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9 Hours Capsule Hotel

No, you're not looking at a futuristic space station, just the 9h capsule hotel in Japan. Nestled in Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, 9h features 125 modern capsules spread over 9-levels, complete with separate male and female quarters, designer locker rooms, showers, as well as a lounge. Every guest receives a sleek 9h amenity kit during the $65/night stay, which includes: bottled water, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, slippers and optional lounge wear. Inside the capsules, guests will find a Panasonic alarm clock, controlled lighting, curved mattresses and pillows made of four different materials to maximum comfort. Continue reading for more.

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Horsehead Nebula

The Horsehead Nebula (above) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion, located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. It was first recorded in 1888 by Scottish astronomer Williamina Fleming on photographic plate B2312 taken at the Harvard College Observatory. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse's head when viewed from Earth. Continue reading for more.

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Student Inventions

To really make it in this world, lots of hard work and some luck are required. These students put in the hard work, and with some luck, these cool inventions just might change the world. Our favorite? Definitely the Spidey Suit, despite the dangers that may come with it. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Jibo, the world's first family robot.

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Strange Cool Google Earth

Want to go on a virtual trip around the world? There's no better place to do so than with Google Earth (and Maps). Thanks to Street View and other technologies, you're able to walk the streets as if you were actually there, minus any moving cars or people. Above, we see a herd of water buffalo at the Kigosi Game Reserve in Tanzania (4°17'21.49 S, 31°23'46.46 E). Continue reading for more.

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Marble Caves Chile

The beautiful marble cave you see above is located on a peninsula of solid marble bordering Lake General Carrera, a remote glacial lake that spans the Chile-Argentina border. It was formed by 6,000+ years of waves washing up against calcium carbonate. The smooth, swirling blues of the cavern walls are a reflection of the lake's azure waters, which change in intensity and hue, depending on water levels and time of year. Continue reading for more majestic and breathtaking caves you can actually visit.

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We'll start things off with a prototype that most gamers have seen, but others, not so much: the Nintendo PlayStation. You read that right, development of the format started in 1988, when Nintendo signed a deal with Sony to produce a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. After several years of development, Sony introduced a standalone console at 1991's summer Consumer Electronics Show called the "Play Station." The system was to be compatible with existing SNES titles as well as titles released for the SNES-CD format. However, due to licensing disagreements with Sony, Nintendo announced that it had formed an alliance with Sony's rival Philips to produce the SNES-CD add-on. Continue reading for more.

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Photo credit: Hi Consumption / NJ Conceal

In case of an emergency, like the zombie apocalypse, make sure you have quick, secure and most important of all, easy access to your weapons. The New Jersey Concealment Furniture company has just what you're looking for. They've got an entire range of furniture dedicated to concealed firearms storage, including a computer desk. Sure, you don't technically need one of these, but they even build custom pieces to your specifications. Continue reading for more.

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Photo credit: Nat Geo / Dallas Nagata White

This is not something you see everyday, a couple kissing in front of a lavaflow. The amazing photo above was captured by Dallas Nagata White and here's what he has to say about it, "My husband and I, along with a tour guide and a group of friends, hiked up to what was formerly the Royal Gardens subdivision above Kalapana, Hawaii, where the last standing house was just recently taken over by the active lava flow. While waiting for the rain to pass, we started taking back-lit portraits of each other in front of the lava flow after I set up my camera on the tripod. For the last photo, my husband spontaneously dipped me in a kiss. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment!" Continue reading for more.

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Many are still planning many more outdoor trips even in the dog days (hottest) of summer, and these cool and useful life hacks will definitely come in handy, starting with the soda can stove. Most of the materials you'll need are probably already laying around the house, but the one thing you might not have is tape that won't burn when you use your stove - find it here. Continue reading for more.

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When is a home not just a place where you eat, rest, etc.? When it's made from an old airplane hanger. Archinet says that the "structure maintains its corrugated metal walls and cavernous space, allowing room for a restored 1930s golden yellow and red Piper Cub to sit naturally next to a late model, bright red Porsche. The theme is set as past and present come together inside as a mixture of industrial colors and metallic textures blend with soft furnishings and a pop of red throughout." Continue reading to see more awesome homes made from things you'd never expect.

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