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Stepping on Lava

Have you ever wondered what really happens when you step on molten lava? Neuroscientist Alex Rivest decided to find out on a recent vacation to Kilauea, Hawaii, when his tour guide offered to step onto a pool of the 700°C to 1,200°C molten rock. Rivest says, "While this may not be surprising (it is liquid rock), I think that many people think of lava as more of a hot-watery-like substance. You would never fall into a lava lake the way you would a swimming pool, the molten rock is much more dense, so you would simply land on it, sink a little, and be burned." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Devel Sixteen

If you're not a hypercar enthusiast, this may be the first time you've heard of the Devel Sixteen, but it's the first hypercar to have a reported 5,000-horsepower. The company claims that it's powered by a V16 engine and does 0-60mph in a mere 1.8-seconds, with a top speed of 348mph. Unfortunately, no engine shots have surfaced. However, if this vehicle ever hits the road, it will cost in excess of $1-million. Continue reading for the in-action video.

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F-15E Strike Eagle

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American all-weather multirole fighter, and has been deployed for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. During these operations the F-15E has carried out deep strikes against high-value targets, combat air patrols, and providing close air support for coalition troops. This amazing video shows them flying through the Cascade Mountains. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life Fruit Ninja.

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Fiery Object Russia

Residents in Russia's Sverdlovsk region witnessed a gigantic fiery flash in the night sky on November 14, 2014 at approximately 6:39 pm local time. Since many motorists have dash cams (due to insurance fraud) there are lots of amateur clips of the event that have been uploaded online. There are some that capture it head-on, while other people managed to get a side view of the object. Reddit users say it was likely a bright fireball meteor, but officials have not yet stated there was one detected at that time. Continue reading to watch both clips.

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Vesuvian Fire Ammonium Dichromate

Ammonium dichromate is commonly known as Vesuvian Fire, because of its use in demonstrations of tabletop "volcanoes". In today's world, it's used in pyrotechnics, but previously, photography. In this compound, as in all chromates and dichromates, chromium is in a +6 oxidation state, commonly known as hexavalent chromium. It is a salt consisting of ammonium ions and dichromate ions. Continue reading for five mind-blowing videos.

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Munchkin Shih Tzu

Munchkin the Shih-Tzu's owners didn't want to buy a traditional costume for their dog on Halloween. So, they came up with this custom teddy bear suit, which has won over the internet. Here's how they did it: "Measure your dog in the front from feet to top of head (Munchkin is 14"). Buy a teddy bear in similar color to your dog in their size (I got hers on Amazon for $30). Cut the face off, cut the bottom of the feet off, cut open the back. Take all the stuffing out except for the arms. Bear only goes on front part of their body/legs and back half is exposed. Put a string or velcro through the back behind the neck to tie/close. The bear's arms hung down, so I sewed them up a bit higher so they stuck out to sides more instead of hanging down. Took me maybe 15 minutes to make!" Continue reading for the video.

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Sonic Boom Volcano

Mount Tavurvur, a volcano in Papua New Guinea, erupted this past August 29, spewing ash and causing a shock wave and resulting sonic boom. Phil McNamara, while in a boat near the New Guinea coast, caught the initial explosion of a volcano. Mount Tavurvur is known as a rather active volcano, one that caused many deaths and covered a nearby town in ash in 1994. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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2015 Mustang RTR

The 2015 Ford Mustang RTR might not be the first tuned Mustang to hit the streets, but it's definitely no slouch. Professional drifter Vaughn Gittin's RTR brand partnered with Ford to create this special edition Mustang, powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that generates 725-horsepower. Other upgrades include an adjustable suspension, stiffer anti-roll bars, and a set of Brembo brakes for extreme stopping power. Continue reading to see this beast drift around SEMA 2014, more pictures and additional information.

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Oyster Water Filter

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Believe it or not, both tanks you see above contain water from the same place and time, but the one on the right features a natural filter...oysters. Maryland-based nonprofit conservation, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, filmed this time-lapse video of oysters clearing the waters of the east coast estuary. It's a big concern when their population dipped to as low as 4% of their normal levels, since adult oysters are capable of pumping and straining up to two gallons of water in an hour. The simple act of eating makes them the bay's most effective filtration system. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Laser Pointer Helicopter

You've seen rowdy pranksters at movie theaters, school, work, and many other places, shine laser pointers at things they shouldn't, but police helicopters should be avoided at all costs. The National Police Air Service's helicopter was on its way to another job, when members at a late night party decided to shine a laser into the cockpit as the helicopter flies over Kitts Green, Birmingham. The man who distracted the police helicopter crew with a laser pen has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting endangering an aircraft. Continue reading to see the video and read what the man had to pay.

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