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Guatemalan Sinkhole Gigantic

No, the image above isn't a CG-render, but rather the 2010 Guatemala City sinkhole. This disaster, in which an area approximately 65-feet across and 100-feet deep collapsed in Guatemala City's Zona 2, swallowed a three-story factory. The sinkhole occurred for a combination of reasons, including Tropical Storm Agatha, the Pacaya Volcano eruption, and leakage from sewer pipes. Immediately after the sinkhole's collapse, there were plans to fill it in with a soil cement made from cement, limestone, and water known locally as lodocreto. Continue reading for more.

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Radioactive Man Japan

You've seen the terrible tragedies of Japan's Fukushima disaster, but the animals left behind in the 12.5-mile radioactive exclusion zone are something you won't see on the news. Former construction worker Naoto Matsumura, 55, decided to move there to care for its four-legged survivors. Matsumura is called the "guardian of Fukushima's animals" because of the work he does to feed the animals. Despite the harmful radiation his body is subject to on a daily basis, he "refuses to worry about it." Continue reading for more pictures and additional information.

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Smallest Cordless Drill

Lance Abernathy, a maintenance engineer from Auckland, New Zealand, used an Ultimaker 2 desktop 3D printer to create the world's smallest cordless drill. Inside the fingertip-sized, 3D printed casing, you'll find its electrical innards, including the hearing aid battery that powers the tiny bit. How did this project come about? Well, Abernathy was basically inspired to by thinking back to all of the childhood stories that involved miniature worlds. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Eye Tracker Drawing

Artist Graham Fink normally sticks with pen, pencils and paper, but for a London exhibition, he's using an eye tracker to draw portraits - live for visitors at the Riflemaker gallery in London through March 21, 2015 - using only his eyes. Created by Tobii Technology, this eye tracker uses infrared light to track eye movements, which are then translated into lines on a screen. Continue reading for a video, some of the actual portraits and more information.

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Siberian Huskies Dogs Walking on Water

Photo credit: Fox Grom

Russia-based photographer Fox Grom has managed to capture what appears to be Siberian Huskies walking on water, but it's all just a clever illusion. You see, this particular lake is completely frozen over, except for a thin layer of melted ice up top. When the dogs realized this, they began playing around on the thawing lake, making it look like a giant mirror of sorts. Grom resides in the ultra chilly Kirovsk regoin in Murmansk Oblast, which is in the northern part of Russia. Nearly the entire area is north of the Arctic circle, which means that this probably isn't the first time the lake has frozen over. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Women Live Longer Than Men

According to Tom Perls, founder of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University, across the industrialized world, women still live 5-10 years longer than men. Among people over 100 years old, approximately 85% are women. However, there are other reason why this is true as well, and it includes men doing plain stupid things, such as using power tools on top of one another rather than on a proper table. Continue reading for more examples.

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Frozen in Time Dancer

Levitation photography is nothing new, but Taiwanese-French-American photographer Mickael Jou's self-portraits have become internet hits. Based in Berlin, he has spent the past three years combining his two passions - photography and dance - by seemingly freezing himself in time. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Don't See Everyday

There are some things you just do not see everyday, not even on television, like a rare pink bottlenose dolphin. This specimen was spotted in a Louisiana lake by local charter boat Captain Erik Rue, 42, who has been studying the dolphin since it first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico in south-west Louisiana. He originally saw the rare albino dolphin, which also has reddish eyes, swimming with a pod of four other dolphins. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of President Obama reading mean Tweets about himself.

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Rescued Magpie

When the Bloom family of Newport, New South Wales, Australia rescued an abandoned magpie chick under their wing more than a year ago, they never expected it would become an extended member of their clan. They named it "Penguin", and the bird now comes and goes but always manages to return to the Bloom household, where husband and wife Cameron and Sam and their three children, Rueben, 13, Noah, 11 and Oli, 9, wait with open arms. They believe the chick was blown out of a tree one fateful day in 2013. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Simple Ingenious Gadgets

Another week, another round of ingenious, yet simple, gadgets that you probably never knew about, starting with the AutSock. This auto accessory aims to replace tire chains, and possibly even winter tires, as it can be installed extremely quickly, even in frigid weather. Its innovative woven fabric grips the road with intense friction. Best of all, they're lightweight, barely take up any space, there's no extra noise or vibrations while driving, and they're compatible alloy rims without causing damage. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including Samsung's hearing hands.

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