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Afghan Vet Kinessa Johnson Poachers

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US army veteran Kinessa Johnson has become an Instagram star after leaving the US to protect endangered wildlife in Africa. After a tour in Afghanistan, serving four years as a weapons instructor and mechanic, Kinessa joined Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) as an anti-poaching advisor. The team refrain from using force, but have permission to use their weapons if they feel threatened. Johnson says: "We work side by side with park rangers and it's truly a learning experience for not only park rangers but also our team. Our intention is not to harm anyone; we're here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Homemade Swords

When you see swords in video games and fantasy-themed movies, recreating one (or several) at home isn't usually the first thought that pops into your head, that is unless...you're "Michaelcthulhu". This very talented person specializes in creating massive swords, such as the Crisis Core Buster Sword from Final Fantasy, Soul Reaver, and even Atrox, which is made entirely from scrap metal. In the embedded video above, we get a little a bonus in the form of Lightning's Gunblade from Final Fantasy XIII. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today including one showing why the aluminum beverage can design is so clever.

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You Can't Unsee

There are many things in everyday life that appear normal at first, but sometimes, when you take a second glance, something else appears. For example, this cleverly designed image of what appears to be one superhero, is in fact, three, depending on how you look at it: one Wolverine or Batman and his clone. Continue reading for more everyday things that look normal at first, but can't be unseen.

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NASA Alien Life

Are we alone in the universe? NASA says the answer to that burning question is "almost certainly no." While we could meet our alien neighbors within the next two decades, they may not be of the space-faring or even intelligent type. Ellen Stofan, NASA chief scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says: "I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years. We know where to look, we know how to look, and in most cases we have the technology." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Backyard Theme Park



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Bruno, a man who lives in northern Italy, built a theme park in his very own backyard. His story begins in June 1969 when he purchases a a jug of white wine and a jug of red wine and five or six kilos of sausages to the forest. Bruno then set up a grill in the shade of a tree and awaited his first customers, and says: "I wanted to see if we would sell something or if people would come." Fast forward to today, and Ai Pioppi has human-powered swings, slides, seesaws, gyroscopes, a ferris wheel and even a roller-coaster. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a blind painter who learned to master his craft.

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Prison Gadgets

When you're stuck in prison for years (or life), going into a store or shopping online are out of the question. So, there are inmates who spend all of their free time constructing unconventional gadgets and tools, rather than starting fights. Whether it be a radio transmitter, pistol or even a tattooing machine, these inmates have successfully made their own versions. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" played entirely with hard drives.

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False Vacuum Hypothesis

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There are many interesting theories about the universe, and the False Vacuum Hypothesis is one of them. Basically, it states that the universe is not in its lowest energy configuration. So, at some point, our universe may tunnel into true vacuum, resulting in a expanding bubble of destruction that will eat the entire universe at high speed, destroying all matter and life near instantly. According to a researcher, "...the major premise of the concept is that electromagnetic phenomena results any time a photon is forced to follow a curved path. The resulting phenomena acts to bend the photon's path more in the same direction, producing positive feedback." Continue reading for more.

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Mir Mine

The Mir Mine is a former open pit diamond mine, now inactive, located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. It's approximately 525-meters (1,722-feet) deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200-meters (3,900-feet), and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. Continue reading for more fascinating facts about the world's largest open pit diamond mine.

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Full Head Transplant

Valery Spiridonov, a 30-year-old computer scientist from Russia who was born with Werdnig-Hoffman disease, says he's ready to put his trust in controversial surgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero who claims he can cut off his head and attach it to a healthy body. Spiridonov says: "My decision is final and I do not plan to change my mind. Am I afraid? Yes, of course I am. But it is not just very scary, but also very interesting. But you have to understand that I don't really have many choices. If I don't try this chance my fate will be very sad. With every year my state is getting worse." Continue reading for a TED Talks video describing the procedure and more information.

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World's Largest Rabbit

Darius, measuring a whopping 4ft 4in (1.3m) and 22.2kg (48.9lb), is currently the world's largest rabbit, but he'll soon be trumped by his son, Jeff, who is currently 3ft 8in (1.1m) and has 6-months left of his growing phase. The father and son duo are both a part of the Continental Giant breed, which make great house pets by the way, if you can over look their food costs. Both of them can devour 2,000 carrots and 700 apples a year, as well as specially formulated rabbit food, all of which costs around £5,000. Continue reading for more images and information.

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