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Artist LSD

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Many already know that LSD is a psychedelic drug known for its psychological effects, which can include: altered thinking processes, closed- and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time, and spiritual experiences. A person who goes by "whatafinethrowaway," inspired by the US government conducted "Nine Drawings" series from the 1950's, asked her artist friend to take 200ug of LSD and draw self-portraits over 9-plus hours. Continue reading to see some of the bizarre drawings that ensued

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Hydrogen Battery iPhone

British power technology firm Intelligent Energy has unveiled the world's first hydrogen-powered iPhone 6 battery that uses patented technology to creates its own electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen together. The prototype integrates a rechargeable fuel cell into your handset, without adding bulk, and boasts the capacity to charge it for about 7-days straight. Refueling is completed with hydrogen through the headphone jack. Unfortunately, it's only compatible with the iPhone 6 for now. Continue reading to see how to make your own hydrogen fuel cells.

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UK Electric Highway Wirelessly Charge Electric Cars

We have seen the future of electric vehicle charging, and it's wireless. Highways England, a government-owned company that manages England's major roads, is set to conduct an 18-month trial to test wireless charging technology. In a nutshell, electric cars will be equipped with special equipment designed to capture and store energy transmitted by corresponding machines installed underneath the road's surface. "The off road trials of wireless power technology will help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country," says Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson. Continue reading for more fascinating images.

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Ferrofluid Clock

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, nor is this computer-generated imagery, just Zelf Koelman's latest project: Ferrolic. This alarm clock, which looks like a Rorschach test, relies on magnetic ferrofluids - a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field - to display the time. "A few years ago I fell in love with the magical characteristics of a little black 'blob' in a bottle. One could manipulate the position and shape of a floating drop of Ferro Fluid with a magnet. The dynamics and shape of this liquid body was much like a living entity. I decided to allow this entity to live its own life and have a function. A year of research and engineering eventually resulted in Ferrolic," said Koelman. Tired of just seeing the time? You can use a web app to display texts, images and more. Continue reading for two more awesome ferrofluid videos.

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SolarWindow Technologies

SolarWindow Technologies have unveiled ground-breaking power generating windows that can generate 50-times more energy than traditional solar panels. What sets this technology apart from is that it can be readily applied as a coating to any glass window or plastic surface to instantly generate electricity, even in artificial light and shade. The company claims that their product can generate more energy at a lower cost and provide return on investment in just one year - conventional solar systems require between 5-11 years to recoup initial investment. Continue reading for a video of the actual product and more information.

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Mask Extract Oxygen Water

Sure, you may have heard about "Triton" a while back, but now it might finally be going into production. Simply put as possible, users just bite down on the plastic mouthpiece and you'll be ready for the gill-like arms of the scuba mask bring you closer to that 16-foot great white. Once water passes through the gills, their inner chambers separate the hydrogen from the oxygen and release it, passing on breathable air to you. Using a tiny, but powerful, micro-compressor, it compresses the oxygen and then stores it in a special tank. 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 one of a weaponized Frisbee.

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Skydiving Spider

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If the mere thought of spiders frightens you, then this skydiving spider is something you'll probably want to skip. Discovered deep in the jungles of South America, this creepy crawly can not only glide, but it can change direction in mid-air as well, turning themselves right-side-up in milliseconds and pointing their heads downward to glide. "If a predator comes along, it frees the animal to jump if it has a time-tested way of gliding to the nearest tree rather than landing in the understory or in a stream," said Robert Dudley, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Continue reading for a National Geographic video on "Super Spiders".

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Fire Rainbow

Beach goers at South Carolina's Isle of Palms spotted an extremely rare "fire rainbow," which lit up the sky for nearly an hour. "Fire rainbows, which are technically called circumhorizontal arcs, occur in high-level cirrus clouds made up of tiny ice crystals. To produce the rainbow colors, the sun's rays must enter the ice crystals at a precise angle to give the prism effect of the color spectrum. In addition, the sun must also be at an altitude of at least 58 degrees above the horizon," according to meteorologist Justin Lock. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Microalgae Lamp

Why use normal lamps, when you could use these alien pods powered by photobioreactors? Ethan Frier created this installation, called "Living Things," which uses furniture to cultivate a symbiotic environment between people and these microorganisms. It features three stations - a living room, dining room, and kitchen - that each used the microalgae in a different way. The glass vessels contain photobioreactors inside, which are used to provide heat, light, agitation, air supply, nutrient, and waste control to keep the algae alive inside. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Biggest Great White

Shark researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla has just released new footage of Deep Blue, a 20-foot-long great white shark believed to be the largest of its kind in the world, swimming near researchers in steel cages. It was captured off Mexico's Guadalupe Island in 2013, but the researcher just recently found the recording on his computer. Near the end of the clip, you'll see the shark bumping into one of the cages with its nose, showing off it's rows of razor-sharp teeth to the camera below. Continue reading for another video of Deep Blue.

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