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Super Graphene Battery

Researcher Han Lin created a new type of super battery using a form of carbon called graphene, which is one of the strongest materials on Earth. He used a 3D printer to create the graphene sheets, resulting in a cost-effective energy storage method that could soon replace the batteries in our cell phones, laptops, and even electric cars. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Microburst Storm

Photo credit: Jerry Furguson via Bored Panda

Photographer and news helicopter pilot Jerry Ferguson managed to capture a microburst storm that was hovering over Phoenix, Arizona while shooting footage for a local television station. Simply put, it's a small downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado, and are found in strong thunderstorms. They usually last for a couple of seconds to several minutes, and are accompanied by high winds that can knock over fully grown trees. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Crash Proof Human

Artist Patricia Piccinini teamed up with a leading trauma surgeon and a crash investigation expert to create Graham, a hyperrealistic sculpture of a human designed to survive a fatal car crash. A massive helmet-like head replaces the traditional neck, while hoof-like feet, as well as other strange features show a human body evolved to sustain the forces in major auto collisions. The skull is larger to hold more cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to sustain the brain in case of a crash. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Melting a Nail

Sure, not everyone has a modified microwave oven transformer to play around with, but this person just so happened to have just that, and shows us what 1,000 amps of electricity can do to a nail. With that said, a industrial electric arc furnaces (EAF) can heat things up to 1,800° C, while laboratory units can exceed 3,000° C, enabling steel to be made from a 100% scrap metal feedstock. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Octopus Tomato Tree

There are tomato trees, and this mutant-like creation, discovered by Yong Huang, manager of agricultural science at The Land pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, in Beijing China. He brought a few seeds back to the resort, planted them, and proceeded to set a record harvest from a single plant consisting of 32,000 tomatoes with a total weight 1,150-pounds. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Y-40 Deepest Pool

The Y-40 "Deep Joy" pool first opened back in 2014, designed by architect Emanuele Boaretto, and measures 131-feet deep, making it the world's deepest. It contains 1.1-million gallons of thermal water kept at a temperature of 32-34 °C. Featuring underwater caves and even a suspended, transparent, underwater tunnel for guests to walk through. It includes platforms at various depths, ranging from 4.3-feet to 39-feet, before the walls of the pool narrow into a well-like funnel which plunges straight down to 131-feet. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a crazy viral video of a stunt pilot flying underneath a motorcyclist doing a backflip.

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Etra Ale Volcano Lava Lake

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Erta Ale is basically a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. It's noted for holding the longest-existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century, since 1906. Erta Ale means "smoking mountain" in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as "the gateway to Hell". Continue reading for a two-part video series on the volcano, and more information.

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Cymatics Sounds Visualized

New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford took various kinds of matter to demonstrate cymatics, the science of visualizing audio frequencies. In one of the examples, he takes a Chladni Plate - sand-covered thin metal surface attached to the top of a speaker - and plays different audio frequencies on a keyboard to move sand into mind-bending patterns. He also uses a vodka-filled petri dish taped to a speaker for playing audio frequencies of 50Hz and 100Hz to form standing waves in the liquid. 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 of 7 Mars mysteries that will boggle your mind.

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Planet 3 Suns

Though it may be nothing like Tatooine, this newly discovered planet, called "HD 131399Ab", has 3 suns, and is located 340 light-years from Earth. What does this mean? You would experience constant daylight, complete with triple sunrises and sunsets daily, depending on the season. A few caveats: it has a surface temperature of 1,070°F, and weighs approximately four Jupiter masses. "For about half of the planet's orbit, which lasts 550 Earth-years, three stars are visible in the sky, the fainter two always much closer together, and changing in apparent separation from the brightest star throughout the year," said Kevin Wagner, a first-year PhD student. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Growing Drones Chemputer

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Why bother with 3D-printing, when you'll soon be able to grow your own drones. Researchers at BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow are developing military drones that can be grown from molecular building blocks in a matter of days. The technology will be based on Chemputer tecnology, which is essentially "digitally controlled chemistry," or creating tools that will help direct the assembly of complex objects in a machine with minimal human input after the initial configuration. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what not to do in a self-driving car.

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