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Free Spirit Sphere

This is not a scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi's planet Endor, best known for its sanctuary moon, a forested world (moon) covered by giant trees, but rather Free Spirit Spheres. This tree hotel is located is the forested section of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and it's comprised of three different dwellings located above the ground. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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F80 Hypercar

Adriano Raeli, an Italian automotive designer, created the "F80" while studying in Pasadena, California. This hypercar pays homage to the futuristic aviation shapes, the human form, as well as the work of futurism-movement artists, including Umberto Boccioni. However, one thing's for sure, if it does have a 100% carbon-fiber monocoque, the vehicle should be just as light as the LaFerrari, while boasting far higher power numbers. That's right, it's reported to have a 1,200-horsepower hybrid-drivetrain, which pairs a twin-turbo V8 combustion engine (900 ps) with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (300 ps). Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BMW K75 Alpha

Designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem unveiled the K75 typhoon concept last year, but motorcycle extraordinaire Mark Atkinson has brought it to life. Since there is no current machine that matches the other-worldly typhoon, Mark had to custom fabricate nearly all of its components from scratch. That's right, what you're looking at is a bespoke chassis, center hub pivot, hand-machined aluminum linkage, and a bellcrank-actuated steering system. 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 someone biting sodium metal.

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IKEA Better Shelter

IKEA's "Better Shelter" recently claimed the title of 2016's Beazley Design of the Year, and for good reason. This flat-pack shelter, which aims to "improve the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters," can be assembled in 4-hours or less without tools. Features include: ventilation, solar panels, LED lights and mobile power chargers. The structures themselves are structures are built from lightweight polymer panels laminated with thermal insulation, which clip onto a steel frame. Best of all, its modular design enables one to easily upgrade it over time - i.e. adding a metal roof, etc. So far, over 10,000 shelters have been delivered. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Mono Racr

Created by motorcycle enthusiasts with engineering and industrial design backgrounds, the "Mono Racr" by Huge Moto is based around a 1,000cc Honda inline four-cylinder engine. The mainframe and swing arm are handcrafted from a single piece of carbon fiber, thus reducing the weight while improving performance. Rather than add unnecessary electronics, they spent most of their time designing a highly refined, curved form. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ultimate Bachelor's Pad

Photo credit: Tim Van de Velde

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects unveils Residence VDB, a waterside mansion that could be considered the ultimate bachelor's pad. In addition to the outdoor pool, pool house, massive kitchen, luxurious living room area, and private rooftop terrace, there's an underground man cave. It comes complete with a private showroom garage, wine cellar, cigar bar, DJ booth, lounge area and a full entertainment center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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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China Vertical Forest

Photo credit: Stefano Boeri via Bored Panda

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed the first vertical forest concept, titled "Nanjing Towers", for China, first popularized in Milan. The two green towers uses 1,110 trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs, to produce around 132 pounds of oxygen per day as they absorb carbon dioxide. The towers, standing 656-feet and 354-feet tall, rise above the Nanjing Pukou District, and will lead modernization efforts in the south of China's Jiangsu province, thus helping develop a Yangtze River economic zone. The taller of the two towers will contain offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club, while the second, a 247-room Hyatt hotel, complete with rooftop swimming pool. Continue reading for more pictures, information and a bonus video.

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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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iPhone 8 Concept

We may be just months away from seeing the official iPhone 8, but this concept by I by Thadeu Brandao does get your imagination flowing. Looking very similar to the iPhone 7 from some angles, that is, until you look in front, where it sports a bezel-less OLED display, while the earpiece was relocated to the top of the phone. What's really striking is the Home button has been removed in favor of a MacBook Pro-like TouchBar. Continue reading for a video of another concept, and more information.

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