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Kymera Body Board

Warmer weather is just months away for those in the southern hemisphere, and that means, water sports, or so we'd like to think. The jet-propelled Kymera Body Board is definitely one invention you'll want in your arsenal. The current version can hit 20 mph (32 km/h), depending on water conditions and rider weight, with approximately 5,000 watts of power behind it. When fully charged, the battery is good for 5-6 miles of continuous ride time, or 45 minutes - 1-hour per battery pack. Continue reading for more cool inventions that actually exist.

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Oymyakon Winter

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As many parts of the US see the return of snow and sub-zero temperatures, it's a drop in the bucket compared to Oymyakon - the coldest village in the world. This Siberian village has recorded official lows of -59°C (-74°F) in recent days, and this week was hovering anywhere between -40°C and -50°C. There was even a new electric thermometer in the village installed in the Russian region of Yakutia that dropped even lower to -62°C, and then promptly broke due to the frigid temperatures. Residents said their readings were as low as -67°C, less than one degree off the lowest recorded temperature for a permanent settlement anywhere in the world. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Hypervsn Wall

Holograms are nothing new, but wait until you see the Hypervsn Wall made by a company called Kino-mo. This wall consists of multiple RGB fans, with each of the arms on the fan module boasting programmable micro LEDs. How does it all work? The units processor sends signals to each of those LEDs to tell them where it needs to turn on and start spinning. Your eyes perceive this light as a hologram, and when multiple units are hooked up together, the holographic images can measure up to 3 meters in size. Continue reading for an in-depth video and more information.

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Mercedes G-Class Amber

This may look similar to the 1979 classic, but the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is actually a brand new SUV with a more luxurious interior and an independent front suspension to boot. However, to show visitors at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show why it's still shaped like a brick, Mercedes-Benz will showcase the new model next to a 1979 280 GE, which has been encased in 44-tons of synthetic resin. Continue reading for a behind-the-scenes video, pictures and more information.

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Kodak KodakCoin

Kodak announced today that it's getting into the digital licensing and cryptocurrency market as part of a collaboration with WENN Digital. The two companies are launching blockchain - a ledger where transactions of digital currencies, like bitcoin, are recorded - technology with KodakOne and KodakCoin. The Kodak systems will enable photographers to easily register work that they can license and then receive payment. The company plans to launch the initial coin offering on January 31. Continue reading for another video (plus a bonus video) and more information.

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Space Mountain with Lights On

For those who have not visited Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, or Disneyland Paris, Space Mountain is basically an indoor roller coaster attraction - indoor and outdoor in Paris - located at the six Magic Kingdom-style Disney Parks. The Space Mountain concept was a descendant of the first Disney "mountain" attraction, the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland, which opened in 1959. The Matterhorn's success had convinced Walt Disney that thrilling rides did have a place in his park. WED partnered with Arrow Development Company, the same company that had helped design the Matterhorn's roller coaster systems years before. This is what the attraction looks like with the lights on. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Largest Video Game Collection

If you thought your video game hoard was massive, then it may be time to check out Joel Hopkin's record-breaking collection. Also known as "The Last Gamer," he currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection in the world with more than 18,000 games. Unlike other collectors, he had his house custom-built to accommodate all of the games that he has acquired over the years, organized by genre, company, gaming era, etc. Guests can enjoy the games on various LCDs and CRTs placed around the house hooked up to numerous consoles. Continue reading for more fascinating collections from around the world.

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Light Pillars Canada

Photo credit: Sophie Melanson

This is not an optical illusion, just real light pillars that were captured over Canada by photographer Sophie Melanson. This phenomenon occurs when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground. In this case, the air was so frigid that ice crystals were forming in the air, all the while reflecting the city's street and business lights. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Trolls Royce

Corbin Goodwin's "Trolls Royce" just might be the strangest Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II that you'll ever see. Aside from its Mad Max-inspired exterior, it features a set of 19" wheels sourced from a Porsche Panamera, and a turbocharged 6.75L V8, mated to a four-speed manual transmission from a Ford F-250 pickup truck, Holley carburetor, and an externally-mounted intercooler. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Frozen Ramen

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The northeast of America is currently being slammed by a "bomb cyclone" as brutal weather conditions take hold of large parts of the US. This means several inches of snow falling per hour, which occurs when a storm's barometric pressure drops by 24 millibars in a day. Trucks have been loaded with road salt and schools in New York have been closed in anticipation. The city is expected to see up to 8-inches of snow and winds of up to 50mph on Thursday. Continue reading for more amazing photos.

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