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Sahara Desert Snow

Photo credit: Geoff Robinson Photography

Stunning images taken by Geoff Robinson Monday show the dunes of the Sahara Desert covered with a dusting of snow, contrasting nicely with the crests of orange sand after just the second snowfall there in living memory, and the first since February 1979. "Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away," said the photographer. Aproximately 10,500 years ago, heavy monsoon rains transformed the desert from a state similar to how it is now into habitable land that allowed people to move away from the lush Nile Valley. Unfortunately, that lush period ended between 7,300 and 5,500 years ago, prompting people to move back to the Nile and the start of what we now know as ancient Egypt. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never golf on a frozen lake.

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The Old New World

Moscow-based photographer / animator Alexey Zakharov discovered a batch of early 1900s photos and what happened next, is this amazing animation. The short includes scenes shot between 1900-1940 of New York, Detroit, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. "[The] photo-based animation project [lets you] travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine. The main part of this video was made with camera projection based on photos," said Zakharov. Unfortunately, he has yet to release a making of video showing just how each scene was animated. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of SpaceX making history yesterday.

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Kendall Jenner Funny

Photo credit: Kirby Jenner

Using Photoshop to edit images is not new or special, but Kirby Jenner decided to add himself into Kendall Jenner's most popular Instagram shots. These aren't your typical chop shop edits, but rather seamless ones that make use of a variety of techniques, including: color, adding noise / grain, manipulating lighting, and even various types of blur. All of this equated to a set of images that have gone viral online. Continue reading to see more.

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Relonch Camera

The Relonch Camera is minimalism at its finest, as there isn't even a screen, just one button on the camera. Once photos are snapped, they're automatically uploaded to the cloud via the 4G network, where artificial intelligence selects your best shots for editing. After they've been touched up, the photos are sent to your smartphone. Users will also be able to pick their favorite photo from each day, which is then compiled into a monthly photobook. How much does all this cost? About $99 per month. Continue reading for another video and some before / after shots.

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Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

Manfrotto's PIXI Mini Tripod is perfect for DSLRs or compacts, and it's being offered for just $18.99, today only, originally $28. The PIXI is great for achieving hard to get video shots while keeping your camera steady. Close the legs to use it as a comfortable grip to capture great videos that stand out from the crowd. The new push-button mechanism enables you to position and lock the ball head in one rapid, intuitive movement. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Dubai Above Clouds

Photo credit: Faz3 via Bored Panda

Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, known as Faz3 (Fazza) on Instagram, is not only know for his immense fortune, but amazing photos as well. He recently captured video footage and images of the Dubai skyline above the clouds, and that clip has already amassed over 1-million-views, captured from the top of a skyscraper. Thankfully, he did not attempt a Mission Impossible-inspired stunt, like Tom Cruise did in Ghost Protocol. Continue reading for more fascinating images gathered from around the web.

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Norway Underwater Atlantis

A landslide during 1908, in Western Norway, flooded the farmland and created what's known today as Lake Lygnstoylsvatnet, nicknamed "Norway's Underwater Atlantis". Photographer Lars Korvald recently had a chance to explore this beautiful place, and brought along an underwater camera to shoot the dive. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Finland Northern Lights

Photo credit: Tiina Tormanen

Finnish photographer Tiina Tormanen captured Lapland like most have never seen before, set against the shimmering colors of the Aurora borealis. "I think it's nice to show people this silent beauty. And to remind people how amazing this planet is, how much there is beauty in life itself. You know when you are born and raised somewhere, your surroundings are normal and you don't even think about them, you just take it all for granted. But after spending 15 years in the southern cities, I saw the North in a different light and was even more blown away about the beauty of what we have here. It has been long journey but once you follow your passion it will lead you somewhere beautiful in the end," said Tormanen. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Macro Snowflakes

Photo credit: Andrew Osokin

Russian photographer Andrew Osokin specializes winter macro photography, whether it be extreme close-ups of insects, flowers, snow, and frost, he captures them all. However, his most notable work is photographing individual snowflakes that have fallen upon the ground, right before they melt away. All the images you're about to see were captured with a Nikon D80 or Nikon D90 DSLR and a 60mm or 90mm macro lens. Continue reading for more images. Click here for some bonus macro photography shots.

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Interactive Dynamic Video

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a technology called "Interactive Dynamic Video," which essentially allows viewers manipulate objects in videos. It uses traditional cameras and algorithms to examine the invisible vibrations of an object, thus creating video simulations users can interact with in real-time. "This technique lets us capture the physical behavior of objects, which gives us a way to play with them in virtual space. By making videos interactive, we can predict how objects will respond to unknown forces and explore new ways to engage with videos," said MIT PhD student Abe Davis. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a Star Wars speeder bike battle in real-life.

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