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BarberCut Lite Theft

Anthony Helinski, a 34-year-old teacher from Lawrence, Massachusetts, has been charged with putting his toddler into a BarberCut Lite arcade machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes. He turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall at Rockingham Park recorded video of a man encouraging the girl to grab prizes from within the game. Continue reading to watch the video without effects straight from the Salem NH Police Department.

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Galaxy S7 Explodes

Photo credit: Rokhana

This isn't the first time a Samsung smartphone has either caught fire or exploded, but is definitely one of the most recent incidents. Reddit user "Rokhana" from Morocco reported that this Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was in their back pocket before being taken out to snap a photo, but it suddenly froze and then shut down. After it failed to turn back on, the user laid it down on their kitchen countertop and decided to try again later, but a "couple seconds after putting it down the whole thing spontaneously went up in flames." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Weather Channel Hurricane Graphics

Anyone who watched The Weather Channel's coverage of Hurricane Florence may have seen reports that seem to be straight from a science fiction film, but the technology used to create those crazy graphics are not so out of this world. The Weather Channel and The Future Group, a Norwegian augmented reality company, partnered with the makers of Unreal Engine - Epic Games - to use the tech in TV broadcasts. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Lucid Motors Investment

The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced today that it will invest more than $1-billion in Lucid Motors, enabling the Silicon Valley-based company to achieve the commercial launch of its Lucid Air electric vehicle in 2020. "By investing in the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market, PIF is gaining exposure to long-term growth opportunities, supporting innovation and technological development and driving revenue and sectoral diversification for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said a PIF representative. Continue reading for a video of the incredible Lucid Air and more information.

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Prove Real Superpowers

If you can scientifically prove your superpowers, The Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP), a group of German physicists, biologists and psychologists, will reward you with €10,000 ($11,700). Whether it be telekinesis, telepathy, or the ability to generate fire, you'll need to prove it in controlled laboratory conditions. To date, over 60 people have been tested, but as you might've already guessed, none have been able to claim the money. Continue reading for another video on real superpowers and more information.

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ATM Jackpotting FBI

The FBI sent a confidential alert on Friday to warn that cyber criminals are planning a global 'cash-out scheme' using malware to hack ATMs, also known as ATM jackpotting. The most vulnerable targets are smaller banks without sophisticated security systems. "The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the coming days, likely associated with an unknown card issuer breach. Historic compromises have included small-to-medium size financial institutions, likely due to less robust implementation of cyber security controls, budgets, or third-party vendor vulnerabilities," said the alert. Continue reading for another ATM jackpotting demonstration and more information.

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Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is the officially designated exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Its purpose is to restrict access to hazardous areas, reduce the spread of radiological contamination and conduct radiological and ecological monitoring activities. Today the Exclusion Zone is one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world and draws significant scientific interest for the high levels of radiation exposure in the environment, as well as increasing interest from tourists. Continue reading for more strange places that you may not have known about.

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Elon Musk Tesla Private

Elon Musk Tweeted earlier today that he may be taking Tesla Motors private, in which he said "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured." Just those simple words helped the company's stock price jump from $342 to its current level of $380, but not before the Nasdaq exchange temporarily halted trading in the shares, pending clarification of material news. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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12-Million-Year-Old Praying Mantis

Photo credit: Heritage Auctions

First sold by Heritage Auctions in 2016, this piece of amber is crystal clear and a pale yellow color, which makes this 12-million-year-old praying mantis a sight to be hold. You're easily able to make out its triangular head, bulging eyes, and flexible neck through the fossilized tree resin. Molecular polymerization, resulting from high pressures and temperatures produced by overlying sediment, transforms the resin first into copal. Sustained heat and pressure drives off terpenes and results in the formation of amber. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Sven Blind Gamer

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Sven Van de Wege, nicknamed "Blind Warrior Sven", is a competitive gamer who lost his eyesight to cancer at age six, and of all games, he has chosen Capcom's Street Fighter series to master. Rather than watch the screen, he uses his bat-like hearing to exploit the weaknesses of his opponents. "I would like to continue playing in tournaments. Hopefully I'll find a sponsor one day. Besides being a pro gamer, I would like to help other blind people to start gaming. I'm thinking about promotion and workshops and such," said Sven. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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