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Paul Smith Typewriter Art

Paul Smith was born with severe spastic cerebral palsy, which results in the loss of fine motor control in his hands, making it impossible for him to perform the most basics of tasks. That didn't stop him from becoming a world renowned artist though, using nothing but a typewriter. Beginning when he was just a teenager, Smith started working with the typewriter to create art, and slowly refined his technique until he was able to create real masterpieces. His left hand was used to steady the right and he would lock the "Shift" key to create most of his works with the symbols "@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _". Spending 2-3 hours pe day typing, each one of his artworks would take him anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. Continue reading for an 11-minute video detailing more of his life and beautiful artwork.

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Quantum Levitation

The Meissner effect, also known as quantum levitation, is the expulsion of a magnetic field from a superconductor during its transition to the superconducting state. The German physicists Walther Meissner and Robert Ochsenfeld discovered this phenomenon in 1933 by measuring the magnetic field distribution outside superconducting tin and lead samples. Continue reading for some fascinating videos of the effect.

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Volcano Explosion Sonic Boom

Seeing a volcano explosion on television is nothing new, but actually being there in person and seeing the ensuing sonic boom is an entirely different story. This video shows a plume of ash being thrown up in the air from Mount Tavurvur, in Papua New Guinea, captured by 58-year-old taxi driver Phil McNamara aboard a small boat on August 29, when he was on holiday. Continue reading for another video of the actual explosion and more information.

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Mutant Spider Dog

Sylwester Wardega, the Polish prankster behind the extremely popular SA Wardega YouTube channel, has come up with a new prank that involves a giant mutant spider dog known as Chica. This little black dog is excellent at scaring people when in the right setting as well as having props around to make the atmosphere even creepier. Fortunately, nobody was harmed in the making of this video. Continue reading for five more of SA Wardeg's pranks.

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Goliath Grouper Shark

In just a few days, the video above has accumulated over 11-million views, mainly due to the fact that it shows a goliath grouper fish devouring a 4-foot shark whole off Florida's Gulf Coast. These massive fish can grow to be over 8 feet long - the largest ever caught in Florida weighed 680 pounds, which is about the weight of the world's largest cat, the Siberian tiger. Continue reading for another video on the goliath grouper and for more information.

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No, you're not looking at someone in the process of transforming into The Hulk, but rather an interesting science experiment. In this video, a scientist from the University of Toronto, Canada - known as NurdRage on YouTube - places his hand in a jar of hot ice (molten sodium acetate) so it crystallizes around his fingers. Seconds later, the man's fingers are coated in a thick layer of ice. But instead of being cold, the scientist explains that his hand is actually quite warm, 'like a hot bath'. Continue reading for a video on how to make hot ice at home.

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Don't count disabled seven-year-old dachshund, Anderson Pooper, out in the annual Wiener Dog Races at Emerald Downs in Washington State. Her hind legs were left paralyzed after a freak accident and her owners had a wheelchair custom made for her. Though some may feel sorry for Anderson Pooper, Dave and Brenda Sizer from Seattle says she is 'as happy as she could be.' Continue reading for one more video (wheelchair view) and more information.

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Located at the Tivoli Friheden theme park in Denmark, Sky Tower is essentially a free fall ride without a tether. That's right, riders plunge from the top of a 130-foot tower onto a net 100 feet below. The park says that you'll experience "4G sensations as your plummeting body hits a top speed of 55 mph." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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JJ Abrams has just posted a new video straight from the Star Wars Episode VII movie set, and it shows off the redesigned X-Wing Fighter. These 45 leaked photos from the Abu Dhabi set showed an incomplete Millennium Falcon, along with a vehicle that appears to be a Z-95 Headhunter, "a forerunner of the Incom-designed X-Wing that has appeared in Star Wars video games," according to The Verge. Continue reading for the video.

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From the pictures and afar (if you're fortunate enough to visit in person), this looks to be a place straight from Middle Earth, but it's actually the Magic Mountain Lodge at the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve in northern Chile's Patagonia. To get inside, visitors need to cross a suspended rope bridge and then greeted by a cascade of water coming down from waterfall volcano. Continue reading for a video, additional pictures and more information.

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