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Floating Ark

The Ark is essentially a floating hotel that's designed to be a bioclimatic house with independent life-support systems, including elements ensuring a closed-functioning cycle. It can be built in various climates, a well as seismically dangerous regions since the basement area is a shell structure, without ledges or angles. A complex load-bearing system of arches and cables offer weight redistribution along the entire corpus in case of an earthquake. The shell-shaped design makes installing photovoltaic cells at an optimal angle toward the sun, a breeze, while the upper cupola part, collects warm air in seasonal heat accumulators to provide an uninterrupted energy supply for the whole complex independently from outer environmental conditions. Illuminated areas on the interior create well-lit places for growing plants at any time of day. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first Suicide Squad trailer.

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Propane Rifle

What do you get when a propane torch, two-by-four, clear tubing, and a water bottle are combined? A crazy propane rifle of course, or at least if you're "The Backyard Scientist". "This experiment was not explody enough for me, so I used the same concept to build a propane powered cannon. This is honestly the best gas cannon I've ever used, it is just so simple. You could probably shoot 20 golfballs a minute the length of a football field or farther. The canon shot golf balls over 600 feet in the air," said its creator. 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 showing what happens when you fill a house with explosive expanding foam.

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McCollough Effect

The McCollough Effect is basically an illusion of human visual perception in which colorless gratings appear colored contingent on the orientation of the gratings. It's an aftereffect requiring a period of induction to produce it. For example, if someone alternately looks at a red horizontal grating and a green vertical grating for a few minutes, a black-and-white horizontal grating will then look greenish and a black-and-white vertical grating will then look pinkish. The effect is remarkable for often lasting an hour or more, and in some cases after prolonged exposure to the grids, the effect can last up to three and a half months. Continue reading for more strange, yet true, facts. Click here for a few bonus facts.

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Inside Hydrogen Atom

Physicist Aneta Stodolna and her research team at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in the Netherland used a high-tech quantum microscope to capture the first image of a hydrogen atom's orbital structure. Scientists had described quantum particles by studying their wavelength in the past, but they never observed the electrons themselves, until now. Continue reading for more "first" images throughout history.

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Volcanic Lightning Picture

Volcanic lightning, also known as a dirty thunderstorm, is a natural weather phenomenon related to the production of lightning in a volcanic plume. One famous image of the phenomenon was photographed by Carlos Gutierrez and occurred in Chile above the Chaiten Volcano. Other instances have been reported above Alaska's Mount Augustine volcano and Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. A recent study mentioned in a science journal claimed that the electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms. These violent eruptions also release large amounts of water, which may help fuel these thunderstorms. Continue reading to see them all. Click here for more volcanic lightning pictures.

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Hutchison Effect

While attempting to recreate the experiments of engineer Nikola Tesla in the late 1970s, Hutchison claims to have discovered many new phenomena, primarily manifesting in metals. The effects of his experiments supposedly included metal objects floating to the ceiling, shattering, becoming warm, fusing with other objects and other interesting manifestations. These disparate manifestations are all lumped together under the name "Hutchison Effect." Continue reading for more strange enigmas that defy explanation.

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Fire Glass

While fire glass may look purely decorative, it's actually far more functional than you think. This tempered glass, manufactured in various shapes, is used as a medium to retain and direct heat, usually in natural gas fireplaces / fire pits. Since fire glass does not burn, but retains heat and refracts light as a result of burning gas, it can also be used to obscure the gas plumbing inherent in gas fireplaces or stoves. This type of glass comes in 0.25"-0.5" shards of tempered glass with smoothed edges to decrease risk of cuts. Continue reading for more cool images from around the web. Click here to view bonus images of some geeky food facts.

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Rochester Cloak

The big problem with most cloaking devices is that they only work if both viewer and the object being cloaked remain still, making it impractical. University of Rochester researchers have invented cloaking device that works multi-directionally in three dimensions, without using specialized equipment, but rather four standard lenses. "There have been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn't there, often using high-tech or exotic materials. This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking, which works for transmitting rays in the visible spectrum," said optics graduate student Joseph Choi. 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 showing how to make your own folding knife with a few simple tools.

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Ceres Bright Spot

Several bright spots were discovered on the dwarf planet Ceres by the Dawn spacecraft in 2015. The brightest cluster of spots ("Spot 5") is located in an 80-kilometer (50 mi) crater called Occator. The largest and brightest component of the cluster is in the center of the crater, with dimmer spots located towards this crater's eastern rim. To this day, scientists still have not yet figured out what exactly is in these crater. Continue reading for more interesting Ceres facts.

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Corpse Flower

Here's a fascinating look at carrion flowers, better known as corpse flowers, which emit an odor that smells like rotting flesh. This odor is used to attract scavenging flies and beetles as pollinators, but some species even trap the insects temporarily to ensure the gathering and transfer of pollen. Titan arum (above), which has the world's largest flower head, presents an inflorescence or compound flower composed of a spadix or stalk of small and anatomically reduced male and female flowers, surrounded by a spathe that resembles a single giant petal. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information. Click here to view more images of the corpse flower.

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