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Wattway Solar Road

The Wattway solar road surface consists of prefabricated panels with a surface of 0.38-inches-thick hardened glass, and beneath this surface is where the cells are installed. Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) states that this energy can be used for lighting of the road, traffic lights and road signs. The energy is also delivered to local dwellings. TNO thinks in future electrical vehicles might be driven by the road itself. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation recently installed 538-square-feet of Colas' Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Naica Crystal Cave

The Cave of the Crystals is connected to the Naica Mine 980-feet below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found, similar to the ones seen in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. The cave's largest crystal found to date is 39-feet in length, 13-feet in diameter and 55 tons in weight. It's extremely hot inside, with air temperatures reaching up to 136° F at 90% - 99% percent humidity. The caverns are relatively unexplored due to these factors, as without proper protection, humans can only endure approximately 10-minutes of exposure at a time. The Cave of the Crystals was discovered by brothers Eloy and Javier Delgado. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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3D Printed Bridge

The world's first 3D-printed pedestrian bridge was inaugurated on December 14 in the park of Castilla-La Mancha in Alcobendas, just south of Madrid, Spain. It measures 40-feet-long, and is made up of 8 parts, each one comprised of layers of fused concrete powder micro-reinforced with thermoplastic polypropylene. This was all made possible by Enrico Dini who developed D-Shape, a massive 3D printer that binds sand into layer after layer of solid rock. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Time Crystal

Two teams of researchers have reportedly created time crystals, a structure periodic in time and space that repeats not just in space, but in time, which puts them in perpetual motion without energy. "This is a new phase of matter, period, but it is also really cool because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter. For the last half-century, we have been exploring equilibrium matter, like metals and insulators. We are just now starting to explore a whole new landscape of non-equilibrium matter," said lead researcher Norman Yao from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 of the worst real-life jobs to have in the Pokemon universe.

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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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Tesla X Crashes

South Korean musician and actor Ji Chang Son has filed a lawsuit against Tesla in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California claiming that when he was pulling into the driveway in September, his Model X accelerated on its own into his garage. He wrote in the lawsuit: "The vehicle spontaneously began to accelerate at full power, jerking forward and crashing through the interior wall of the garage, destroying several wooden support beams in the wall and a steel sewer pipe, among other things, and coming to rest in Plaintiffs' living room." Continue reading for pictures of the aftermath and more information.

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Pray Lord of the Rings

Photo credit: Bored Panda

A great-grandmother from Brazil, has been praying to a Lord of the Rings Elrond for years, after mistaking it for Saint Anthony, the late Portuguese priest and patron saint of lost things. This discovery was made when Facebook users pointed it out after posting a series of photos on her Facebook page. "My daughter's great-grandmother prays to this figure of Saint Anthony every day, but looking more closely. We tried to explain right away but she didn't understand at first. The next day we explained again and she understood and we got her a new figure of Saint Anthony," said makeup artist Gabriela Brandao. Continue reading for more pictures of the figurine and information. Click here for some bonus behind-the-scenes images from the Lord of the Rings movies.

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Uncontacted Tribe Amazon

Photo credit: Ricardo Stuckert

Ricardo Stuckert, a photographer from Brazil, unexpectedly spotted an uncontacted Amazon tribe during a helicopter flight that was diverted due to a storm. Tribesmen appeared from the trees as his helicopter flew over one of their buildings in the state of Acre in north-west Brazil. "I took the camera and started photographing. I didn't have much time to imagine what was happening. I felt like I was a painter in the last century. We live in an age when men have been to the moon. Yet here in Brazil there are people who continue to live as humankind has for tens of thousands of years," said Stuckert. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of another previously unknown and uncontacted tribe that lives in Brazilian jungle not far from the Peruvian border.

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Sahara Desert Snow

Photo credit: Geoff Robinson Photography

Stunning images taken by Geoff Robinson Monday show the dunes of the Sahara Desert covered with a dusting of snow, contrasting nicely with the crests of orange sand after just the second snowfall there in living memory, and the first since February 1979. "Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away," said the photographer. Aproximately 10,500 years ago, heavy monsoon rains transformed the desert from a state similar to how it is now into habitable land that allowed people to move away from the lush Nile Valley. Unfortunately, that lush period ended between 7,300 and 5,500 years ago, prompting people to move back to the Nile and the start of what we now know as ancient Egypt. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never golf on a frozen lake.

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Find My Phone Film

Film student Anthony van der Meer had one of this phones stolen and realized just how much information the thief had access to. So, he devised a plan using a spyware-filled phone to see what a phone thief is really up to. "After my phone got stolen, I quickly realized just how much of my personal information and data the thief had instantly obtained. So, I let another phone get stolen. This time my phone was pre-programmed with spyware so I could keep tabs on the thief in order to get to know him. However, to what extent is it possible to truly get to know someone by going through the content of their phone," said Meer. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of molten copper being poured on a crystal diamond.

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