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Schumacher GoPro

GoPro's stock started tanking today after a new report from French journalist Jean-Louis Moncet surfaced. After speaking to Schumacher's son (accompanied Michael on that fateful ski trip), went on a live radio show and said: "The problem for Michael was not the hit, but the mounting of the GoPro camera that he had on his helmet that injured his brain." The F1 racing legend still can't walk or talk, but is "waking up very slowly; very slowly," rehabilitating with $185,000-per-month care at his home by Lake Geneva. Continue reading for more information.

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Solvay Hut

This is not an optical illusion, but rather a real hut. Called "The Solvay Hut", this mountain hut is located on the north-eastern ridge of the Matterhorn, near Zermatt in the canton of Valais. At 4,003 metres (13,133 ft) it is the highest mountain hut owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, but can be used only in case of emergency. The Hornli Hut lying on the same ridge is the starting point of the normal route to the summit. It was built in 1915, 50 years after the first ascent of the Matterhorn which took place on the same ridge. It offers 10 beds and is equipped with a radiotelephone. The hut was named after its founder Ernest Solvay, a Belgian chemist and industrialist. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Low and High Tide

Photo credit: Michael Marten via VN

In many places, it can be a bit challenging to determine when low and high tide arrive, but the tidal changes in these pictures, captured by photographer Michael Marten, show the drastic differences in some areas. All of these images are documented in his "Sea Change" collection. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for an interesting viral time-lapse video of a baby learning how to walk.

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232 Extra Teeth

Ashik Gavai, a 17-year-old teenager from Mumbai, India, had an astonishing 232 teeth-like growths extracted from his mouth. The entire ordeal began when he complained about a swelling in his lower jaw and was admitted to JJ Hospital where doctors discovered that the teen had complex odontoma. This condition, commonly occurring during the teenage years, results in haphazardly arranged tooth-like growths composed of enamel, dentin, and pulp tissue. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Hot Air Balloon Festival

Just when you thought you've seen it all, this Darth Vader hot air balloon shows up. According to Hi Consumption, "Originally the concept was just a joke, but after a few loose ends were tied with Steve Sansweet from Lucasfilm, these die hard Star Wars fans dream became a reality with this incredible Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon." Continue reading for more.

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Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast spans from Namibia to Angola, and sounds like a place you'd find Captain Jack Sparrow hanging out at. The Bushmen of the Namibian Interior call the desolate place "The Land God Made in Anger," complete with animals remains and rusted boats. The name Skeleton Coast was invented by John Henry Marsh as the title for the book he wrote chronicling the shipwreck of the Dunedin Star. Since the book was first published in 1944 it has become so well known that the coast is now generally referred to as Skeleton Coast and is given that as its official name on most maps today. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Homeless Photographer

Photo credit: Symbiosis Photography

Justin Brosey is a talented photographer who had to go through some rough times. During better years, his work was published in National Geographic, but that's not the most interesting part of his story. After losing a steady job, Brosey decided to move himself, his girlfriend, and his 7-year-old daughter into the forest. Despite being technically homeless, he still takes amazing photographs with an old Canon 60D and a "malfunctioning EF100mm macro lens". All of these shots are uploaded to the internet when he can make it into a WiFi-enabled coffee shop. Continue reading to see some of his latest work.

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Breathe Underwater

Thanks to specially synthesized crystalline materials, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have invented a substance capable of absorbing and storing oxygen in such high concentrations that a mere bucketful is enough to remove all of the oxygen in a room. The substance is then able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when needed, so a few grains is enough to replace the big and bulky scuba tanks. Continue reading to see what the actual crystals look like.

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Drinkable Book

Approximately 3.4-million-people die each year from water-related diseases across the world. WATERisLIFE teamed up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia to do something about it. Costing just a few pennies to manufacture, "The Drinkable Book" both teaches water hygiene and serves as an advanced filter that kills deadly bacteria as well as diseases. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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How to Read Russian

Always wanted to learn Russian? This handy infographic should definitely help you out. Russian distinguishes between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation and those without, the so-called soft and hard sounds. This distinction is found between pairs of almost all consonants and is one of the most distinguishing features of the language. Another important aspect is the reduction of unstressed vowels. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Batman Evolution by The Piano Guys.

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