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Stained Glass Solar Panel

Let's face it, solar panels are an eyesore, especially on rooftops, but the Current Window aims to change that. Created by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel, this beautiful stained glass window generates an electrical current by harvesting the energy created when sunlight hits a colored pigment - similar to photosynthesis in a plant - and sends that power to a USB port in the window ledge. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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NASA Warp Drive

NASA has unveiled a revolutionary new method of space travel that could one day allow humans to travel at speeds faster than light. The new drive, called "EMDrive", could carry passengers and their equipment to the moon in just 4-hours, and a trip to Alpha Centauri, which would normally take tens of thousands of years now, could be reached in a mere 100-years. The revolutionary new system is based on electromagnetic drive, which converts electrical energy into thrust without the need for rocket fuel. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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Tortoise Wheels

A hibernating 90-year-old tortoise named Mrs. T in Pembrook, Wales didn't expect rats to chew off her front legs, and its owner, Jude Ryder, feared for the worst. After spending £1,000 at the vet, the doctors did little to improve the situation, that is until...Ryder's son Dale, 37, a mechanical engineer, glued wheels from a model aircraft onto the tortoise's shell, enabling her to move twice as fast. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Flame Shadow

Ever wonder why the flame of a candle, match or light doesn't cast a shadow? Well, the explanation is a lot simpler than you think. Basically, a shadow is created when light is blocked, and a flame, like on a match, is a gaseous chemical reaction...if there is enough carbon-soot produced, then perhaps it would block some of the light. Light doesn't destructively interfere, so light from the surroundings simply passes though the flame, unaltered. A flame is not reflecting the surrounding light, it's producing its own light as a result of the combustion reaction. It is an optical illusion to think the flame is solid enough to block light and cast a shadow. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a rare snow devil.

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Bacon Powered Motorcycle

Bacon and motorcycles usually aren't mentioned together, but in the case of Hormel Black Label, it's a perfect combination. Developed by EVA Products BV and based on the extremely rare Track T800 CDI motorcycle, this vehicle's 800cc three-cylinder diesel engine has been modified to run on 100% biodiesel made entirely from bacon grease. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Mojave Solar Power

Fully operational since December 2014, the Mojave Solar Project uses advanced parabolic trough technology that has made this 280 MegaWatt plant one of the most innovative projects in the country. The plant utilizes the desert's solar thermal energy and then generates steam in solar steam generators. Electrical power is produced from twin, independently operable solar fields, each feeding a 125 MW power island. It's expected to generate 617,000 MWh of power annually, sufficient for more than 88,000 households and preventing over 430 kilotons of carbon dioxide emission a year. Continue reading for more.

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Geometric Plant

Fractals are popular amongst artists, but nature has created some incredible renderings as well. They also appear in food, germs, animals, mountains, water and even the sky. First named by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975, fractals are basically special mathematical sets of numbers that display similarity through the full range of scale - as in they look the same no matter how big or how small they are. Continue reading for more mind-boggling fractals found in nature.

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Bananas Into Plastic

Elif Bilgin, a 17-year-old student from Istanbul, Turkey discovered that the starches and cellulose contained in a banana's outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. So, she developed a chemical process that turns banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that will hopefully replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution as well. Bilgin says: "For me, this means that my project actually has a potential to be a solution to the increasing pollution problem caused by petroleum-based plastic. It also means that I have started the process of changing the world, which makes me feel like a winner already." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Bach being played on a dot matrix printer.

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Bioluminscence Phenomenon Beach

Photo credit: Remco Douma via My Modern Met

Remco Douma, a Dutch photographer who resides in Uruguay, managed to capture the crazy, yet beautiful, bioluminescence phenomena at Brava beach near Punta del Este. The "Sea Sparkles" he photographed were caused by a non-toxic, dinoflagellate species called Alexandrium fraterculus. Dinoflagellate bioluminescence is controlled by circadian rhythms and only occurs at night. More than 18 genera of dinoflagellates are bioluminescent, and the majority of them emit a blue-green light. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including the oldest footage of London ever.

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UV Thread Room

This is not a light painting illusion, just a real installation by French artist Julien Salaud, called "Stellar Cave". Each piece of art you see is made of cotton thread coated with ultraviolet paint, and then woven into the shapes of stunning creatures. Thousands of nails are used to form a glowing tapestry that transforms the room into a unique grotto. Continue reading for more images and information.

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