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Famous Photographers with Photographs

Photo credit: Tim Mantoani

Tim Mantoani wanted to capture the photographers behind famous photographs, such as "Girl in Afghanistan" and "Beijing 1989", so he used tracked them down. However, these are no basic portraits, but rather ones captured with a special 235-pound Polaroid 20x24 instant camera that produces plates of 20 inches by 2 inches, complete with its own custom wheeled tripod. For those interested in seeing the 150+ portraits, you can pick up a hardcover book here. Continue reading to see more.

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2016 Ford Focus RS

The 2016 Ford Focus RS will be the hottest hatchback to hit North American shores in quite some time, boasting a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine, sourced from the Mustang EcoBoost, that generates at least 320 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Ford has also fitted this all-wheel-drive hot hatch with a dynamic torque vectoring all-wheel drive system to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with exciting agility and cornering speed. Continue reading for the live reveal video, more pictures and additional information.

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Awesome Places Things

The top image above shows an optical illusion floor spotted at a video game store in Paris, France. While the floor is still flat, this effect is achieved by printing bent lines. There's also The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar. The tiny floating restaurant is located on the Michanwi Pingwe beach, andcan be reached by walking, swimming or a canoe. Last, but not least, we have Poland's Crooked Forest. People say that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the top five most popular viral videos of today.

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Obama 3D Portrait

What you're looking at is Obama sitting for his 64-bit 3D capture session, in which epidermal information will be recorded and then used to create a poly-mesh / texture map so painters can add in realistic lighting later for portraits or sculptures. According to researchers, the right is a "Mobile Light Stage - in essence, eight high-end DSLRs and 50 light sources mounted in a futuristic-looking quarter-circle of aluminum scaffolding. During a facial scan, the cameras capture 10 photographs each under different lighting conditions for a total of 80 photographs. All of this happens in a single second. Afterwards, sophisticated algorithms process this data into high-resolution 3D models." Continue reading for more.

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Ghetto Computer

Aside from dogs and cats, internet users love looking for random photos of things you don't see everyday, such as the computer above, which has seen much better days. Ever wonder where the word "ghetto" originated from in the US? If so, people say it came about during the Great Depression, when many people would congregate in large open parking lots. They built shelters out of whatever materials they could find at the time. These congregations of shelters were also called "ghettos". Continue reading for more.

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Comet 67P Surface

Stuart Atkinson, an amateur astronomer from Kendal, UK, discovered this incredible cliff on Comet 67P while studying an image beamed back by the Rosetta probe. He found the location on notes by the European Space Agency, which said the picture - pieced together from four taken 12 miles from the comet on December 10 - measured 1.8 by 1.6 miles from end to end. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Largest Solar Flare 2014

At 00.49 GMT on April 12th, a huge sunspot released a massive X4.9-class flare - the largest of 2014. Thankfully, it appeared on the sun's southeastern limb, and did not impact satellites or radio communication. Spaceweather.com said: "Radio emissions from shock waves at the leading edge of the cornoal mass ejection (CME) suggest an expansion velocity near 2000 km/s or 4.4 million mph. If such a fast-moving cloud did strike Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storms could be severe. However, because its trajectory is so far off the sun-Earth line, the CME will deliver a glancing blow, at best." Continue reading for more.

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Tree Firewood

Most Christmas trees are purchased from a vendor / store, this one was made from 5,000 pieces of firewood, and located at a a public square in Budapest, Hungary. Workers spent 5-days building the tree, using rappelling gear as they neared the top, to stack sawed logs of tapering sizes within the cone-shaped, 35-foot wooden frame. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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F18 Breaking Sound Barrier

The F/A-18 is nothing new, but this rarely seen image of it approaching the sound barrier is. The white halo formed by condensed water droplets is thought to result from an increase in air pressure around the aircraft at transonic speeds. In dry air at 20 °C (68 °F), the sound barrier is reached when an object moves at a speed of 343 metres per second (1,125 ft/s). The term came into use in this sense during World War II, when a number of aircraft started to encounter the effects of compressibility, a number of several unrelated aerodynamic effects that "struck" their aircraft like an impediment to further acceleration. Continue reading for more.

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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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