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Weird Wide Web: the week in online oddities

The internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

Eye control

A new device aims to allow millions of people living with conditions like Multiple Scleorosis, Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injuries to interact with computers using only their eyes. By tracking a person’s eye movements, the device can tell exactly where a person is looking and allows them to control a cursor on the screen.

Researchers at the Neurotechnology laboratory at the Dept of Bioengineering and the Dept of Comptuing Imperial College demonstrated the device by getting students to play the computer game Pong with only their eyes.

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What the Chirp?

Chirp is a new app that allows users to share information using sound with iPhones ‘singing’ information to each other. RTÉ played the first terrestrial radio broadcast of a Chirp earlier this week, Chirping a photograph and a link to its website.

The app was designed by Animal Systems from University College London and is available for iPhone and iPads but not yet for Android users.

Picture by: Bassem Tellawi/AP/Press Association Image

Rubber bands vs Water Melon:

The Slow Mo Guys have given us another slow motion treat on YouTube, this time pitting the strength of a watermelon against 500 rubber bands.

Gav and Dan have decided to take on the world in slow motion delivering videos that are visually impressive and often just plain funny. Some of their more popular videos involve slicing through a Lynx can with an axe, jumping on a 6ft water balloon and their own version of the infamous Diet Coke and Mentos experiment.

Uploaded by The Slow Mo Guys

Live stream of brown bears catching salmon

Alaska’s Katmai National Park has teamed up with to bring live footage of brown bears hunting salmon at different sites throughout the park directly to your PC or smartphone.

Without having to go there, you’ll be able to watch mature bears compete for salmon at Brook Falls and other sites and cubs tumbling over each other as they play.

It’s just like Big Brother, except it’s great. Get comfortable and watch it here.

Picture by: Al Grillo/AP/Press Association Images

Space time lapse

A new time lapse video with thousands of images from the International Space Station show what it’s like to fly pas earth at nearly 18,000 miles per hour.

Compiled by photographer Knate Myers the video is set to music from the film Sunshine and shows the space station at night.

Get ready for the goosebumps…

Uploaded by Knate Photo

- Additional Reporting by Michelle Hennessy and Associated Press.

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