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Bananas Into Plastic

Elif Bilgin, a 17-year-old student from Istanbul, Turkey discovered that the starches and cellulose contained in a banana's outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. So, she developed a chemical process that turns banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that will hopefully replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution as well. Bilgin says: "For me, this means that my project actually has a potential to be a solution to the increasing pollution problem caused by petroleum-based plastic. It also means that I have started the process of changing the world, which makes me feel like a winner already." 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 Bach being played on a dot matrix printer.

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Coffee Mug Drip Catcher

Don't you hate when your coffee mug ends up having a few drips on the bottom and makes a mess on important documents? Well, this innovative drip catcher mug looks simple enough, but it's designed to make your life easier, or at least a bit less messy. Designed by Kim Keun Ae, it harnesses the hydrodynamic properties of surface tension and features a reservoir running around the circumference of the vessel's outer wall. Continue reading for more simple, yet genius, product ideas that make life easier.

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Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO Explained

Just got a fancy DSLR or point-and-shoot and have no idea how the manual settings on your camera work? This handy infographic by Daniel Peters at Fotoblog Hamburg show how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work. Basically, ISO refers to the camera sensor's sensitivity to light. The aperture works much like the iris in our eyes, opening and closing to let in more or less light, also changing the depth of field. Lastly, shutter speed controls how much time the camera's shutter remains open when taking a photo. Continue reading for a video explaining everything. Click here for the full-sized image.

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Crazy Photographer Shot

Sometimes, photographers really do need to go to the extreme to pull of a perfect shot, and that includes sitting in a custom-built swan rig for hours. Like everything, timing is key, so being at the right place and time is more important than having the best camera gear. Other examples include: stepping onto molten lava, standing feet away from a giant wave and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Anker Dual-Port Solar Charger

Anker's 14W Dual-Port Solar Charger is perfect for those who are always on-the-go. When you're out enjoying the great outdoors, enjoy yet another perk: free limitless power. Simply spread out the solar panels or attach to your pack to start repowering your gadgets. 14 watts provides enough power to charge two devices at once. Folding down into an easily-stowable paper-sized package and weighing in at less than two pounds, the solar charger adds minimal bulk to your backpack. Well-placed eyeholes enable easy attachment to your pack, tent or even trees. Get it here for $49.99 shipped, today only. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder

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Bondic's Liquid Plastic Welder is touted as the world's first, and it's not a glue, but rather a liquid plastic that you use to bond surfaces together. What sets this product apart from others, is that it's cured using a an ultraviolet LED light - included with the kit - in just 4-seconds. It works works best on clean, rough surfaces, and in layers (the maximum thickness of one layer is 1- 1.5 mm). Get it here for $22. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Sonic the Hedgehog in real-life.

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Short Bus Conversion

On the outside, it looks like a regular 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus, but step inside? You'll see that everything inside has been replaced by Winkelman Architecture, and it can now haul up to 12 people comfortably. Featuring a sleeping area with two single beds, both of which can be combined in the center of the bus for a queen-sized accommodation. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Sushi Bazooka

The Sushezi is basically a $20 "Sushi Bazooka" that makes rolling these tasty treats, a breeze. Simply fill the tube with rice, add your favorite ingredients, then push the rice right through the tube and onto a sheet of seaweed. Don't like sushi? Walnut rolls, fudge rolls, cake rolls, and biscuit cookies are only a few of the alternate possibilities. Product page. Continue reading for a video showing how to use the Sushezi to make raw vegan sushi.

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New Batmobile in Batman vs Superman

Here's yet another look at the new Batmobile from Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, set for release in March 2016. Some fans liken the design to Tim Burton's 1989-era vehicle meets Christopher Nolan's Tumbler from The Dark Knight, complete with lots of angular body armor. While no weapons are seen in-action, you can rest assured that this Batmobile is packing lots of firepower. Continue reading for the video.

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Mansory Carbonado Aventador

If Bruce Wayne decided to drive a Lamborghini Aventador around town, it would most certainly be the Mansory Carbonado, which is limited to 6-units worldwide. Based on the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, its V12 produces now generates 1,250 HP thanks twin turbochargers, enabling it to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 2.6-seconds, topping out at 380 km/h (236 mph). An exposed carbon fiber rocker panel is engraved with the production number of the car, the soft urethane front and rear bumpers have been replaced with carbon units. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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