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Android Asuna

Android Asuna, complete with realistic human skin and facial expressions, made her debut at the Tokyo Designers' Week showcase earlier this month and is called a geminoids. Within 10-years, its inventor, Mr. Takeshi Mita CEO of A-Lab in Tokyo, plans to unveil a fully independent version of the geminoid is expected in 10 years, making her virtually indistinguishable from humans. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy dad who decided to build a dirt bike swing.

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Optical Illusion Tattoo Arm

Photo credit: Paul O'Rourke

Most tattoos are either subtle or loud and colorful, but tattoo artist Paul O'Rourke's latest creation is just plain awesome. He spent 2.5-hours inking this mind-boggling geometric tattoo onto a client's arm. For those interested in getting something similar done, drop by Allstar Tattoo shop in Limerick City, Ireland. Continue reading for more mind-boggling optical illusion tattoos that aren't Photoshopped, or so we think.

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IKEA Cat Bed

Geeky cat lovers are probably guessing that it's the empty cardboard boxes, but the $20 Duktig doll bed is apparently their favorite piece of IKEA furniture. It's officially a toy bed for children's dolls, but the slot at either end lets them stick their tails out if they want to relax. There are even some rabbits and dogs that are using them now too. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Lunar Mission One

Lunar Mission One, a British-lead venture, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to send a drill-equipped robotic lander to mine the moon's south pole. The phase will raise $950,000 if everything goes according to plan, financing Lunar Mission One's planning and management activities during the initial phase of what will be 10 years of preparation to build up toward launch in 2024. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Samsung 40

Samsung's UN40HU6950 40" 4K Ultra HD Smart TV is currently being offered for only $597.99 shipped, originally priced at $999.99. With built-in Wi-Fi, this Samsung HDTV makes it easy to access Netflix, Pandora, Skype and other online content. The upconversion capability allows you to upscale lower resolution video sources to near-UHD quality. Product page. Continue reading for another video game test with this display and additional information.

Notable features:
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native); 240 Clear Motion Rate (Effective).

  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit).

  • Smart Functionality: Yes - Voice Control & Motion Control (camera accessory sold separately).

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 36.1'' x 21.2'' x 2'', TV with stand: 36.1'' x 23.1'' x 10.2''.

  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Component In, 1 Composite AV In.

  • Accessories Included: Smart Touch Remote.


[via Amazon]

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VW GTI Roadster Concept

Photo credit: Car Scoops

Volkswagen's GTI Roadster Concept debuted in Gran Turismo 6, but a real working model of the car was unveiled this week at the LA Auto Show. At 3,133-pounds, this sporty 4MOTION all-wheel-drive car is powered by a 3.0L bi-turbocharged V6 that delivers 503-horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, mated to a a 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission. It goes from 0-60mph (96km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 192mph (309km/h). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first real Apple Store in London.

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Supermassive Black Hole

Like many have seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar black holes are both frightening and fascinating at the same time. Scientists reported that they have discovered supermassive black holes - aka quasars - are actually aligned with each other over distances stretching billions of light-years. These observations were made with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. A quasar is a compact region in the center of a massive galaxy, that surrounds its central supermassive black hole. Its size is 10-10,000 times the Schwarzschild radius of the black hole. The energy emitted by a quasar derives from mass falling onto the accretion disc around the black hole. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Lost Ring Flyer

These days, more people are more inclined to post things on social media - Craigslist, Reddit, etc. - rather than actual flyers on the street. People who prefer the latter sometimes try to mix things up with pointless flyers designed to make you look twice (like Frodo Baggin's lost ring), or just to film reactions for the next viral YouTube video. Continue reading to see more.

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TLDR Wikipedia

Internet users probably already know that the acronym expression "TLDR" means "too long, didn't read", and that is usually true for Wikipedia articles on everyday things, such as text messaging. As you can see in the example above, a simple misplaced word can lead to a strange discussion to say the least. Fortunately, a TLDR Wikipedia now exists online that summarizes lengthy articles into a single sentence. Continue reading for more.

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Chevrolet Laser Car

Chevrolet originally designed the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Tursimo (VGT) concept as just another vehicle for players to use in the Gran Turismo 6 video game, but the company unveiled a real-life model at the 2014 LA Auto Show. While it may look like your typical hypercar, this one is powered by a mid-mounted laser beamed-energy propulsion system. It works by emitting beams of light that focus in a shroud, creating shock waves that generate thrust. Equipped with a 671-kW laser, powered by a pack of lithium-ion batteries, and an air-powered generator, you get 900-horsepower worth of thrust, capable of rocketing it up to a 240-mph top speed with 0-60 hitting you in just 1.5 seconds. Continue reading for images of the actual vehicle and more information.

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