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Chevrolet FNR

There are electric cars, and then there's the Chevrolet FNR, unveiled today at the Shanghai Motor Show. Developed at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture in China, this ultra futuristic vehicle boasts a capsule-like design with crystal laser headlights / taillights, dragonfly-inspired dual swing doors, magnetic hub-less wheel electric motors and even a wireless auto-charging system. The technology doesn't end there, as on the inside, you'll find sensors and a roof-mounted radar that can map out the environment for driverless operation as well as a crazy iris recognition start function. When in self-driving mode, the front seats swivel 180° to face the rear seats, for a more intimate setting. 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 someone who decided to use a GoPro at their boring office job.

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Gateway to Hell China

A mysterious sinkhole spewing 1457°F fire and incredible heat has appeared in a desolate mountain area on the outskirts of Urumqi, in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in north-western China, attracting large crowds since it appeared a few weeks ago. The heat is so intense that scientists have not been able to get close enough to figure out what exactly happened. Continue reading for video footage of the 3ft-wide hole igniting branches and grass by pushing it to the rim, along with more pictures.

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Extreme Winds 91st Floor
Window Cleaners 91st Floor

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Two window cleaners in China experienced a dizzying 15-minute ride after their platform spun out of control and crashed into the side of a Shanghai skyscraper. This incredible footage was captured by a diner inside of a restaurant located on the 91st floor of the 1614-foot (492 metre) tall Shanghai World Financial Centre on Thursday morning. It shows the platform swinging violently back and forth and smashing into the glass windows at high speed - causing them to crack.

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Yujiapu China Manhattan Replica

China's $50-billion knock-off of Manhattan sits on a river bend, near the port city of Tianjin, some 120-miles from Beijing. It has its own Rockefeller Center and Twin Towers, and touted as the world's largest financial center in the making. Construction first began in 2008 on the back of a massive credit boom unleashed in China after the global financial crisis, appears to have ground to a halt. While the "Rockefeller Center" and its Twin Towers appear to be complete, but empty and fenced off. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Scrap Metal Transformers

The Transformers franchise is a massive success in China, so much so that Yu Zhilin, a farmer by trade, with a background in fine arts, decided to start creating life-sized robots using spare car parts in his free time. Fast forward three years and he's finished his first scrap sculpture with his son Lu Yingyun in tow, and things only got bigger from there. His latest project consisted of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, assembled in their makeshift home workshop. Continue reading to see more build pictures and for additional information.

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Stray Dog Revenge

One driver in China did not follow the saying "let sleeping dogs lie," and he paid the price. This person drove home one day in Chongqing to find a stray dog lying in his favorite parking spot, so he got out and kicked it. Well, a short while later, the animal returned with some of its pals and chewed up the bodywork and windscreen wipers of the driver's car. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Skyscraper Time-lapse

No, this isn't some miniature building, or a facade, but a real 57-story skyscraper that was built in just 19-days. Despite measuring in at 2-million-square-foot (180,000-square-meter), energy-efficient, factory-produced LEGO-style blocks enabled the company to accomplish this feat - they can now build three-floors a day. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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The Lotus Building

Not just any building, The Lotus Building, located in the center of the Wujin District in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, China, features a unique design that looks just like a real blooming lotus flower. It's surrounded by "petal ribs" that open up, similar to the three stages of a lotus flower, from bud to fully-opened bloom. Inside, there's cathedral-like ceilings, conference rooms, exhibition halls, and offices. Geothermal piles uses the surrounding lake to regulate the building's temperature with minimal energy use. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Beijing New Airport Terminal

At first glance, this may look like a futuristic spaceport, ready for Virgin Galactic ships to take off into the stars, but it's actually Beijing's all-new airport terminal. This was designed by architect Zaha Hadid, known for cultural institutions, skyscrapers, and residential towers. Once complete, it will be one of the largest hubs in the world for air travel, accommodating up to 45 million passengers a year and clocking in at 7.5 million square feet. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Volkswagen Hover Car

First unveiled several years ago, the futuristic Volkswagen Hover car is now trending again online. The Hover Car is basically a two-seater zero emissions vehicle that hovers above ground and travels along electromagnetic road networks in China. It can automatically detect other vehicles on the road while navigating China's congested traffic centers, and its small footprint makes it easy to park. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a snowmobile expert navigating through an avalanche.

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