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Video: There is peace when your feet sink into the sand and your ears hear the waves and your nose smells the salt. It's a beautiful feeling, standing on a beach and looking out into the ocean and imagining the edge of the world. But it might be even more beautiful to see the water creeping onto the end of land from above. Like in this video.

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Bruce Shapiro's Sisyphus is a magic machine that shows a steel ball rolling around in the sand to create wonderfully intricate sand drawings. The balls are all controlled with magnets but they seem to have a mind of their own. It's like making a Zen Garden, only with the sorcery of magnets instead of old style rakes.

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The new Mad Max movie is going to be filled with such crazy explosions and gnarly stunts that your eyes will pop, but that's just the beauty of being able to sprinkle special effects onto a movie blockbuster. Not all of that badassery will be real. What is real is this awesome Mad Max Peacemaker car, this thing just rips the Earth up.

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It might not provide the same technical challenge as skiing or snowboarding, but it's hard to argue that sledding isn't one of the best ways to take advantage of the winter. But what about those other snow-free seasons? Wouldn't it be fun to sled all year round? Of course it would, so Germany's KHW has developed the world's first plastic sled that works on sand instead of snow.

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Six years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres — or the equivalent of eight city blocks — of desert. Then, for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand dunes.

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There are challenges to making art in any medium, and with sand the issue is clearly accuracy. How do you keep everything in place while you're working? David Bynoe, a kinetic sculptor in Calgary, Alberta, created this drawing machine for the elus Spark Science Centre to solve that problem.

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Engineering the perfect sand castle is tricky even in ideal conditions. If you don't get the sand to water ratio just right, your majestic creation will collapse and wash away. Unless you're cool with cheating. In that case all you need is a jar of Brookstone's magical sand that's always the perfect consistency.

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Forget bulging muscles or a toned set of abs. If you really want to impress everyone on the beach, a stunning sand castle is the way to go. And if your sculpting skills max out at Play-Doh snakes, these architectural sand castle moulds will let you re-build the most stunning structures from past empires, ready to be lost to time once again once the tide rolls in.

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LED lightbulbs are already energy efficient, but they would be even better if they could emit light without connecting to the grid at all. Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe is trying to make that happen.

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There's nothing more fascinating or TV special-worthy than twins separated at birth. Whether they're reunited at 15 or 50 it's safe to say that there'll be some eerily similar food preferences and a whole lot of crying. But what about two chemically-identical grains of silica that haven't seen each other for more than 4.6 billion years?

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These sand sculptures were prepared as part of this year's Hollywood-themed Weston-Super-Mare Sand Sculpture festival on March 26, 2013, in Weston-Super-Mare, England. All week, 20 award-winning sand sculptors from across the globe are working to create sand sculptures that include odes to Harry Potter, Marilyn Monroe and characters from the Star Wars films as part of the town's very own movie-themed festival on the beach.