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Mega Cockroach Trap

Cockroaches are one of the few creatures that could possibly survive a nuclear apocalypse, but a team of Japanese researchers wanted to find a less destructive solution to ridding homes of these pests. So, the team at Earth Chemicals created a "mega cockroach trap", or in other words, a platform covered in a highly sticky substance. To test its effectiveness, they filmed a lab coat, an athlete, and a sumo wrestler's fruitless attempts to cross it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of seemingly gravity-defying jumpers.

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High Voltage Power Line Inspection

Sitting on a platform outside a flying helicopter sounds scary enough, but imaging working on live high-voltage power lines while doing so. This video shows the insane world of live line inspectors, some of whom use hot sticks. These enable them to work while remaining at a specified distance from the live parts and carry out the work by means of an insulating stick. Tools can be attached to the stick, allowing work to be performed with the worker himself safely away from the live conductors. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hypnotic egg cracking machine.

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1900s Photos Video

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Alexey Zakharov, an artist from Moscow, specializes in creating animations using real historic photos. He describes this technique as traveling "back in time with a little steampunk time machine." You'll see famous sights such as Central Park, Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, and more. "I came up with the idea for a full retro-photoanimation project after visiting the Shorpy site. This is astonishing place with tons of reconstructed hi-resolution photos. I spent many hours there. First I made only one animation shot used a single photo. Then, a year later, I decided to make something more complete. A picture, cut into layers is projected on the geometry created by 3D software. I use this geometry to set city backgrounds, buildings and other static elements. The second stage is creating full computer graphics of characters people, animals, vehicles etc.," he told TheDailyMail.com. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two daredevils climbing Lotte World Tower, the tallest structure in South Korea.

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Animatronic Dinosaur Suit

Comedy duo Hamish and Andy of 104.1FM decided to rent an ultra-realistic dinosaur costume for the day to prank unsuspecting guests at a car park. While these prehistoric beasts may not be exact replicas, it did catch everyone off guard. "With fully animated movement, a performer controls the head, mouth, eyes and sounds utilizing a special - simple to control internal steering wheel. Clear sight is possible through the Built in Camera System, and the actor stay cool through the use of several built in Fans," according to the costume maker. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Exploding Star Shockwave

Type II Supernovae, like the one above, happen when a star runs out of internal fuel and collapses on itself, thanks to gravity. NASA's research team, lead by astrophysics professor Peter Garnavich, have reconstructed this event into footage to reveal the bright shockwave that occurred in the early part of the supernova event of a massive star 500-times the size of our sun located 1.2 billion light years away. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Burlak ATV

Take a military tank, cross it with a monster truck, and you get this amphibious ATV. The 7-meter-long off-roader called "Burlak" (hauler in Russian) is rugged vehicle that goes anywhere. It's based on a BTR-60 armored fighting vehicle, and after a few modifications, the original has become an all-terrain monster with wheels as tall as a man, complete with a 3-ton load capacity. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Revolt 2 PC

IBuyPower's Revolt 2 gaming PC was first unveiled in December, but now, gamers are receiving the actual computers. Just to recap, this futuristic-looking system can be configured with top-mounted dual-GPU graphics cards w/extra-wide GPUs, single 3.5-inch HDDs, and at least two 2.5-inch SSDs. Best of all, it supports nearly any mini-ITX motherboard, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM - by combining two 16GB modules. Click here for more pictures of the Revolt 2. Continue reading for a benchmark video and more information.

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TR-3B Moon

UFO researcher Secureteam10 recently uploaded a video that allegedly shows a TR-3B triangle craft hovering above moon during the Apollo 12 mission. Apparently, the TR-3B vehicles has an outer coating that's reactive to electrical Radar stimulation and can change reflectiveness, radar absorptiveness, and color. This polymer skin, when used in conjunction with the TR-3Bs Electronic Counter Measures and, ECCM, can make the vehicle appear as a small aircraft, or a flying cylinder - or even trick radar receivers into falsely detecting a variety of aircraft, no aircraft, or several aircraft at various locations. A circular, plasma filled accelerator ring called the Magnetic Field Disrupter, surrounds the rotatable crew compartment and is far ahead of any known technology. Continue reading for another video of the TR-3B.

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Cylinder UFO

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There's space junk, decommissioned satellites, and then this bizarre cylinder-shaped object spotted NASA's live web feed earlier this month, traveling alongside the International Space Station. "As I was watching, I noticed a long cylinder object floating alongside and below the space station. Its speed was matched with the ISS, but the object floating was semi-transparent. Just when you thought it was about to come into focus, the screen went blue. That's what happens when Nasa catches a UFO on cam, they cut the feed for a few minutes," said UFO researcher Scott Waring. Click here for a few more cylinder / cigar-shaped UFO sightings. Continue reading for a daylight cylinder UFO sighting video.

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Darth Maul Apprentice

When "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" was first released, many fans were excited about the new villain, Darth Maul. Once they watched the film, Maul's minimal screen time was a disappointment to say the least. Now fast forward to today, YouTube user "T7Pro" have created what could quite possibly be the best Star Wars fan-film yet, and dedicated to none other than, you guessed it, Darth Sidious's first apprentice. Continue reading for the "Making Of" and more information. Click here for a few bonus funny and cool Star Wars images.

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