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Graphene Aerogel

ZheJiang University researchers in China demonstrate graphene aerogel by placing the extremely light substance on a flower. Professor Gao Chao created this by using a new freeze-drying method that involved freeze-drying solutions of carbon nanotubes and graphene to form a carbon sponge that can be arbitrarily adjusted to any shape. The final result is a very strong and extremely elastic material that can also absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil - one gram of aerogel can absorb up to 68.8 grams of organics per second, making it perfect for mopping up oil spills at sea. Continue reading for more.

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Amazing Opal

These are not from alien worlds, just opals mined here on Earth. The opal is basically a hydrated amorphous form of silica, and its water content may range from 3% - 21%. They are deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt. Australia produces 97% of the world's supply, and the internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an energetic dog teaching a baby how to bounce, or is just trying to pounce on a shadow.

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2015 Mustang RTR

The 2015 Ford Mustang RTR might not be the first tuned Mustang to hit the streets, but it's definitely no slouch. Professional drifter Vaughn Gittin's RTR brand partnered with Ford to create this special edition Mustang, powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that generates 725-horsepower. Other upgrades include an adjustable suspension, stiffer anti-roll bars, and a set of Brembo brakes for extreme stopping power. Continue reading to see this beast drift around SEMA 2014, more pictures and additional information.

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Funny Soldiers

Let's face it, being on active duty in a battle zone can be stressful to say the least, and humor is one channel some soldiers use to calm themselves. Whether it positioning themselves in the perfect spot to make it appear as if they're eating soldiers climbing down from a helicopter, or just playing Quiditch, you'll find them here. Continue reading to see more.

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Return of the Jedi Behind the Scenes

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was first released in theaters on May 25, 1983, directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, with Lucas as executive producer. It was the first film to use THX technology, and is set one year after The Empire Strikes Back. Filming took place in England, California, and Arizona from January to March 1982, with Lucas handling second unit work. Strict secrecy surrounded the production and the film used the working title Blue Harvest to prevent price gouging. The film grossed over $475 million worldwide, with several home video and theatrical releases and revisions to the film following over the next 20 years. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes photos.

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Grandma Skydiving

Whether if you're having a mid-life crisis or just feel too old to do certain things, let 90-year-old Mary Ann Barnett of Jacksonville, Florida be proof that age is just a number. She always wanted to skydive and had told her husband of 54 years, several times, that people should try everything at least once. Her most surprising comment? This: "I did it. I enjoyed it. And I'm ready to do it again." Continue reading for more.

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Carbon Fiber Stormtrooper

Engineering technician Leonard Carson at San Diego Composites had always wanted a carbon fiber Stormtrooper suit to call his own. So, he convinced three of his co-workers to turn his idea into a reality. Since they already work for a composites company, sourcing the material needed wasn't hard at all. They built a total of 4 complete suits, all of which have not yet been put up for sale. Continue reading for more images Star Wars fans will appreciate.

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Tattoo Spellcheck

Unless you plan on getting laser surgery immediately to remove a misspelled tattoo, we highly recommend you ask whoever is performing the procedure to run whatever phrase you're getting inked through spell / grammar check. This person probably wasn't smiling for long after figuring out just what went wrong. Continue reading for more bizarre, yet real, examples that will make you look twice.

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Geeky Parents

Photo credit: Neatorama

There's nothing wrong with being a normal parent that only wants to best for their children, but there's also people like NASA scientist Jim Martin. He decided to build a giant Mechwarrior playhouse for his kids, complete with control panel. It took him just a couple of weeks using a few hundred dollars worth of supplies to build. Continue reading for more pictures showing geeky parenting done right.

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Random Photos

It's not everyday that you see a shark, much less one jumping out of the water and ready to take a bite out of the parasailer. With that said, did you know that shark attacks on a human normally happens in less than 6 feet 6 inches of calm water, and within a relatively short distance from shore? Or, that Amanzimtoti Beach in South Africa is the most dangerous beach in the world for shark attacks? Continue reading for more interesting, yet random, things you dont' see everyday.

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