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Short Story Dispenser

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There's nothing new or special about airports, but once in a while, you'll come across something that catches your eye, like this "Short Story Dispenser". Simply put, the top of this dispenser sports three shiny metallic buttons labeled "1 min.," "3 min." and "5 min," and after pressing the button for the length of story you want, an original short story is printed on a receipt-like piece of paper within moments. Continue reading for more unusual things spotted at airports.

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Boeing Hypersonic Plane


Boeing has developed a hypersonic plane that could theoretically circle the globe in just 3-hours, as it's designed to use its own shockwaves to increase its speed, and could herald a new era of flight. More specifically, this "waverider" style aircraft uses the shockwaves to hit speeds of Mach 5 or higher. The development of this hypersonic plane could also change the way we engage in warfare since it would only take minutes to identify targets and prepare a defense. As a passenger plane you would be able to travel across the Atlantic in 1-hour, and anywhere across the Pacific in two hours at twice the speed of the Concorde. 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 ten hidden tricks that every iPhone user should know.

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EHANG 814 Manned Drone

The Ehang 184 has gone through a multitude of tests these past few months, 1,000 test flights with human passengers to be more specific, and they included a 984-foot vertical climb while carrying over 500-pounds. Their most recent test flight covered 9.3-miles that saw the manned drone reach a top speed of 80.7 mph. For added safety, the team also tested it under high heat, heavy fog, night tests, and even a Category 7 typhoon with gale-force winds. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Emirates First Class Suite Virtual Windows

Here's an incredible look inside the Emirates new first class suite aboard the B777-300ER. With a design inspired by Mercedes-Benz, it's the world's first fully enclosed suite, and spans 40 square feet. Each suite features zero-gravity seats, virtual windows (middle suites), Safari binoculars, an entertainment system with 2,500 channels as well as a wireless remote, a super-wide 32-inch full HD LCD TV, and active noise cancelling E1 headphones from Bowers and Wilkins developed for exclusively for the airline. The fun doesn't end there, passengers also get custom-controlled mood lighting and climate control that enables you to adjust the cabin's temperature to 18 to 26 degrees Celsius. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Boeing Son of Blackbird


Boeing has officially unveiled "Son of Blackbird," and it could be the SR-71's successor. This Mach 5 hypersonic future high-speed strike and reconnaissance aircraft boasts a TBCC propulsion system, which combines conventional turbine engines with dual-mode ramjets/scramjets (DMRJ). The company is planning a two-step development process for the new war plane. The first would involve flight tests of an "F16-sized, single-engine" precursor vehicle that acts as a "proof of concept," while the second, a "twin-engine, full-scale operational vehicle" that with similar dimensions to the 107-foot-long SR-71. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the Star Wars Cantina Theme played by a Rubik's Cube while it's being solved.

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Switchblade Flying Car

You've probably seen plenty of flying cars over the years, but the Switchblade is a three-wheeled, street legal vehicle that you can drive from your garage to a nearby local airport. Once there, the wings deploy and the tail extends outwards in under 3-minutes. You can then fly your registered aircraft directly to the destination - at up to 200 mph and 13,000 feet. To land, simply transform your flying sports car back to driving mode - the wings safely stowed and protected - and continue to your final destination. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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AS2 Supersonic Business Jet

Lockheed Martin has partnered with Reno-based aircraft company Aerion Corporation to build AS2, the world's first supersonic business jet. This aircraft is designed to be a 12-passenger, three-engine business jet capable of cruising at Mach 1.4, which means an operational range of 4,200 nautical miles. However, at subsonic speeds, the jet could extend it 5,400 nautical miles. "This relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance. When it comes to supersonic know-how, Lockheed Martin's capabilities are well known, and, in fact, legendary. We share with Lockheed Martin a commitment to the long-term development of efficient civil supersonic aircraft," said Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass. Continue reading for a video interview, more pictures and information.

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Aurora Flight Sciences has developed a fully autonomous helicopter for the U.S. Marines that can be controlled with just a tablet from a remote location. The prototype was recently tested at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, using an old UH-1H Huey helicopter as the base aircraft. It flew three missions to deliver cargo without a pilot on the controls, with two infantrymen on the ground controlling the helicopter with a tablet and laptop. Integrated LIDAR and camera sensors are used to avoid obstacles and evaluate the landing zone. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Private 787 Dreamliner

Operated by Hong Kong-based Deer Jet, the world's first and only Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers guests a 17-hour around the world trip for you, along with 39 friends. It took renowned French aircraft interior designer Jacques Plerrejean as well as the aircraft completion center more than 2.5-years of work to create this stunning plane. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Jaguar Space Type

Envisioned by industrial designer Spencer Kim, the Jaguar Space-Type is basically an electric/autonomous vehicle that draws inspiration from all that is astronomy and aviation, complete with "smart glass" technology, which automatically displays important information on its windows. Inside, you'll see that the smart-glass extends all the way from the front to the rear, and passengers can view the sky. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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