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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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ISS Across Moon

Photo credit: Dylan O'Donnell

Australia-based amateur photographer Dylan O'Donnell managed to capture this stuning photograph of the International Space Station flying across the face of the moon - the ISS silhouette can be seen in the upper right hand corner. You may think a high-powered telescope is all you need, but capturing this photograph takes lots of patience to say the least, as the ISS zooms by in a blink of an eye, 0.33-seconds to be exact. Continue reading for a video of when it happened back in December, along with an up-close version of this image.

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Olympus Air 01

The Olympus Air 01 literally turns your smartphone into a DSLR camera, complete with interchangeable micro 4/3 lenses, for just $299 (body only). It combines a high speed 16 megapixel LIVE MOS sensor, TruePic VII Image Processor and the highest quality of all digital M.Zuiko Lenses to offer stunning photography. It features a 1/16,000th of a second shutter and fires off shots at an impressive 10 frames per second. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Star Wars Fire Pit

For those who rarely see fire pits, they're basically elaborate gas burning structures of stone, brick, and metal that are designed to prevent fire from spreading. They can either be simple structures, or Star Wars-inspired creations like the ones you see above. Our favorite? It's a toss up between the Darth Vader and Death Star, as both are fitting for a summer roast on a warm night. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a wingsuit stuntman weaving through an extremely narrow crack.

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Robot Kills Worker

Skynet is slowly, but surely, becoming a reality, as a rogue robot reportedly killed a technician at a Volkswagen plant in Germany. The 22-year-old man was picked up and then crushed by a robotic arm while working on the production line. It's believed to be the first death in Europe caused by an industrial robot. The robotic arm, normally used to lift machine parts, seems to have grabbed the worker and crushed him against a large metal plate. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Fab Fours Legend

Just when you thought you've seen it all, the Fab Fours' Legend, a custom Jeep that looks like something from a Transformers movie, shows up. The first thing that caught your eye was probably its 50-inch Alliance off-road tractor tires, and to make room for these tires, the tuners installed Dynatrac Pro-Rock 80 axles and custom bespoke steel fender flares. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Tiny Pottery

Jon Almeda, an artist from Tacoma, Washington, says "size does matter" on his pottery website. However, he specializes in tiny hand thrown ceramics that measure just 1" (2.54cm) scale. He adds: "While browsing a book store, I came across a book called 'Creating Ceramic Miniatures' that really changed my whole outlook and approach. Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation." As you can see, his pieces are small enough to fit on the palm of your hand, or sit atop a coin or matchbook. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Funny Siri Responses

Siri, both in its original version and as an iOS feature, adapts to the user's individual language usage and individual searches (preferences) with continuing use, and returns results that are individualized. The name Siri is Scandinavian, a short form of the Norse name Sigrid meaning "beauty" and "victory", and comes from the intended name for the original developer's first child. It's a great feature for getting information, but sometimes the responses you get are unexpected to say the least, including when asking it to divide by 0. Continue reading for more.

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Real Sony Nintendo PlayStation Prototype

Photo credit: Reddit/r/gaming

Gaming enthusiasts have probably seen sketches of the fabled console, but now here's a look at a real prototype. In 1988, Sony and Nintendo collaborated on a CD-ROM peripheral for the SNES, but as you know, things never quite worked out. Purportedly, imgur user "DanDiebold" stumbled upon one of the prototypes, and here's his story: "My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dad's company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of 'junk' he was supposed to throw out." 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 Wanderers, which shows why space is the final frontier.

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