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Russian Spy Camera

At first glance, this looks like a John Player Special '20 filter' box of cigarettes, but it's actually a Soviet hidden spy camera, or to be more specific, a KIEV-30 sub-miniature camera. You might think it would only be worth a few hundred dollars at most, but it fetched a whopping £29,000 ($38,366 USD) at Aston's Auctioneers. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Moon Photo Manipulation

Photo credit: Justin Peters via Peta Pixel

Justin Peters, a 22-year-old self-taught digital artist, blends reality with fantasy in his surreal photo manipulations series, starting with the moon melting into Yosemite's Horsetail Fall. "Everything you can imagine is real' by Pablo Picasso is a quote I live by especially when creating my work, which is inspired by the world around me and surreal painters,. I hope that when people experience my work, they discover a new and different world, which they can dive into to prove that everything is possible when you open your mind," Peters told PetaPixel. Continue reading to see more.

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AI Grainy Photos Clear NVIDIA

NVIDIA researchers has developed a new artificial intelligence-powered system that automatically removes noise, grain, and watermarks from photos. "Recent deep learning work in the field has focused on training a neural network to restore images by showing example pairs of noisy and clean images. The AI then learns how to make up the difference. This method differs because it only requires two input images with the noise or grain. Without ever being shown what a noise-free image looks like, this AI can remove artifacts, noise, grain, and automatically enhance your photos," said NVIDIA. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a functional iPhone X lighter case.

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Stabilized Roller Coaster

The GoPro Fusion may not be for all users, but if you're looking to record stabilized roller coaster footage, this is definitely the gadget to do so, and Jeb Corliss has done just that. "Aly and I went to Magic Mountain to ride a roller coaster for her birthday, and we filmed it with the new Fusion from GoPro . This is just footage put through stabilization during the stitching process," said Corliss. Continue reading to see X2 at Magic Mountain also stabilized.

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National Geographic Illustration

Photo credit: JN Crazy via Bored Panda

A Shanghai-based artist who goes by "JN Crazy" on Behance has created a new series where he takes stunning National Geographic photos and transforms them into whimsical illustrations that wouldn't look out of place in an animated film. Whether it be an owl, whale, monkeys, or even a swimming dog, you'll find it here. Continue reading to see more.

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19th Century Grocery Store

Photo credit: SkipperBob via Bored Panda

Long before Amazon existed, there were a plethora of general stores and markets, with the photo above showing one of them. The former was normally located in rural or small towns, and carried a broad selection of merchandise. These stores carried routine stock and obtained special orders from warehouses. Unlike convenience stores or corner shops, these general stores were the main shop for the community rather than a convenient supplement. They often sold staple food items such as milk and bread, and various household goods such as hardware and electrical supplies. Continue reading for more vintage photos of grocery stores.

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Bioluminescent Plankton

Photo credit: Kris Williams via Peta Pixel

Photographer Kris Williams happened to be on the shores of Wales and captured a stunning, yet natural, phenomenon known as bioluminescence. Plankton may use bioluminescence for defense against predators by illuminating themselves when they detect a predator, possibly making the predator itself more vulnerable by attracting the attention of predators from higher trophic levels. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Draw This Instant Camera

Photo credit: Dan Macnish via Peta Pixel

Australia-based engineer and visual artist Dan Macnish has created an instant camera unlike any other, and it's officially called "Draw This". Once the camera snaps an image with its digital camera, an artificial intelligence neural network and Google data are used for object recognition, and once that's completed, "The Quick, Draw! Dataset" from Google is used to print out the cartoon rendition via a thermal printer. Continue reading for more picture and information.

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Light Smartphone 9 Cameras

First, there was the Light L16, a point-and-shoot camera with 16 lens, and now, the company is set to reveal a smartphone with a whopping 9 camera sensors. This device aims to combine a point-and-shoot camera with the functionality of a smartphone, enabling users to capture 64-megapixel photos with 'better low-light performance and sophisticated depth effects' by stitching images from the multiple cameras into a single photo. Continue reading for more interesting images.

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eBay Camera Lot

Are you a photographer or photography enthusiast with $65,000 laying around, and want a 1,750 film camera collection, with lenses, to sift through? If so, then look no further than this massive collection. To be more specific, you'll get 573 manual focus cameras, 291 auto focus cameras, 4 TLR cameras, 337 auto focus lenses, and 573 manual focus lenses. "On weekly basis I clean and check most functions, the lenses get rotated. I check functionality of each lens or, camera that comes in. I log every item in inventory log book and report any damage or malfunction honestly...You definitely will be surprise[d] how well these item been taken care of," said the seller. Continue reading for more pictures, information, and the auction page.

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