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SpaceX Mars Base

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, has just released two photos that give us a glimpse into the company's Mars exploration plans. The first image shows a BFR rocket that will be used for deep space missions, and the other, "Mars Base Alpha." SpaceX will first launch two BFR cargo missions to Mars by 2022 before Martian settlers arrive by 2024. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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iPhone XS XR Wart

Photo credit: Phone Designer

The functionality of Apple's iPhone notch is truly only good for displaying tiny bits of information, or at least for now, since few apps are truly making use of that space. Most developers are great at blending the notch display into the app, but the notifications are still displayed. Industrial designer "Phone Designer" has came up with a solution for this, and it's a "wart" to replace the notch. As you can see, all of the equipment from the notch has been moved up slightly. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Tomb Raider PC Case Mod

This custom Shadow of the Tomb Raider GeForce RTX 2080 Ti PC isn't just for how, as it packs plenty of power to run all the latest and greatest games. Starting with the case, it's built on a Corsair 270R chassis, which has been covered in a mix of MDF Fiberboard, sculpted styrofoam, 3D printing, modelling clay, and then finished with airbrushing as well as some hand-painting. Model-shop foliage and sculpted vines were added to create a jungle motif, while flickering LEDs and cotton balls create the appearance of fire-based torches. Last, but not least, the system was finished off with an altar, a hand-sculpted dagger, and a 3D printed Tomb Raider climbing axe. Inside each one of these GeForce GTX 2080 Ti-powered PCs, you'll find an ASUS X299 TUF Mk1 motherboard, an Intel i7-7820X CPU, 32GB of Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4 RAM, a 512GB Samsung 970 Pro SSD, a Corsair RMX1000 PSU, Mainframe Customs Cables, and customized Primochill Watercooling. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Pix Smart Backpack

You've never quite seen a backpack like PIX, which is touted as the world's "first smart animative backpack". What does that mean? Well, it can be used to display pictures, animations, and even playable 8-bit games like Tetris, once synced through an iOS or Android app. The customizable illuminated screen can also be used as a stopwatch, sign, or even to hitchhike. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Jay Leno Tesla Roadster

Former late night television talk show host Jay Leno owns just about every modern supercar that you can imagine, so it's no surprise that he's one of the first to ride in Tesla's all-new Roadster. Set for release in 2020, it's touted as the fastest road-legal supercar to hit the streets, thanks to three electric motors that deliver a combined 7375 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to hit 62 mph in a mere 1.9-seconds. Best of all, it's priced at just $200,000. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Back to the Future Aging Where Are They Now

Most film buffs know that the first Back to the Future movie was released on July 3, 1985 and grossed over $381 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 1985. However, did you know that the filmmakers "decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then [they] 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. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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How Many Earths Can Fit Inside the Sun



Photo credit: Mike Whitmore via Bored Panda

Ever wonder just how many Earths can fit inside the sun? If so (or not), the answer is approximately 1.3 million Earths. Believe it or not, the Sun is just an average-sized star, as the red giant Betelgeuse has a radius of 936 times the radius of the Sun, making it hundreds of millions of times larger. Currently, the largest known star is VY Canis Majoris, and it's thought to be between 1800 and 2100 times the radius of the Sun. Continue reading to see more things that are larger than you think.

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Galaxy Note 9 Leak

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be officially revealed in just a few days (August 9), but today, an official intro video leaked. From what we can see, a yellow stylus will comes bundled with the blue edition of the phone, while also confirming the 512GB version. Couple that storage capacity with a 512GB microSD, and you have a 1TB smartphone. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Slow Motion Hummingbird

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Believe it or not, photographer and conservationist Phil Torres shot this amazing slow-motion hummingbird video in the Ecuadorian cloud forest using just his iPhone X and Moment's lens attachments. "I soon realized that the wide angle lens gives the iPhone and incredibly close focus point, allowing me to capture hard-to-pull-off wide-angle macro photos and videos. I set my iPhone to 240fps on 1080p (which my Canon 1DX Mark II can't even handle), put on the wide angle lens, set it next to a hummingbird feeder in the cloud forests of Sumaco, and pressed record," Torres told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more fascinating images.

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VRSlide Virtual Reality Waterslide

Ready Player One showed us what virtual reality is capable of in the future, but the last thing you'd expect is for this technology to be combined with an actual water slide. However, that's exactly what VRSlide at Galaxy Erding in Germany has done. Simply put, riders wear a custom waterproof headset, powered by an integrated Samsung Galaxy S8, that uses a two-part tracking system to pinpoint exactly where users are on the slide. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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