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Water Meets Surface

We've all probably seen enough underwater photographs to know what they're about, but it's uncommon to find photographers who specialize in shots that give a glimpse at where the water breaks up top. The primary obstacle faced by underwater photographers is the loss of color and contrast when submerged to any significant depth. The longer wavelengths of sunlight (such as red or orange) are absorbed quickly by the surrounding water, so even to the naked eye everything appears blue-green in color. Underwater photographers solve this problem by combining two techniques. The first is to get the camera as close to the photographic subject as possible, minimizing the horizontal loss of color. Wide-angle lenses allow very close focus, or macro lenses, where the subject is often only inches away from the camera. Continue reading for more.

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Alan Eustace

Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old senior vice president of Knowledge at Google, was lifted up to the edge of space earlier this morning by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium, from an abandoned runway at an airport in New Mexico. He fell faster than the speed of sound and actually broke Felix Baumgartner's world altitude record set just two years ago by hopping from 135,000-feet. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Electric Wakeboard

Wakeboards are nothing new, that is unless...you're talking about RADINN's electric-powered creation. Unlike other wakeboards, this one has a carbon fiber body, salt water-resistant jet propulsion system, all powered by a lithium battery pack - sits in a removable watertight compartment for easy access and charging. You can control its speed with a wireless waterproof handheld remote. It can travel at up to 29 mph and for 45-60 minutes on a full charge. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Y-40 Deepest Pool

Y-40 sounds like the name of a sci-fi flick, but it's currently the world's deepest indoor swimming pool, located in the small Italian town of Montegrotto Terme. Measuring 21 X 18 meters (69 X 59 feet) with a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet), it contains approximately 4,300 cubic meters of spa water and is kept at the constant temperature of 32°C - 34°C (about 90°F). Continue reading for a Y-40 free diving video as well as the entire inauguration ceremony.

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Jetovator

Priced from $6975, the Jetovator can thrust riders 30-feet into the air using water-powered thrusters. The idea came to entrepreneur Rob Innes about 20-years-ago, but the first prototype wasn't built until 2011. According to Innes, the experience of riding a Jetovator is similar to that of a bike, but gives you the "aerial capabilities of a fighter aircraft." Its movement is intuitive with the rider leaning left to right in order to steer it. Continue reading for an actual Jetovator competition video from a Lake Havasu event.

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VSSL Survival Kit

At first glance, you might pass VSSL off as just a metal tube found in any junkyard, but it's actually a full-fledged survival kit. That's right, each 8-inch cylinder - crafted from extruded military-spec anodized aluminum - features an LED flashlight, compass, trail markers, Aquatabs water purification tablets, Kevlar rope, Tinder Quik fire starters, mirror, first aid kid, a P38 military GI type can opener, razor blades and lots more. Continue reading for an up-close look at what's inside.

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Paddleboard Light

Paddleboarding at night normally means wearing a headlight, but now, thanks to NightSUP, that's not even necessary. Simply attach a custom-made permanent strip of LED lights around the border of a board, and you're provided with a source of light to guide you at night, illuminating the ocean floor below. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Flint Laces may look like normal shoelaces, but when they're struck together, sparks fly, perfect for starting a fire. This is made possible because the tips of these laces hold a 1-inch ferro rod capped with rubber, just enough to produce a spark with any steel knife to start a fire in the wilderness. Product page. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny exam answers and school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a gigantic whale shark surprising an unsuspecting photographer underwater.

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Steve Ballmer is now officially the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, as the $2-billion sale closed Tuesday, the NBA announced in a news release. According to a California court issued order, Donald Sterling's wife, Shelly, has the legal authority to sell the team on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust. The sale price is currently the highest in NBA history, and marks the end of the showdown between Donald Sterling, his fellow owners and commissioner Adam Silver. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Joel Zwicky isn't your average cop, as a former photographer and musician, he likes to get creative while working as a patrol officer at the Green Bay Police Department, in Wisconsin. To accomplish this, he patrols the streets on a skateboard. This all came about when the department's chief was looking for new initiatives to engage more with the community, so Joel suggested the idea: "You know chief, I had this crazy idea in the back of my head what would you do if I brought my board to work and started skating it?" Continue reading for a video and more information.

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