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Functional Bionic Eye

Allen Zderad, a blind man from Forest Lake, had his sight restored after he became the first person in Minnesota, and 15th person in the country, to receive a bionic eye. He hadn't seen his wife or grandchildren in more than a decade, until the new device was turned on at Mayo Clinic. Zderad suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative, genetic eye disease that slowly stole his sight over the course of his life by deteriorating the part of the retina that turns light into vision. Continue reading for more amazing facts about the human body.

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Napping Puppy

Puppies are great companions, but for any animal lover who has watched a puppy grow up, they'll know napping is one thing all of them can't seem to get enough of - up to 18-hours a day. These photographers, mostly their owners, captured them in a few strange sleeping positions, like this one in a car with both hind legs up. Continue reading for more puppies that can nap anywhere at anytime.

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Survco Tactical Credit Card Ax

The Survco Tactical Credit Card Ax is now back in stock, and for those who missed out the first time around, it's basically a credit card-sized accessory that packs 21-tools, including: a tomahawk, ax, knife, scraper, skinner, shovel, arrow, spear, spear-thrower, saw, seatbelt cutter, bottle opener, water valve wrench, gas valve wrench, nail puller, 1/4" socket, 3/8" socket, 7/16" wrench and flat head screw driver. It's made in the USA from 12-gauge, 304 stainless steel. Product page here. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why pedestrians just really don't care about cars in Russia.

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Sway Motorsports Leaning Electric Trike

Take a Segway, add a seat, along with a third wheel, and you have Sway Motorsports' all-electric leaning trike. Currently three models of the Sway are being produced, with top speeds ranging from 35mph to 70mph. When the lithium-ion battery is fully-charged, you can get up to 60-miles. Plus, there's an additional 8kW electric motor on the rear wheel for extra power. Continue reading for two videos, including a Shark Tank segment, and more information.

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Floppy Drive Songs

YouTube user "MrSolidSnake745" is known for his floppy drive renditions of popular songs, and for July 4th, he decided to upload a special version of "The Star Spangled Banner". For those who have no idea what floppy drives are, in the early 1980s, a number of manufacturers introduced smaller floppy drives and media in various formats. A consortium of 21 companies eventually settled on a 3.5-inch floppy disk (actually 90 mm wide) a.k.a. Micro diskette, Micro disk, or Micro floppy, similar to a Sony design, but improved to support both single-sided and double-sided media, with formatted capacities generally of 360 KB and 720 KB respectively. Single-sided drives shipped in 1983, and double sided in 1984. What became the most common format, the double-sided, high-density (HD) 1.44 MB disk drive, shipped in 1986. Continue reading for more.

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Star Wars Wedding Photos

Mezame Shashin-ka, a Singapore-based photographer, specializes in incorporating science fiction themes into his work, and a newly-engaged couple approached him with a special request: an out of this world, Star Wars-themed wedding photo shoot. It took weeks to plan, partially due to the handcrafted lightsabers. Shashin-ka said: "Being Star Wars fans, they decided to portray themselves as Jedi Knights who have fallen in love with one another. Together, they are ready to battle the evil Galactic Empire together. It sees the groom-to-be Jedi turn from the Light Side of the Force to the Dark Side and eventually go through some sort of redemption mid-battle with his wife-to-be to return to the Light Side again (hence, why he took out the Sith groomsmen)." To capture the photos, he used a Canon 5D Mark III, two Bowens GM500 strobes, two Canon 580EX II flashes, and a smoke machine. Continue reading to see some of the best shots from the shoot.

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Adidas Ocean Trash Shoes

From afar, these sneakers look like any other, but Adidas recently partnered with conservation organization "Parley for the Oceans," so what you see is actually made from re-purposed ocean trash and illegal fishing nets from poachers. That's right, the two parties created a shoe whose upper region and exterior skin mainly consists of ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. The conservation society gathered the materials on a 110-day expedition to track an outlawed poaching vessel off the coast of West Africa. Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch said: "We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission and is putting its creative force behind this partnership to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Basement Arcade

Photo credit: Mertzlufft / Reddit

Time machines may not exist yet, but after stepping inside the family-built Vintage Vault Basement Arcade outside of St. Louis, you may reconsider, as it's filled to the brim with cabinets from day's past. It was built by Reddit user "Mertzlufft"'s father, who has a degree in electrical engineering and works as an information systems manager. The family uses the arcade to host parties and church game days in the homebrew arcade. Mertzlufft said: "My father really likes to fix up old arcades and resell them for more than what he paid for...but then keeps the ones he really likes. If we had to do the math, he probably spent more money on the signs and stools than the games themselves." 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 a water skiing squirrel who has become an internet sensation.

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New Suspended Tree Tent

Tentsile has unveiled three new suspended tree tents: Trillium, a stackable, versatile three-person hammock that can sleep up to three comfortably; Vista, which sports a a two-layer design; Trilogy, a massive communal shelter capable of housing six people within three separate sleeping areas, along with a central canopy. Tensile - founded by designers Alex Shirley-Smith and Kirk Kirchev - revolutionized the camping world by unveiling the Tentsile Tree Tent, now they hope to outdo themselves with their latest products. Continue reading for more clever inventions that geeks will love.

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Photo-Realistic Hand Portraits

California-based Russell Powell is a teacher and skilled artist who paints photo-realistic portraits of celebrities directly onto palm of his left hand, but what he does next, might surprise you. After completing the drawing, he stamps it on paper canvas to create a permanent imprint of the artwork. He calls the process "hand-stamping"; a tricky technique because he needs to work fast before the paint dries, and also for the uneven painting surface. Continue reading for a video and more pictures of his work.

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