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Straw Camera

Artists Mick Farrell and Cliff Haynes teamed up to build what could quite possibly be the world's first and only "Straw Camera." This analog machine creates fragmented images, as the camera box itself is filled with 32,000 drinking straws. To be more specific, rather than produce an image from a single point perspective, this camera provides a multi-point perspective from an array, with each individual straw collecting light and recording it onto photosensitive material. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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China Floating City


This mysterious floating city was reportedly seen by thousands of people in Yueyang, a city with a population of about 1-million people. Wild theories include that it was visible due to a portal being opened to another dimension to a secret government hologram experiment known as Project Blue Beam. "This floating city in the sky was recorded over Yueyang, China a few days ago. That is a city of about 1 million people so I am sure loads of people noticed it," said UFO researcher Scott C Waring. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one where five vintage gadgets are put to the test.

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Pig Human Hybrid

A team of scientists have created the world's first human-pig hybrid in a research project that could some day be used to harvest organs for transplantation. This hybrid was created by injecting human stem cells - embryonic cells that can develop into any type of body tissue - into pig embryos. The embryos were then placed back into pigs and removed for analysis three to four weeks later, with a total of 186 being collected. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Glass FedEx Packages

Photo credit: Twisted Sifter

Artist Walead Beshty used FedEx to ship laminated glass boxes, constructed to the exact dimensions of standard FedEx boxes, for approximately 8-years (2007-2014). "Fueled by his interest in how art objects acquire meaning, Beshty's FedEx works record their movement from place to place, in both the shattering patterns left behind on the glass box, and the shipping labels on the FedEx packaging. Beshty's motivation in this series is also to comment on the 'perversity of a corporation owning a shape,' as the boxes are proprietary volumes owned by FedEx," said Artnet. To keep things fresh, each time the project was exhibited the glass boxes were placed back inside the original FedEx packages and shipped yet again. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Speaking Piano

Peter Ablinger, an Austrian composer, has created a system capable of transforming a child speaking into MIDI events played on a mechanically-controlled piano. The result? A creepy voice straight from a horror film. Ablinger describes the events as 'pixels', a system that takes human speech and translates it to a sequence of notes to be played on a piano by 'mechanical fingers.' Continue reading for another video and more information.

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MacBook Coin

Photo credit: GreatEase via Gizmodo

Most MacBook owners have probably never opened their laptops, but some who have discovered random US coins inside, and nobody knows why, especially since they're assembled in China. Apparently, this has been happening as far back as 2010, and in the video above, a customer called Greg Kilpatrick showed a quarter found in his device. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Anatomical Jewelry

Artist Nadja Buttendorf did not find glitches in The Matrix, but rather created a line of wearable anatomical jewelry, called "Fingerrings", "EARrings" and "Skin" necklaces. Each one of these silicone sculptures was crafted by hand to mimic the texture and tactile qualities of real human skin. When the former is worn, the hyper realistic appendage appears as a "6th finger" that extends from the body. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Etch Clock

When turned off, Etch Clock looks like a blank stone encased in an aluminum frame, but at the push of a button its thermo-elastic membrane comes alive and molds to form tiny digital characters that tell the current time. It was created by Swiss design firm, measures 40 x 40cm, and weighs approximately 6kg. You can either mount it to a wall, or place the clock on a desk, while an accompanying mobile iOS / Android app lets users choose between two ways of displaying the time: "Sync & Go," which show the time every 30 seconds, and "Sync & Sensor," a mode that shows the time every 30-seconds only if it senses noise. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus things you might want, but probably don't need.

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Kissenger

Let's face it, long distance relations lack physical interaction, but Kissenger, a smartphone accessory, aims to change that. Created by Dr. Hooman Samani, Director of AIART Lab (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technology Laboratory) in Singapore, this gadget consists of two internet-connected robots with big silicone lips that's touted as "a physical interface enabling kiss communication." All the user has to do is kiss the silicone pad and the integrated precision force sensors register the lip movements, while miniature linear actuators replicate those movements on a second device used by the person being kissed. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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InMoov 3D-Printed Robot

David Levy, an artificial intelligence expert, expects human and robot marriages to become commonplace by 2050, and one French woman is already kicking things off. Lilly is reportedly only attracted to robots and dislikes physical contact with humans. Until 3D-printing became more affordable, falling in love with one of these machines just wasn't possible. Thanks to the open-source technology from a French company InMoov, it has now become a reality. The two are purportedly "engaged," and will be marry as soon as human-robot marriages become legal in France. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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