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Tilt-Shift Hubble

Photographs of distant galaxies are majestic enough, but Imgur user ScienceLlama decided to take photos captured by Hubble and run them through Adobe Photoshop CS6's tilt-shift filter to give them a miniaturized look. According to Universe Today, "...the entire structure takes on the appearance of something tiny - based purely on our eyes' natural depth-of-field when peering at a small object close up. The original image was captured in infrared light by the Hubble Space Telescope and released in celebration of its 23rd anniversary." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate two basketball trampoline trick shot.

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Sleepy Kitten

Humans may require at least a bed or couch to sleep comfortably, but these photographers captured a few kittens who can snooze just about anywhere, including in the middle of a book. On a related note, did you know that on average, cats sleep about two thirds of every day? That's right, and if you do the math, it means your 9-year-old kitty has slept away about six years of life. Chances are, they will find a favorite napping spot and go back to it each day, regardless of if they outgrow it. Continue reading for more.

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Saturn Cassini

NASA's Cassini-Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn, the fourth space probe to visit the ringed planet and the first to enter orbit. It has studied the planet and its many natural satellites since arriving there in 2004. Cassini is powered by 32.7 kg of plutonium-238 - the heat from the material's radioactive decay is turned into electricity. Now the Cassini probe is orbiting Saturn, it is between 8.2 and 10.2 astronomical units from the Earth. It takes 68 to 84 minutes for radio signals to travel from Earth to the spacecraft, and vice versa. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video compilation showing why gravity sucks.

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iPhone Smartcase Classic Cinema Camera

Unlike other iPhone accessories, the Lumenati CS1 is cinematic "smartcase" that "combine[s] the technological features of a digital device with the cool design, ergonomic ease and natural narrative that the lo-fi classic camera is known for." It's focused on iPhone film making, with its gun-style handle that offers a more comfortable and stable way to shoot footage, as well as a finger trigger to turn on recording when it's pulled and off when it's released. That's not all, a hot-shoe mount accommodates external lights or a microphone. Continue reading for a few videos and to find out how to get your own.

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Tier 13 Warrior Armor Cosplay

Photo credit: Josh Napoli / Reddit

We know that a Warcraft movie is set for release on June 10, 2016, but there are fans creating costumes worthy of the film long before its release, like this Tier 13 Warrior Armor by Yuki General. No detail was spared on the Colossal Dragonplate Armor, including the weapon (T17 blackhand). According to Hakkenkrak on Reddit, "The armour is made out of EVA foam (floor mat foam), and painted with acrylics. She does all of her own costumes, and crossplays a lot of anime characters. She has phenomenal talent and no, doesn't get paid to stand there and look pretty." Continue reading for one more picture.

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Pluto Photos

Finally, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has successfully completed its flyby of Pluto, shooting past the dwarf planet at 4:49 a.m. PDT. What you're looking at above are the first high-res photos beamed back as the spacecraft approached its closest position to Pluto, flying at 28,000mph. New Horizons was approximately 476,000 miles from the surface at the time this photo was taken, but it got as close as 7,500 miles. "It's truly a mark in human history. Pluto didn't turn out to be a relatively featureless planet with a foggy nitrogen rich atmosphere as was expected. It has turned out to be a complex and interesting world. For the very first time we know that," said John Grunsfeld, Nasa's associate administrator for science from the mission control center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Continue reading for a NASA video and the image they posted on Instagram.

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Drone Photography

National Geographic has teamed up with Dronestagram for the 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest, and so far, they've received more than 5,000 entries from around the globe. Drone photography offers a vantage point that we can never see while standing on the ground, and the winning images show why. They range from the tops of buildings peeking out of densely-foggy skies to a massive castle that now appears completely dwarfed. Best of all, they can be picked up for under $60 right now. Continue reading for more.

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Back to the Future Then vs Now

Photo credit: Jared Cowan via Acidcow

Back to the Future's Hill Valley town square scenes were shot at Courthouse Square, located in the Universal Studios back lot because, as Bob Gale said: "...because no city is going to let a film crew remodel their town to look like it's in the 1950s." The filmmakers "decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then we would just totally trash it down and make it all bleak and ugly for the 1980s scenes." The interiors for Doc Brown's house were shot at the Robert R. Blacker House, while exteriors took place at Gamble House. The exterior shots of the Twin Pines Mall, and later the Lone Pine Mall (from 1985) were shot at the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. The exterior shots and some interior scenes at Hill Valley High School were filmed at Whittier High School in Whittier, California. Continue reading for more then and now shots of famous locations.

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IBM Engineer Instagram

Photo credit: Croyable

Instagram contains countless images of everything under the sun, but Eelco Roos decided to take his passion for photography and the app to the next level. He left his engineering job of 10-years at IBM Amsterdam and now makes a living as a professional freelance photographer, which includes working on Instagram campaigns for Samsung, Sony, etc. When he's not shooting pictures for the world to see, Roos teachers photography workshops. He said: "I haven't regretted the decision yet. It's a dream come true." Continue reading to see more of his pictures and story.

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Perfect Images

Even if you're not a perfectionist, seeing a perfectly layered coffee just feels good. "These photos of symmetry and order are appealing to humans and animals alike. Both in society and in the wild, organisms that are 'more symmetrical' have a better chance at finding a mate than those who don't. Some speculate that this is one way of identifying a healthy partner," says Bored Panda. Continue reading for more examples.

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