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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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Retro TV Game Console

Imgur user "FinnAnderson" scooped up a vintage television found in a dumpster on the side of a street, and transformed it into a custom game console. It's powered by Raspberry Pi 3 running the RetroPie image, and can emulate most of the classic video game consoles, including the N64, PS1, and Dreamcast. A wireless XBOX controller receiver was added for multiplayer gaming during parties. When breaking news hits, you're able to switch into television mode, as a digital tuner was also integrated, complete with knob control. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Euthanasia Roller Coaster

Love roller coasters, and don't mind going out on one? Meet the Euthanasia Roller Coaster. The train first climbs up a steep 500 meter hill, giving the rider a few minutes to reflect on their life, before they're plunged down into the first 360° loop, where some will perish. Why? Because traveling at 100 meters per second will cause the rider to experience a G-force-induced loss of consciousness due to cerebral hypoxia. If that doesn't work, there are six more consecutive loops, with the final one coming to an abrupt stop. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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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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