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Hasselbad X1D

Handmade in Sweden, the Hasselblad X1D is the world's first mirrorless digital medium format camera. It manages to cram a 50-megapixel, 1.7 x 1.3-inch CMOS sensor into a compact body that weighs less than half that of a normal medium format camera. Featuring a 3" 920K-dot display, 2.4-megapixel electronic viewfinder, HD video recording, Wi-Fi connectivity, and integrated GPS. Photographers will also get to experience new AF lenses designed specifically to work with both the closer sensor and smaller body, while keeping flash sync up to 1/2000th of a second. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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16th Century Subway

Photo credit: Matt Crabtree via Bored Panda

There are enough strange people who take the subway, but rarely do normal commuters catch your eye. Photographer Matt Crabtree decided to change that by taking photos of passengers and retouching them into 16th century-stye paintings in his series called: "16th Century Tube Passengers." "All these shots are taken, retouched and sent from my phone. Capturing the most of mundane commuter moments with a quiet, classical beauty," said Matt. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus images of ridiculous subway passengers.

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Phillippe Dumas 60-Year-Old Model

Philippe Dumas, a 60-years-young man from Paris, France, always wanted to become a model, but life pushed him in another direction. "I studied law but never practiced and instead worked in the movie business and advertising. Retired but not out, giving a last go to my lifelong dream of becoming a model, do I have it in me," he told Bored Panda. The short and long answer is: yes. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Twin Pines Mall Back to the Future

Photo credit: Phil Grishayev via Peta Pixel

Twin Pines Mall/Lone Pine Mall is a shopping center located outside Hill Valley, where Doctor Emmett Brown first experiments his time machine, making his dog Einstein the first time traveler in the world. The site where the mall was filmed for the movie is actually Puente Hills Mall, located in City of Industry, California. The J.C. Penney location seen in the movie has been shut down, and is now occupied by a 24 Hour Fitness center. Continue reading to see more iconic movie locations that film buff Phil Grishayev revisited.

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NASA 1961

Photo credit: Vintage Everyday via Bored Panda

Before high-resolution displays, NASA scientists frequently used large chalkboards to convey idea and / or solve equations. Whats' even more significant is the U.S public's perception of the Soviet lead in putting the first man in space. This motivated President John F. Kennedy to ask the Congress on May 25, 1961 to commit the federal government to a program to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, which effectively launched the Apollo program. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never mess around with a $70,000 video camera.

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Lightning 7000 FPS

Professor Ningyu Liu of the Florida Institute of Technology's Geospace Physics Laboratory used a high-speed camera to capture lightning strikes over Melbourne, Florida at 7,000 frames per second. About 70% of lightning occurs over land in the tropics where atmospheric convection is the greatest. This occurs from both the mixture of warmer and colder air masses, as well as differences in moisture concentrations, and it generally happens at the boundaries between them. Continue reading for another video showing amazing upwards lightning.

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Star Wars Wedding

Photo credit: Brian Giardinelli via Buzzfeed

Star Wars fanatics Krystel Ciocon and Earle Doudera recently tied the knot, and in grand fashion to say the least. "I didn't just want a wedding with a Star Wars theme. I wanted a wedding in Star Wars. I wanted to be a part of this fantastic universe, and all the ideas just fell into place. In my mind, I saw this epic battle playing out in front of our guests. The Battle of Mustafar specifically helped in my choreography of the battle between me and my husband," said Ciocon. Continue reading for more pictures. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes images from the original trilogy.

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Bismuth Crystals

This may look like an optical illusion at first, but they're just bismuth crystals. This brittle metal, with a white, silver-pink hue, often occurs in its native form, sporting an iridescent oxide tarnish showing many colors from yellow to blue. The spiral, stair-stepped structure of bismuth crystals is the result of a higher growth rate around the outside edges than on the inside edges. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an incredible machine from the 1800s making nectar drop candy.

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Star Wars Rogue One Toys

Photo credit: Glactic Warfighters

Star Wars Rogue One's official theatrical debut may be on December 16th, but photographer and U.S. Marine Matthew Callahan decided to recreate a few scenes from the trailer with action figures. Many of them are inspired by the actual events Callahan has experienced, including playing cards with fellow soldiers, firefights, and relaxing after a long day. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Inception Photo Manipulation

Photo credit: Laurent Rosset

Italian photographer / architect Laurent Rosset specializes in creating surreal Inception-like scenes by manipulating real photographs in post-production. They blend fantasy and reality, along with a few human figures for added effect. For example, in "The Sky is Flat" image (above) you'll find natural and urban landscapes folded onto themselves. Continue reading for more pictures.

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