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Great Horned Owl

Photo credit: Bored Panda

Camouflage is basically the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else. The great horned owl is generally colored for camouflage. The underparts of the species are usually light with some brown horizontal barring; the upper parts and upper wings are generally a mottled brown usually bearing heavy, complex darker markings. Continue reading for more incredible instances of animal camouflage in nature. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Full Moon Service

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson has revealed his latest project, titled "Full Moon Service," and it depicts workers swapping in a full moon to show the lunar phases. "This is a photo I've been working on from now and then for the past 8 months. Shot in late summer of 2016 a beautiful calm evening in the middle of Sweden. I brought out 7 rice lamps, 7 light bulbs, an electric generator, a car and two models out in a field. The main part that has been retouched in this photo is to replace the rice ball with a moon texture, the light and the mood was very close to what you see in the photo," said Johansson. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Paul Kohlhaussen, a Richmond student, decided to create a fully-functional 3D-printed camera, when he realized his dream cameras were way out of his budget. Even more impressive is the fact that he had no prior knowledge in CAD software, and managed to teach himself everything from scratch. This custom-built creation combines the features of the Mamiya 7 (medium format photography), Hasselblad XPan (panoramas), and last, but not least, the Leica M Series. What he ended up with, is the "Cycloptic Mustard Monster," which is designed to shoot 6 x 14 negatives on 120 film, and features an 8-part modular design that easily pairs with camera gear. Continue reading for some sample shots and more information.

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DJI Spark

The DJI Spark is a miniature drone that doesn't lack in features. What really sets it apart from the competition is a special "Gesture Mode," which enables users to control it in "The Force" like fashion, while more complex functions can be accessed from a smartphone or the Spark controller. It also features a "3D Sensing System" for obstacle avoidance, especially since the drone has a top speed of 31 mph. As for images, its 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor is capable of 12-megapixel photos and 1080p video, all stabilized with a 2-axis gimbal. Get one here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's heaviest weight.

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LED Running Track

The all-new Nike Unlimited Stadium installation in Manila, Philippines lets runners race against a digital avatar of themselves. Simply place a radio frequency identification sensor on your sneaker, and then run a lap on the track. Once the first lap is completed, a digital avatar appears on large LED screens. This 200-meter installation was built by global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty's (BBH) Singapore and spans an entire city block. It's modeled after Nike's new LunarEpic running shoe and lights up in a host of colors while featuring the same circular drawings found shoe's sole. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Colorized

UC Berkley researchers, lead by Richard Zhang, have developed an innovative app that uses artificial intelligence to colorize black and white photos near instantly. It begins by automatically colorizing the image, and then offers "suggested colors" to let users manually fix any mistakes, while the computer analyzes the markers in real-time to create the final product. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Turkey's ingenious tow trucks in-action.

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Old Camera F1

Photo credit: Lollipop Magazine

Photographer Joshua Paul experimented with a 1913 Graflex 4x5 view camera by taking it to shoot Formula 1 races, and the results are spectacular to say the least, in a vintage kind of way. This 104-year-old camera is capable of shooting up to 20 exposures, thanks to a roll film adapter. To make things even harder, setting the focal plane shutter speed requires selecting both a slit width and a spring tension. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Krubera Cave

Krubera Cave is currently the deepest-known cave on Earth, located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagra Range of the Western Caucasus, in the Gagra district of Abkhazia. The Ukrainian Speleological Association expedition reached a depth greater than 6,600-feet, and explored the cave to -6,824-feet. The original name "Krubera" had been assigned to the cave by Georgian speleologists who explored the entrance pit in 1960. This name was given after the noted Russian geographer Alexander Kruber. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Tiny Island

Photo credit: Vatsal Kataria via Bored Panda

The Bow Wow Challenge is one thing, artist Vatsal Kataria takes fake travel photos to the next level, all from the comfort of his home studio. "I created all of this miniature landscapes here in my studio with help of very basic products. I used old cardboard, plaster, polystyrene sheets, newspapers and acrylic colors. I always wanted to do something different so I created this series. Creating set is important but for me painting is the real challenge because it's the paint job which brings life to my art," said Kataria. Continue reading to see more of his amazing work.

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Birdie GoPro

Birdie is a simple accessory that lets you take amazing aerial shots using only your GoPro, without requiring a drone. Launch it into the air while your camera takes continuous photos or videos on the way up to maximum altitude, and on the way back down. Best of all, the gadget floats, so you can play safely with it at the pool or at the beach. Get one here now. 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 an incredible Star Trek and TRON: Legacy mashup.

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