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Double Amputee Mind Control

Leslie Baugh is a former electrician from Colorado who lost both of his arms in an accident some 40-years-ago, and was the first person ever to operate a set of prosthetic limbs that operate bilaterally purely with his thoughts. Created by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), they fitted Les for the brace and socket before having him work with a virtual reality system (VRS). They then used this system to learn his movements and apply the data to the prosthetic limbs themselves, so they would move with intuitive thought control. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Stepping on Lava

Have you ever wondered what really happens when you step on molten lava? Neuroscientist Alex Rivest decided to find out on a recent vacation to Kilauea, Hawaii, when his tour guide offered to step onto a pool of the 700°C to 1,200°C molten rock. Rivest says, "While this may not be surprising (it is liquid rock), I think that many people think of lava as more of a hot-watery-like substance. You would never fall into a lava lake the way you would a swimming pool, the molten rock is much more dense, so you would simply land on it, sink a little, and be burned." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Ever wonder what a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport looks like when you cut it in half? The images above should give you an idea. This targa top model was limited to just 150 units, with the first 50 of these going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers. It has extensive reinforcements to compensate for the lack of standard roof, and small changes to the windshield and running lights. There are two removable tops, the second a temporary roof fashioned after an umbrella. The standard version costs €1.4 million, while the Qatar Motor Show 2012 car costs €1.58 million. Continue reading to see more images of everyday things cut in half.

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Einstein Placemats

Photo credit: A.P. Works via MyModernMet

Japan-based design studio A.P.Works shows what an Albert Einstein-inspired placemat would look like. Mimicking the space-time fabric theory, this placemat seemingly warps the grid pattern, creating the illusion that the plate and silverware are weighing down its elastic surface, in the same way that planets and stars distort the plane of space-time. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a TIE Fighter accident on the highway.

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Quantum Teleportation Light

We may still be decades away from Star Trek-like teleportation, but researchers have successfully teleported the quantum state of a photon, a particle of light, over 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) of optical fiber to a crystal 'memory bank,' making it the furthest distance of its kind yet. This could lead to breakthroughs in cryptography, which involves transmitting information securely, including communications between Earth and spacecraft. Continue reading for a video on quantum teleportation and for more information.

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Sea of Clouds Grand Canyon

You're not looking at a computer-generated sea of clouds, but rather a rare weather phenomenon that occurs once every few years at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Visitors looking out from just below the South Rim on Thursday were greeted with a 277-mile sea of fluffiness. It's officially called a "total cloud inversion", and is expected to hang inside the canyon throughout Thursday. According to The Weather Service, the fog is able to hang around and build up in the Grand Canyon overnight when there is no wind. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life Spider-Man who just set a new climbing record.

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Frozen Lake Video

This awe-inspiring video of hikers walking across a frozen lake that's clear as glass has generated over 15-million-views in less than a week. Slovakian hiker Tomas Nunuk from the capital Bratislava filmed the short video of him and his friends walking on the glass-like ice after hiking up Slovakia's High Tatras mountain range. Velke Hincovo Pleso is located approximately 6,300-feet above sea level in Mengusovska dolina, under the Koprovsky stit mountain. The lake is 176-feet at its deepest point, making it the largest and deepest in Slovakia. Continue reading for the video and an explanation.

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Glowstick Waterfall

Photo credit: Sean Lenz

This is not a nuclear disaster nor the work of Photoshop, but rather the effect caused by throwing industrial-grade glow sticks into the waterfalls of California. Photographer Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard used long exposure techniques that would keep the camera's shutter open anywhere from 30-seconds to 7-minutes to create the surreal waterfalls. Kristoffer says, "This project came from months of refining a simple idea that finally turned into a concept worthy of using for an entire series. We were both fascinated by artificial light such as glow sticks, lasers, flares, and being big on landscape photography we tied them together in hopes of creating something that we had never seen before." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Yves Rossey, the real-life rocket man who took to the skies in Dubai.

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Photoluminescent

Photo credit: Mike Warren via BoredPanda and Colossal

No, this isn't a movie prop or something from outer space, but just a homemade table by Mike Warren. He simply took a few planks of Pecky cypress wood, photoluminescent powder, resin, some tools, and spent a few days working on it. The cool glow-in-the-dark effect is made possible by mixing photoluminescent powder with the resin and using it to fill the naturally-occurring holes in Pecky cypress wood. Instructables page for those who wish to make their own. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a mind-blowing viral video of an entire neighborhood that teamed up to put on a synchronized Christmas light show.

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USS Ponce

The US Navy has unveiled an all-new Laser Weapon System that's currently installed on the USS Ponce naval ship in the Persian Gulf. Experts say that it can also be used as a surveillance tool. The prototype builds upon the previous Laser Weapon System (LaWS), and integrates six commercial 5.4 kW fiber lasers with a beam combiner. Sailors use a video game-like controller to control the laser, including power output, etc. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

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