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A light pillar is basically a visual phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces. The light can come from the Sun (usually at or low to the horizon) in which case the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. Continue reading for five more incredible facts you may not have known about this natural phenomenon.

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A sun dog is basically an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun. They may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low.

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In technical terms, an earthquake refers to the sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity, seismism or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. The 1960 Chilean Earthquake is the largest earthquake that has been measured on a seismograph, reaching 9.5 magnitude on 22 May 1960. Its epicenter was near Canete, Chile. Continue reading to see what happens to skysrapers during these mega quakes.

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Don't you just coming up to a traffic light only for it to have just turned yellow? You can take out the guesswork with the hourglass LED design you see above. Simply put, all drivers will know exactly how much time they have until the next light, complete with countdown meter. We've rounded up three of the coolest traffic light designs of the future for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.

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There are some fascinating things in this world that just can't be explained by science, and this rock-looking creature is included. In addition to looking exactly like a rock, it feeds on microorganisms from the water and has clear blood that secretes a rare mineral called vanadium. Continue reading for more fascinating discoveries that can't be explained by science.

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Nordic Ware's Pancake Pan lets you start off the day with some smiley pancakes. The seven different smiley faces are fun and unique You'll love the non-stick coating that makes cleanup a breeze. Use your favorite pancake recipe or the one included with the pan. Product page. Continue reading for five more cool breakfast inventions that geeks would love.

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Project Ara is basically the codename for an initiative by Google that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. It will include a structural frame that holds smartphone modules of the owner's choice, such as a display, keyboard or an extra battery. This would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste. The first model of the modular phone is scheduled to be released in January 2015 and is expected to cost around $50. Continue reading for more.

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Further developing existing technology, NHK promises to bring true holographic television images that do not require glasses to nearly all homes in Japan by 2022. Jun Murai, a scientist from Japan's Keio University, says: "Football matches held in Tokyo could be relayed to any stadium in the world where full-sized players would appear so life-like that fans would believe they were at the match." Continue reading for more.

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The amazing pool you see above - part of a home in Villa Devoto, Argentina - was designed by Andres Remy Arquitectos. What sets this one apart from others is that it is elevated from the ground, creating a glass wall that allows views from within, and outside, from different points in the house. We've rounded up five more cool and creative backyards that geeks would love. Continue reading to see them all.

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GoPro fans rejoice! Here is yet another awesome use for the action cam that involves speed and flying. Fighter Pilots are one of the most highly regarded positions in any air force. Selection processes only accept the elite out of all the potential candidates. An individual who possesses an exceptional academic record, physical fitness, healthy well-being, and a strong mental drive will have a higher chance of also exhibit reputable leadership and teamwork abilities. As such, in nearly all air forces, fighter pilots, as are pilots of most other aircraft, are commissioned officers. Continue reading for more.

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