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Volcanic Lightning Storm

Marc Szeglat, a videographer based in Germany, managed to capture video of an extremely rare volcanic lightning storm in the plume of highly active volcano Sakurajima, located on the Japanese island of Kyushu. A study in the journal Science indicated that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn't skate home from the bar when drunk.

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Beam Energy

Yes, Japanese scientists have successfully transmitted energy wirelessly, which is a key step to making solar power generation in space a possibility. The team at JAXA used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power - enough to run an electric kettle - through the air with pinpoint accuracy to a receiver 170-feet away. Continue reading for a video an more information.

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Aogashima

Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island that some consider the real-life Jurassic Park, in the Philippine Sea. It's administered by Tokyo and located approximately 222-miles south of Tokyo and 40-miles south of Hachijo-jima. In addition to being a potential dinosaur theme park, it would be a great hideout if a zombie apocalypse should ever occur, as it's the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago. Continue reading for more.

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Emergency Nap Kit

There are travel kits and then this "Emergency Nap Kit", which consists of two items: an inflatable mattress and a full-body sleep suit. When you only got an hour or less of sleep the night before, and want a slightly comfortable place to sleep while on the go, just roll this mattress on the floor, zip up the suit (acts as a blanket of sorts), and you'll be ready to snooze. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of urban biking like you've never seen before.

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Cat Island Japan

Tashirojima is not a fake island or fantasy created by computers, but rather a small island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. It has become known as "Cat Island" due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune. Believe it or not, the cat population is now larger than the human population on the island. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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9 Hours Capsule Hotel Japan

This may look like a space station at first glance, but it's just the new "9 Hours" (9H) capsule hotel at Tokyo's Narita Airport, located a few steps outside of Terminal 2. After checking in, guests will receive a key that provides access to a locker, a shower and a private sleeping capsule - each one is 1-meter high and 2-meters long. Pods are equipped with Air Cyclone mattresses for maximum comfort. Flight canceled? A full night at 9H costs just under $40 USD, with check-in available at all hours (10am checkout). You can also purchase nap and shower packages, which are sold on a first-come first-serve basis. 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 an all-new Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.

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Narrow Japanese House

At first, second and third glance, this home appears to be just a facade, but step inside, and you'll probably want to live there. Japan-based Mizuishi Architects Atelier knows how to make the most of small spaces, 594-square-feet to be exact. Despite its small footprint, there's still a full kitchen, bathroom and even a loft bedroom. Sure, having a dedicated home theater room might not be possible, but who's to say you can't project your favorite films in the upstairs play area. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Fox Village Japan

So you've probably seen Rabbit Island by now, but here's a new place for animal lovers to add to their bucket list: Zao Fox Village. Located in Japan's Miyagi prefecture, six different species of fox roam free, and for 100 yen, you're able to personally feed them. As you wander around the village, you'll also see small little structures / houses for the foxes, along with a shrine with statues and a torii (traditional Japanese gate) too. In Japanese culture, foxes are believed to be messengers of Inari Okami, the Shinto deity of fertility, prosperity and rice. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Star Wars Snow Sculpture

Japan's 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival started today, and what might look like a random pile of snow actually features Darth Vader, his three stormtroopers and TIE fighters. This masterpiece was created by Japan's 11th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Forces using a set of bulldozers over the span of a month, moving the 3,500-tons of snow required to create this enormous, 23 meter wide, 15 meter tall piece of art. It was approved by Lucas Film Ltd and is great way to promote their upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens to boot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Star Wars Papercraft

Photo credit: UH02 via Gizmodo

When are sheets of paper not just something you use to write on or print documents with? When you design detailed templates of famous Star Wars vehicles, print them out, and then hand-assemble them. This is exactly what one geek from Japan decided to do by recreating the X-Wing, Tie-Fighter, and AT-ST vehicles from Star Wars, with absolutely no details spared, design wise. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos of today.

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