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Elysium Exoskeleton

In Elysium, Matt Damon was equipped with an exoskeleton, a sort of automated body armor that augments his strength and speed, also helping him to move as his illness becomes ever-more debilitating. YouTube user "The Hacksmith" decided to create his own version, and while it may not be as powerful as Damon's, lifting 170-pound barbells has never been easier. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a vacuum cleaner that works so well you can eat off the ground after using it.

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Monster Jellyfish

The lion's mane jellyfish (above) is the largest known species of jellyfish. Its range is confined to cold, boreal waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and northern Pacific Oceans. Divers may also find them in to the south-western part of the Baltic Sea (where it cannot breed due to the low salinity). Similar jellyfish, which may be the same species, are known to inhabit seas near Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading for more.

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Mike Harrah 24-Cylinder

The Veyron may feature an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, W16 cylinder engine that produces 1001hp, but Mike Harrah definitely has this beat. Continue reading for more pictures and information. He's the proud owner of one of of the biggest semi trucks you will ever see. It pushes over 3,400 hp and is held together with a 40 foot chassis, thanks to a dozen superchargers and 24 cylinders (two V12 engines) that could whet the appetite of any muscle / power / hyper car junkie. Continue reading for more pictures.

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You'd think any plant that hasn't been watered for even a year would be long gone, but not this garden David Latimer. His bottle garden, now almost in its 53rd year (last watered in 1972), hasn't taken up much of his time. The bottle garden, known as a terrarium, has created its own miniature ecosystem, despite being cut off from the outside world. This is made possible because it's still absorbing light to photosynthesize, the process by which plants convert sunlight into the energy they need to grow. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Marvel Gemstone

What you're looking at above appears to be something pulled straight from the Marvel Universe, but it's actually just Cuprosklodowskite, a secondary uranium mineral formed by alteration of earlier uranium minerals. It is grass green to dark green in color, and its crystal habit is typically acicular, flat bladed crystals. That's not all, it's also a strongly radioactive mineral. Continue reading for more gems and minerals that you might not have seen before.

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Volcanic Lightning

A dirty thunderstorm (also known as Volcanic lightning) is a weather phenomenon that is related to the production of lightning in a volcanic plume. A study in the journal Science indicated that 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. Continue reading for more.

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CIP Congenital Insensitivity to Pain

Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is one or more rare conditions in which a person cannot feel (and has never felt) physical pain. Despite sounding beneficial, it is actually an extremely dangerous condition, as sufferers may not be able to recognize a potentially harmful scenario. There are some cases where the condition is caused by increased production of endorphins in the brain, in which case naloxone may be used as treatment. Continue reading for more.

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Teen Inventions

At the age of 13, Kelvin Doe of Sierra Leone started making batteries and generators using only scrap materials gathered in and around his home. He's a completely self-taught engineer who manages his own fully-staffed community radio station in Sierra Leone where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker 'DJ Focus.' This radio station is powered by a generator created from a deteriorating voltage stabilizer, which he found in the trash, while a simple antenna lets his neighborhood listen in. Continue reading for more.

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Wearable Exoskeleton

Noonee has unveiled a futuristic exoskeleton, called the "Chairless Chair", that can lock into place, providing support for production line workers all while retaining mobility. To keep the weight down to just 2-kilograms, it's made from aluminum and carbon fiber. Best of all, you can walk and even run while wearing the exoskeleton for up to 8-hours when fully charged. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Earth from space.

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Unusual Beaches

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Pink sand beaches form in the few regions where tropical coral reefs flourish offshore, but what gives it the color is an amalgam of calcium-rich shells and fragments of invertebrate sea creatures, from minute, single-cell protozoa to spiny sea urchins. Chiefly responsible are foram, a type of protozoan that lives in great profusion in reef environments. The microscopic red Homotrema rubrum (red foram) gets mixed in with other (predominantly white) reef debris-broken clam and snail shells, fragments of coral-and, when washed ashore, forms the island's signature pink sand. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pool party for unexpected guests.

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