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Skylodge

You can either stay in a tent and camp like a normal person, or stay in a Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suite that hangs 400-feet off a cliff, boasting mystical views over the heartland of the Inca Empire in Peru's Sacred Valley. One problem, guests must first climb a 400 foot cliff face to get to their suite. That's right, there are a total of three capsule suites, which can sleep eight people. Made from aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, each 24 x 8 foot suite comes complete with four beds, a dining area and a private bathroom. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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NASA Live Feed Cut

Mysterious lights in the sky are quite a common sight, especially in space, but when unidentified flying objects are spotted leaving Earth right before NASA cuts its live feed, it's a dream scenario for conspiracy theorists. Fortunately, "Mister Enigma" on YouTube recorded the stream, and even includes a zoomed-in portion that shows what seem to be two rotating dots rising from the atmosphere. Continue reading for the clip.

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Bicycle Pizza Cutter

This bicycle pizza cutter slices your pie with razor-sharp stainless steel "tires," modeled after a fixed-gear personal cruiser, complete with miniature handlebars and seat. It's perfect for the cycling enthusiast, pizza lover or just someone who loves creative gadgets. This tool may be simple, but it will bring out the kid in anyone, just like a freshly baked pizza does. Get one here now. Continue reading for more cool and unusual gadgets that you might not have seen before.

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Real Jurassic Park Cost

In the future, we may be able to actually revive dinosaurs, thanks to scientists who found soft tissue inside preserved dinosaur fossils. That's right, scientists used electron microscopes to uncover minute bits of soft tissue inside a crumbling 75-million-year-old theropod claw taken from the London Natural History Museum's collection. Unfortunately, building the park will cost a lot more than you can imagine, especially the research and development for amber extraction. Continue reading to see the breakdown.

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Cool Titanic Facts

Did you know that at $200 million, the movie cost more than the Titanic itself. That's right, the cost to build the ship in 1910-1912 was £1.5 million, which was equivalent to about $7.5-million at the time, and about $120-$150 million in 1997 dollars. On a related note, during the scene where the water comes crashing into the Grand Staircase room, the film makers only had one shot at it because the entire set and furnishings were going to be destroyed in the shot. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of pups running for dinner, time-lapse style, which has already received over 9.7-million views.

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Truck Castle

It looks like an ordinary truck at first glance, but the two turrets on the back hint that it's much more, as they can be rotated inwards for travel mode. When parked, this truck transforms into a fantasy castle of sorts. The owners built it as a solar-powered, off-the-grid home that has the ability to harvest rainwater on the go. The family of three built this home to suit their active lifestyle, enabling them to travel without having to compromise on quality of life. You'll find living / working areas, a kitchen and all the amenities expected in a normal home. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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Uranium Radioactive Emission

Scientists have managed to capture radiation normally invisible to the naked eye, on film, as it's emitted from uranium 238. A small fragment was place inside a cloud chamber as it decays, with charged alpha particles and electrons condensing alcohol vapor in the box. This produces snowflake-like patterns as they particles are fired outwards. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Tanzanite

Photo credit: Artistic Chemist with a Beard

No, the mineral you see above isn't from an alien planet, it's just Tanzanite, which was discovered in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. It's used as a gemstone, and naturally formed tanzanite is extremely rare, still found only in the Mererani Hills. What stands out is its remarkably strong trichroism, appearing alternately sapphire blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation. Continue reading for more.

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Walking Radish

Humans tend to see things in random objects, like clouds, or fruits and vegetables in this case. Pareidolia is the official term, and it's the psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) which is perceived as significant. It's the audiovisual form of apophenia, which is the perception of patterns within random data. Combined with apophenia and hierophany (manifestation of the sacred), pareidolia may have helped ancient societies organize chaos and make the world intelligible. Continue reading for more.

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Moonwalk Cloud Formation

Photographer John Plashal spotted a Michael Jackson-like cloud moonwalking through a lightning storm over Goochland County, central Virginia, on Tuesday. He says: "The image that you see of Michael Jackson just happens to be there. It's pretty wild. I didn't know what I had until this morning, to be honest with you, when my phone started blowing up." The image was originally submitted to CBS 6. Continue reading for another shot.

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