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Top 100 Science Trends in 2013

From 3D-Printed Noses to Instant Insect Vaporizers

— January 3, 2014 — Tech
Though previously focused on solving existing problems, technological advancements allowed for the science trends in 2013 to focus mostly on ways to add interesting things to consumers' daily lives. This includes pieces such as at-home hydroponic planters, fully autonomous quadopters, and even edible utensils.

Perhaps the biggest discovery in science trends in 2013 was the onslaught of creative ways to use 3D-printing technology, which is now much more widely available. Everything from 3D-printed rhinoplasty to printed netted casts could be observed this past year. Most excitingly, perhaps, was the development of 3D-printable food, a scientific development that could remedy important issues across the globe.

Our Science Trend Report will help you keep up with the exciting and fast-paced industry of technological science.
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Activity
Freshness
100
Smartphone Bacteria Photography
Smartphone Bacteria Photography
These Shots Show a Sample of the Germs Found on Phones
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99
Mirror-Lit Mountain Towns
Mirror-Lit Mountain Towns
Rjukan, Norway Uses Mirror Lighting to Provide Natural Light to the Area
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98
3D-Printed Weaponry
3D-Printed Weaponry
Nanoscribe's 3D Printer Makes Objects Smaller Than a Grain of Sand
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97
Humanizing Cloud Photography
Humanizing Cloud Photography
A Photo Collection Called 'Cloud Face' Has Faces Staring Down at You
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96
Cyborg Circuit Implants
Cyborg Circuit Implants
John Rogers' Skin Circuit Technology is the Rub-On Tattoo of the Future
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95
Synthetic Spider Silk Fashion
Synthetic Spider Silk Fashion
The Spiber Dress is Like a Fashionable Piece of Armor
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94
Delicate Microscopic Flowers
Delicate Microscopic Flowers
Scientist Wim L. Noorduin Coaxes Chemicals to Beautiful Blooms
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93
Holographic Cranium Scanners
Holographic Cranium Scanners
The Abnormal Psych Test Examines the Brain in an Innovative Way
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92
Body Part-Preserving Workshop Tours
Body Part-Preserving Workshop Tours
Gunther von Hagens' Plastinarium is a Real-Life Horror House
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91
Computerized Smart Pens
Computerized Smart Pens
Apple Has Patented a Design for a Smartphone/Pen Combo
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90
Foldable Smart Screens
Foldable Smart Screens
Samsung and LG are Set to Unleash Foldable Screens This Year
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89
Medical Revolution Infographics
Medical Revolution Infographics
This Graph Reveals How Google Glass Could Change Medicine
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88
Stunning Computer-Generated Flowers
Stunning Computer-Generated Flowers
Daniel Brown's Digital Flowers Are Made from Computer Code
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87
Hybrid Oceanic Energy Collectors
Hybrid Oceanic Energy Collectors
This Ocean Power Generator Collects Energy from Wind and Water
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86
LED-Enhanced Personal Aircrafts
LED-Enhanced Personal Aircrafts
Cirrus Aircraft Presents the 2014 Generation 5 SR Series
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85
Augmented Reality Earphones
Augmented Reality Earphones
GRiTworks Headphones Blend Sounds For an Optimal Listening Experience
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84
Anti-Carcinogenic Menswear
Anti-Carcinogenic Menswear
This Suit by 'Smuggler' Blocks Cell Phone Waves
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83
Double Helix Balloon Sculptures
Double Helix Balloon Sculptures
This 10,000 Balloon Double Helix Sculpture is an Ode to Science
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82
Ultra-Thin Invisibility Cloaks
Ultra-Thin Invisibility Cloaks
Scientists Created an Invisibility Cloak Right Out of Harry Potter
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81
Vital Sign Video Games
Vital Sign Video Games
The Biometric Steam Box Controller Confirmed in Development
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80
Computer Controlling Bracelets
Computer Controlling Bracelets
These Computer Commanding Bracelets are from Thalmic Labs
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79
Laser-Made 3D Holograms
Laser-Made 3D Holograms
Japanese Developers Show off Their True 3D Hologram System
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78
Squeeze Pump Lamps
Squeeze Pump Lamps
The Olab Desktop Lamp is Controlled By a Rubber Hand Pump
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77
Advanced Skin Graft Solutions
Advanced Skin Graft Solutions
This Microneedle Adhesive Technology is Inspired by a Parasite
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76
Impact-Proof Smartphone Shields
Impact-Proof Smartphone Shields
The Rhino Shield Protects Phones From the Brutalist Situations
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75
Beautifully Weaved 3D Art (UPDATE)
Beautifully Weaved 3D Art (UPDATE)
Shane Hope Repurposes the 3D Printer to Make Awesome Art
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74
Pollution Purifying Plant Systems
Pollution Purifying Plant Systems
Rahul Shah's Public Pool Design Instigates Dirty Water Talks
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73
Color-Enhancing Sunglasses
Color-Enhancing Sunglasses
EnChroma Sunglasses are the First Lenses That Don't Block Color
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72
Human Animal Hydrid Art
Human Animal Hydrid Art
Lingxizhu Meng's Artwork Depicts Human Babies Combined with Dogs
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71
Instant-Printed Schnozes
Instant-Printed Schnozes
The 3D-Printed Nose May Be Available for Trauma Patients Within a Year
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70
Paparazzi-Evading Dresses
Paparazzi-Evading Dresses
The Ying Gao Playground Dress Protects Privacy
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69
Home Replicating Pods
Home Replicating Pods
The Mamelodi Pod Could Help to Raise Life Quality in South Africa
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68
Elemental Microscope Photography
Elemental Microscope Photography
R. Tanake Captures Stunning Images of Natural Minerals & Crystals
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67
Vibrant Pathogen Self-Portraits
Vibrant Pathogen Self-Portraits
Bacteriograms by Erno-Erik Raitanen Captures His Germs
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66
Star-Gazing Space Sneakers
Star-Gazing Space Sneakers
The New Nike Lebrons Salute NASA and Feature Space Images
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65
Germ-Revealing Ultraviolet Sanitizers
Germ-Revealing Ultraviolet Sanitizers
The Influenza Saver Sterilizes Electronics
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64
Sleep Minimizing Masks
Sleep Minimizing Masks
The Neuroon Lets Feel Refreshed with Just Two Hours of Sleep
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63
Orbular Glass Lights
Orbular Glass Lights
The Globe Cordless Lamp is a Circular LED Light
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62
3D Printed Headpieces
3D Printed Headpieces
These Hats Designed by Elvis Pompilio Are 3D Printed and Overtly Ornate
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61
Instant Insect -Vaporizing Gadgets
Instant Insect -Vaporizing Gadgets
This Pen-like Device Vaporizes Insepcts Instantly
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60
$325,000 Burgers
$325,000 Burgers
This Cloned Burger Offers a Cruelty-Free Way to Eat Meat
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59
Futuristic Auto Infographics
Futuristic Auto Infographics
This Chart Details Where Cars of the Future Will be Improved
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58
Microscopic Metal Photography
Microscopic Metal Photography
Photographer R. Tanaka Captures Closeups of Periodic Table Elements
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57
Blood-Monitoring Bluetooth Devices
Blood-Monitoring Bluetooth Devices
The Fitbit Chip Goes Under the Skin to Track Health Records
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56
Microscopic Smartphone Add-Ons
Microscopic Smartphone Add-Ons
The ProScope Micro Mobile Allows for Extreme Scientific Views
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55
Cancer-Detecting Bee Containers
Cancer-Detecting Bee Containers
Susana Soares' Glass Sculptures Use Honey Bees to Detect Cancer
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54
Hydrogen-Powered Bicycles
Hydrogen-Powered Bicycles
The Alter Bike by Cycleurope Features a Sophisticated Operating System
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53
Fully Autonomous Quadcopters
Fully Autonomous Quadcopters
Quadcopter Uses In-built Camera to Map Out Own Surroundings
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52
Moon-Mimicking Rotational Watches
Moon-Mimicking Rotational Watches
This Rotational Watch Face is Inspired by a Lunar Eclipse
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51
Abstractly Linked Architecture
Abstractly Linked Architecture
The CASIS Headquarters Embodies a Stylized Exterior and Circulation
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50
Dual-Tasking Healthy Fryers
Dual-Tasking Healthy Fryers
The New T-Fal Actifry Can Cook Meat and Veggies at the Same Time
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49
Educational Illuminated Spheres
Educational Illuminated Spheres
The City Lights Globe is a Great Redesign of the Traditional Globe
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48
Backpack Human Flying Kits
Backpack Human Flying Kits
German Engineers are Working on the Ultimate Backpack for Flying
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47
Sleek 3D-Printed Bikes
Sleek 3D-Printed Bikes
The New 'VRZ 2 BELT' Titanium Bicycle Can Be Printed at Home
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46
Glam Galactic Fashion
Glam Galactic Fashion
The Sagan Galaxy Skirt Creates a Stellar Silhouette That's Out of This World
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45
Scientific Cookie Creations
Scientific Cookie Creations
These Beaker and Test Tube Cookies Turn Science into Delicious Treats
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44
Light-Activated Fashion
Light-Activated Fashion
The Anrealage Fall 2013 Collection Reveals Its Colors Under UV Light
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43
Cell Wall Structures
Cell Wall Structures
'Contouring Climatic Porosity' is an Exercise in Architectural Biomimicry
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42
3D-Printed Character Models
3D-Printed Character Models
Joaquin Baldwin Creates Stunning Replicas
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41
Gravity-Defying Wooden Walls
Gravity-Defying Wooden Walls
The Construction of this Denver Pavilion was Inspired by Mines
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40
Lifestyle-Motivating Wristbands
Lifestyle-Motivating Wristbands
This Health-Monitoring Wristband Helps You Meet Your Goals
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39
Digital HIV Renders
Digital HIV Renders
Alexey Kashpersky’s Digital Render of the HIV Virus is Intensely Real
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38
Technological Trash Cans
Technological Trash Cans
The 'Techno-Pods' Garbage Bin Design Gives Updates on LED Screens
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37
3D-Printed Rocket Engines
3D-Printed Rocket Engines
NASA Creates a Rocket Engine Using 3D Printing
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36
Magnetically Grown Dresses
Magnetically Grown Dresses
The Iris van Herpen Fall 2013 Collection Showed Magnet-Based Clothes
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35
Self-Sustaining Sewage Systems
Self-Sustaining Sewage Systems
This Waste Management Machine Turns Waste Into Drinking Water
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34
Long-Lasting Illuminating Timepieces
Long-Lasting Illuminating Timepieces
The NASA Moonglow Watch Has the Ability to Glow All Night
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33
Spectacular Polar Bear Puppets
Spectacular Polar Bear Puppets
The Greenpeace Polar Bear Struts Her Stuff for the Arctic
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32
Scientific Superhero Courses
Scientific Superhero Courses
The Science of Batman is Now Being Taught at University of Victoria
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31
Tattooed Electronic Skin Sensors
Tattooed Electronic Skin Sensors
These Researchers Developed Tattooable Health Monitoring Sensors
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30
Vibrating Light Sculptures
Vibrating Light Sculptures
The Paul Friedlander Pieces Focus on the Movement of Kinetic Artwork
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29
Energy-Efficient Decorative Lights
Energy-Efficient Decorative Lights
These LED Light Pendants by WAC are Long-Lasting Gems
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28
Minimalist Scientist Posters
Minimalist Scientist Posters
Graphic Designer Kapil Bhagat Creates Educational Prints
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27
Deceivingly Simple Workouts
Deceivingly Simple Workouts
The Scientific 7-minute Workout by Gretchen Reynolds is All One Needs
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26
Compact City Cyclers
Compact City Cyclers
The Revelo LIFEbike Runs on Electricity and Features No Chain
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25
Hydrogen-Powered Travel Chargers
Hydrogen-Powered Travel Chargers
The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Charges in a Scientific Manner
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24
Multipurpose LED USBs
Multipurpose LED USBs
The USB LED Fan Light Keeps You Cool and Never Makes You Late
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23
Integrated Measuring Cutting Boards
Integrated Measuring Cutting Boards
This Concept Cutting Board Really Measures Up
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22
Waterproof Sneaker Sprays
Waterproof Sneaker Sprays
The NeverWet Sneaker Spray Turns Shoes 100% Waterproof
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21
Nature-Powered Light Bulbs
Nature-Powered Light Bulbs
The 'AlgaeBulb' Eco Light Bulb Uses Nature to Light Up Your Room
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20
Pixelating Public Architecture
Pixelating Public Architecture
CASIS Headquarters Embodies an Alien Style to Suit its Function
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19
Luminous Space Night Lights
Luminous Space Night Lights
The Galaxy Night Light by Kikkerland Illuminates Like Outer Space
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18
Worldwide Eco Housing Designs
Worldwide Eco Housing Designs
Off the Grid Housing Around the World Gives Hope for Green Future
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17
Futuristic Bike Headlights
Futuristic Bike Headlights
This LED Projector Will Make Biking at Night Much Safer
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16
Facial Recognition Snack Machines
Facial Recognition Snack Machines
This Facial Recognition Vending Machine Personalizes Purchases
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15
Sun-Blistering Buildings
Sun-Blistering Buildings
The Bloom Pavilion Reacts to Solar Exposure Like a Living Thing
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14
Fashion-Focused Prosthetics
Fashion-Focused Prosthetics
Alternative Limb Project Gives Amputees Some Stylish Prosthetics
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13
Immersive Rainbow Pavilions
Immersive Rainbow Pavilions
Eliasson Creates a Panoramic Rainbow Installation Using Silvered Glass
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12
Revolutionary Home 3D Printers
Revolutionary Home 3D Printers
BotObjects ProDesk3D Brings Color 3D Printing to Your Living Room
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11
Futuristic Transforming Trainers
Futuristic Transforming Trainers
The MORPH Adaptive Sole Changes to Fit Your Footwear Needs
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10
Architectural 3D-Printed Jewelry
Architectural 3D-Printed Jewelry
Hot Pop Factory Creates Gorgeous Building-Inspired Pieces
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9
3D Printed Casts
3D Printed Casts
3D Printed Items are Changing the Way Bones are Healed
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8
Revolutionary Air-Powered Helicopters
Revolutionary Air-Powered Helicopters
The Sherpa Helicopter Design is Charged by Hot Air
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7
Witch Finger Grapes
Witch Finger Grapes
These Peculiar-Shaped Hybrid Grapes Look Like Creepy Fingers
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6
Deep Sea Livestream Feeds
Deep Sea Livestream Feeds
The Okeanos's Underwater Robots Make Ocean Exploration Accessible
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5
Pop-Up Urban Microfarms
Pop-Up Urban Microfarms
The 'GrowUp Box' Automatically Raises Fish and Plants in a Small Area
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4
Hi-Tech Hydroponic Planters
Hi-Tech Hydroponic Planters
The PlanTree Helps You Grow Quality Organic Food in Your Own Home
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3
Identical Twin Aging Comparisons
Identical Twin Aging Comparisons
Facial Changes Caused by Smoking Studies Identical Twins
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2
DIY Phosphorescent Light Bulbs
DIY Phosphorescent Light Bulbs
This Silicone Glow-in-the-Dark Light Bulb Needs No Electricity
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1
Budget-Efficient Foam Gliders
Budget-Efficient Foam Gliders
This Glider Design by Alexander Shevchenko Costs Less to Repair
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