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People who live near the equator may find temperatures below 70° F cold, but for those who reside in Yakutsk, Russia, it'd feel like summer. On a typical day in January, the coldest month, the 'high' is usually -40°F (-40°C), and there are a mere 3-hours of daylight per day. Yakutsk is a major port on the Lena River and is served by the Yakutsk Airport as well as the smaller Magan Airport. This Russian city is a major supplier of diamonds and responsible for a fifth of the world's production of diamonds.

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Grace Chon is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle photographer who specializes in animals. For her latest photo series, she decided to photograph her adorable 10-month-old son Jasper and Zoey, a 7-year-old rescue dog, in matching outfits. According to Bored Panda, "Zoey was born in front of a store in Taiwan and was nearly lost when the store owner simply washed her and her siblings away into the gutter. A passing schoolgirl who saw the incident grabbed the puppies and took them home - with their mother following close behind. After handing them over to an animal rescue team, Zoey was adopted by Chon in the US." Continue reading for more.

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Want some rusted batteries? If so, this National vending machine in Japan has you covered. However, this may be due to the fact that it's just an old (probably abandoned) specimen that's slowly rotting away. We've rounded up ten more cool and strange vending machines that you'll find in Japan for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, for those who don't know (or live in a country where his shows do not air) is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the educational science television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!. Tyson is the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an update to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series; the updated series started in March 2014. The Tweets above show why he is the coolest geek on Twitter. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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The U.S. Navy officially christened the USS Zumwalt on Saturday, the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew. The USS Zumwalt is named after Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., who was an American naval officer and the youngest man to serve as the Chief of Naval Operations. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Researchers from Osaka University have created an interactive fog display with multi-viewpoint observation. This system utilizes the fact that dispersion of light by fog has directionality. It projects different pictures, from different angles, onto a cylindrical fog screen. Thus the 3D objects can be recognized from the motion parallax, which is how the view of objects changes depending on the viewpoint. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Software developer turned carpenter Joel Allen wanted to put his newly learned skills to use. So, he created an incredible treehouse named "Hemloft". It boasts an egg-shaped design and has enough space for at least one to live comfortably. According to Allen, this makeshift cabin is just a short 5-minute walk from the main road in Whistler, Canada. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate water balloon prank.

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You read that right, there is a reason why you'll never see the iconic brown trucks make a left turn while on their delivery routes. In 2004 UPS announced that it would save fuel by minimizing left turns. Because drivers are idle at intersections while waiting to make left turns, UPS developed software that routes the day's packages with preference to right turns. Since UPS operates a fleet of over 96,000 ground vehicles, the fuel savings are considerable. In 2005, UPS eliminated 464,000 miles (747,000 km) from its travel and saved 51,000-gallons of fuel. Continue reading to see what happens when a wild turkey meets an unlucky UPS driver on the street.

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Yes, there are actually underwater rivers, and the one you're looking at above is Angelita, which looks like any an ordinary swimming hole from the outside. It's not until you dive almost 100-feet that the underwater river, called a cenote, becomes exposed. A cenote is basically a deep sinkhole formed from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath and they're connected to subterranean bodies of water, which often have vast underwater cave systems. Over time, the cenotes deep sinkholes become filled with fresh rain water and an underwater river is formed when the fresh top water meets the exposed salty groundwater. The two different density levels in the two waters causes them to layer, resulting in a breathtaking convergence of two habitats. Continue reading for more.

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GoPro fans rejoice! Here is yet another awesome use for the action cam that involves speed and flying. Fighter Pilots are one of the most highly regarded positions in any air force. Selection processes only accept the elite out of all the potential candidates. An individual who possesses an exceptional academic record, physical fitness, healthy well-being, and a strong mental drive will have a higher chance of also exhibit reputable leadership and teamwork abilities. As such, in nearly all air forces, fighter pilots, as are pilots of most other aircraft, are commissioned officers. Continue reading for more.

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