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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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Touch ID Amazon

Source: WSJ

Bethany Howell appreciated the convenience of being able to purchase something on Amazon using just her fingerprint, but that backfired when her 6-year-old daughter Ashlynd used her thumbprint to rack up a $250 bill while she napped. Shortly after waking up, she saw 13 order confirmations for Pokemon items, and initially thought someone had hacked their account. "No, Mommy, I was shopping. But don't worry - everything that I ordered is coming straight to the house," said Ashlynd. Unfortunately, Amazon only allowed them to return 4 of the 13 items, and we're assuming it's because the rest were from 3rd party sellers. Click here for the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Pokemon Go in real-life.

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Optical Illusion Rooms

Photo credit: Peter Kogler via Bored Panda

Austrian artist Peter Kogler uses a combination of stickers and projections to create mind-bending optical illusion rooms. At first glance, the image above may appear to be the work of Photoshop, but they are just simple decals that have been plastered all over the floor and walls. His installations can be found mainly at building lobbies and transit centers. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus 3D street art illusions.

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Mariana Trench Sound

The Mariana Trench, which lies between Japan to the north and Australia to the south, features depths in excess of 36,000 feet, and is currently the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans. Scientists at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center detected a strange booming sound heard in the the deepest part of the ocean, and called i the "Western Pacific Biotwang". The mysterious five-part call lasts between 2.5-3.5 seconds, and includes frequencies as low as 38 hertz. It was recorded using passive acoustic ocean gliders, or instruments that traverse the ocean autonomously, and can dive up to 1,000 meters. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a real human flying drone.

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Vantablack S-Vis

This is what a perfect circle looks like when coated with Vantablack S-VIS, a substance made of carbon nanotubes. It's currently the blackest substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. When light strikes vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected among the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat. The outgassing and particle fallout levels of Vantablack are low. The high levels in similar substances in the past had prevented their commercial usefulness. Vantablack also has greater resistance to mechanical vibration, and has greater thermal stability. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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