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Wattway Solar Road

In some parts of the world, you'll find musical roads that hum as you drive over them, but Wattway plans to install 621-miles of solar photovoltaic panels over the next five years in France. The government plans to supply renewable power for 5-million people. Just 13-feet of solar road is enough to power one household's energy needs, while one 3,281-feet can supply enough electricity for 5,000 inhabitants. Click here to view more pictures of the solar road. Continue reading for another video.

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Iron Man Indonesia

Wayan Sutawan has earned the title of "Indonesia's Iron Man" after building a robotic device that enables him to control his paralyzed left arm with just his thoughts. The father of three spent months working on this device using scrap metal as well as the knowledge he gained during his mechanical engineering studies in high school. The final product consists of a strap-on mechanism for his paralyzed limb connected to a headband that reads his brainwaves and transmits commands. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Bionic Eye Camera

Filmmaker Rob Spence decided to replace his prosthetic glass eye with a more powerful camera, and call himself "Eyeborg". He lost vision one eye in a freak accident as a child, while incorrectly holding the shotgun and shooting a pile of cow dung. From afar, the camera-eye looks like normal, but it's actually equipped with a micro radio-frequency transmitter that transmits images to a handheld monitor. "Literally everybody [said] it as a joke - people during the surgery say, 'Oh you should get an eye camera.' The idea is so out-there in pop culture and science fiction," said Spence. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy toy roller coaster.

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Light Pillar

A light pillar may look other worldly or a digital enhancement, but it's a natural atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical column of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect, sometimes also called the crystal beam phenomenon, is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds. Continue reading for some cool facts. Click here for more pictures of light pillars.

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Liquid Glass Putty

Liquid Glass Putty can stretch like rubber and bounce like a ball, and since it's silicone-based, the material won't dry out or crumble over time. Think of this as part toy, part stress reliever, part physical therapy and entirely addictive, or so the manufacturer thinks. However, pouring 500-pounds of this stuff into a bathtub and trying to climb out after the putty settles, is another story. Get some here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a karate master destroying 726 bricks in 90-seconds.

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Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well is a perennial karstic spring cavern in the Texas Hill Country flowing from the bed of Cypress Creek, located northwest of Wimberley, Texas. From the opening in the creek bed, it descends vertically for about 30-feet, then continues downward at an angle through a series of silted chambers separated by narrow restrictions, finally reaching an average depth of 120-feet. Until the modern era, the Trinity Aquifer-fed natural artesian spring gushed water from the mouth of the cave, with a measured flow in 1924 of 170 US gallons per second, discharging 6-feet into the air. The spring is the greatest source of water recharging the Edwards Aquifer. Continue reading for more.

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Ninth Planet

Caltech researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown have found discovered a giant planet in our outer solar system tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit. Officially nicknamed "Planet Nine," it has a mass about 10-times that of Earth and orbits 20-times further from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8-billion-miles). It would take this new planet approximately 10,000-20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun. Continue reading for a video showcasing the findings in more detail. Click here to view more potentially habitable planets.

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Floating Ark

The Ark is essentially a floating hotel that's designed to be a bioclimatic house with independent life-support systems, including elements ensuring a closed-functioning cycle. It can be built in various climates, a well as seismically dangerous regions since the basement area is a shell structure, without ledges or angles. A complex load-bearing system of arches and cables offer weight redistribution along the entire corpus in case of an earthquake. The shell-shaped design makes installing photovoltaic cells at an optimal angle toward the sun, a breeze, while the upper cupola part, collects warm air in seasonal heat accumulators to provide an uninterrupted energy supply for the whole complex independently from outer environmental conditions. Illuminated areas on the interior create well-lit places for growing plants at any time of day. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first Suicide Squad trailer.

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Propane Rifle

What do you get when a propane torch, two-by-four, clear tubing, and a water bottle are combined? A crazy propane rifle of course, or at least if you're "The Backyard Scientist". "This experiment was not explody enough for me, so I used the same concept to build a propane powered cannon. This is honestly the best gas cannon I've ever used, it is just so simple. You could probably shoot 20 golfballs a minute the length of a football field or farther. The canon shot golf balls over 600 feet in the air," said its creator. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when you fill a house with explosive expanding foam.

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McCollough Effect

The McCollough Effect is basically an illusion of human visual perception in which colorless gratings appear colored contingent on the orientation of the gratings. It's an aftereffect requiring a period of induction to produce it. For example, if someone alternately looks at a red horizontal grating and a green vertical grating for a few minutes, a black-and-white horizontal grating will then look greenish and a black-and-white vertical grating will then look pinkish. The effect is remarkable for often lasting an hour or more, and in some cases after prolonged exposure to the grids, the effect can last up to three and a half months. Continue reading for more strange, yet true, facts. Click here for a few bonus facts.

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