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Bird's Nest Treehotel

This is not a giant bird's nest, just one of the cabins at the 'Treehotel' in Northern Sweden. When you climb inside, you'll find that it comfortably sleeps up to four adults, while portholes let you peer out to the lush wilderness outside, even in the dead of winter. Best of all, there's Wi-Fi connectivity via satellite, so you'll still be connected, but on cloudy days, you might want to have a few board games ready. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a surprisingly luxurious station at the South Pole.

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SpaceX Moon

Elon Musk told reporters at a press conference today that SpaceX will be sending two paying passengers around the Moon next year. The unnamed persons reportedly paid a 'significant deposit' for the trip, which will be conducted using SpaceX's existing launch vehicles and spacecraft. "This is a really thing that's happened. We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon...[and these passengers] are very serious about it. We plan to do that probably Dragon 2 spacecraft with the Falcon Heavy rocket," said Musk. When all is said and done, the trip will last approximately 1-week, as it will take mostly the same course as you're familiar with from Apollo 13: out to the Moon, slingshot around, and return. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video that takes you inside WETA's Ghost in the Shell studio.

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Valhalla Benz Sprinter 170EXT

Outside Vans' 4x4 170EXT 3500 looks like a normal Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at first, but step inside? You'll see it's a tiny home on wheels. You'll find a solar power system, LED light bar, roof rack and an awning on the exterior. Slide open the door, and you're greeted with a sofa, three-panel bed, 12V refrigerators, a full audio system, drop-down display, and a fully enclosed shower. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mercedes-Benz Private Jet

Mercedes-Benz is known for their luxury automobiles and supercars, but now, they teamed up with Lufthansa Technik - the aviation engineer group of parent Lufthansa - to create a luxurious private jet. Simply put, the design seamlessly blends the boundaries between ceiling, wall, and floor using a "spiral layout," which melds the three design elements into a continuous, flowing feature. The interior uses "black panels" that float in front of the window to evoke the screen-design of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, while "Magic Sky Technology" turns the "black panels" from dark to transparent in an instant. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Van Turned Home

Photographer Norbert Juhasz from Hungary decided that he didn't want to be tied down with rent or a mortgage, so he transformed a sixteen year old van into a solar-powered mobile home. Now this vehicle is used for both traveling and freelance projects, with fiancee Dora in tow. Featuring a couch, which can also be used as a double-bed, a full electrical system, plenty of storage space, and a kitchenette, complete with gas cooker / cylinder, sink, as well as a water tank. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mercedes-AMG Marauder Boat

For those who already have a Mercdes-AMG GT R, this sleek marauder boat is the perfect addition. It's powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1550/1350 QC4v (Quad Cam 4 Valve) engines and M8 stern drives, which let the pilot switch between 3,100-horsepower and 2,700-horsepower output simply by swapping key fobs. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hanging Off Skyscraper

Photo credit: Viki Odintcova via Peta Pixel

Viktoria Odintsova, a model from Russia, has garnered plenty of attention online for her death-defying skyscraper shots, which do not involve Photoshop. Her latest shoot involved hanging off the ledge of a 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper in Dubai, without the use of safety equipment. To be more specific, this 22-year-old model was simply holding onto the arm of a male assistant. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Autonomous Quadcopter Drone

Forget taxis, residents of Dubai may soon be transported in an autonomous quadcopter drone by China-based eHang. "This is not only a model. We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies," said Dubai Road & Transportation head Mattar Al Tayer. The eHang 184 is capable of flying up to 23-minutes at a height of 500 meters on a single charge of its lithium batteries. Unlike conventional aircraft, the person inside the drone remains a passenger, while the 184 is preprogrammed to fly to a specific destination before they hop in. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the mysterious, yet oddly satisfying, Lotus Box puzzle.

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Free Spirit Sphere

This is not a scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi's planet Endor, best known for its sanctuary moon, a forested world (moon) covered by giant trees, but rather Free Spirit Spheres. This tree hotel is located is the forested section of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and it's comprised of three different dwellings located above the ground. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Quintessentially One

Quintessentially One is essentially a 220-meter superyacht being built at a cost of $264-million. When complete, it will be 40 meters longer than Azzam, the world's largest private yacht, owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Amenities will include a spa, beach club, shopping mall, library and even a hotel. One caveat: membership is by invitation only. "This is a wonderful way to cater and meet the demands of Quintessentially's global members when they all descend on the same high-profile events which currently don't have enough supply. It will be the world's largest floating private membership club. Where the traditional cruise model is to go somewhere, dock and get off, we will dock and people will want to get on," said Aaron Simpson, co-founder of Quintessentially. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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