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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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Gimbal Fighter Jet

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

The GSS 520 5-axis gimbal is not something you'll see photographers, even professionals, use out in the field, as it was specifically designed to work at "high velocity". In other words, it works perfectly when strapped, along with a Red Dragon 6K camera and Canon 30-300mm lens, to the side of a Saab Defence fighter jet at 2.5 Gs in -20°C temperatures. The picture was transmitted via the Paralinx Tomahawk HD inside the cockpit to a Atomos 7 recorder and monitor. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for an unedited viral video of high school life in 1994.

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Flexible Sheet Camera

Researchers at Columbia University's Engineering department, lead by professor Shree K. Nayar, have developed a flexible sheet camera that enables one to change the field of view by just bending it. "Cameras today capture the world from essentially a single point in space. While the camera industry has made remarkable progress in shrinking the camera to a tiny device with ever increasing imaging quality, we are exploring a radically different approach to imaging. We believe there are numerous applications for cameras that are large in format but very thin and highly flexible," said Nayar. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make a water balloon cannon.

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Drone Hong Kong

Photo credit: Andy Yeung

Artist Andy Yeung captured his entire series "Urban Fog" with drones, showcasing the city's amazing architectural sprawl, and its lights, from hundreds of feet above. "I've seen a lot of amazing fog-themed photographs taken in the day time and I think it would be interesting to capture Hong Kong in the thick mist in the night time with a drone. I named this project 'Urban Fog" because I want to present how fog is illuminated by the city lights. Hong Kong has long been a city of bright lights and you can see the various colored lights of the buildings light up the fog from underneath," Yeung told Design Boom. Continue reading for more pictures and another video.

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Erik Johansson

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Swedish photographer and Photoshop guru Erik Johannsson creates optical illusions by manipulating real photos into surreal works of art, like the mirror like you see above. This new piece took months of planning and work, along with over 17-square-meters of real glass. Most of his works contain actual photographs of different elements, which are then blended and then layered atop each other in Photoshop. Continue reading for more pictures and another video.

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1900s Photos Video

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Alexey Zakharov, an artist from Moscow, specializes in creating animations using real historic photos. He describes this technique as traveling "back in time with a little steampunk time machine." You'll see famous sights such as Central Park, Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, and more. "I came up with the idea for a full retro-photoanimation project after visiting the Shorpy site. This is astonishing place with tons of reconstructed hi-resolution photos. I spent many hours there. First I made only one animation shot used a single photo. Then, a year later, I decided to make something more complete. A picture, cut into layers is projected on the geometry created by 3D software. I use this geometry to set city backgrounds, buildings and other static elements. The second stage is creating full computer graphics of characters people, animals, vehicles etc.," he told TheDailyMail.com. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two daredevils climbing Lotte World Tower, the tallest structure in South Korea.

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