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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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Night Vision Goggles

Ever wonder why night vision goggles display everything in green? If so, it's because the human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other color. Night vision technologies can be broadly divided into three main categories: image intensification, active illumination and thermal imaging. The image is said to become "intensified" because the output visible light is brighter than the incoming IR light, and this effect directly relates to the difference in passive and active night vision goggles. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Disease Look Old

Hu Juan is a 27-year-old mother of two from Hunan, China that doesn't look her age to say the least, but not in a good way. She suffers from a rare disease known as Cutis laxa, which causes the skin on one's face and neck to age at an accelerated rate, leaving them looking decades older than they really are. After giving birth to her eldest son, Juan was diagnosed with Cutis laxa, the connective tissue disorder that causes the skin to become loose, saggy and wrinkled at a very rapid speed due to loss of elasticity. Fortunately, it has only affected her face and neck, leaving her in otherwise good health. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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No Light Pollution

Photo credit: Ben Coffman Photography

Ever wonder what the night sky would look like no light pollution? Photograhper Ben Coffman has just the images for you, as he spends his time capturing the majestic and starry skies of Oregon. Based in Portland, this photographer frequently makes stops at the famed Crater Lake and other to snap these awe-inspiring, long-exposure shots showcasing the Milky Way. He says his interest in astronomy stems from..."the collision between the natural and man-made worlds. Popular postcard destinations take on a strange new meaning at night, when crowds ebb, shadows form, and the sky becomes sprinkled with stars." Above, we see the Yaquina Head Lighthouse like never before. Continue reading for more images.

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Billion Frames Per Second

Washington University researchers have built the world's fastest 2D receive-only camera, capable of capturing images at a staggering rate of up to 100-billion FPS. This is possible with a technique called Compressed Ultrafast Photography (CUP), which captures high-speed images frame-by-frame as it passes the lens. Professor Lihong Wang, the research team leader, says: "For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly. Because this technique advances the imaging frame rate by orders of magnitude, we now enter a new regime to open up new visions. Each new technique, especially one of a quantum leap forward, is always followed a number of new discoveries." Brian Pogue, an engineer at Darthmouth, adds: "It might be possible to improve the investigation into approaches to optical cloaking, in which light bends or is deformed around an object, instead of going through it." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone skating on a crystal clear lake.

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Coke Man

George Prior wanted to show the world just how harmful Coca-Cola is to the human body. So, he went on a special "Coke diet", which consisted of consuming 10 cans of Coke a day for a month. Each can contains approximately 35-grams of sugar, which equates to a total of 350-grams of sugar every day. As you can see, his formerly healthy and muscular 50-year-old physique changed drastically in the span of 31-days. Prior's weight not only shot up from 168-pounds to 192-pound, but his blood pressure also climbed from 129/77 to 145/96 - ideal is 120/80. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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