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An unmissable peek inside the world’s first underwater city

If you ever dreamed of being a mermaid or merman as a kid, breathe a sigh of relief – the Shimizu Corporation has just announced that it’s building the world’s first underwater city. The complex, dubbed the “Ocean Spiral”, will feature a three-tiered structure that will be able to house 5000 people below the ocean’s surface at depths of up to 10 miles. The project is expected to take 5 years and US$25 billion to construct.

Viral video of the week

Ready, Aim, Fry with the tempura prawn gun

If you’ve ever felt like making tempura could be simplified with the use of projectile weaponry, you wouldn’t be wrong. Enter the fried shrimp gun, courtesy of NTT DoCoMo, which will blast your prawn cravings into oblivion. We can’t really articulate how ridiculous this video is, with a mother-daughter duo teaming up to shoot seafood through flour, egg yolk, tempura flakes and a roaring fire, but it is hilarious if nothing else. Check it out here:

Tv ratings

News inundates ratings as hail hits

National – Free to Air Station Audience 
Nine News – Sun Ch 9 1,125,000
Sunday Night – Sun Ch 7 1,102,000
Seven News – Sun Ch 7 1,048,000
Nine News 6:30 – Mon Ch 9 1,020,000
Nine News – Mon Ch 9 1,014,000
Seven News – Mon Ch 7 1,003,000
Seven News – Wed Ch 7 977,000
Nine News – Wed Ch 9 977,000
Nine News – Tues Ch 9 970,000
Seven News – Mon Ch 7 968,000
1/12/14 – 7/12/2014

Believe it: you can now inspect houses via rollercoaster

In an attempt to counter the belief that inspecting houses is a dull experience, Dutch bank ABN Amro are running a hilarious promotion throughout December that allows prospective homebuyers to tour houses via rollercoaster. The rollercoaster was built inside the home to help sellers better advertise their properties. Unfortunately, the attraction will be taken down once the property is sold, but it should hopefully alleviate some of the literal ups and downs of buying a home.

App of the week

Chat to an astronaut in real time with this app

In space, nobody can hear you scream – but they can hear you tweet! Astronomy lovers everywhere can finally be heard in space using the new Friends in Space app, which allows users to chat in real time to astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, all from the International Space Station. The app also allows users to track and gather information about Cristoforetti’s journey, in addition to connecting with other members globally in the world’s first interstellar social media app.

Creepy or innovative? The company that cloned you without you knowing

Buying ill-fitting clothes online may be a thing of the past thanks to revolutionary new technology from Body Labs. The body scanner renders an ultrarealistic 3D avatar of a user in minutes, which can then be used online. Body Labs has countless possibilities for the future, with interest already flagged in the medical, fashion, video games and virtual reality sectors. The New York startup has already accumulated the largest database of human body scans in the world and raised $2.2 million in funding.

Website of the week

Meet the world’s first social network for ideas

With a constant stream of information online, it can be hard to know where to dedicate your time or who to listen to. Ideapod aims to remedy that with its new social network, solely built around the idea of connecting people through ideas and creativity. Posts are blasted to all users written by the site’s contributors, who can then connect with other users by commenting on the posts. The site allows users to communicate with one another without advertisements and promotions that dominate other social networks. While it’s still in development, take a look at what’s to come for Ideapod here.

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