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The Unreal World

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Our modern world is full of simulations, from synthesized human voices to realistic security drills, representational art to CGI-filled blockbuster movies. Gathered below is a collection images of things that are real, but not quite real -- mockups, practice drills, lifelike works of art, simulators, puppets, models, prototypes, automatons, and more. [38 photos]

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A woman pretends to wait for a drop of water while standing under Simon McGrath's giant sculpture "Who Left The Tap On" at the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in Sydney, Australia, on November 3, 2011. Sculptures by the Sea is the largest free-to-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
A woman pretends to wait for a drop of water while standing under Simon McGrath's giant sculpture "Who Left The Tap On" at the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in Sydney, Australia, on November 3, 2011. Sculptures by the Sea is the largest free-to-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Physicist Daniel Schildhammer wears the Aouda.X spacesuit simulator during a field test of Oesterreichisches Weltraum Forum (Austrian space forum) inside the Eisriesenhoehle (giant ice cave) at Dachstein mountain near the village of Obertraun April 28, 2012. The Aouda.X is a spacesuit simulator for manned missions to Mars, which is being developed under the Mars Analog Research Program PolAres and allows to simulate environmental conditions, a real space suit would be faced on Mars. (Reuters/Lisi Niesner) #
A policeman pretends to administer an anesthetic shot to "Tigger" during a drill of tigers escaping at Chengdu Zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on June 2, 2011. A zoo staff member dressed as Tigger performs in a mock drill of tigers escaping in the zoo in order to enhance emergency responses and enforce security measures, local media reported. (Reuters/China Daily) #
Nurse Ann Switzer, the assistant Director of Nursing at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, holds a robotic baby as she demonstrates the use of mechanical teaching devices in South Boston, Virginia, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) #
Participants take part in an evacuation exercise with dummies simulating victims during an annual rescuers' and firefighters' competition among school teams in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on May 15, 2012. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
A woman takes a photograph of a sculpture titled "Two Women" by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, on February 10, 2010. (Reuters/Mick Tsikas) #
A sculptor puts the finishing touches on a sculpted head for the new wax figure of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, which will portray Her Majesty as she appeared in the official Jubilee portrait photograph released in December 2011. Madame Tussauds London is marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations with this, the 23rd wax model portrait of the Queen. (AP Photo/Madame Tussauds) #
A view of a mock village set up by the Israeli army to conduct urban warfare exercises, at the Tzeelim military base in southern Israel, on June 19, 2008. (Reuters/Baz Ratner) #
Pet First-Aid & CPR instructor Denise Fleck demonstrates how to perform CPR on a cat dummy at the Burbank Animal Shelther in Burbank, California, on October 21, 2009. Fifty-eight percent of pet owners would be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on their pet in the event of a medical emergency, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) #
Poeple watch as Spanish soldiers of the Marine infantry brigade hold their weapons as they simulate an assault on La Malagueta beach during a military operational exhibition in Malaga, southern Spain, on May 28, 2011. (Reuters/Jon Nazca) #
A fully immersive 360-degree flight simulator is seen at a plant owned by Barco, a Belgian company specializing in high-definition projectors and displays, in Kuurne, on October 11, 2011. Barco unveiled a fighter jet training tool designed to reproduce reality exactly as a pilot sees it. The dome is the first ever flight simulator to give trainee pilots a full 360 degree view of the world as they conduct virtual missions, said a Barco official. (Reuters/Yves Herman) #
An electron microscope photograph shows a micro-scale model of Vienna's St. Stephans cathedral created by a newly developed 3D printing technique. The base of the model is 100 micrometers (.004 inches) long. Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology have set a new world speed record for creating these tiny 3D objects. The University team create their grain of sand-size structures in just four minutes, a fraction of the time that other items have previously been printed. The process called "two-photon lithography" involves using a focused laser beam to harden liquid resin in order to create micro objects of solid polymer. The scientists said the technique could be developed to make small biomedical parts to be used by doctors. (Reuters/Vienna University of Technology) #
Members of the public look at a sculpture titled "In Bed" by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, on February 10, 2010. (Reuters/Mick Tsikas) #
A person wearing a Mars suit Aouda.X prototype drives a European Space Agency Mars rover called Eurobot during testing in the semi-arid desert of Rio Tinto, Spain, in April of 2011. The 1.5 million euro Mars rover Eurobot prototype was transported from the Netherlands to Spain for its first test under field conditions. (Reuters/OeWF/Paul Santek) #
A remote-controlled robotic deer stands in the woods. Utah state wildlife officials have rolled out robotic deer decoys to nab unscrupulous hunters. (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife) #
A worker inserts the eyes of an inflatable sex doll at Ningbo Yamei plastic toy factory, on the outskirts of Fenghua, Zhejiang province, China, on February 13, 2012. The company started producing sex dolls three years ago, and now owns a total of 13 types of dolls at the average price of 100 RMB (16 USD). More than 50,000 sex dolls were sold last year, about fifteen percent of which were exported to Japan, Korea and Turkey, according to the company. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
The Megajoule Laser project, currently under construction at the CESTA (Centre d'Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques d'Aquitaine) in Le Barp southwestern France. At this facility, scientists will be able to simulate nuclear tests using amplified energy from 176 lasers, directed at a target located inside a 140-ton aluminum sphere, reproducing nuclear fusion under temperature conditions some 100 times higher than those found at the center of the sun. (Reuters/Regis Duvignau) #
Russian Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin takes aim with a mock assault rifle at an electronic shooting range during his visit to a research facility of Russian Railways, in Moscow, on April 26, 2012. (Reuters/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti) #
A giant mechanical spider, operated by French production company La Machine, walks along the waterfront in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on April 19, 2009. The 37 ton spider, which stands 12 meters tall, was in Yokohama as part of the events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama. (Reuters/Issei Kato) #
A lifelike wax figure of late Pop Superstar Michael Jackson is unveiled in the forecourt of the Madame Tussauds Hollywood museum next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on August 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) #
Soldiers from the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), one holding a piece of wood representing a weapon, engage in urban operations training in a mock urban setting nicknamed "Little Mogadishu" at the Singo training facility in Kakola, Uganda, on April 30, 2012. The camp provides different training courses run by the U.S. Marines and also by instructors contracted by the U.S. State Department under the Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, both aimed to better prepare Ugandan soldiers heading to Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping operation. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) #
A setup for a digital impression for a denture, at the Hanover industrial fair in Hanover, Germany, on April 23, 2012. (Reuters/Ina Fassbender) #
Melissa Murray, center, escorts Winny Saur, the Australian Museum's robotic Muttaburrasaurus as he makes friends with Kevin, a shingleback lizard, and his handler Laura Murphy from Taronga Zoo in Sydney, on August 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) #
Randy the crash test dummy rests in a boat after a crash during boat crash testing as part of a program by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland fisheries in Richmond, Virginia, on September 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) #
A sculpture of the dead Osama bin Laden called "He", created by Cuban artists Manolo Castro, Julio Lorente and Alberto Lorente, displayed at an art exhibition during the 11th Havana Biennial, on May 10, 2012. (Reuters/Enrique De La Osa) #
Argentine aerospace engineer Pablo de Leon, a NASA team member, tests a space suit designed for possible use on Mars, at Argentina's Marambio base in Antarctica on March 13, 2011. The NDX-1 space suit, designed by De Leon, endured frigid temperatures and winds of more than 47 mph (75 kph) as researchers tried out techniques for collecting soil samples on Mars. The $100,000 prototype suit, created with NASA funds, is made out of more than 350 materials, including tough honeycomb Kevlar and carbon fibers to reduce its weight without losing resistance. (Reuters/Nasa/Handout) #
Hiroshi Ishiguro, a robot-actress from Japan, performs as "Geminoid F" during the premiere of the play "Sayonara" in Palermo, Sicily, on September 15, 2011. It was the first time a robotic actress performed onstage alongside a human actress. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini) #
Visitors watch the "snake robot" developed by India's Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) at the 7th International Land and Naval Defence Systems Exhibition in New Delhi, India, on April 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi) #
Israeli nurses tend to a doll, representing an injured baby, during a drill simulating a biological attack, at Chaim Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, on January 13, 2010. (Reuters/Gil Cohen Magen) #
Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing, on January 8, 2009. This robot is the latest and largest development of hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, made of wire, metal, screws and nails found in rubbish sites. (Reuters/Reinhard Krause) #
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, share a laugh before they are shown how to save the life of a medical test dummy at the University of Calgary's Ward of the 21st Century in Calgary, Alberta, on July 7, 2011. (Reuters/Todd Korol) #
Members of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity team, which includes rover drivers and scientists, test out an engineering model of its next generation Mars rover, dubbed "Curiosity", in the desert near Baker, California, on May 10, 2012. The real rover is currently en route to Mars, with a scheduled arrival date of August 5, 2012. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (right) and his defense lawyer Geir Lippestad (front left) look across the courtroom at a life-size dummy to be used to illustrate to the court how and where the different victims at Utoya island were hit by Breivik's shots, in Oslo, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix) #
The HRP-4C humanoid robot "Miim" presents a wedding dress by Japanese designer Yumi Katsura during the 2009 Yumi Katsura Paris Grand Collection in Osaka, western Japan, on July 22, 2009. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #
Toyota Motor Corp's crash-test dummies, seen through a window during the Toyota Safety Technology Media Tour at the company's Higashifuji Technical Center in Susono, west of Tokyo, on July 21, 2011. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #
One of the lifelike mannequins that will be used at the University of South Florida's new $38 million Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulations Center in Tampa, Florida, on April 19, 2012. The center expects to draw more than 30,000 health professionals from around the world every year wanting to hone their surgical skills. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) #
Joe Biggins, owner and CEO of Inflatable Crowd, works on some of his dolls in Gardena, California, on August 12, 2010. The company has 30,000 inflatable dolls which it rents out to studios for use in films instead of hiring extras. Biggins' dolls have appeared in more than 90 movies since their debut in the film "Sea Biscuit". (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
British actress Helen Mirren (right) leans in to kiss her wax model at Madame Tussauds in London, on May 11, 2010. (Reuters/Paul Hackett) #

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