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Bananas Into Plastic

Elif Bilgin, a 17-year-old student from Istanbul, Turkey discovered that the starches and cellulose contained in a banana's outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. So, she developed a chemical process that turns banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that will hopefully replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution as well. Bilgin says: "For me, this means that my project actually has a potential to be a solution to the increasing pollution problem caused by petroleum-based plastic. It also means that I have started the process of changing the world, which makes me feel like a winner already." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Bach being played on a dot matrix printer.

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Bioluminscence Phenomenon Beach

Photo credit: Remco Douma via My Modern Met

Remco Douma, a Dutch photographer who resides in Uruguay, managed to capture the crazy, yet beautiful, bioluminescence phenomena at Brava beach near Punta del Este. The "Sea Sparkles" he photographed were caused by a non-toxic, dinoflagellate species called Alexandrium fraterculus. Dinoflagellate bioluminescence is controlled by circadian rhythms and only occurs at night. More than 18 genera of dinoflagellates are bioluminescent, and the majority of them emit a blue-green light. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including the oldest footage of London ever.

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Window Socket

Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa, the Window Socket is essentially an outlet that sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which lets you either plug small devices into the outlet directly, or save the stored power for use during nighttime hours. The suction plate encircles the solar panel, and a basic outlet feeds the converted solar power to a device, and it can be used anywhere there is daylight, particularly where there is restricted use of electricity - it even works on planes. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a mind-boggling apocalyptic clip of the volcano eruption in Chile.

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Slightly Crazy Ideas

Have you ever sat next to someone on a plane that just wouldn't stop chatting? Well, if airlines let passengers choose "quiet" or "chat" during booking, that might never be an issue. Or, waking up everyone in the house when trying to sneak in a midnight snack due to that darn microwave beeping. Last, but not least, how many more Google Plus users could the company pull in if they offered special badges + a leaderboard to users who were the first to search for something (not to mention an increase in ad revenue)? Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a homemade Star Wars BB-8 Droid made from a Sphero.

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Chevrolet FNR

There are electric cars, and then there's the Chevrolet FNR, unveiled today at the Shanghai Motor Show. Developed at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture in China, this ultra futuristic vehicle boasts a capsule-like design with crystal laser headlights / taillights, dragonfly-inspired dual swing doors, magnetic hub-less wheel electric motors and even a wireless auto-charging system. The technology doesn't end there, as on the inside, you'll find sensors and a roof-mounted radar that can map out the environment for driverless operation as well as a crazy iris recognition start function. When in self-driving mode, the front seats swivel 180° to face the rear seats, for a more intimate setting. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including someone who decided to use a GoPro at their boring office job.

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Cool Geeky Rooms

Let's face it, most kids' bedrooms are purely for sleeping with some toys strewn around, but then there are these parents who decided to spend the time (and money) to create a truly memorable experience. Our favorite is definitely a toss up between the pirate ship bedroom and the Super Mario Brothers-themed creation. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Matthew Mcconaughey's reaction to the new Star Wars teaser trailer.

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Retro Game Collection

There are specialty stores that may carry old classics, but for the ultimate in retro games, look no further than this collection, which fills an entire room. As you can see, there's everything from the original R.O.B. to a tower of limited edition N64 consoles. If you look closely, you'll also spot the stacks of Game Boys and also Nintendo's original Famicom. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including something you'd never expect to see in Brussels, Belgium.

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QWERTY Keyboard History

QWERTY keyboards are used everyday, but have you ever wondered how the layout came to be? If so, it was devised and created in the early 1870s by Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper editor and printer who lived in Milwaukee. In October 1867, Sholes filed a patent application for his early writing machine he developed with the assistance of his friends Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule. The QWERTY layout became popular with the success of the Remington No. 2 of 1878, the first typewriter to include both upper and lower case letters, via a shift key. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including some awesome waffle iron hacks.

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Negative Art

Brian Lai, an artist Brian Lai from Malaysia, takes photo-realistic drawing to a whole new level by creating sketches with inverted colors. That's right, they look like abstract works of art until a filter is applied to invert the colors, allowing one to admire the portrait and, thereby, positively appreciating the artist's negative rendition. The hardest part? Adjusting the tone and shading details, according to Lai. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including "The Dawn of Killer Robots".

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DeLorean Monster Truck

Sure, this DeLorean monster truck isn't capable of time travel, but it's great for off-roading nonetheless. Built by Rich Weissensel over the course of several weeks, it's basically a 1981 DeLorean body on top of a 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer frame. Approximately 6,500 examples of the iconic Back to the Future vehicle are believed to exist today, and like countless other fans, his passion to create this one-of-a-kind truck was peaked by the film. His passion of the DeLorean doesn't stop there, he's also built a DeLorean limousine and a DeLorean hovercraft. He says: "I am often reminded by those simple words from a good friend of mine, Dr Emmet L. Brown, who stated, 'Roads, where we are going, we don't need roads.'" Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a robot chef that may soon take over at a real restaurants.

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