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Lift eFoil Surfboard

How about an electric surfboard that lets you fly over water? Introducing the Lift eFoil. Constructed mostly from carbon fiber, kevlar, fiberglass, and stainless steel, this watercraft boasts a motor powered by a lithium battery pack good for a top speed of 15 miles per hour. On a full charge (2.5-hours to recharge), expect up to 1-hour of riding time. Riders control it with two handheld Bluetooth devices, and by simply pressing the lever on the controller, the motor responds instantly, while letting you also throttle the speed back in case the power is low. One caveat: pre-orders will currently run you $12,000 per board. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Halcyon Phone

If you only need the most basic functions in a phone, look no further than the Halcyon. Sporting a flexible design that can easily fit in your pocket, its UI only shows if you receive new calls or texts, rather than emails, game notifications, social media. etc. Other features include a single speaker and a USB Type-C charging / data port. It's a pay-as-you-go phone that accepts payments either via direct-debit or PayPal. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Hankook Flexup

Hankook may be known for their tires, but they've revealed two futuristic transportation devices that could become a reality soon. First up, we have the "FlexUp" (top), which boasts a single-wheeled design with multiple expanding treads that can be used to go anywhere, even climb stairs. Next, there's "Magfloat" (bottom), a skateboard-like device with magnetic field technology to rotate on surfaces. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Menzi Muck Excavator

Unlike other heavy machinery, the Menzi Muck Spider Walking Excavators are based on a sophisticated high-tech chassis and the patented boom: various hydraulic cylinders enable the all-rounder to adapt its wheels and supports to any terrain. Whether it be mud or steep hills, this high-tech machine is capable of traversing it. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Funny Product Warning

Let's face it, people don't stock their bathrooms with magazines like they used to, and rely more on smartphones / tablets to keep up with their daily reading. However, sometimes you're caught without one, and that means reading random product labels becomes the next best thing. Sainsbury's realized this, and decided to add this extra little bit at the end. Continue reading for more funny product warnings. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Full Moon Service

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson has revealed his latest project, titled "Full Moon Service," and it depicts workers swapping in a full moon to show the lunar phases. "This is a photo I've been working on from now and then for the past 8 months. Shot in late summer of 2016 a beautiful calm evening in the middle of Sweden. I brought out 7 rice lamps, 7 light bulbs, an electric generator, a car and two models out in a field. The main part that has been retouched in this photo is to replace the rice ball with a moon texture, the light and the mood was very close to what you see in the photo," said Johansson. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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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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