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National Geographic Travelers 2015

Photo credit: James Smart

Whether it be natural phenomena, like tornadoes, or just beautiful destinations, one thing's for sure, Earth is a majestic place. The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest started April 7, and closes for entries tonight. Prizes include: An 8-day National Geographic Photo Expedition with airfare for two (1st place); A 6-day Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two (2nd place); A 6-day cruise from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage for two (3rd place); 7 merit prize winners will receive: A $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo. Continue reading for more.

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X15 Dual Wield Flamethrower

Always wanted to become an X-Men? The XMatter X15 flamethrower will at least give you the feeling of becoming Pyro. Featuring a 3.3-gallon tank, three exchangeable wand tips and a maximum range of 50 feet, the 49-pound device sports a 4-foot high pressure hose with a swivel mount. It uses commonly available liquid fuel, which is simply ignited with the pull of the trigger. Each unit is hand-tested to ensure functionality as well as safety, priced at $1,600. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Nikon P900 Zoom

Nikon's Coolpix P900 isn't a high-end DSLR, but this compact camera has one crazy feature...83x optical zoom as well as 166x dynamic fine zoom. As you can see in the video above, this device doubles as a telescope for moon watching (craters and all), literally, and it can record video too, 1080p at 60fps to boot. Other features include a 16.0-megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, integrated Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, a high-performance AF system with 7fps burst shooting and a Vari-angle 3-inch LCD display. More information on the camera. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an insane coin trick by a young magician.

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DIY Infinity Table
Photo credit: Torchic_for_Dinner / Reddit

Sure, you could always just buy an infinity mirror table, but this Reddit user and his roommate decided to build one from scratch for their shared apartment. It all began with a bunch of hardware store supplies, including lots of LED lights as well as a two-way mirror, but after lots of work, the table came together. For the technical geeks who are wondering, yes, it's powered by RasberryPi, and it took quite a bit of tinkering to get the lights to all work together. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish.

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Bicycle Pizza Cutter

This bicycle pizza cutter slices your pie with razor-sharp stainless steel "tires," modeled after a fixed-gear personal cruiser, complete with miniature handlebars and seat. It's perfect for the cycling enthusiast, pizza lover or just someone who loves creative gadgets. This tool may be simple, but it will bring out the kid in anyone, just like a freshly baked pizza does. Get one here now. Continue reading for more cool and unusual gadgets that you might not have seen before.

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Brick Laying Machine

Let's face it, even a livable tiny home with all the amenities you need to live comfortably takes at the very least weeks to build, that is unless...you're using Fastrick Robotics' latest high-tech robot. Introducing Hadrian, named after the Roman emperor who built defense walls in England. This robot can endlessly, laying up to 1,000 bricks per hour, and capable of building 150 homes in a single year. It's claimed to be the world's first fully automated bricklaying robot. Continue reading for a video showing how it works and more information.

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Aston Martin Vulcan

Priced at $2.3-million, the Aston Martin Vulcan is a beastly track car to be reckoned with. Featuring a 7.0-liter V-12 engine that produces 800-horsepower-plus, mated to a Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, enabling it to sprint from 0-60mph in less than 3-seconds, with a top speed of 200mph. Engineers added a track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry, complemented by Multimatic's Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear. Continue reading to see it in-action.

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Air Hogs Helix X4

Air Hogs Helix X4 is a functional stunt drone you can pick up for $54.75 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Built with two distinct control modes, beginners will have fun learning to fly, while advanced pilots can work on mastering their flight path and tricks. Both will find it addictive as they can practice figure eights and circles or work on their orientation skills. The 4-ducted fans and on-board gyroscopic stabilization ensure flight stability to deliver top-quality control. Product page. Continue reading to see it in-action.

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Stormtrooper BMW M6

Vilner, a Bulgaria-based tuner, has given a 2015 BMW M6, complete with its 4.4L V8 that generates 560-horsepower, a Star Wars Stormtrooper makeover. Everything from the new hood and front fascia, to the wheels and fenders, received a pearl white paint job that blends in seamlessly with any of Vader's minions. Inside, you'll find brown / white leather, charcoal suede and lots of carbon fiber. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of how not to cut a watermelon with a sword.

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Iron Man Samurai

For a genius with unlimited resources like Tony Stark, the sky is the limit when it comes to the types of Iron Man suits he can come up with. Hong Kong-based artist Jack Lee shows us what happens when the high-tech suit meets Japanese samurai warrior. In a time-lapse video, you'll see a variety of samurai battle armor, helmets and a bright orange robotic arm. The end result may look simple enough, but it took Jack countless layers to create this masterpiece. Continue reading for the clip.

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