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Here's a first look at the all-new BMW M4 Convertible, which sports the Active Sound Control feature, like in the M4 Coupe, where a live amplification of the engine's natural sound will be inducted into the passenger cabin via the speakers. One caveat: it's slightly heaver than the coupe, at 3851-pounds. Continue reading for more cool things you may not have known about the sporty car.

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Monster Jellyfish

The lion's mane jellyfish (above) is the largest known species of jellyfish. Its range is confined to cold, boreal waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and northern Pacific Oceans. Divers may also find them in to the south-western part of the Baltic Sea (where it cannot breed due to the low salinity). Similar jellyfish, which may be the same species, are known to inhabit seas near Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading for more.

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Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)'s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world, topping out at 452m (1,483ft). The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower. Continue reading for more.

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Lamborghini Egoista

The Lamborghini Egoista was first unveiled in 2013, and is a concept car created for the company's 50th anniversary. Not just for looks, it's a fully functioning model, based on the Lamborghini Gallardo. Featuring a 5.2 L (317 cu in) V10 engine producing 600 hp (447 kW; 608 PS). Continue reading for more cool facts you may not have known about the fighter-jet inspired supercar.

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Marvel Gemstone

What you're looking at above appears to be something pulled straight from the Marvel Universe, but it's actually just Cuprosklodowskite, a secondary uranium mineral formed by alteration of earlier uranium minerals. It is grass green to dark green in color, and its crystal habit is typically acicular, flat bladed crystals. That's not all, it's also a strongly radioactive mineral. Continue reading for more gems and minerals that you might not have seen before.

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Volcanic Lightning

A dirty thunderstorm (also known as Volcanic lightning) is a weather phenomenon that is related to the production of lightning in a volcanic plume. A study in the journal Science indicated that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms. Continue reading for more.

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CIP Congenital Insensitivity to Pain

Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is one or more rare conditions in which a person cannot feel (and has never felt) physical pain. Despite sounding beneficial, it is actually an extremely dangerous condition, as sufferers may not be able to recognize a potentially harmful scenario. There are some cases where the condition is caused by increased production of endorphins in the brain, in which case naloxone may be used as treatment. Continue reading for more.

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Teen Inventions

At the age of 13, Kelvin Doe of Sierra Leone started making batteries and generators using only scrap materials gathered in and around his home. He's a completely self-taught engineer who manages his own fully-staffed community radio station in Sierra Leone where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker 'DJ Focus.' This radio station is powered by a generator created from a deteriorating voltage stabilizer, which he found in the trash, while a simple antenna lets his neighborhood listen in. Continue reading for more.

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Apple Bandia Pippin

The Apple Bandai Pippin is a multimedia technology console, designed by Apple Computer. The console was based on the Apple Pippin platform - a derivative of the Apple Macintosh platform. Bandai produced the ATMARK and @WORLD consoles between 1995 and 1997. Bandai manufactured fewer than 100,000 Pippins, but reportedly sold 42,000 systems before discontinuing the line. Production of the system was so limited, there were more keyboard and modem accessories produced than actual systems.

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Speed Camera Lottery

Hate speeders? So does Stockholm. Kevin Richardson proposed the idea of rewarding drivers traveling at or below the posted limit with a cash lottery, funded by the fines on speeding drivers. This was demonstrated in Stockholm, Sweden, in November 2010. Continue reading for more feel good, yet random, facts that will brighten your day, or so we hope.

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