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UFO Man Cave House

Jono Williams from New Zealand unveils SkySphere, a UFO-inspired house that can be activated with smartphone apps. This solar-powered living space is enclosed by a 2-meter-high, 360° viewing window that offers panoramic views of the stunning landscape. Inside, a motorized door with a biometric fingerprint system, an in-couch drink dispenser, high-speed internet, Miracast projector, wireless sound system; and computer-generated voice system. A custom queen-sized bed and dimmable, colored mood LED lighting was added for superior comfort. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the many things a paper rotary tool can cut through.

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OAS1S Tree Skyscraper

Merging architecture and nature into one, the wood / leaf structures in the OAS1S project collect sun, water, and provide oxygen, shelter as well as food. These detached houses can be combined with others to create forest-like districts, which are constructed using recycled wood, organic high-value insulation, green walls and triple glazing.

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Spherical Lodge

This is not a theme park, just spherical eco-lodges that hang from the trees of the Nam Et-Phou Louey Biodiversity Conservation Area in northern Laos. In addition to the lodges for resting and sleeping, you'll also find new observation decks for viewing endangered animal species. The former is made entirely from bamboo, timber, and a basket-like base. The base sleeps two guests comfortably, complete with separate sleeping areas and a central storage plank, while a basket-woven wall extends upwards for two feet for privacy. A giant mosquito net covers the interior for comfort and safety. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Modular Mobile Home

Designed by Ruzanna Andressa Oganesya, this modular "Mobile Home" is built on a moving platform that can be transported virtually anywhere in the world. That's right, this living space is a prefab modular construction wide enough to fit on a freight-liner truck bed, making delivery a breeze. Spanning 150-square-feet, the structure is covered in glass panels to let natural light flow in, while an open-air deck leads into the interior. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Asteroid Skyscraper

Why bother with space elevators, when you could be staying in a skyscraper that is suspended from an orbiting asteroid? Clouds Architecture Office's latest project, called "Analemma," is a skyscraper powered by space-based solar panels, and is capable of capturing water in a semi-closed loop system that draws from the moisture in clouds and rainwater. How does it work? Well, a large orbiting asteroid is first set on a figure-eight geosynchronous path that moves between the north / south hemispheres on a predictable daily loop. The skyscraper would then suspended from the asteroid using a high-strength cable, enabling residents to parachute down to work when the orbit slows, and gets closest to midtown Manhattan. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tree House Hotel

Photo credit: Chen Hao

This Minecraft-inspired "Qiyunshan Tree House" in China's Anhui Province is no computer-generated imagery, but rather a real structure designed by Bengo Studio. This three-story living space consists of a series of stacked timber blocks, and boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, as well as a living room, all connected together by spiral staircase. Climb up to the very top, and you'll be greeted with a 'landscape room' offering panoramic views of the surrounding forest. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Bending Skyscraper

Photo credit: Oiio Studio

Architecture firm Oiio has unveiled a bending skyscraper that could become the "world's longest building," or in other words, a single building that doubles back at its peak to form an arch. "We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by its price per square foot. It seems that a property's height operates as a license for it to be expensive. New York City's zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough which developers try to maximize their property's height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure. But what if we substituted height with length? What if our buildings were long instead of tall?," said the firm. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a stuntman driving a car down an Olympic bobsled track.

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Mirror Mirror Roof House

Photo credit: Remco Siebring

Located in The Netherlands, the Mirror Mirror Roof House appears to be an optical illusion or facade at first glance, but it's a real living space covered in mirrored glass to reflect the surrounding landscape. The camouflaged home features vaulted ceilings with walls clad in natural pinewood sheets. You'll find an office and a loft-style steel bedroom, while large windows let natural light soak in during the day. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tree Snake House

You might mistake this for a space station of some sort at first glance, but it's actually just the Tree Snake House by Rebelode. It can be found in Pedras Salgadas, Portugal, and most certainly live up to its name, as the exterior is covered in slate scales topped with wood paneling. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Kasita Tiny Home

For an Apple-inspired, modular micro home that is fully connected, look no further than "Kasita". Measuring in at just 12 feet by 32 feet, and spanning 352-square-feet, this ultra efficient living space features a living area, kitchen, bathroom and a couch that doubles as a queen-sized bed. You'll find appliances from Delta, Summit, and GE, along with several smart home ready products from Nest, Lutron, and Doorbird. An included Echo Dot can be used to control many of the home's functions. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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