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Interactive Dynamic Video

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a technology called "Interactive Dynamic Video," which essentially allows viewers manipulate objects in videos. It uses traditional cameras and algorithms to examine the invisible vibrations of an object, thus creating video simulations users can interact with in real-time. "This technique lets us capture the physical behavior of objects, which gives us a way to play with them in virtual space. By making videos interactive, we can predict how objects will respond to unknown forces and explore new ways to engage with videos," said MIT PhD student Abe Davis. 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 Star Wars speeder bike battle in real-life.

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UFOs Leaving Moon

Mister Enigma on YouTube recently shared a video by Gerril Vigil that purportedly shows a swarm of UFOs leaving the moon. "The clip is truly remarkable as you can see the objects coming from the bottom left. It looks as though there could be hundreds of them, but the jury is still out on whether this is some kind of optical illusion," said Enigma. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone swishing a basketball from the top of a dam.

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Adobe VoCo

Adobe's "VoCo" is essentially Photoshop for audio, as it enables one to take an audio recording and instantly alter it to include words or phrases the original speaker never said, in what sounds like their voice. At a live demo in San Diego, Adobe took a digitzsed recording of Jordan Peele saying "and I kissed my dogs and my wife" and changed it to say "and I kissed Jordan three times". The edit took just seconds and only required the operator to type over a transcript of the speech and then press a button to create the altered voice track. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of workers in Japan patching up a 100-foot sinkhole in just 48-hours.

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Super Hydrophobic Spray

UltraTech's Ultra-Ever Dry is a spray that keeps almost anything dry when the material is completely coated. That's right, its superhydrophobic and oleophobic coating repels almost any liquid, while using nanotechnology to cover the object and create an air barrier on its surface which considerably improves adhesion and resistance to abrasion. Ultra-Ever Dry is a two part (top and bottom) protection coating system which uses the principles of nanotechnology. The bottom coat bonds to the material and acts as a primer. It protects against corrosion and also provides a consistent material for the top coat to bond to while interacting with the top coat to self-assemble the surface, creating finely textured geometry. This surface is comprised of patterns of geometric shapes and billions of interstitial spaces which together with the nanoparticles grab air molecules and create a layer of air like an "air-umbrella". Get some here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to turn a bullet shell into an emergency whistle.

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New Toyota Supra

Based on the FT-1, Toyota's all-new Supra is speculated to be powered by a hybrid powertrain, co-developed with BMW, that produces in excess of 400-horsepower. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the sports car, besides its BMW Z5-inspired design, but expect it to give the BMW M4 a run for its money once released. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a stuntman successfully completing Evil Knieval's insane jump across Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho.

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Cooking with Lava

Getting too close to an active volcano probably isn't the best idea, but when you're a professional photographer, nothing is off limits. Bryan Lowry, a photographer with 25-years of experience, falls under this category, as he decided to cook up breakfast on some hot lava. "The two eggs cooked almost immediately. The second one unfortunately did its thing right when I was adjusting the camera. Turns out I could have let it be but, at that time of day with the bright morning sun, it was hard to tell if the focus was good. Still interesting to see how it cooked," said Lowry. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's largest ship elevator in China.

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Dangling Car Parking Garage

It may look like a movie or television show stunt scene at first, but this is a real person trying to escape from a hanging car that's dangling by a thread off a parking garage. This man from Austin, Texas apparently reversed off a nine-story parking garage by putting his vehicle into the wrong gear. Fortunately, one of the cables wrapped around the vehicle's front axle preventing it from falling further. Continue reading to see a video of the car from another angle.

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Cutting Kinetic Sand

Photo credit: Reddit

Kinetic Sand is basically a three-dimensional building toy made of 98% sand and 2% polydimethylsiloxane (a type of silicone oil) that mimics the physical properties of wet sand. This material was originally designed for sculpting, but is now commonly sold as indoor play sand. Appearance wise, it resembles light brown sugar, and can be molded. Even though it sticks to itself, the sand won't adhere most other materials or surfaces, and doesn't dry out to boot. Continue reading for more oddly satisfying things.

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Delivery Van Plane Crash

Another day, another strange accident, and this time, it involves a delivery van colliding with a Dragonair KA961 at Hong Kong International Airport. Fortunately, the vehicle was only dragged a few meters on the tarmac, with the driver suffering minor head injuries. "The driver who was trapped on board the light goods vehicle was rescued. He was injured in the head and shoulder and taken conscious to North Lantau Hospital for treatment," said a police spokesperson. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make a real shark cake.

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Gallium Soda Can

Gallium, a lesser common element, doesn't sound or look all that exciting, but this liquid metal does have a few tricks up its quickly melting sleeve. At room temperature, it melts in your hand, and can even be used to make a gag spoon. However, when placed on a typical soda can, it quickly turns to mush because the aluminum on amalgamates with the Gallium. Get some here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining what silicone-based life could look like.

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