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Forze Delft VII

TU Delft students have revealed Forze Delft VII, a hydrogen-powered race car they hope one day will hit the streets worldwide. Not a hybrid electric / petrol and hydrogen vehicle, the 'VII' is a complete hydrogen-fueled car, meaning that the hydrogen is tanked. Together with oxygen from the air, these are converted into water and electricity. It also boasts a KERS (kinectic energy recovery systems), which can be found in hypercars, like the LaFerrari. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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12-Year Battery

Scientist Vladislav Kiselev from Ukraine has invented a battery that can power electronic devices, such as smartphones, for up to 12 years, without needing to be recharged. Resembling a small matchbox, the device actually produces energy instead of simply storing it, enabling for a continuous stream of power. Kiselev says this was made possible taking advantage of a key property of tritium - the ability to emit electrons. Continue reading for another image of the battery and more information.

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Jelly Creatures California

Huntington Beach, California residents got a bizarre surprise while strolling their local beach: thousands of gelatinous pink sea creatures. They're described as being squishy, almost like a jellyfish, and have baffled National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lieutenant Claude Panis said these creatures may have washed ashore due to El Nino, and also because there were more stingrays closer to the shore than normal at this time of year. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Bionic Model Rebekah Marine

Rebekah Marine was born without a right forearm, but five years ago, she became an ambassador for Touch Bionics and was given the i-limb quantum, an advanced prosthetic arm that moves according to her muscle movements, just as a real hand would. She decided not to look at her missing arm as a disability, but rather embrace it, and this paid off, as her first big break came with Nordstrom in 2015 when she modeled for the store's anniversary catalog. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Cyborg Beetle

Dr. Hirotaka Sato, an aerospace engineer at Nanyang Technological University, and his team, have managed to turn live beetles into cyborgs by electrically controlling their motor functions. Simply put, the researchers wired the insects so that they could be controlled by a switchboard after countless hours of research on their neural networks. This means they can manipulate the different walking gaits, speeds, flying direction, and other forms of motion, thus becoming robots of sorts. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of baby Groot in a new Guardians of the Galaxy 2 teaser.

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Falling Into a Black Hole

If you were to fall into a small black hole, roughly the size of Earth, tidal forces are magnified off the scale, thus the top of your head would feel much more gravitational pull than the tips of your toes, stretching you longer and longer. British astrophysicis] Sir Martin Rees called this phenomenon "spaghettification," are one would eventually become a stream of subatomic particles that swirl into the black hole. Since your brain would break down into its constituent atoms near instantly, you'd have little chance to see what's going on inside. Continue reading for a full video documentary on black holes and more information.

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Diamond Nuclear Battery

Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered a method to convert nuclear waste into long-lasting batteries using diamonds. That's right, this new technology transforms thousands of tons of toxic nuclear waste into lab-grown diamond batteries that could last essentially forever. Early prototypes of the battery use nickel-63 as the radiation source, which is encased within the man-made diamond, while carbon-14, a radioactive version of carbon which can be easily harvested from graphite blocks, is next in line for testing. "There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation. By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy," said Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University of Bristol's Interface Analysis Center. 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 a BMW i8 getting their window smashed for blocking NYC traffic.

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UCI Student Battery

University of California Irvine PhD student Mya Le Thai and her research team have invented a rechargeable nanobattery battery that could be good for 400-years of power while researching the properties of nanowires made of gold and embedded in a special electrolyte gel. These nanowires are particularly good conductors because they have a lot of surface area to hold their electrons. Continue reading for a more in-depth video and information.

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Tesla SolarCity Island

Tesla's SolarCity is now powering the island of Ta'u in American Samoa, which is located 4,000-miles off the west coast of the United States. The microgrid offers 1.4-megawatts of solar generation capacity and 6-megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. "I recall a time they weren't able to get the boat out here for two months. We rely on that boat for everything, including importing diesel for the generators for all of our electricity. Once diesel gets low, we try to save it by using it only for mornings and afternoons. Water systems here also use pumps, everyone in the village uses and depends on that. It's hard to live not knowing what's going to happen. I remember growing up using candlelight. And now, in 2016, we were still experiencing the same problems," said said Keith Ahsoon, a local resident whose family owns one of the food stores on the island. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Audio Levitation

Scientists in Tokyo have figured out a way to use acoustic sounds to levitate objects in air. To be more specific, they're using ultrasonic standing waves - produced by four speakers that surround an open square area approximately 21-inches wide - to trap pieces of wood, metal, and water. These four phased arrays use standing waves to create an ultrasonic focal point in that space, generating a suspending force, thus trapping particles and objects in mid-air, while moved the objects can be accomplished by manipulating the waves. 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 how to make your very own aluminum foundry.

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