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China Tank Snow

Baotou city in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw heavy amounts of snow falling, which meant the painstaking task of clearing it away so all its residents can all get on with their daily lives. However, the city has unveiled a new weapon in its snow clearing armory: a tank with caterpillar tracks, bogie wheels, and a huge snow blower where the turret normally is. "A jet engine is added on the tank chassis. Snow is blown away by the hot and high-speed air expelled by the engine", said the designers at the China North Industries Group Corporation (CNIGC). It can reach speeds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour on the road, topping out at 48 to 50 kilometers per hour. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a toddler who mistook a water heater for a robot.

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Cannikin Nuclear Test

Cannikin was an underground nuclear weapons test performed on November 6, 1971, on Amchitka island, Alaska, by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The experiment, part of the Operation Grommet nuclear test series, tested the warhead design for the LIM-49 Spartan anti-ballistic missile. With an explosive yield of almost 5-megatons TNT equivalent, the test was the largest underground explosion ever detonated by the United States. To perform the test, 400 tons of equipment was placed in a shaft 6,150 feet deep and 90 inches wide. Test support equipment was designed to survive a ground upheaval of 15 feet at test time. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Dinosaur Tail Feather Amber

In this small piece of amber, dating back to the mid-Cretaceous Period approximately 99-million-years ago, paleotologist Lida Xing of China University of Geosciences discovered a perfectly preserved dinosaur tail feather from a juvenile coelurosaur. This theropod dinosaur - belonging to the same family as the tyrannosaurs - was about the size of a sparrow. "It's visually stunning and the level of detail on the specimen is not something I was expecting at all. I've done a lot of work on amber from dinosaur bone digs in places like Alberta and Saskatchewan, and there's always the hope that maybe you'll find a fragment of a feather. This actually has part of the animal in it in terms of the skeletal remains too. It's a totally different ball game," said co-author Ryan McKellar of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Pharaoh Ramses II Statue

A team of archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have discovered an 8-meter statue buried under a Cairo slum that possibly depicts Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. It's already hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important discoveries ever in modern times. "Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite. We found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head and now we removed the head and we found the crown and the right ear and a fragment of the right eye," said Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani. Now experts will attempt to extract the remaining pieces before the restoration process begins, and if successful, it will be moved to the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Genderless Alien

Makeup artist and model Vinny Ohh from Los Angeles, California, has invested $50,000 into 110 cosmetic procedures to become a "genderless alien". His journey began at age 17, when he got his first lip fillers, followed by two rhinoplasty surgeries, various cheek / brow bone fillers, and other various procedures. "The overall image I want to do is an alien. I want to be a hybrid, not male or female. I've wanted to be sexless and genderless since I was 17, I've been going to doctors to see if it's possible but had no luck. I don't want people to think I'm trying to change into a woman," said Ohh. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Working for Google

Photo credit: Twitter via Bored Panda

Most 7-year-olds are thinking about summer break or just hanging out with friends, but Chloe Bridgewater has far bigger aspirations. In addition to to working at a chocolate factory, she would also like to become an Olympic swimmer. However, her biggest dream is working at Google, because her dad said she can "sit on bean bags and go down slides." Continue reading to see the whole letter and the response she received.

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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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