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Millennium Falcon Quadcopter Drone

The Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quadcopter is no concept, just a real drone you can buy. It stealthily conceals the four rotors that keep the toy aloft within the body of the ship, and can be remotely operated from 200 feet away. You'll also find plenty of LED lights and sounds, powered by six AA batteries. That's not all, the remote control even has a "Hyperspace" stunt mode. Get one here now. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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ASUS VivoStick

Photo credit: Giga.de

At first glance, the ASUS VivoStick appears to be just a slightly larger USB Flash Drive, but plug it in to a display, and you'll realize that it's actually a functional Windows 10 PC. Featuring an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB solid state storage, one HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one Micro-USB port (for power) and a standard combo audio jack. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Iguana 29 Amphibious Boat

Most boats need to be towed out of the water, but not Iguana 29. This luxury watercraft is touted as the "world's first amphibious boat," complete with tank-style caterpillar tracks to navigate over various terrains with ease. You can travel at 40 knots, powered by a 300hp outboard engine, in water, before tackling rough terrain in a mere 3-seconds, at the touch of a button, thanks to a separate air-cooled engine. Its 300-liter fuel tank means the boat can travel 100-miles without needing a fill up. "Whether you want to go for a drink, go to a beach day no one can access, visit friends on the other site of the lake, fishing, water-skiing, hiking or just escape, you'll value the freedom to drive effortlessly directly from the beach to the open water in a matter of seconds," said a company representative. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of ants mysteriously circling an iPhone.

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TR-3B Black Triangle UFO

The SR-71 Blackbird completed its first (non-classified) flight on December 22, 1964, so it's only fitting to believe that the military is currently testing far more advanced aircraft, like the TR-3B Aurora. This high altitude, stealth, reconnaissance platform uses highly-pressurized mercury accelerated by nuclear energy to produce a gravity-amplifying plasma around the ship. Propulsion is provided by 3 multi-mode thrusters mounted at each corner of the triangular platform. It's capable of achieving sub-Mach 9 speeds until it reaches altitudes above 120,000 feet. Continue reading for five interesting incidents involving these black triangle UFOs.

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Lincoln Zephyr V12 Motorcycle

You could either settle for a normal motorcycle, or get one from Olson's, a tuning shop that specializes in building custom motorcycles powered by large engines. One of their most notable projects is a motorcycle powered by a Lincoln-Zephyr flathead V12, which are similar to the Ford flathead V8s except they are a 75° angle V instead of a 90°. Continue reading to see a Lamborghini V12-powered motorcycle by Chuck Beck.

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Mirror Salt Flat

The images above are not computer-generated, just real photos of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. It was created when a prehistoric lake dried up, leaving a salty crust behind. When it rains, that crust becomes a giant mirror of sort. This salt flat contains 50 to 70% of the world's lithium reserves, which is in the process of being extracted. The large area, clear skies, and the exceptional flatness of the surface make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites. Continue reading for more images that look like optical illusions, but aren't.

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Credit Card CardSharp2

Iain Sinclair's CardSharp2 is a folding, surgical grade knife that looks just like a credit card, but can be unfolded in seconds, and you can pick one up for $2.12 shipped, today only, originally $29.99. Measuring a svelte 2.2mm thick, the knife itself is basically attached to a hinge that swings out, with the "card" portion transforming into the knife's handle. A locking mechanism is included to protect you from the blade and a protective sheath to protect the blade from you. Product page. Continue reading for a two videos, including a cutting demonstration and additional information

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Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is definitely a sight to behold, and it will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow later this month. Besides boasting a 1,400-plus-horsepower engine, it features the iconic 'horse shoe' front grille, 'eight-eyed' LED headlights, and the center fin, employed in two versions - one on the front and rear wings and the other running the length of the roof. "We wanted to develop a virtual race car for our fans which is a genuine Bugatti down to the last detail and radiates the unrestricted values of the brand,. We hope that the gamers will have just as much fun racing the car as we did in developing it," said the design team. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral parody video of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos.

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Secret Life Stormtrooper

Photo credit: Jorge Higuera via My Modern Met

If Imperial Stormtroopers spent their time off here on Earth, they'd probably be up to the same activities as other humans, like knitting. Photographer Jorge Perez Higuera captured a few of them shopping at a grocery store, washing dishes, paying bills, relaxing in a jacuzzi with a fancy cocktail, and even pumping gas. "They represent the galactic working class. Let's be honest, if that future existed, we would probably be imperial soldiers and not heroes or villains," said Higuera. Continue reading for more pictures.

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BB-8 Sphero

Sphero's BB-8 Droid just might be the one you're looking for, or at least a 4.5-inch tall, app-enabled companion that goes just about anywhere. Simply use your Bluetooth-enabled phone to guide the droid and make it respond to your voice commands. You can also have it send virtual holographic videos, or just let the droid roam free, which has an adaptive personality, learning as you interact with it. Using gyroscopic propulsion, it rolls freely while remaining balanced, mimicking the BB-8 from the movie trailer. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.

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