Giant Futuristic Tesla Tower In Abandoned Woods

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“No, it’s not an alien colony, a time machine, or even a Russian version of America’s ionospheric HAARP program. But in a forest near Moscow, this Soviet-era ‘lightning machine’ has a capacity arguably equal to Russia’s entire electricity output. Bloggers flock to see this technical marvel, which has been dubbed the ‘High Voltage Marx and Tesla Generators Research Facility.’ The testing range, a branch of the Russian Electrical Engineering Institute, is in the sleepy town of Istra, 40 kilometers west of Moscow.” w/ photos + video

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Eye To Eye With A Manta Ray

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“The manta ray has fascinated people for centuries. Yet we usually encounter them as they glide magnificently through the oceans. A luck few will get to see them break the surface and leap in to the air. For many people, however, the only time they will encounter a manta ray is in an aquarium. It is then that the inquisitive rays will show their faces, as it were. The result is quite extraordinary.” w/ photos

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Abandoned Mall Overtaken By Fish

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There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.” w/ photos

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World’s Shortest Cat

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This tiny feline could be about to enter the record books as the world’s shortest cat. Tiffani Kjeldergaard from Potrero, California, is confident that her cat Pixel is no more than five inches tall, although she’s yet to get official confirmation from Guinness. If it is verified, then Pixel snatch the title of shortest adult cat to have ever lived, from Cye, a 5.35in tall Napoleon Munchkin cat from Canada. The average house cat is nine to ten inches tall.” w/ photos

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Robot Legs Are The New Standing Desk

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“Exoskeletons have people who couldn’t walk kicking soccer balls, but one Swiss company has much more modest aspirations—they’re taking the exoskeleton and disrupting the humble stool. Before workers are replaced by robots, there’s a chance they’ll start to resemble them. Noonee has a pending patent on the “Chairless Chair,” which they describe as “wearable mechatronic technology based on research from the Bio-Inspired Robotics laboratory at ETH Zurich.” They’re essentially a powered set of exoskelton legs designed to help industry workers stand for long periods of time more comfortably.” w/ photos + video

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The Future Of Wind Energy?

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The concept is simple. A mist of water droplets is sprayed over the opening of the tower. The fog evaporates and absorbs the heat of the surrounding air. The denser cooled air then falls to the bottom, and that wind speed can get up to 50 miles per hour. At the base of the tower the horizontal downdraft is diverted through the wind turbines, which then generate electricity. The advantage of this method is that the downdraft can be produced around the clock, as long as the air is warm and dry enough. For this reason, the first tower will be built near San Luis, Arizona, planned for 2018.” w/ photos + video

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Golden Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Necklace

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“So how’d we do it? We got together with our favorite Kentucky jewelry designer Meg C to create a beautiful line of ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Gold Necklaces’. That’s right, your dreams have now come true. Thanks to Meg C and Kentucky for Kentucky, you can now wear a 14kt gold plated Kentucky Fried Chicken bone around your sexy neck. No joke, beautiful handcrafted gold necklaces made with real bones from a Kentucky Fried Chicken 8-piece chicken dinner.” w/ photos + video

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World’s First Farm Robot?

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A world first robot called the ‘Ladybird’ is being trialled among the onions, beetroots and spinach rows, of a farm in the New South Wales’ central west. It was a successful first trial for the University of Sydney’s prototype, which cost about $1 million and a year’s worth of scientific development. ‘We’ve given it that name because it looks a little bit like one [a ladybird beetle], it has red covers with black spots from the solar panels. ‘It’s a solar powered, electric driven robot, with a variety of different sensors that we think are going to be useful for precision agriculture into the future,’ said Dr James Underwood.” w/ photos

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