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Researchers from Osaka University have created an interactive fog display with multi-viewpoint observation. This system utilizes the fact that dispersion of light by fog has directionality. It projects different pictures, from different angles, onto a cylindrical fog screen. Thus the 3D objects can be recognized from the motion parallax, which is how the view of objects changes depending on the viewpoint. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Anyone who has driven a Land Rover, or a larger-sized off road vehicle, probably know that the landing deck area doesn't have the best visibility, but Land Rover has a high-tech solution for this problem, and it's called the "Transparent Bonnet Concept". This technology basically uses cameras mounted on the front grille to capture real-time images of the area hidden by the bonnet, and then projects them onto a full-width heads-up display attached to the windscreen. This produces the illusion that the front of the car has become transparent, allowing the driver to see what obstacles are in the way. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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First, there were just random self-taken profile shots that eventually transformed into specialized smartphone apps for taking selfies, and now, we have the "SELFIE" by iStrategyLabs. Simply put, "SELFIE" (Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine) mirror automatically takes your picture when you smile at it. For the technical geeks, it's powered by a Mac Mini computer running the open source facial recognition software called Open CV. There's a webcam that looks outwards through the two-way mirror, and when a smile is detected, LEDs controlled by Arduiono light up vertically on the mirror. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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So far, Google Glass has been invite-only, meaning even if you had $1500, there was no way to buy directly from the company, but on Tuesday, a limited number of units will go on sale to the public. Here's the official announcement posted on Google Plus: "Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we're opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax." Continue reading for 5 reasons why you should buy one.

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Why travel the world by plane, when you've got the skills to build a high-tech camper van? Called the "KiraVan", this giant custom-built all-terrain truck, is capable of traveling almost anywhere in the world, and was created by 61-year-old Californian inventor Bran Ferren for his 4-year-old daughter Kira. It comes complete with a fully stocked office, kitchen, bedroom, and even a popup tent on the roof. According to The Mail, "It will be able to travel up to 2,000 miles without resupply and navigate slopes as steep as 45 degrees thanks to a special suspension system. The cockpit also has a special vibration reducing chair, as well as control for drones that can fly ahead to check traffic." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what you should never do at the gym, or eat for that matter.

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Soon, virtual reality games will make their way onto social media platforms, such as Facebook, but for now, you'll have to settle for titles like "RiftCycle". Created by "The Arcade Man," this game makes use of a custom-build Tron lightcycle, paired with an Oculus Rift headset which lets you look around in all directions. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Nanotechnology is basically the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, also now referred to as molecular nanotechnology. Continue reading for five mind-boggling things you may not have known about nanotech.

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Forgot to finish a report for either work or school and only have access to a laptop that isn't connected to a nearby printer? Well, the Zuta Pocket Print may solve your future printing-on-the-go woes. This pocket-sized robot of sorts takes 1-minute to print out a page, works with any type of paper, and it's small enough to comfortably fit in your hand. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Utilizing electromagnetic energy, this gun, dubbed the "Star Wars Gun", can fire a shell weighing 10kg at up to 5,400mph over 100 miles. It fires with such force and accuracy that it penetrates three concrete walls or six half-inch thick steel plates. So far, two prototypes of the weapon have been developed for the US Navy 0 one by British arms manufacturer BAE Systems and the second by a US firm. Admiral Klunder says, "It's now reality and it's not science fiction. It's firing. An electromagnetic railgun is a gun that uses just electricity - no gun powder - and...can shoot a projectile well over 100 miles at Mach 7. Energetic weapons, such as EM railguns, are the future of naval combat." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Scientists at Iowa State University have developed new materials that are composed of special polymers designed to completely melt away when a trigger is activated. Practical applications include medical devices that could melt away without harm inside the body, or a covert military device that delivers its data then dissolves without a trace. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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