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Baby Squirrel Rescued

Photo credit: Priama / Reddit

Priami, a Reddit user, found a badly injured baby squirrel on the side of a road it. Priami's grandmother thought it was dead at first, but she quickly handed it over to her grandson for safe-keeping after noticing some movement. They tried to release it back into the wild, but since it was still partially blind in one eye, they kept the tiny animal, and named it Arttu. The squirrel lived with them from 2007 to 2013, and these images document the many adventures they ad together. Continue reading for more.

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Amazing Engineering Feats

Researchers achieved many engineering feats last year in 2014, including building a working hoverboard, performing a record-setting 43 terabit / second data transfer, WiTriCity's wireless electricity technology and more. Our favorite? It definitely has to be the Hendo Hoverboard. This is how it works: four plate-shaped hover engines on the bottom of the board create a magnetic field that induces a secondary magnetic field in a conductive copper surface - although aluminum under concrete works as well. Co-founder of Arx Pax Greg Henderson, who developed the hoverboard, says: "This is not the end, this is just the beginning of where this technology can go. When you discover that you can levitate a dynamic load in a stationary position, can you think of anything more exciting than a hoverboard?" Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to turn Styrofoam into solid aluminum.

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Panoramic Cat Fail

Just about every smartphone and point-and-shoot camera these days have a panoramic photo function, but what happens when a person or animal walks by when you're moving the device? Well, Reddit user "FallenCoffee" discovered that a normal cat becomes a terrifying centipede-like (or caterpillar) creature. Fortunately, a Photoshop master could probably remove the pet in an hour or two. Continue reading to see the full madness that ensued.

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Granny Hair Internet Trend

Another day, another internet trend, and this time it's called "Granny Hair". Just as the name implies, young women worldwide have started dying their hair gray and posted the ensuing images to social media services, like Instagram. As you're about to see, there are many who end up looking more like Storm from X-Men rather than an elderly grandma. Continue reading for eighteen more interesting examples of this fad.

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McLaren X-1

First unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2012, the McLaren X-1 is a one-off sports car based on the McLaren 12C and built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). This was built specially for a McLaren customer who already owns a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a McLaren 12C. According to Paul MacKenzie, MSO Programme Director, the X-1 has been developed for the past three years. To style the X-1, McLaren used ideas from a 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D'Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and a 1971 Citroen SM. Continue reading for a two more videos and additional information.

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Seiki 39-inch 4K TV

Seiki's 39-inch 4k Ultra HD TV can be picked up this weekend for just $339.99 shipped. The company starts with only the most advanced panels for the highest picture quality and use high performance amplifiers to power its speakers. With over 8 million individual pixels (3,840 x 2,160) compared to about 2 million (1,920 x 1,080) on your current HDTV, the picture provides stunning clarity and colors that far surpass anything you've seen before. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Festo Robotic Butterfly

Festo is known for their biologically-inspired flying robots, but these butterflies are definitely the most beautiful. They are all autonomous, using independently controllable wings to steer itself and fly pre-programmed routes. Ten high-speed (160fps) infrared cameras mounted in fixed positions around their flight area continuously track the butterflies to keep them from crashing into one another. There's also a pair of active infrared beacons on each butterfly that replace the round reflectors found on many indoor quadcopters. Each robot may only have a 50cm wingspan and weigh a mere 32g, but they carry two servo motors to independently actuate the wings, an IMU, accelerometer, gyro, compass, as well as two small 90-mAh lithium-polymer batteries. The wings are covered with an ultra thin elastic capacitor film and are paired with thin carbon rods for structure. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a breathtaking sun halo.

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Larry Page Google Business Card

In the summer of 1995, 22-year-old Larry Page visited Stanford as a prospective computer science PhD student. His tour guide was none other than Sergey Brin, a 21-year-old mathematical genius who was already pursuing his PhD. Brin and Page didn't didn't exactly hit it off at first, in fact, their first day together was spent arguing. Page told Wired magazine: "I thought [Sergey] was pretty obnoxious. He had really strong opinions about things, and I guess I did, too." Brin responded with: "[We] both found each other obnoxious. But we say it a little bit jokingly. Obviously we spent a lot of time talking to each other, so there was something there." Continue reading for more.

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Floating Flower Garden

Not just any garden, the "Floating Flower Garden" in Tokyo, Japan is an immersive, interactive installation consisting of blossoming flora. Guests start by entering a room filled with floating flowers that rise into the air as they approach, creating an air bubble within the seemingly dense forest. Best of all, multiple people can traverse the installation at once to experience the flowers move away from them and surround them. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

You know what they say..."the best part of waking up is the coffee in your cup". Most (if not all) coffee machines do not have the ability to wake you up as well as brew a fresh cup of Joe, but British designer Joshua Renouf's creation will do just that. Called The Barisieur, coffee-making alarm clock that first gently wakes you up with the sounds of steel ball bearings vibrating as they boil the water through induction heating, then incentivizes you to get vertical with a freshly made cup of joe. One caveat: you'll need to prep the beans, sugar, as well as milk before you go to sleep. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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