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Autonomous Travel Suite

How about a self-driving airport shuttle that offers the comforts of home all the way to your hotel? Meet the "Autonomous Travel Suite". This vehicle aims to merge transportation and hotel into one, or the Autonomous Hotel chain to be more specific. Simply step into the suite, input your destination on a tablet device, and you'll be transported straight there. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Drone Plane Crash

Ever wonder what could happen if a drone were to crash into a plane in mid-air? Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute wanted to find out, so they launched a DJI Phantom 4 drone into the sky from a cannon, which then crashed into a Mooney M20 airplane. This experiment was designed to mimic a midair collision between a 2.1-lb drone and an airplane at a speed of 238 miles per hour. Continue reading for another drone plane close-call compilation and more information.

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Droplet Trailer

Vancouver-based Droplet has created a Scandinavian-inspired camping trailer that looks normal at first glance, but this 950-lb tiny home on wheels can be towed behind just about any vehicle. You can choose from three different packages, including an "Off the Grid Package" that comes complete with a queen-sized bed, dual-stove burner kitchen, sink, portable refrigerator, 100W self-standing solar panel, two portable EcoFlow River Black 410WH power station, and a spare wheel. Continue reading for a complete video tour, more pictures and information.

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Hang Gliding Mountain

Photo credit: Twisted Sifter

If you've only just heard of hang gliding today, it's basically an airport where a pilot flies a light, non-motorized, foot-launched, heavier-than-air aircraft. Most modern versions are made of an aluminum alloy or composite frame covered with synthetic sailcloth to form a wing. Launch techniques include launching from a hill on foot, tow-launching from a ground-based tow system, aero-towing (behind a powered aircraft), powered harnesses, and being towed up by a boat. Professional hang gliding pilot Wolfgang Siess recently recorded his launch off a mountain in Interlaken, Switzerland. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Mirage Invisible Yacht

Luxury superyachts are nothing new, but the 106-meter Mirage 106 M by Van Geest Design is one unlike any other that you've seen before. How so? This vessel will be built from mirrored glass, enabling it to easily blend in with its surroundings and allegedly completely 'vanishes' when viewed from more than 50 meters away, according to its designers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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747 Cockpit Photos

Photo credit: JPC Van Heijst

Cargo pilot Christiaan van Heijst may have long work days, but he definitely makes the best of it, and these surreal long-exposure captured from the cockpit of a Boeing 747 airliner prove it. Despite flying at 590 mph through the air, he holds his Nikon D800 camera by hand and pushes it into the corner of the window frame to hold it securely, as there is no room for a full-sized tripod. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hualien Starbucks Shipping Containers

Designed by famed Japan-based architectural firm Kengo Kuma and Associates, this stunning new Starbucks in Hualien, Taiwan appears to be from Minecraft. The entire structure is made from 29 heavily reinforced shipping containers stacked to form two floors, and then given a cool white paint job on the exterior to maintain a minimalist look. However, this isn't a first for the company, as they've already opened 45 pre-fabricated modular stores in the US, built off-site prior to delivery and installation. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Greece 1000 ft Spider Web

Photo credit: Alexandros Maragos via Peta Pixel

If you hate spiders, this scene may appear to be straight from a horror movie, but unfortunately (or fortunately), it's a real 300-metre-long (1,000-foot) spiderweb found in the western Greek town of Aitoliko. It blankets everything from trees to shrubs near a lagoon on the shores of the town, and was spun by spiders from the genus Tetragnatha, which are also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Sun City Camp

Sun City Camp, located in the red desert of Jordan's Wadi Rum, offers adventurers a Mars-like experience right here on Earth in Bedouin-style tents or Martian Domes. Don't let the exterior fool you, each one of these units boast luxurious amenities, such as king-sized beds, private bathrooms, and spacious terraces to soak in the mountains as well as glorious views of the night sky. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Seal Slaps Kayaker

Photo credit: Taiyo Masuda via Peta Pixel

Sydney-based filmmaker Taiyo Masuda recently went on a kayaking trip with his friend Kyle Mulinder when he unexpectedly captured a wildlife encounter unlike any other with a GoPro Hero 7 Black: a seal swam up to Mulinder and slapped him in the face with an octopus, or possibly providing him with a gift. "We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying the sun on the rocks. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more of food," said Masuda to Peta Pixel. Continue reading to see more footage from Taiyo's adventures.

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