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Motion Capture Technology

Asphyxia is a project by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips that combines dance with motion capture technology, using two normal Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the movements of dancer Shiho Tanaka. The data was then rendered inside a near photo-realistic environment. Here's what the duo have to say: "The project is an effort to explore new ways to use and/or combine technologies and different fields in an experiment without many of the common commercial limitations. The performance is centered in an eloquent choreography that stresses the desire to be expressive without bounds." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Smallest W32 Engine

Most people would be happy building any type of functional engine, but hobbyist Jose Manuel Hermo Barreiro, also known as Patelo, wanted to go above and beyond by creating the world's smallest (yet functional) W-32 engine. After 2,520-hours and 850 hand-machined pieces and 632 individual screws, the engine was finally completed. A compressed air source lets this engine rev just like its real-life counterpart. Continue reading for the video.

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Phone Battery Explosion

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics because of their high energy density, no memory effect, and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. These batteries can be dangerous under some conditions and can pose a safety hazard since they contain, unlike other rechargeable batteries, a flammable electrolyte and are also kept pressurized. Continue reading to see what happens when you continually poke at one with a sharp knife.

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2015 Morgan Aero 8

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2015 Morgan Aero 8 is definitely no slouch. Powered by a BMW-sourced 4.8L V8 that generates 367-horsepower, and mated to either six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox, it features slightly updated aerodynamics up front, as well as a new clamshell design in the rear. With a plethora of paint / leather combinations and a vast array of detail choices, every Aero built will be a one-off - available Q4 2015. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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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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