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This is the McLaren P1 GTR (and yes, it’s insane)

This is the McLaren P1 GTR (and yes, it’s insane)

When you're cooking up a track-only supercar based on the already bonkers McLaren P1, taking the subtle approach is probably the wrong strategy. Still, there's definitely no way the McLaren P1 GTR could be overlooked among weekend racers, as the British marques first design concept suggests: that vast rear wing alone should have spectators gawping.

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Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader Car is as subtle as a lightsaber to the face

Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader Car is as subtle as a lightsaber to the face

Hot Wheels' Darth Vader Car left us perplexed when we first saw the one-off, full-sized Star Wars themed monster the company had crafted for SDCC this week, but after seeing it in action on the road everything becomes clear. The gaping-mouthed racer - about which "distinctive" would be a decided understatement - stars in a new video for the company, looking every bit as intimidating as the Sith Lord himself.

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Hot Wheels made this Darth Vader car, and we don’t know what to think

Hot Wheels made this Darth Vader car, and we don’t know what to think

Hot Wheels and Star Wars may not be the most obvious crossover, but Mattel isn't letting that stop it, producing a full-sized, working reproduction of its new Darth Vader car especially for San Diego Comic-Con. The outlandish vehicle - built, for the road-going version at least, on the guts of a Corvette C5 - not only bears the Sith Lord's gaping maw, but actually makes his distinctive breathing sounds, too.

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Hawaii is shooting lasers at birds and it’s for their own good

Hawaii is shooting lasers at birds and it’s for their own good

Filling the skies with laser beams and hoping birds fly into them doesn't, at first glance, seem the best way to prevent endangered species from dwindling in number even further, but it's exactly what one Hawaiian island is doing. The light grids - made up of thirty focused green lasers - are being mounted on electricity poles by service operator Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, in the hope that they'll prevent birds from crashing into the cables.

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BMW is 3D printing thumbs for its workers

BMW is 3D printing thumbs for its workers

3D printing and scanning is already commonplace in car production, but BMW is experimenting with upgrading its staff with the technology. A new trial at BMW's Munich plant is giving assembly workers individually-tailored thumb guards to help avoid over-stretching, having first scanned the digit with a portable 3D camera.

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This is BlackBerry Passport (and yes, it really is that shape)

This is BlackBerry Passport (and yes, it really is that shape)

BlackBerry warned us it had something odd coming, and this is it: the unusually proportioned BlackBerry Passport. Snuck into BlackBerry's latest financial results presentation - where the company announced a smaller-than-expected loss for the most recent quarter - the Passport has a 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 resolution display that's square, not rectangular.

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Jeff Bezos teases Amazon event with favorite childhood book

Jeff Bezos teases Amazon event with favorite childhood book

Amazon's big launch event isn't until next week, but CEO Jeff Bezos couldn't help but tease about it with an unexpected delivery of his favorite childhood book. A copy of Mr. Pine's Purple House by Leonard Kessler just arrived on SlashGear's doorstep, complete with a note from Bezos explaining why a children's book about being different is a good metaphor for business.

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Can you 3D print fruit? Startup Dovetailed is closer than most

Can you 3D print fruit? Startup Dovetailed is closer than most

Can you print food? That’s a tricky line to walk, but with 3D printing, the day of taking molecules and enzymes essential to food and combining them piecemeal is approaching. One startup thinks they’re on the right track, and have begun 3D printing fruits. Don’t get too excited, though, it may not be what you think.

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Samsung stunt rebrands whole Heathrow airport T5

Samsung stunt rebrands whole Heathrow airport T5

Airports are already hotbeds of advertising, all those captive eyes eager for something to stare at, but Samsung is going one step further by taking over the whole branding of Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, UK. Starting May 19th, every single sign, digital screen, directions board, and even the website for T5 will be rebranded as "Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5".

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DIY Wolverine Claws could make you part of X-Men, too

DIY Wolverine Claws could make you part of X-Men, too

You’re excited for the new X-Men movie, we’re excited for the new X-Men movie — but the guy below is really excited. A gentleman, who is possibly slightly mad but definitely brilliant, went ahead and made himself a set of actual, working, adamantium claws. We know, the jealousy is strong with us, too.

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Alien teeth and mystery bones: Fish leaves science floundering

Alien teeth and mystery bones: Fish leaves science floundering

It's the sort of fish that HR Giger might have had in his aquarium, a mysterious catfish with more teeth than you'd expect, that has left scientists scratching their heads and comparing it to Alien Xenomorphs. At only a few inches long it shouldn't cause as many nightmares as the monster that stalked Ellen Ripley, but the odd skeleton of Kryptoglanis shajii is nonetheless causing sleepless nights among researchers at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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Acid-spitting beetle could make ATMs more secure

Acid-spitting beetle could make ATMs more secure

So far, the most frustrating thing about ATMs is when they eat your cash card; however, proposed ATMs that spit acid could end up more of an annoyance, at least if you've got illegal intentions toward their contents. The Swiss team was inspired by bombardier beetles - which can cook up a spray of caustic acid when cornered - to create a new anti-theft feature.

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