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MIT DuoSkin

MIT Media Labs' "DuoSkin" looks like a metallic tattoo at first, but it's actually an on-screen user interface that's comprised of gold metal leaf. When worn, it can be customized to provide three different types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication. This metallic tattoo can store and share data wirelessly with smart devices via near-field communication (NFC) technology, while its 'touch input' technology enables your skin to be used as a trackpad for things like adjusting volume, turning on lights, writing text, etc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of insane wingsuit flying between skyscrapers in Panama City.

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Self-Balancing Wheelchair

There are self-balancing robots, hoverboards, and then Scewo, an innovative electric wheelchair capable of traversing stairs independently, offering users a dynamic experience for navigating over obstacles using multiple rubber tracks. You can select from three different modes: "safe" for getting on and off, "elevated" for eye-to-eye communication, and "track" for increased traction over obstacles. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Spinach Leaf Heart

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Scientists at at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have successfully managed to grow human heart cells on a scaffolding made from spinach leaf. How? First, they dissolved the leaf's cellular material using detergents, leaving the cellulose background behind. Once completed, they added human heart cells and got them to adhere to the structure. These cells could still beat the way a normal heart should, while the vasculature could support blood flow. 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 device that turns air pollution into ink.

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Human Head Transplant

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says he plans to attempt the first human head transplant later this year on 31-year-old Russian software development manager Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a debilitating muscle-wasting disease. To be more specific, the procedure is estimated to last about 36 hours, and Spiridonov's head will be cooled to around 12° Celsius, cut from his body and connected to a donated body of a brain-dead person as quickly as possible. Canavero will be assisted by a team of 100 surgeons and other medical staff, and afterwards, Spiridonov will be kept in an artificially-induced coma for 3-4 weeks while doctors stimulate his spinal cord nerves to reconnect and start functioning. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Drip-Free Wine Bottle

Researchers at Brandeis University have developed the world's first drip-free wine bottle, and it's not as complex as you may think. Simply put, the team used a diamond-studded tool to create a circular groove around the neck of the bottle just below the lip. So now instead of overflow dripping down the side of the bottle, it now meets the groove and drops from the bottle, straight into the glass. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Age Reversing Pill


A group of scientists have developed an age-reversing pill after discovering a key signaling process in DNA repair and cell aging. After human trials are conducted over the next 6-months, NASA wants to give them to astronauts on Mars to protect them from solar radiation. "The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment. This is the closest we are to a safe and effective anti-ageing drug that's perhaps only three to five years away from being on the market if the trials go well," said lead author Professor David Sinclair. 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 white hot 3000°C tungsten cube versus a watermelon and steak.

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Virtual Reality Tennis Ball

Disney engineers have recently unveiled a system that enables users to accurately catch a real ball while immersed in a virtual reality environment, paving the way for future applications. It consists of three visualizations: rendering a matching virtual ball, the predicted trajectory of the ball, and a target catching point lying on the predicted trajectory. They track the projectile motion of a ball as it is being tossed, and use Unscented Kalman Filtering to generate predictive estimates of its motion. 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 king of fake cash.

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SmartFlower

Forget unsightly roof-mounted panels, the SmartFlower solar power system is plug-and-play, meaning once installed, its 'petals' that automatically bloom when the sun rises in the morning, while tracking it throughout the day for maximum efficiency. The device consists of eighteen M2 solar module fans, which generate electricity like traditional panels to power your home. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a guy who figured out how to control Super Mario Kart with his car steering wheel.

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Cannikin Nuclear Test

Cannikin was an underground nuclear weapons test performed on November 6, 1971, on Amchitka island, Alaska, by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The experiment, part of the Operation Grommet nuclear test series, tested the warhead design for the LIM-49 Spartan anti-ballistic missile. With an explosive yield of almost 5-megatons TNT equivalent, the test was the largest underground explosion ever detonated by the United States. To perform the test, 400 tons of equipment was placed in a shaft 6,150 feet deep and 90 inches wide. Test support equipment was designed to survive a ground upheaval of 15 feet at test time. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Aqualia Water-Powered Car

Turning wastewater into sustainable fuel is quite the task, but the production and consumption of this new biofuel, created through the partnership between Aqualia and SEAT, reduces CO2 emissions by 80% compared to petrol powered vehicles. More specifically, wastewater is separated from sludge in treatment plants to create biomethane, which then becomes gas after a fermentation treatment. After a purification and enrichment process, the biogas can then be utilized as fuel. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a nuclear reactor at work.

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