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Galactic Attack VR

Six Flags Magic Mountain and Magic Kingdom parks in North America adding are set to receive new Virtual Reality Samsung Gear headsets and VRCoaster experiences in the form of "The New Revolution: Galactic Attack." It will be a mixed reality attraction that utilizes the Samsung Gear VR's "pass through camera" capability, enabling real world surroundings to be mixed with augmented reality overlays. In other words, riders will be able to see things like those seated beside them, while also getting a heads up display for ride content. "The mixed reality technology is truly groundbreaking, and like nothing our guests have ever experienced," said Brett Petit, Senior VP of Marketing and Sales. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a man who 3D-printed a castle in his backyard.

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RetroBlox Modular Game Console

The Retroblox Modular Game Console could be the ultimate gadget for classic gamers, as it plays nearly all the classics. That's right, it accepts original game cartridges and / or discs from the Genesis, PlayStation, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx-CD, SNES and more. Once inserted, users can add the game to their digital collection, while it natively upscales thetitles from their original resolution to full 1080p. Plus, you can also stream the gameplay live to Twitch and YouTube. No word yet on pricing or availability. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of California's eye-catching spillway.

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AMD Ryzen 1700X

AMD's Ryzen 1700X CPU delivers incredible multi-threading and multi-tasking performance with 8 processor cores and 16 threads thanks to SMT Multithreading, all for $399 shipped. Featuring true machine intelligence via AMD SenseMI technology, you can push the limits even further with Extended Frequency Range (XFR) to lift the maximum boost frequency in the presence of better cooling. The 1700X (which isn't top-of-the-line) can easily be pit against Intel's $1000 Core i7 5960X, and even the Core i7 6900K in some tests. Pre-order one here now. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Google Pixel 2

Google in partnership with HTC won't be left out of the smartphone race, and the Pixel 2 aims to keep them in the game. The 5.1" / 5.5" display will be covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass, while inside, you'll find a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and a 16MP camera with an F/1.7 aperture lens. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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3D-Printed T800

Programmer Alexander Osipovich from Russia has always been a fan of "The Terminator" series, and decided to create a real-life version of the T-800. It all began when he started work on a program while in college, but little did he know that this would eventually become the brain of his exoskeleton. The next 2-years were spent developing multiple versions in Visual Basic, and in 2011, Google just happened to be promoting DIY projects. So, they sent him a detailed schematic for 3D-printing the T-800, complete with the exact positioning of the actuators that would power its movements. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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NASA Earth-Like Planets

NASA scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory announced today that an entire system of Earth-like planets exists just 40-light-years away. Of these seven, three lie in the star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, meaning that all may have entire oceans of liquid water, increasing the possibility of life. "The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our Sun. Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the Solar System if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1," said researcher Amaury Triaud. Continue reading for two more videos, including one explaining how long it would take for humans to get there.

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JB-10 Jetpack

Powered by turbines, the JB-10 jetpack can stay airborne for 10 minutes at a time, accelerate speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, and reach altitudes of over 10,000 feet, without requiring any additional equipment. "It's like a Segway. If you want to go forward, you just lean forward. If you want to stop, you just lean back. It's incredibly simple. If you wanted to fly a helicopter, you'd need 150 hours of training - but with this, you can learn everything you need to know in about 3 hours," said JetPack Aviation founder David Mayman. One caveat: it'll set you back $250,000 when it goes on sale next year. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of seven mind-bending optical illusions.

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UPS Delivery Drone

Amazon Prime Air is one thing, this delivery drone is another. UPS modified a delivery truck with a special roof hatch, through which a custom drone is secured to a cage. When opened, the driver places a package inside, before sending the drone on its preset route. These routes could eventually be automatically generated by software, but for now, the company is pre-programming destinations and directions. The drones have a 30-minute flight time and can hold up to 10-pound packages. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Steam Controller Deal

Valve's Steam Controller is perfect for gaming on the big screen, and it's being offered for just $34.99, today only, originally $49.99. This innovative input device allows you to play games from all genres, including traditional gamepad-style games as well as games usually reserved for play with a mouse and keyboard. The Controllers are wireless and completely configurable. Product page. Continue reading for a tips and tricks video as well as more information.

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Paper Airplane LEGO Robot

It's no drone, but this custom LEGO robot is designed for something much cooler...folding and launching paper airplanes automatically. Arthur Sacek, a LEGO enthusiast and designer, used the colorful bricks to create a machine that could not only fold the planes, but launch them automatically as well. That's right, once folded, the machine shoots it down a 'runway' directly into flight. LEGO Mindstorms computers were used to precisely calculate the folds and just how quickly the airplane is folded. Continue reading for another behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus custom LEGO creations.

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