, the company has managed to concentrate the power of single laser beams into one small spot, enabling not only superimposition of multiple laser beams on a single gun platform, but also superimposition of multiple gun platforms, for almost unlimited (e.g. 100 kW and more) power output. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Mario Kart in real-life at a mall.

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Lake Baikal Frozen

Lake Baikal is basically a rift lake in Russia, located in southern Siberia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast. It's the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water, with a maximum depth of 1,642m. A group of Siberian percussionists have become internet sensations with an exhibition of ice drumming on this frozen wonderland. In minus 20°C, they discovered that the 1m thick ice has a distinctive rhythm all of its own. Click here for more pictures of Lake Baikal. Continue reading for two additional videos.

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Van Gogh's Bedroom Real

Van Gogh's own title for this composition was "The Bedroom", and now you can rent it in real-life for just $10 per night. The original painting depicts Van Gogh's bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, France, known as his Yellow House. The door to the right opened on to the upper floor and the staircase; the door to the left was that of the guest room he held prepared for Gauguin; the window in the front wall looked on to Place Lamartine and its public gardens. Continue reading for more information and the Airbnb page.

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Moto X Pure Edition

This 32GB Unlocked Moto X Pure Edition smartphone lets you break free from contracts, all for $374.99 shipped, today only, originally $449.99. Bring your favorite games and videos to life on a stunning 5.7" Quad (1440p) HD display. Front-facing stereo speakers that deliver crisp, clear, and powerful audio will take your experience to the next level. Capture beautiful, true-to-life images in any light with a top-rated, 21 MP camera featuring a color-balancing flash. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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Gravitational Lensing

In observational astronomy, an Einstein ring is the deformation of the light from a source, such as a galaxy, into a ring through gravitational lensing of the source's light by an object with an extremely large mass, like a black hole. This occurs when the source, lens, and observer are all aligned. The first complete Einstein ring, designated B1938+666, was discovered by collaboration between astronomers at the University of Manchester and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1998. The simulation above depicts a Schwarzschild black hole in front of the Milky Way. The first Einstein ring corresponds to the most distorted region of the picture and is clearly shown by the galactic disc. Click here for the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an illusionist performing drone magic.

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McLaren 650S GT3

Limited to just 15-units worldwide, the 2,733-pound 2016 McLaren 650S GT3 is a track-only model that's powered by a bi-turbo 3.8L V8 limited to 493-horsepower to meet FIA GT3 regulations, paired to a six-speed sequential gearbox. Only the essentials are included on this racecar, so the interior offers a full carbon fiber racing seat, dashboard, six-point harness, integrated air jacks for quick wheel / part changes, adjustable pedals, and a racing steering wheel. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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BMW Landspeeder

At first, you might confuse this with something from an auto museum, but it's just the BMW Landspeeder by Austin, Texas based Revival Cycles. Based on Ernst Henne's Landspeeder, this BMW R37 Racer was originally built specifically for the man himself in 1928, the one in which he would use to go on and break multiple records. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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