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Charge your phone with lightning

Scientists at the UK's University of Southampton have harnessed the power of artificial lightning bolts to charge a Nokia Lumia 925. Nokia Lumia 925, we hereby dub thee "Adam."

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Biking across the Bay

To prove that biking on water actually floats, Judah Schiller, a San Francisco Bay Area resident, rode across the San Francisco Bay from Oakland to the city last week. On Thursday, he attempted the same feat on the Hudson River, departing from the Pier 13 Boat Club in Hoboken, N.J., and arriving at Pier 66 in Chelsea, N.Y., an estimated 15 minutes later.

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Cube robots swarm and self-assemble

Robotics researchers at MIT show off the capabilities of small cube-shaped robots with no external moving parts.

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3D-printed toothbrush

The strange Blizzident 3D-printed toothbrush cleans all of your teeth in one go, promising a 6-second scrub.

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Cats and laser beams

Petcube is a smartphone-controlled cube that shoots a spot laser around the room that may or may not interest your pet.

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Hunter-killer robots to take out the jellyfish

This week, one of the world's largest nuclear reactors was sidelined by waves of jellyfish that came out of the sea.

The jellies have since been removed from the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in Sweden, but the threat remains.

What the world needs now, according to Korean scientists, are hunter-killer robots to take out the jellyfish. They've built prototypes that shred the gentle creatures at the rate of 1 ton an hour.

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iOS fractals

A computer-graphics A-team is digging into fractals again with software that's clearly a labor of love. Exploring the Mandelbrot and Julia sets is a spectacular marriage of beauty and math.

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A blow-up concert hall

Ark Nova is a blow-up concert hall which inflates to accommodate up to 500 people. The hall will tour various locations in Japan's disaster-struck Northeast, playing host to world-class performances.

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Super Mario cat furniture

Treat your feline friend to a custom playhouse with Super Mario warp tubes and a question box.

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Death Star soccer ball

"Star Wars" celebrations are known for offering exclusive merchandise as special lures for attendees. Sometimes, those exclusive items sneak out and become available to the general public. That's what happened with the limited-edition Death Star soccer ball.

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