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  • Over 200,000 people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. A new digital short interviews five of those prospective Mars astronauts to find out who they are and why they would want to become a part of history.

    "Mars One Way" documents the thought process of Cody Reeder, Casey Hunter, Will Robbins, Katelyn Kane, and Ken Sullivan. The five applicants all come from different backgrounds but have one similarity: they are more curious about life on Mars than attached to their current living situation on Earth.

    "How do you react when your husband says, 'Guess what? It's one way. I'm not coming back'?" asks Becky Sullivan. If chosen, her husband, Ken, would leave the family, including their two kids, behind. "I'm kind of in the 'It's not real' phase right now."

    "There's a lot more drama in our relationship lately, about the reality of, are you choosing family or are you choosing Mars?" adds Ken. "My little boy Connor, if he just came up to me and said, 'Dad, don't go,' that would

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  • There are many things that look very cool in slow motion. A hawk attacking a water balloon is definitely one of those things.

    Earth Unplugged, a Web series for the BBC, captured the footage. In the minute-and-a-half clip on YouTube, a northern goshawk is seen flying toward a water balloon. Crew members affixed a piece of meat to the balloon in order to bait the hawk. The balloon bursts as soon as the hawk's talons touch it, and then the hawk flies away. Earth Unplugged shot the sequence with a high-speed camera at 4,000 frames per second. The clip plays in slow motion to show off the incredible detail of both the goshawk and the bursting balloon.

    Other slowed-down clips on the series' channel include wet animals shaking, butterflies flying, and crocodiles attacking. The web series started uploading videos to YouTube in November 2012. Earth Unplugged's goal is to "reveal amazing animal facts, share the latest wildlife news and leave you breathless with our beautiful slow motion videos."

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  • Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen” won Best Original Song at The Academy Awards last weekend. We’ve seen everyone from kids to traffic reporters both cover and parody it. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots even gave it their trademark classroom instruments treatment, complete with Menzel singing.

    But short of John Travolta singing the song under the Adele Dazeem pseudonym, the parodies really should cease. It appears this whole thing has jumped the shark after a father posted a new parody pleading others to “Let It Go.”

    Musician Scott S. Kramer wrote “A Frozen Father” because as he wrote in the video‘s description, “he’s fed up with ‘Frozen’!” Joshua Elliot performs the parody.

    “It's in my head, it's in my dreams, this freaking song is haunting me,” he confesses to the tune of “Let It Go.” “I've had enough, this has to stop. Please make it stop.”

    With that he launches in to the chorus singing, “Let it go! Let it go! “Can't hear it one more time.”

    The parody has over

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  • Matthew Vandeputte captured a world’s first on a flight in Australia recently. Using a Canon 5D camera, the photographer snapped a sunset hyperlapse from the airplane. He then uploaded the stunning footage to YouTube in 4K quality.

    A hyperlapse is similar to a time-lapse but with a lot more movement. The footage was stabilized in Adobe After Effects.

    “Last week I was about to fly back from Coolangata airport (Gold Coast, Australia) to Sydney when I noticed the sun was about to set with some great cloud coverage,” Vandeputte wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. “Knowing that I'd have a big chance of shooting some great stills, I loaded up my Canon 5D MkIII with a fresh battery and two empty memory cards, ready to shoot.”

    The scene changed for the better after capturing the footage. About 20 minutes later, Vandeputte was 30,000 feet in the air with an even better perspective of the clouds and sun setting. The plane angled itself towards the setting sun.

    “Holding the camera very, very

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  • The sitcom “Seinfeld” continues to live on in a number of incarnations. However the latest involves transporting in to a virtual world.

    Developer Greg Miller is behind Jerry’s Place, a recreation of Jerry’s iconic Upper West Side apartment. Miller used the VR headset and platform Oculus Rift to bring the "Seinfeld" set back to life.

    “I started by scouring the Internet for screen shots of Jerry's apartment but that didn't yield much,” Miller wrote on jerrysplacevr.com. “Eventually I resorted to screen-capping streaming episodes so I could get detailed images of the various items around the set.”

    Miller did not miss a lot of details. The framed Yankee Stadium photo, 12-cent checks on the table, the bike and the Superman figure are a few of the many details that avid fans will notice. Miller notes that there are at least 11 direct references to the show throughout his VR apartment.

    YouTube user Pancho Joshi owns an Oculus Rift and downloaded Jerry’s Place. In his video demo, he walks

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