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Straw Camera

Artists Mick Farrell and Cliff Haynes teamed up to build what could quite possibly be the world's first and only "Straw Camera." This analog machine creates fragmented images, as the camera box itself is filled with 32,000 drinking straws. To be more specific, rather than produce an image from a single point perspective, this camera provides a multi-point perspective from an array, with each individual straw collecting light and recording it onto photosensitive material. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Subway Recycle Machine

Photo credit: Bored Panda

Beijing decided to implement an ingenious idea to encourage people to recycle more by installing 34 "reverse" vending machines inside subway stations throughout the city. When an empty plastic bottle is inserted, a sensor scans it to assess the value of the plastic - anywhere from 5 to 15 cents - and turns that into public transportation credit or extra mobile phone minutes. The reward is commensurate with the quality and number of bottles being fed into the machine, while tourists who don't need the rewards can insert bottles anyways. Continue reading to see more ingenious solutions to everyday problems. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Renaissance Paintings Photo

Photo credit: Alexey Kondakov

Digital artist Alexey Kondakov extracts renaissance characters from various works of art and seamlessly blends them into modern photos for his "Art History in Contemporary Life" series. These modern photos were taken at locations scattered around Europe, with some featuring a cool neon glow, while others are situated inside subway trains. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Bronze Hand Tree

Photo credit: Giuseppe Penone via Bored Panda

Giuseppe Penone didn't use Photoshop to create this bronze hand squeezing tree installation, but rather the Italian artist actually attached the sculpture onto a tree at the Nasher Sculpture Center in 1968. The hand, called "Continuera a crescere tranne che in quel punto" ("It Will Continue to Grow Except at this Point" in Italian) was cast from the artist's actual hand and lower arm. Afterwards, it was attached in onto a sapling, thus causing the tree to thicken around the metal over the years. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Locker Vending Machine

I built a vending machine inside my school locker

Photo credit: Imgur

Blake Hawkins, a senior at Valley Center High School in Kansas, aspires to become an electrical engineer, and spends his free time inventing things, like "The Soda Locker". Some of the parts he used to create this locker-sized vending machine include an Arduino chip, LCD display, a coin acceptor, and a reed switch. "After that, I was on a roll. I decided to sell two different kinds of pop in order to fit the machine into the locker. I hooked up two arcade buttons to buy the pop, two servos, and added the reed switch to give myself an admin access page. My plan is, if I get approval to move it to the Student Council room, I'll use it as a fundraiser for Student Council, selling healthier choices like lemonade and orange juice," said Hawkins. Continue reading for

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Michael Paul Smith Cars

Photo credit: Michael Paul Smith

Canon's PowerShot SX610 HS is a great camera, but in the hands of artist Michael Paul Smith, it becomes a magical tool. He's spent the past 28-years creating Elgin Park, and it's unlike any other city you've seen, as he takes miniature models, diorama sets and photographs them using forced perspective to create the historical scenes. Being a professional model maker by trade, his models are intricate enough to be photographed up-close without issue. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Doodles Anime Characters

Photo credit: Thomas Romain

French artist Thomas Romain, who now resides in Tokyo, is no stranger to Japanese animation, as he's worked on famous series such as Symphogear, Space Dandy, Aria, and Basquash. His best work however, is completed in the "Father and Sons Design Workshop," in which he transforms simple doodles into exquisite anime characters, like the Steampunk-inspired drawing you see above. Continue reading for more.

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Tire Art Sculpture

Photo credit: Blake McFarland via Bored Panda

When is a tire not just something found on cars and other vehicles? When artist Black McFarland transforms them into these magnificent sculptures, and without the use of high-tech equipment. "I create amazing sculptures completely out of tires. Each sculpture takes anywhere from 100 - 400 tires and up to a month to complete," said the artist. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Bee 3D Printer

Whiskey maker Dewar enlisted the services of 80,000 honey bees to naturally 3D print a bottle from honeycomb, and are calling it the "3B project." To be more specific, the project involves the bees and custom-built plastic molds in which they form their honeycomb. Once the bees finish their work, the molds are opened, revealing a fully-formed shape. They also tried to "print" a sculpture of a man using the bees as well. 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 a dropping toothpaste into a hot pan experiment.

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UV Light Flower

Photo credit: Craig Burrows

Photographer Craig Burrows didn't digitally enhance these glowing flora, but instead used ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence to capture them. This photographic process basically employs high-intensity ultraviolet light to produce other-worldly pictures of plant-life. Each photo is set against a black backdrop to really bring out the glimmering petals, neon leaves, and stems. They are illuminated with a filtered 365nm LED light. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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