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Real Cave House

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, nor has this been Photoshopped, but rather it's a real house built directly into the side of a cave. Called the Cuevas Del Pino House by Ummo Estudio, it was originally used as a shelter for livestock watchmen on the slopes of Sierra Morena, but transformed into a comfortable living space with plenty of natural light, while retaining the original walls of the shelter, as well as swooping heavy stone ceilings and walls. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Sharkman Wearable Furniture

Product designer Yang Zhao created "Sharkman" as a hybrid wearable furniture that explores the possibilities of "soft furniture," whether the person is sitting, lying down or standing. It can be modified to create total privacy or offer complete exposure to others. This design has been selected to be exhibited in the Brainwaves London Design Festival, and has also won the certificate of excellence from the mayor of London's International Student Innovation 2016 Award. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Anatomical Jewelry

Artist Nadja Buttendorf did not find glitches in The Matrix, but rather created a line of wearable anatomical jewelry, called "Fingerrings", "EARrings" and "Skin" necklaces. Each one of these silicone sculptures was crafted by hand to mimic the texture and tactile qualities of real human skin. When the former is worn, the hyper realistic appendage appears as a "6th finger" that extends from the body. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BionicGym

Couch potatoes rejoice! BionicGym is essentially a wearable neuro-stimulator that claims to burn up to 1,000-calories per hour by sending electric pulse patterns to your muscles. That's right creator Dr. Louis Crowe says the device mimics shivering, nature's way of burning calories without doing anything. One caveat: it'll set you back at least $300, which is roughly a 1-2 year membership to most gyms. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Bahnof Data Center Pionen White Mountains

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Bahnof's - a Swedish ISP - main data center is located in central Stockholm, but what really sets "Pionen White Mountains" apart is that it's located 30 meters under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm. This was a former nuclear bunker during the Cold War, and it took more than two years to blast the 141,000 cubic feet of extra space required fit its backup generators and server racks into the caves. The entire data center spans roughly 1,200 square meters (12,900 square feet) and lighting was a major issue the team faced. Continue reading for more bizarre structures that actually exist. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Long Exposure Traffic Lights

Photo credit: Lucas Zimmermann

Long exposure photography and traffic lights are nothing special on their own, but when combined, the resulting images appear to be straight from a horror movie. "The possibility that light is 'visible' in fog fascinates me. The unknown hue of blueish light is like the fog hidden for the human eye, but the photograph shows us things we otherwise overlook, such as a simple traffic light on the street. An all known object which produces a strong effect in an unnatural situation with a simple photographic setup," said photography Lucas Zimmermann. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Contactless Payment Jacket

Created by Carsten van Berkel and Stefan Leendertse of the Amsterdam-based N = 5 advertising agency, this contactless payment jacket enables people to donate 1€ to the wearer using their contactless smart card. That's right, there's a card reader sewn directly into the jacket, complete with an LCD screen that displays the instructions. "People have less cash in their pockets. And if you have a single euro on you and give it to a homeless person, then you do not know what happens to it. That's one of the big advantages of the contactless payment jacket. You're not giving cash to a total stranger to do with it what he pleases. Instead, the fixed sum (one euro) goes into a bank account managed by a homeless shelter, and can only be used to purchase a hot meal, pay for a bath or spend a night at a homeless shelter (many such centers in the Netherlands require a contribution of 5€ per night). Homeless people who really want to turn their life around can also save money for various job certification courses or a down-payment for a home. We can offer the homeless more than just a warm Christmas. We give them back prospects," said Jan Jesse Bakker, designer of the jacket. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn't let kids use Amazon Alexa.

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Resafe Gloves Saw-Proof

Chilean inventor Jorge Sgombic unveils Resafe Mark VIII safety gloves, and unlike the ones you find in hardware stores, these utilize a shatter-proof thermoplastic material to shield your fingertips against hammer blows and even saw blades. In case the first layer gets damaged, the underlying protective cover is nearly indestructible. There's no word yet on pricing or availability, but the inventor says practical applications include "maintenance and operation to entire industries such as mining, forestry and the fishing industry." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Texas ATM machine heist that involves heavy machinery.

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Drone Sweater

Danielle Baskin, a creative director from San Francisco, unveils Drone Sweaters, which are custom-tailored to order, and can be made for a variety of drones, starting at $189. "How warm your drone is able to physically keep themselves may depend on their model, size and even age, but if they just don't have a heavy plastic coating, there is only so much charging they can do to conserve heat," according to the product description. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of drones used by military personnel all over the world.

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Uncontacted Tribe Amazon

Photo credit: Ricardo Stuckert

Ricardo Stuckert, a photographer from Brazil, unexpectedly spotted an uncontacted Amazon tribe during a helicopter flight that was diverted due to a storm. Tribesmen appeared from the trees as his helicopter flew over one of their buildings in the state of Acre in north-west Brazil. "I took the camera and started photographing. I didn't have much time to imagine what was happening. I felt like I was a painter in the last century. We live in an age when men have been to the moon. Yet here in Brazil there are people who continue to live as humankind has for tens of thousands of years," said Stuckert. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of another previously unknown and uncontacted tribe that lives in Brazilian jungle not far from the Peruvian border.

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