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Camouflage Ocotopus

From afar, it's just a lifeless reef area, but once this diver gets closer, an octopus suddenly jumps into view as it deactivates its 'cloaking mechanism'. The footage you're about to see was captured by Jonathan Gordon in the Caribbean, and he says: "I dove down to have a look at the shell that you can see just under where the octopus appears and as I approached the octopus came out of hiding. I had literally no idea he was there until I was about a metre away." Continue reading to watch.

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Traveling at Speed of Light

Have 45-minutes to spare? This incredible video will take you from the surface of the sun to Jupiter in real-time, at the speed of light. Animator Alphonse Swinehart says: "In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in real-time, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system." Continue reading to watch.

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Other Planets Sky

The Russian Federal Space Agency has just released a mind-boggling animation that shows how the planet's horizons will appear if other celestial bodies replaced the sun. The first star you'll see is Alpha Centauri, the nearest visible sun to our own, and one of the brightest in the southern night sky. Located 4.3 light-years away, nearly 300,000 times the distance from the Earth to the sun, a double-star system would appear in our skies if it replaced the sun. It orbits a common center of gravity every 80 years with its companion, Alpha Centauri B. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Unreal Engine 4

At first glance, this appears to be an image from an apartment listing, but it's just "Unreal Paris," a portfolio-builder from level designer Dereau Benoit. While this Unreal Engine 4 tech demo doesn't use many particle effects and cityscapes, it does however manage to capture the reflection of sun off a kitchen counter as well as the shadows falling across the rough fabric of a couch. To accomplish this, Benoit sourced high-quality textures from elsewhere, and then used Unreal's manifold lighting options to create the lifelike apartment. Continue reading for the video and more information

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Lars Anderson Archer

Danish archer Lars Andersen started using bow and arrow to fight in faux battles during Larps (live action role play) events, where he played a soldier in a medieval-inspired army, and it was at one of these Larps, that Lars started to learn to shoot fast while moving. His latest video debunks several Hollywood myths and shows off not only impressive feats like shooting 3 arrows in 0.6-seconds and grabbing an arrow in mid-air and firing it back. Continue reading to watch.

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iPhone 6 Space

Urban Armor Gear wanted to prove that their military-grade iPhone 6 case could protect the handset from just about anything. So, they attached the phone, two GoPro cameras and a GPS locator onto a weather balloon to the edge of space, 100,000-feet up. Despite the handset shutting down due to extreme temperatures during the flight, it was fully functional after the test, even without a screen protector. Steve Armstrong, the co-founder of Urban Armor Gear, said: "Our cases already meet military drop-test standards, but now we can officially say that they are space tested as well." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Man Lion Friend

Wild lions are dangerous to say the least, but Frikkie Von Solms, a 69-year-old lion caretaker in Southern Africa, befriended Zion, a gentle, tender and loving African lion. This lion was born in captivity to a lioness named Simba, but had to be separated due to fears that his father would kill him. Now, he's as domesticated as can be, and this video proves it. Solms says: "It was a once in a lifetime experience to grow up with him and learn and live with him through all of the stages of being a lion. People talk about lions like they are just lions but they have personalities, they have humor and laugh. Zion is a gentle giant. He has never attacked humans and I trust him completely." Continue reading for more pictures.

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UFO Orb Formation

First there was this UFO ejecting an orb, now someone else has captured yet another unidentified flying object over Western Massachusetts. What sets this sighting apart from the previous one is that the UFO is captured releasing several orbs into a formation of sorts, but what happens in the next 1.5-minutes will really boggle your mind. Continue reading to see if you can figure out what happened to the original object.

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F&R Auto Sales

F&R Auto Sales in Westport, Massachusetts decided to hassle Palace Pizza employee Jarrid Tansey over $7. Simply put, the order totaled $42.xx. After handing two $20 bills and two $5 bills to the Tansey, the driver quickly left, but they called him back to return with their change. So, Tansey returned and the ensuing conversation was uploaded to YouTube, which caused quite an uproar online. These Yelp reviews prove it. Continue reading for the video (not safe for work language).

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Marshmallow Volcano

Photo credit: Caters News

S'mores are great for warm summer nights, but this daredevil decided that roasting marshmallows over an active volcano was good enough. You read that correctly, daredevil Simon Turner best enjoys his marshmallows roasted over a lava-spewing volcano, as he has no hesitation sitting at the edge, warming up the sweet treat beside the fiery lake inside Marum Crater in Ambrym, Vanuatu. Continue reading for the video.

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