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3D-Printed Running Shoe

There are 3D-printed supercars, entire homes, pizza and now, functional running shoes. You read that right, these shoes use the company's DuraForm Flex TPU for the midsole, while 3D-printing helps create the ideal balance of flexibility, strength, weight, as well as durability. Underfoot date from heel strikers were used to design the shoe, thus adding more cushioning elements in areas of higher average pressure. With selective laser sintering, the company was able to give their shoes a previously unavailable combination of strength, along with elasticity. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading for another video about New Balance's 3D-printing technology.

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Self Lacing Nike Back to the Future

Finally, after several years, and a non-self-lacing model, we have the real thing, unveiled today. Michael J. Foxx was gifted the first pair by Mark Parker, President and CEO of Nike. "We started creating something for fiction and we turned it into fact, inventing a new technology that will benefit all athletes," said Parker. This special model will be released to the public in Spring 2016 via auction with proceeds being donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Continue reading to see the actual shoe in-action.

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Furoshiki Shoes Wrap Around Feet

Even if you buy the right size, many shoes do not fit perfectly, that is're wearing Furoshiki. Vibram, best known for their military footwear, has come up with an ingenious solution that's based on Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods - first used in the Edo period to carry clothing while at the public baths. They have no laces, but rather wrap directly around your feet, and are secured by velcro strips. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Adidas Ocean Trash Shoes

From afar, these sneakers look like any other, but Adidas recently partnered with conservation organization "Parley for the Oceans," so what you see is actually made from re-purposed ocean trash and illegal fishing nets from poachers. That's right, the two parties created a shoe whose upper region and exterior skin mainly consists of ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. The conservation society gathered the materials on a 110-day expedition to track an outlawed poaching vessel off the coast of West Africa. Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch said: "We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission and is putting its creative force behind this partnership to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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CREP Protect Neverwet

Crep Protect, similar to Neverwet technology, is a superhydrophobic spray that will shield your shoes from liquids, making them slide right off like magic. Just spray your shoes, and the invisible coat lasts approximately two weeks per treatment, repelling liquids and preventing any stains from ruining your footwear. It works on a wide array of construction materials including leather, suede, nubuck and even canvas. Product page. Continue reading for two video demonstrations and more information.

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Mewgaroo Hoodie

Not just any hoodie, the Mewgaroo, created by Japanese pet supply company Uninhabitat, boasts an integrated cat pouch up front specifically for feline snuggling. If you're worried about the cat hair / balls, the pouch has a washable liner that can be easily removed for washing. Have a tiny dog? They'll also be glad to spend some quality time with their owner in the cozy pouch. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Chewbacca Hoodie

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A WeLoveFine designer has created a Chewbacca hoodie that turns you into a real-life Wookiee. Called "I Am Chewie," this ultra geeky piece of clothing is covered in luxurious (yet soft) fur, complete with applique satin bandoliers. The designer recommends ordering at least 1 size up for a snug fit, as the jacket runs small. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how the toilet works on the International Space Station.

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Quicksilver Business Suit

Your eyes aren't deceiving you, that is a real suit. Quicksilver Japan has just unveiled True Wetsuits, a wetsuit that you can wear both in the office and at the beach. The outer suit is made from stretchy neoprene, and the shirt is made with Dryflight, a water repellent fabric developed by Quiksilver and 3M. Available in black, navy and tuxedo (party and surfing) models, each one is made to order, and retails for 300,000 yen (or about $25,200 US dollars). Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Dinosaur Meteorite Ring

Not just any wedding ring, this one is made from dinosaur leg bone, meteorite and gold. Each one of these stunning rings is individually handcrafted by Jewelry by Johan. For those wondering, the bone comes from the Morrison Formation in Utah and dates back at least 65-million years to the Jurassic era. Prices start from $450 and top out at almost $1800, depending on the design. Continue reading for more.

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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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