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Geometric Plant

Fractals are popular amongst artists, but nature has created some incredible renderings as well. They also appear in food, germs, animals, mountains, water and even the sky. First named by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975, fractals are basically special mathematical sets of numbers that display similarity through the full range of scale - as in they look the same no matter how big or how small they are. Continue reading for more mind-boggling fractals found in nature.

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Bananas Into Plastic

Elif Bilgin, a 17-year-old student from Istanbul, Turkey discovered that the starches and cellulose contained in a banana's outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. So, she developed a chemical process that turns banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that will hopefully replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution as well. Bilgin says: "For me, this means that my project actually has a potential to be a solution to the increasing pollution problem caused by petroleum-based plastic. It also means that I have started the process of changing the world, which makes me feel like a winner already." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Bach being played on a dot matrix printer.

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Bioluminscence Phenomenon Beach

Photo credit: Remco Douma via My Modern Met

Remco Douma, a Dutch photographer who resides in Uruguay, managed to capture the crazy, yet beautiful, bioluminescence phenomena at Brava beach near Punta del Este. The "Sea Sparkles" he photographed were caused by a non-toxic, dinoflagellate species called Alexandrium fraterculus. Dinoflagellate bioluminescence is controlled by circadian rhythms and only occurs at night. More than 18 genera of dinoflagellates are bioluminescent, and the majority of them emit a blue-green light. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including the oldest footage of London ever.

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UV Thread Room

This is not a light painting illusion, just a real installation by French artist Julien Salaud, called "Stellar Cave". Each piece of art you see is made of cotton thread coated with ultraviolet paint, and then woven into the shapes of stunning creatures. Thousands of nails are used to form a glowing tapestry that transforms the room into a unique grotto. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Concrete Tent

You may have seen the Concrete Canvas Shelter before, but here's another look at this amazing invention. It's basically a large inflatable tent made from a canvas-like fabric that is both flexible as well as lightweight, but when water is added, it hardens into concrete. This was originally developed for military use and also for natural disasters where sturdy shelters need to be constructed quickly. In tests the inflatable canvas shelter was able to be setup by 2 people, without requiring special training, in less than an hour. After hardening, the building is ready to be used within 24-hours. It comes delivered airtight in a flat-pack, water / rot-proof sacks. An electric fan quickly inflates the plastic structure to ready it for the water. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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Earthflow Phenomenon Russia

In Russia, land slides you, or at least that's what internet meme experts have been saying. One thing's for sure, many would start running immediately at the sigh of soil and rubble creeping towards them as if it had a life of its own. A Russian YouTube user managed to capture this bizarre earthflow phenomenon, a rare type of landslide, on video. Technically speaking, it's a viscous flow of fine-grained materials, such as clay / sand / silt that have been saturated with water and moves downhill due to the pull of gravity. As it runs down a slope, the earthflow remains covered with any vegetation and typically leaves a bowl-shaped depression behind. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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World's Safest Gun

Kai Kloepfer, an 18-year-old inventor from Boulder, Colorado, has developed a biometric sensor designed to prevent unauthorized people from firing guns. His sensor, when installed on a plastic model of a Beretta Px4, uses stored fingerprints to tell which authorized user is holding a gun and to prevent unauthorized users from firing it. In tests, the sensor worked 99.99 percent of the time. When the gun is picked up, it automatically scans the user's fingerprint, and if it doesn't match, the trigger locks. Klopfer said: "I've been interested in technology for as long as I can remember. After the mass shooting in the movie theater in Aurora in 2012, I started thinking about the role technology could play in preventing accidents and death related to firearms. The idea actually came to me in a dream and I have been working since then to make it a reality." Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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False Vacuum Hypothesis

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There are many interesting theories about the universe, and the False Vacuum Hypothesis is one of them. Basically, it states that the universe is not in its lowest energy configuration. So, at some point, our universe may tunnel into true vacuum, resulting in a expanding bubble of destruction that will eat the entire universe at high speed, destroying all matter and life near instantly. According to a researcher, "...the major premise of the concept is that electromagnetic phenomena results any time a photon is forced to follow a curved path. The resulting phenomena acts to bend the photon's path more in the same direction, producing positive feedback." Continue reading for more.

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Sunset Fire Opal

The mineral you see above has not been Photoshopped, it's just an incredible sunset fire opal, which is a transparent to translucent opal, with warm body colors of yellow to orange to red. Although it does not usually show any play of color, occasionally a stone will exhibit bright green flashes. The most famous source of fire opals is the state of Queretaro in Mexico; these opals are commonly called Mexican fire opals. Continue reading for more.

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Mir Mine

The Mir Mine is a former open pit diamond mine, now inactive, located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. It's approximately 525-meters (1,722-feet) deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200-meters (3,900-feet), and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. Continue reading for more fascinating facts about the world's largest open pit diamond mine.

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