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No, the room you're looking at above wasn't captured by a photographer, but it's rather a computer-generated image. It was created by the incredible digital artists at Dabarti CGI Studio, and blurs the lines between photo-realistic 3D renderings and reality. Continue reading to see more.

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What you're looking at above is a CG render that simulates every single pore on a real face. USC researchers photographed samples of skin from people's chins, cheeks and foreheads at a resolution of about 10 micrometres, so that each skin cell was spread across roughly three pixels, using a specially developed lighting system and camera. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Hulk and Thor have come a long way since the days when live actors actually had to get in full costume to portray the characters, and the images above prove it. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the last mega WINS compilation of 2012.

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Ever wonder what Iron Man and War Machine look like before they get the computer graphics treatment? Well, the image above shows that Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle wear solid-colored clothing with black & white strips of paper attached for easy chroma keying later on. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling and superheroes gallery. Continue reading for a video of cheetahs filmed with an ultra high-speed camera.

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Special effects have come a long way since the days of Terminator 2, and Boardwalk Empire is a perfect example of just how far we've come. For those who've never heard of the name before, it's basically television series on HBO that's set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era. Continue reading to see more.

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Here's an incredible look at Tears of Steel, which "was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender." The basic "target was to improve and test a complete open and free pipeline for visual effects in film - and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands." Continue reading for the video.

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That's right, "now, with DirectX 11 support, real-time rendering has gotten even better, allowing for some of the best visuals ever seen. With CryENGINE™3, what you see is what you play as the new tools for the engine allow for tessellation in real-time, improved ocean and water rendering, enhanced character technology, and dynamic volumetric light beams and light shaft effects." Continue reading for the video.

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At first glance, this may look like a promotional video for a jewelry store, but believe it or not, this was all rendered in real-time with DirectX 11. That's right, "this amazing graphics demo was created by PC modder Hayssam Keilany and it squeezes every single bit of power from a Radeon 5870 using DirectX 11 hosted in a Intel Core i7-based PC." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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For those who have never watched a Star Wars movie in their life, Jedis are basically the series' main protagonists and "use a power called the Force and weapons called lightsabers, which emit a controlled energy flow in the shape of a sword, in order to serve and protect the Galactic Republic and the galaxy at large from conflict or governmental instability." Continue reading to see seven of the coolest fan-made Jedi videos.

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At first glance, this dune buggy may appear to be real, but it's just a photo-realistic 3D render by Mark Denko. Continue reading for more pictures -- full-size also available, just click the zoom button on gallery.

[via MarkDenko]

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