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Pacific Rim Exoskeleton

Daniele Benedettelli has created a wearable, Pacific Rim-inspired LEGO exoskeleton that can be used to wirelessly control a smaller Cyclops MK II humanoid robot. While wearing the suit, you can command the robot to carry out various movements, such as bending their arms or waving goodbye, by simply moving. The smaller robot you see is based on a pair of LEGO Mindstorms NXTs, six motors and Bedettelli's very own custom Android smartphone app. How does the movement work? Well, the robot is connected via Bluetooth with an Arduino fitted to the back of the suit that transmits motion signals. 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 one of a person who watched too much Fast and Furious.

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Rekindle Candlestick Candle

Benjamin Shine has invented a clever regenerative candle holder that turns wax you normally throw out into something you can use again. Called "The Rekindle Candlestick," it lets users reuse a candle many times over again by collecting the wax in a tube as it burns. To reuse, a fresh wick just needs to be placed into the tube of newly melted wax. While the quantity of wax reduces slightly with each cycle, a typical candle can be reused at least 12-times after the first burn. Continue reading for more pictures showing how the process works.

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Tree in Middle of House

Let's face it, humans have torn down countless trees to build houses, stores, etc., whether they be in a park or an empty lot. These architects hope to change that, and they began by incorporating the trees in with modern structures, such as the tree you see above. On a related note, did you know that each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution> Or, that a single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year? Continue reading for more examples.

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Lamborghini Thermochromic Paint Job

Thermochromism is basically the property of substances to change color due to a change in temperature. When when this is applied to paint jobs, some crazy things can happen. Even an appearance by a superhero isn't out of the question, and German artist Rene Turrek has released a video showing his latest project: a heat-sensitive Lamborghini Gallardo that appears purplish at first, but reveals a "cap-tastic" surprise. Continue reading to watch.

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HP Slate 17 A10 Android Tablet

The HP Slate 17 A10 is an Android tablet unlike any other, in that it offers a 17.3-inch display, and priced reasonably at $254.81 shipped. To make such a large display easier to handle, it features a stand on the back to prop it up, either near-upright or at a much lesser angle, designed for touchscreen gaming use. It's powered by an Intel M-Celeron N2807 CPU, while 2GB of RAM should offer pretty good performance from Android. Get one here now. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Yellowstone Milky Way

Photo credit: David Lane via Bored Panda

Photographer David Lane recently spent 4-months at Yellowstone National Park to capture images of the night sky that will take your breath away. The artist grabbed his camera immediately after a storm had passed around the Abyss Pool area, and captured the incredible, Milky Way-filled sight before him. To make sure the images would match the natural colors that can be seen at Yellowstone during the day, Lane spent an additional 4-months color-correcting the images. "Get away from the light, drive out 20-30 miles out of town, and look up on a clear dark night. You may see something that will forever change your life. This is what a galaxy looks like from the inside," said Lane. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a man who finally shaved off his beard after 14-years, and the family's ensuing reaction.

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Father Son Recreate Photo

This father decided to start a photo series with his son right from the day he was born, in 1986, resulting in a touching series of black-and-white images that show the passage of time. We see the father age as his son matures into a man. The last image in this photo series, the cycle restarts, with the father happier than ever, as the son welcomes a new member to the family, to ensure the tradition will continue for years to come. Continue reading for more images.

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Man Shoots Down Drone

William H. Merideth, a 47-year-old man from Hillview, Kentucky, was arrested this past Sunday after he used a shotgun to shoot down a drone that was flying over his property and others. He's being charged with felony criminal mischief as well as wanton endangerment. This incident all began when his daughters called him out of the house, saying that there was a camera drone 'flying over everybody's yard." Continue reading for two news reports and the reason why he shot it down.

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Popinator Popcorn Machine

Throwing popcorn into the air and catching it with your mouth is nothing special, but now there's a machine that will do that for you, or at least the tossing part. Utilizing binaural microphones, the Popinator machine activates when it hears the word "pop", estimates your mouth's position, and then fires a single kernel in that direction, letting those skilled enough to catch it with their mouth. Continue reading for more cool kitchen gadgets for lazy geeks.

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Green Fireball Buenos Aires

A mysterious green fireball soared through the sky over Argentina, triggering a wave of social media posts. The mesmerizing show lasted 10-seconds, and could be clearly seen from Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires. Other reports of the dazzling display came in from Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as its neighbor, Uruguay. Continue reading for a video of the phenomenon and more information.

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