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Edible Water Spheres

Skipping Rocks Lab wants to rid the world of plastic bottles, and their biodegradable edible water spheres are a start. Simply put, the edible exterior is created by dropping a block of ice into a mixture of brown algea extract and calcium chloride. What results is a seaweed-based membrane that keeps it shape, locking in the water inside. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Mario Bros. Bar

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, this is a real Super Mario Brothers-themed bar in Washington D.C., called "The Cherry Blossom Pub". The pop-up bar was set up by The Drink Company, and has been immensely successful to say the least. "Japan has always been a source of inspiration for me and, as a native Washingtonian, cherry blossom season is something we look forward to every year," said Derek Brown of The Drink Company. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here to view a few bonus images of awesome 90s game ads.

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Drip-Free Wine Bottle

Researchers at Brandeis University have developed the world's first drip-free wine bottle, and it's not as complex as you may think. Simply put, the team used a diamond-studded tool to create a circular groove around the neck of the bottle just below the lip. So now instead of overflow dripping down the side of the bottle, it now meets the groove and drops from the bottle, straight into the glass. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Food Carvings

Photo credit: Gaku via Bored Panda

Japanese artist "Gaku" is a master of creating miniature sculptures, but with food. He started posting his masterpieces on Instagram approximately 8-months ago, and already has 15,900 followers. These sculptures fall under the Japanese art of "mukimono," which translates to "stripped product". As we all know, these raw foods tend to oxidize quite fast, so Gaku completes his works in just a few hours, and eats them shortly after. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a daredevil skiing with a jetpack at 75mph.

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The Straw McDonalds

To deliver the ideal flavor ratio of 50% chocolate and 50% mint in each chocolate shamrock shake sip, McDonald's partnered with engineering firms JACE and NK Labs to create the Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal (the STRAW). Its innovative j-shape provides optimal flavor flow dynamics."It was a puzzling assignment but one with an ambitious goal. From a physics perspective, it's actually quite difficult to deliver a proportional amount of both chocolate and mint flavors with each sip. But that's exactly what we did. It's a marvel of fluid dynamics. Thanks Fibonacci sequence," said Seth Newburg, principal engineer and managing partner at NK Labs. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Popcorn Slow Motion

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Just about everything looks cooler in super slow motion, especially so if shot in 4K, including a popcorn kernel exploding. This video, shot by Warped Perception using a Phantom v2512 (the "World's Fastest Digital Ultrahigh-Speed Camera" maxes out at 30,000fp. It's so detailed that you can see the kernel squirm right before it recoils into a delicious seam. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a massive alligator spotted at the Florida Nature Center.

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Stovetop Pizza Oven

Pizzacraft's PC0601 Pizzeria Pronto turns your oven into a 600° F pizza oven, without requiring any other tools. Simply place it on a stovetop burner, turn the heat to high with the door shut, place your pizza on the stone using a pizza peel, allow it to cook for 3-minutes, rotate the pie, warm it for another 3-minutes, and you're ready to enjoy. Get one here now. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information. Click here for a few bonus creative and geeky pizza ideas.

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Cooking with Lava

Getting too close to an active volcano probably isn't the best idea, but when you're a professional photographer, nothing is off limits. Bryan Lowry, a photographer with 25-years of experience, falls under this category, as he decided to cook up breakfast on some hot lava. "The two eggs cooked almost immediately. The second one unfortunately did its thing right when I was adjusting the camera. Turns out I could have let it be but, at that time of day with the bright morning sun, it was hard to tell if the focus was good. Still interesting to see how it cooked," said Lowry. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's largest ship elevator in China.

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BB-8 Waffle Maker

There's the Death Star Waffle Maker, Stormtrooper Waffle Maker, and now this BB-8 Waffle Maker. Measuring 5" across and 6 3/4" tall, its two non-stick cooking plates are modeled after BB-8's design, while red and green lights indicate when the gadget is on, preheated and ready for your tasty batter. Best of all, it only takes 3-5 minutes to cook up a nice hearty breakfast, slightly longer than Rey's insta-bread. Expect to pay $39.99, once it hits shelves next month. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a street luger hitting an insane 100mph.

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Boeing 737 Restaurant

Businessman Li Liang has opened China's first airplane restaurant in Wuhan. Officially called "Lilly Airways," this eatery is located inside the cabin of a decommissioned Boeing 737, acquired from Indonesian airline Batavia Air. The entire renovation took 6-months, and cost Liang a whopping $452,325 USD, on top of the $5.28-million USD he paid for the aircraft. When you're finished eating, head on over to the cockpit to try out a flight simulator, which may or may not be free, depending on how much you paid for the meal. Continue reading for three more geeky eateries you probably never knew about.

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