This cake looks like the planet Jupiter, is much too cool to eat

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If you finally got through the Portal cake and the R2D2 one, turn you attention to this amazing Jupiter layer cake by Rhiannon.

Aside from the fact that it looks the part on the outside—and is an accurate representation of the planet's interior structure—this cake is round. A round cake! When you take a look inside the cake, though, you'll see that it's actually its two semicircles put together, layered up to keep the shape. Still, it's an impressive effort, and it looks great.

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3D printing is coming to a UPS Store near you

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Apparently, Brown can do more for you than just ship your packages. UPS retail stores, starting with one in San Diego and coming to more locations around the US in the future, will begin offering 3D printing services using a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer.

Previously, Staples was the only retail chain in the US to offer 3D printing. Let’s hope this is part of a bigger trend so we can start fabricating trinkets wherever we have to wait in a line.

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NASA celebrates Curiosity's first year on Mars with this highlight reel

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August 6th marks one year since NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars in a process that required the car-sized robot to endure "seven minutes of terror." To commemorate the occasion, NASA has put together a short video entitled “Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity’s first year on Mars.”

The video is a bit...silent, and the photographs are all in black and white, but it's incredible that these 548 images taken from the surface of Mars over the course of an entire year can be condensed into just a couple of minutes.

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Here's what Super Mario Bros. might look like as a modern game

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You might not have ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would look like if it were made today, but YouTube user Deloix did.

Deloix created a pair of videos that depicts what the classic NES platformer might look like if it were created with modern day graphics and sound. Deloix's recreations of Levels 1-1 and 1-2 don't show a totally reimagined version of the game; instead, they depict a familiar looking game world, albeit one that's slightly more three-dimensional and has more realistic explosions and sound effects.

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Augmented reality blocks let you play with the elements without goggles or gloves

Jacob Siegal Contributor, TechHive

Jacob Siegal spends a vast majority of his time surrounded with and invested in technology and media, so he decided he may as well start writing about it. You can find more of his writing at Game Rant and his topical tweets @JacobSiegal.


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Elements 4D Interactive Blocks are the latest creation from augmented reality (AR) app developer Daqri. The faces of each individual block display a carving of a different element from the periodic table, which you can directly interact with using Daqri’s AR app.

At first glance, the blocks don’t look like much, but under the lens of the app (which is free and available on iOS and Android), the elements come to life inside the blocks. The elements can also interact with each other, even going so far as to show what the chemical reaction between two elements might look like. All without risking your eyebrows in the process. Whew.

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Photo of Tokyo is 600,000 pixels wide, lets you zoom-enhance all over the place

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Jeffrey Martin, panoramic photographer and founder of photography site 360Cities, just created the world’s largest photo of Tokyo. The image 600,000 pixels wide, and it's a composite made from over 8000 photos. It took Jeffery two days to capture the entire scene from the Tokyo Tower's lower observatory roof using a Canon 7D DSLR and 400mm lens mounted on a Clauss Rodeon gigapixel robot.

If you were to physically print this image at in full resolution, it would measure 50 meters by 100 meters (164 by 328 feet). It’s not just physically big, either: At one point, each image took up 100GB  of disk space and the rig Jeffery used to put it all together had 192GB of RAM.

Can you believe the math!?

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Kickstarter project wants to turn your bicycle helmet into something from 'Tron'

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Electroluminescense isn't new—hobbyists have toyed with the technology for a while, making everyday objects look like they came straight out of TronPaul Schnieder wants to use it to help make cycling at night a little less dangerous.

Paul's Electroluminescent Helmet Kit, currently on Kickstarter, is based on a simple concept: It adds electroluminescent (EL) strips to the sides and back of motorcycle and bicycle helmets. The result not only gives your helmet that oh-so-hip sci-fi aesthetic, but it can also help increase your visibility as you ride around at night, possibly preventing you from getting hit by a car.

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