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20 Places that Look Like They’re From Another Planet

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As you get stuck in the day-to-day of life, it can sometimes feel like the world is becoming a very boring place. You pass by the same places day in and day out, and you have the same kinds of experiences day in and day out, too. But, it’s terrible that we all come to feel this way in our lives at one time or another! The fact is that it’s a great big and incredible world out there, and it’s one that’s full of all kinds of secrets and cool things to see!

In fact, there are some places on this planet that look and feel as if they’re not a part of this planet in the very least. They look like places that you’d see in a science fiction film – and in fact some of them have even popped up in just those kinds of films!

On the list below, we’re going to share 20 places on our planet that look like they’re from another planet. From crazy rock formations, to incredible geysers and even to beaches the light up at night, it’s all here. So, if you want to open your eyes to majesty of the world once again and see things different, then read on… These places are about to blow your mind!

1. Socotra

There’s an incredible diversity of flora and fauna on this small island, a diversity that exceeds even that of Galapagos.

2. Hillier Lake

Due to bacteria and algae, this Australian lake get a bright pink color that closely resembles Pepto-Bismol.

3. Fly Geyser

An abandoned well is responsible for this amazing sight, which is made from calcium carbonate.

4. Giant’s Causeway

These strange columns in Ireland were actually created by a volcanic eruption a long time ago

5. Fingal’s Cave

And wouldn’t you know that ancient volcanic activity is also responsible for the unique look of this incredible Scottish cave.

6. Lake Baikal Ice

During the month of March, fissures open up in this frozen lake revealing iridescent blue ice.

7. Cascata Bigar

These are some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, and they’re rightly considered to be sacred by those who live near them.

8. Uyuni Salt Flats

After it’s just rained, you can walk out onto these salt flats and get the sensation that you’re actually walking on the sky.

9. Skaftafell Ice Cave

Located in a national park of the same name, these distinctive ice caves get their blue hue from the way the ice refracts light.

10. Lake Natron

This incredible lake gets its deep red color due to the small organism that inhabit this incredibly salty body of water.

11. Aogashima

What makes this small volcanic island so interesting? How about the fact that it features a volcano inside of a volcano.

12. Glowing Waters in Maldives

Because of bioluminescent phytoplankton, the waters around Vaadhoo Island appear to glow at night.

13. Glowworm Caves

Speaking of bioluminescence, it’s bioluminescent worms that give this New Zealand cave its distinctive look.

14. Playa Escondida

With a name that literally means “hidden beach”, this is just what it sounds like!  Beach hidden inside of a cave.

15. Yuanyang County

When you’ve got just the right vantage points, these working rice terraces become a thing of unrestrained beauty.

16. Cano Cristales

A variety of different algae give this pool its signature rainbow look. When you see it, you won’t believe your eyes!

17. Pamukkale Thermal Pools

These hot spring are the most beautiful in the world, if you ask us, and they get their almost ice-like look due to the fact they’re made from limestone.

18. Naica Mine

These huge crystals, which are made of selenite, are caused by the heating of the planet and definitely resemble the Fortress of Solitude.

19. Dead Vlei

Once long ago, there used to be a forest that stood here… Now, these dead trees are all that remains of that forest.

20. Sentinels of the Arctic

What on Earth cold these be? Well, the answer is quite simple! They’re trees that are forever covered in snow.

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World’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in Finland

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Most autonomous vehicles require great weather and clear roads to function, which means they can’t drive during certain, less pleasant times of the year. But a new robot bus has been designed to drive even in heavy rain, snow, or fog — and it’s rolling out in Finland.

The Gacha, which features tech by Finnish autonomous-driving company Sensible 4 and a design by Japanese retailer Muji, is the world’s first autonomous shuttle bus for all weather conditions.

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Gacha’s autonomous driving technology ensures the vehicle’s superior positioning, navigation, and obstacle detection performance thus allowing autonomous driving throughout the year regardless of the environment and conditions, according to a statement from the City of Helsinki.

Gacha is 14.7 feet long, 7.8 feet wide, 9 feet high — it can seat 10 passengers with space for six additional standing adults.

Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJI

The four-wheel-drive all-electric autonomous vehicle is capable of maximum speeds of 25 miles per hour, plus the electric motor has a range of 62 miles with wireless charging offered as an option.

After its unveiling in Helsinki, Gacha is set to drive and take passengers in three Finnish cities as part of real-life traffic tests. Sensible 4 and Muji are finalizing plans for the first Gacha fleet, which is expected to roll out in 2020.

Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJI

In Finland, weather has been an important factor in opening the market for autonomous buses or robotaxis. Sensible 4 has focused in testing and validating self-driving technology test in the arctic Lapland conditions.

“We are developing these vehicles so that they can become part of daily transportation service chain. Autonomous vehicles can’t become mainstream until their technology has been insured to work in all climates,” said Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4.

Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJI

Design-wise, Gacha boasts Muji’s minimalist aesthetic. Gacha is designed with no front or back, and features a LED light belt, made from the combination of the headlights and communication screen, while the seating follows the soft, rounded square shape of the bus.

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This Little Robot Blasts the Bacteria in Your Hotel Room Bed

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We all know the drill: A hotel room may look tidy, but there’s bacteria lurking in those neatly pressed sheets. In a 2012 study, researchers found 81 percent of hotel room surfaces sampled had some fecal bacteria.

But before you start stressing about your next vacation, there’s a little robot that can help. Ventur Studio’s CleanseBot is a travel-sized cleaning robot designed to sanitize and disinfect hotel room surfaces — no chemicals used.

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Equipped with with artificial-intelligence tech and 18 sensors, CleanseBot uses multi-directional, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation — UV-C lamps — to blast away 99.99 percent of germs and bacteria on any surfaces, but most importantly, on your hotel bed.

The UV-C light has also been proven to help prevent the spread of airborne viruses, according to Ventur Studios.

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To blast away the bacteria on your bed, just set the robot down on the bed for 30 or 60 minutes, and it works to sanitize and disinfect sheets and blankets. Its sensors can detect obstacles, allowing it to change directions and climb over materials.

You can then pick up the bot in handheld mode to sanitize electronic devices, light switches, hard surfaces, children’s toys, and even pet toys. When in handheld mode, sensors automatically switch off the upward-facing UV-C light.

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Weighing less than half a pound, Ventur Studio says the CleanseBot kills 99.99 percent of bacteria, germs, and dust mites. In addition to its three cleaning modes (under blanket, climbing, and handheld), CleanseBot is also a power bank able to charge devices with its 3700 mAh battery.

Ventur Studio currently has patents for the CleanseBot, including technology that keeps the tiny machine from falling off a bed, and another for the wheel technology, which allows the robot to go over any type of material or surface.

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On Jan.7, CleanseBot hit the ‘million club’ on Kickstarter — 10,474 backers had pledged $1,187,861 to bring the project to life.

The Kickstarter sale price is $99, and all orders and units are expected to ship in April 2019.

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This $800 Robot Suitcase Will Follow You Around Airports

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Wheeling clunky luggage before a flight can be stressful. Thankfully, ForwardX Robotics, an autonomous-focused company, developed a better travel companion: A robot suitcase that follows you around airports.

On Monday, ForwardX Robotics announced in a press release that it will showcase the Ovis Suitcase, an autonomous piece of luggage that’s powered by AI and self-navigates through terminals, at  CES 2019. ForwardX Robotics said the Ovis Suitcase, which will cost $799, will be available to customers by the first half of 2019.

After debuting the CX-1, a suitcase prototype model, at CES 2018, ForwardX Robotics upgraded the Ovis Suitcase with cool high-tech features, including side-follow movement, a GPS tracking module, and a manual mode for escalators and stairs.

Unlike standard luggage, the Ovis Suitcase uses self-driving technology and algorithms to side-follow users anywhere, including airports, city streets, and hotels. Computer vision technology enables the Ovis Suitcase to spot obstacles and move around them, so users won’t have to worry about it bumping into objects.

On escalators and stairs, users can place their hand on the Ovis Suitcase handle to switch it to manual mode. Users can wear a smart band that notifies them when the Ovis Suitcase is more than 6.5 feet away, and a GPS tracking module allows users to find their Ovis Suitcase if they leave it behind in a car or hotel.

Ovis Suitcase (Photo Credit: ForwardX)

Following CES 2018, ForwardX Robotics raised more than $1.4 million for the Ovis Suitcase through its Indiegogo campaign. ForwardX Robotics, which previously raised $10 million in series A funding, just closed its series B funding round with another $20 million. With the Ovis Suitcase, ForwardX Robotics aims to provide customers with high-tech, hassle-free travel experiences, so they don’t have to worry about luggage issues on the go.

“Most robots today are programmed to do a single task. Our AI-enabled robots can perform several different functions with very limited help from humans, similar to self-driving vehicles,” Nicholas Chee, the CEO of ForwardX Robotics, said in the press release. “We see that as the next true breakthrough in robotic technology.”

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