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Himalayas Above 20,000-Feet

Teton Gravity Research, a company that specializes in aerial cinema, has released the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas above 20,000-feet, captured with GSS's C520 system, the world's most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system. It was filmed a helicopter crew flying in from Kathmandu at 4,600-feet climbing to 24,000-feet on supplemental oxygen. As you are about to see, these shots are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial views of the mountains shot yet - including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. Continue reading for the clip.

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Aerogel World's Lightest Solid

Aerogel is basically a synthetic porous ultralight material made from a gel, in which the liquid component has been replaced with a gas. Despite its name, aerogels are solid, rigid, and dry materials that do not resemble a gel in their physical properties. The material is 98.2% air, thanks to the lack of solid material, allowing it to be almost weightless. Continue reading for a video demonstrating what it sounds like when dropped.

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Large Asteroid Impact

Sure, a large asteroid may not impact Earth in our lifetimes, but if one does happen to appear out of nowhere, this simulation shows what it may look like. Anselmo la Manna took this devastating computer simulation - from the 2005 Discovery Channel miniseries Miracle Planet - of a massive 310-mile-wide asteroid impacting the Earth and paired it with Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky." Continue reading to watch.

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280-Pound Catfish Dino Ferrari

Remember this catfish? Well, a new video of Dino Ferrari holding his prized catch, in which he eventually released alive, has surfaced online. He claims that it took "40 long minutes to reel the fish to shore," before photographs were able to be taken. Believe it or not, this is not a record-breaking catch, as a Wels catfish caught in 2009 weighed in at 298 pounds - also caught from the Po River. Continue reading to watch.

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Blue Sunset Mars

Most sunsets are boring, this one on Mars is not, or at least until humans start living on the Red Planet, and only then would it become a common sight. According to NASA, "The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this 30-second movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity." Let's just hope they release a sunrise video next. Continue reading for the clip.

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Ghost Haunted Mansion

Countless stories about certain areas of Disney Parks being haunted have circulated throughout the years. Some theories say that Walt Disney himself walks the park after it closes each night, to this day, and you're about to see why. A video that first emerged a few years ago, shot from the security control room after the park was closed, show a vaporous figure walking down the Haunted Mansion pathway and right through a gate. Continue reading for the video.

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Paint Over Paint

Pouring paint over paint doesn't sound too exciting, but artist Holton Rower would like to prove otherwise. So, he gathered up his friends, took ordinary plywood, boxes, lots of acrylic paint, and started to create swirling, psychedelic art pieces that are half painting, half sculpture, and hypnotizing to say the least. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Unconditional Rebel

Photo credit: Colossal

When you film 80 extras lined up along a dirt road in an industrial area in France at 1000-frames-per-second, something magical happens: an entire 3.5-minute music video made from just 5-seconds of footage. Put simply, a car drove by at 31mph and filmed them engaging in a host of activities. French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello describes it as "the shortest shooting ever" and what unfolded as a "dreamlike mural." Sure, there were a few digital effects added later, but the ensuing "Unconditional Rebel" music video by French musician Siska is a conversation piece nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today.

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View From Other Side

NASA has just released a video titled "A View From the Other Side", showing the moon's far side as it passes through its phases and libration. The views were created with imaging data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and complements NASA's annual Moon Phase and Libration visualization that shows the Moon as seen from Earth after theyreceived a number of comments requesting a view from the dark side. Continue reading to watch.

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Upwards Lightning

Upwards lightning is very rare natural phenomenon, with researchers estimating that less than 1% of lightning travels in an 'upwards' direction. This particular event was captured in Tropical Depression Dorian in Florida during August 2013. And, interestingly, of the three types of this phenomenon known to exist, all three were spotted in this one thunder cloud. According to Dr Ningyu Liu, upward electrical discharges transfer a large amount of electric charge into the upper atmosphere. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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