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Stupid Science Question

SSDs don't have any moving parts, so they're nearly invulnerable to failure in high shock / vibration environments and extreme temperatures. This latter, operating in extreme temperatures between 0°C to +70°C, allows an SSD-based system to handle more applications in difficult situations where the traditional hard drives fail. However, when heated to a gaseous state (if even possible), it would not enable cloud computing, like this person has asked. Unfortunately, that is just one of the many dumb science and tech questions people have actually posted online. Continue reading for more.

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Sugru Self Setting Rubber

Sugru SBW8 Self Setting Rubber may look like Play-Doh, but it's so much more. This material bonds to most materials (takes 24-hours to cure), including wood, glass, plastics, metals, etc., is waterproof and can handle temperatures from as low as -50°C to +180°C. Use it to fix cables, surfboards, patch up leaky boots, create custom phone bumpers, add ergonomic grips to your tools, and / or make everything you own LEGO-compatible. Best of all, you can safely and easily remove it. Get some here now. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Stella Lux Solar Powered Car

Dutch engineering students from Solar Team Eindhoven have unveiled Stella Lux, a solar-powered car that generates more energy than it uses. While it doesn't look a normal family sedan, its lowrider design, complete with skinny tires and a peculiar shape that resembles a catamaran, all serve a purpose. They aid in the vehicle's fuel efficiency by making it lighter and more aerodynamic than the average car. This vehicle has reached 621 miles on sunny day tests in the Netherlands. What's next? It will compete compete at the World Solar Challenge in the Cruiser Class of family cars, which focuses on practicality rather than speed. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how one person decided to "fasthonk" in their car.

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Mildly Interesting

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Being able to see a rainbow only when wearing polarized sunglasses is something you don't expect. According to Reddit user 420Blaze1t, this phenomenon occurs because "the sky is too bright from the sun and so the rainbow is faint that your eye can't see it clearly. Polarizers remove scattered light which is why putting them on reduces glare and bright spots, so with a polarizer it blocks all the bright scattered light from the sky and makes the rainbow more visible." Continue reading for more mildly interesting things you don't see everyday.

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Comet Philae Alien

Scientists say that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko landed on by the spacecraft Philae could be home to an abundance of alien microbial life beneath an icy surface. Rosetta, the European spacecraft orbiting the comet, is also said to have discovered strange clusters of organic material that resemble viral particles. Philae first landed on the comet in November, and it has since undergone a period of hibernation from which it awoke in June, having recharged its solar panels. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Functional Bionic Eye

Allen Zderad, a blind man from Forest Lake, had his sight restored after he became the first person in Minnesota, and 15th person in the country, to receive a bionic eye. He hadn't seen his wife or grandchildren in more than a decade, until the new device was turned on at Mayo Clinic. Zderad suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative, genetic eye disease that slowly stole his sight over the course of his life by deteriorating the part of the retina that turns light into vision. Continue reading for more amazing facts about the human body.

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Adidas Ocean Trash Shoes

From afar, these sneakers look like any other, but Adidas recently partnered with conservation organization "Parley for the Oceans," so what you see is actually made from re-purposed ocean trash and illegal fishing nets from poachers. That's right, the two parties created a shoe whose upper region and exterior skin mainly consists of ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. The conservation society gathered the materials on a 110-day expedition to track an outlawed poaching vessel off the coast of West Africa. Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch said: "We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission and is putting its creative force behind this partnership to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Touchable Holograms

Finally, scientists have managed to create 3D holograms that you can actually touch. The research team, comprising scientists from universities across Japan, used a display made from femtosecond lasers, also known as "Fairy Lights," that pulse at one quadrillionth of a second and turn air in a specific point into plasma which you can touch. According to lead researcher Yoichi Ochiai, the plasma feels like sandpaper. Continue reading for the video.

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Uranium Radioactive Emission

Scientists have managed to capture radiation normally invisible to the naked eye, on film, as it's emitted from uranium 238. A small fragment was place inside a cloud chamber as it decays, with charged alpha particles and electrons condensing alcohol vapor in the box. This produces snowflake-like patterns as they particles are fired outwards. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Tanzanite

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No, the mineral you see above isn't from an alien planet, it's just Tanzanite, which was discovered in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. It's used as a gemstone, and naturally formed tanzanite is extremely rare, still found only in the Mererani Hills. What stands out is its remarkably strong trichroism, appearing alternately sapphire blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation. Continue reading for more.

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