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Cat Ear Headphones

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Wenqing Yan and Victoria Hu are both fans of high-tech music gadgets. So, they went ahead and created these nifty cat ear-inspired headphones, complete with external cat ear speakers, LED lights, detachable cord, plush ear cushioning and rechargeable batteries to boot. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a first look at Disney's Tomorrowland.

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Local Motors Strati 3D Printed Car

You can either buy a car from a local dealership, or have a Local Motors Strati printed at home in 44-hours. This company created the world's first 3D-printed car from ABS plastic reinforced with carbon fiber. While you may have seen similar vehicles, this is truly the first that has the body and chassis of the vehicle printed together. The company says, "The 3D-printed car is going to change the way car manufacturers create vehicles. By cutting down the time and cost to build cars, Local Motors has shown the automotive world that things need to change. This line of vehicle is the catalyst, and you can be the first to own it." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny homework questions and fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a spinning chocolate cake that will blow your mind.

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Tesla Model S P85D

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Priced at $120,000 for a top-of-the-line Model S P85D, this newly unveiled P85D has a dual motor - the same system coming to the all-wheel-drive Model X next year - that pumps at 691hp as well as 687 lb-ft of torque that boost it from 0-60mph in just 3.2 seconds, which is a full second quicker than the standard P85. If that's still not enough for you adrenaline junkies, the 1g of lateral acceleration will definitely help you on track days. Continue reading to see its driver assist function in-action and for more pictures.

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Blitzer Railgun

A railgun is basically an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor. A railgun comprises a pair of parallel conducting rails, along which a sliding armature is accelerated by the electromagnetic effects of a current that flows down one rail, into the armature and then back along the other rail. Continue reading for more.

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FlexSense

Microsoft Research has unveiled FlexSense, which is essentially flat transparent, self-sensing deformable layer that can be added to tablets for extra functionality. They claim it can determine what a person is doing with the layer and then turn those actions into commands for an app. For example, when placed over a crossword puzzle, you can hide the answers below and look underneath the layer for hints. Continue reading for the video.

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Apple IIc

The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, is Apple Computer's first endeavor to produce a portable computer. The result was a 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact, referring to the fact it was essentially a complete Apple II computer setup (minus display and power supply) squeezed into a small notebook-sized housing. Now, we have the ultra slim MacBook Air. Continue reading for more.

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Xbox Technology

Similar to IllumiRoom, Microsoft's RoomAlive basically turns your living room into a giant Xbox game. Simply put, it uses Kinect and projectors to create an augmented reality experience that enables you to reach out and hit objects from a game, or simply interact with them by touching walls, etc. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Drinkable Book

Approximately 3.4-million-people die each year from water-related diseases across the world. WATERisLIFE teamed up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia to do something about it. Costing just a few pennies to manufacture, "The Drinkable Book" both teaches water hygiene and serves as an advanced filter that kills deadly bacteria as well as diseases. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Quantum Teleportation

Scientists at the University of Geneva in Switzerland have successfully passed information from light into matter, using the teleportation of the quantum state of a photon via optical fiber cable to a receiving crystal located over 25-kilometers (15-miles) away. This experiment entailed generating a quantum entanglement of two photons using a laser, and then sending one of those entangled photons down an optical fiber while simultaneously sending the other to a crystal. The crystal basically acts as a memory store for the quantum information contained on the transmitted photon. Continue reading for the video news report and more information.

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3D Printed Pizza

Love homemade pizza, but hate the preparing everything? Meet Foodini. This 3D food printer is designed to automates some of the tedious cooking preparation process. For example, it can print individual ravioli instead of the cook having to make the dough and fill and assemble each individual piece themselves. Sure, it's not fully-automated, but it definitely speed things up to say the least. Continue reading for more.

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