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Parallel Universe

Scientists may be on the verge of proving the existence of a parallel universe with the discovery of a mysterious 'cold spot'. This mysterious patch of space, first spotted by the NASA WMAP satellite in 2004, is part of the radiation that was thought to have been produced during the formation of the universe some 13-billion years ago. However, research conducted by Professor Tom Shanks from Durham University proposes that the Cold Spot was formed when universes collided. "Perhaps the most exciting of these is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe. If further, more detailed, analysis...proves this to be the case then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse," said Shanks. Continue reading for another video on parallel universes and more information.

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Lightest Satellite

While many 18-year-olds are worrying about college, Rifath Shaarook from India spent his time building the world's lightest satellite, from scratch. Weighing a mere 64 grams, the device will now go on a four-hour mission aboard a sub-orbital NASA flight during which it will operate for around 12-minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space. "We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest," said Shaarook about his 3D-printed, carbon fiber small-scale satellite. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Algae Motorcycle

Dutch designer Ritsert Mans partnered with scientist Peter Mooji to create a motorcycle unlike any other. So, the duo developed an algae-powered bike that actually works. To make this possible, Mooji figured out a method for growing algae naturally, in salt water. Next, Mans built the frame / springs using wood, while cork was turned into dampeners, and then hemp for reinforcement. "Five years ago, I decided that for me, designing meant following my intuition. Instead of simulating my way through the design process," said Mans on his organic approach in designing this bike. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of ten rubbing alcohol life hacks.

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Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup, launched by 22-year-old Boyan Slat, is an array that could clean up to 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a mere 5 years. How does it work? An anchor that's attached to the cleanup array tethers it to a deep water layer, which drifts with the ocean currents. It's then free to rotate and orient itself in the direction from which the plastic is coming, to scoop up even more junk. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Disney Research Projection

Forget makeup, Disney Research uses a projector-based illumination to alter the appearance of human performers in real-time during performances. Using infrared illumination, an optically and computationally aligned high-speed camera detects facial orientation as well as expression, while the estimated expression blend-shapes are mapped onto a lower dimensional space. The facial motion and non-rigid deformation are then estimated, smoothed and predicted through adaptive Kalman filtering. Last, but not least, the desired appearance is generated interpolating pre-computated offset textures according to time, global position, and expression. 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 the five deadliest volcano eruptions in human history.

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Conductive Wallpaper

We know that in modern homes, electricity runs through wires in the walls, but the "Conductive Wallpaper Concept" aims to change that. How? Well, rather than embedding circuitry into wall coverings, this concept uses lines of conductive ink that runs across each panel, linked together with short strips of metal, terminating in electrical devices they operate. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone who has mastered the skill of data entry, to the point where it appears robotic.

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Dark Matter Image

Scientists have captured an image of a dark matter bridge for the first time, and this basically confirms the theory that galaxies are connected by a cosmic web. This was made possibly using a technique called weak gravitational lensing, in which researchers identified distortions of distant galaxies as they are influenced by a large, unseen mass, like dark matter. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Self-Healing Road

You've probably heard about self-healing concrete before, but now, researchers are developing self-healing roads. That's right, materials scientist Erik Schlangen, chair of Experimental MicroMechanics at Delft University of Technology, mixed steel fibers with asphalt to make it conductive, thus when it's run over by a large induction machine, heat helps close any cracks. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Largest Artificial Sun

Scientists have just turned on the world's largest artificial sun at the German Aerospace Center. Called "Synlight," this massive structure consists of 149 spotlights that shoot out a combined light output 10,000 times greater than the sunlight we experience on Earth."These enable solar radiation powers of up to 380 kilowatts and two times up to 240 kilowatts in three separately usable irradiation chambers, in which a maximum flux density of more than eleven megawatts per square meter can be achieved," according to bulb maker DLR. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Parents Kids Genetics

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Many already know that a person's physical traits are determined by genetic combinations from both parents, but these can be broken down into dominant and recessive categories. The former require only one copy of a dominant gene to outwardly express that trait, like brown eyes, dimples, naturally curly hair, etc.. However, for recessive traits to be expressed outwardly an individual must have two copies of a recessive gene, one from each parent. Examples include: grey / green / hazel / blue eyes, blonde hair, and height. Continue reading for more side-by-side photographs that show genetics at work. Click here for a few bonus images.

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