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Lithium-ion Battery Recycled Glass

UC Riverside researchers have developed a low-cost method of turning glass bottles into functional lithium-ion batteries that store nearly 4-times more energy than conventional batteries. The team, headed by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, used a 3-step process. First, they crushed and grounded the glass bottles into a fine white powder. Next, the silicon dioxide is converted into nanostructured silicon, and lastly, the silicon nanoparticles get coated with carbon. Future applications include: extending the range of plug-in hybrid electric / electric vehicles, and providing extra power with fewer charges to laptops, cell phones, and other mobile devices. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Surface of Venus

Venus is a terrestrial planet and is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because of their similar size, mass, proximity to the Sun, and bulk composition. The atmospheric pressure at the planet's surface is 92 times that of Earth, or roughly the pressure found 3,000-feet underwater on Earth. Venus is by far the hottest planet in the Solar System, with a mean surface temperature of 863° F even though Mercury is closer to the Sun. It's shrouded by an opaque layer of highly reflective clouds of sulfuric acid, preventing its surface from being seen from space in visible light. In 1975 the Soviet Venera 9 and 10 landers transmitted the first images from the surface of Venus, which were in black and white. In 1982 the first colour images of the surface were obtained with the Soviet Venera 13 and 14 landers. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is claimed to be the fastest SUV yet, and rightfully so. Powered by a Hellcat-sourced V8 that generates 707-horsepower, mated to an 8-speed transmission, this unconventional track monster can go from 0-60mph in just 3.5-seconds, while topping out at 180mph. It's designed to go off-road as well, thanks to an all-wheel drive system, Bilstein shocks, an electronic limited slip differential, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch titanium wheels. The cabin comes equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Nappa leather / suede seats, and a panoramic sunroof. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of one of the strangest, yet quickest, ways to ride a bike.

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Bridge Erector

Not just another piece of heavy machinery you'd find at a normal worksite, the SLJ900, designed by the Shijiazhuang Railway Design Institute, is specifically used to build aqueducts and rail bridges. Most recently, it was used in the construction of a link between Chongqing and Wanzhous in China. It weighs in at a massive 580-tons, spans 300-feet long and 24-feet wide. The SLJ900 consists of four sections of 16, each of which can rotate 90°, equipped with a total of 64 wheels to allow for fluid movement. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Cannikin Nuclear Test

Cannikin was an underground nuclear weapons test performed on November 6, 1971, on Amchitka island, Alaska, by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The experiment, part of the Operation Grommet nuclear test series, tested the warhead design for the LIM-49 Spartan anti-ballistic missile. With an explosive yield of almost 5-megatons TNT equivalent, the test was the largest underground explosion ever detonated by the United States. To perform the test, 400 tons of equipment was placed in a shaft 6,150 feet deep and 90 inches wide. Test support equipment was designed to survive a ground upheaval of 15 feet at test time. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Funny Gaming the System

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Hate when products place a sticker that either voids the warranty or forces you to accept the end user agreement when it's broken? Well, this person decided to game the system, literally, by opening this software disc from the bottom instead of breaking the seal. Technically, they should still be able to return it, should they not agree with something, or so we think. Continue reading for more people taking things too literally. Click here for a few bonus images.

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IKEA Wedge Dowel Snap Together Furniture

IKEA furniture may be affordable, and a great value, but sometimes, the assembly can take longer than expected. However, that is all about to change, with the company's new furniture line that uses wedge dowel technology, starting with the Lisabo table. Simply put, it only takes minutes to snap the pieces together, and without the use of tools. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

In addition to its "nano active-fiber technology," which is a flexible strip light that enables designers to create an instantly recognizable signature look, the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT Concept boasts a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8, paired with an electric motor, for a combined output of 805-horsepower. Continue reading for another video, straight from the Geneva Motor Show, more pictures and information.

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Ferrari 330 P4

Auto enthusiasts know that 1967 was a banner year for the Enzo Ferrari motor company, as it saw the production of the mid-engined 330 P4, a renowned V12 endurance car meant to replace the previous year's P3. Only four Ferrari P4-engined cars were ever made: three new 330 P4s and one ex P3 chassis (0846). Their three-valve cylinder head was modeled after those of Italian Grand Prix-winning Formula One cars. To this was added the same fuel injection system from the P3 for an output of up to 450-horsepower. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos from around the web.

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Equus Bass 770

Take a Ford Mustang, cross it with a Dodge Challenger, and you get the Equus Bass 770. Under the hood, you'll find a 640-horsepower, 605 lb-ft of torque supercharged 6.2L aluminum V8, enabling the muscle car to hit 0-60mph in just 3.4-seconds, while topping out at 200mph. You can thank its lightweight aluminum chassis, complete with a 'superformed aluminum body', as well as carbon fiber inners enhancing structural strength, for the speed boost. Don't let its exterior fool you, as the interior is as modern as can be, and includes a touchscreen display with USB connectivity / satellite navigation, as well as a booming sound system. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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