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Shaman 8x8

It's a tank...it's a centipede-like ATV...it's the Shaman Avtoros 8x8? That's right, this 8-wheel drive amphibious expedition vehicle weighs in at a hefty 4.8-tons, and thanks to the differential locking on all axes, along with a comprehensive system of steering wheels, you'll be able to tackle snow, swamps, ice, sand dunes as well as water. Power is drawn from a 3.0 turbocharged diesel Iveco engine that produces an ample 168-horsepower, and while speed isn't its forte, maximum durability most certainly is. 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 mysterious purple orb discovered deep in the sea.

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Flyboard Air Hoverboard

Franky Zapata's company, the one that created a jet-powered 'hoverboard' that could travel at 90mph, has been acquired by Implant Science, a Department of Homeland Security supplier. To be more specific, it's powered by a jet engine that can run for up to 10-minutes, hit speeds of over 90 mph, and fly up to 10,000 feet in the air. This was the result of 4-years of research and development. Continue reading for one more video and additional information.

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F-35 Cannon

Sure, the F-35 project might have cost $3.5-billion, and is 8-years late, but this stealth fighter recently tested its cannons, and all systems are go. It fired approximately 3 airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system, while 3 bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft's four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun. "The successful aerial gun test sortie was a culmination of several years' planning, which intensified in the first half of 2015 at the Edwards F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) Flight Test Squadron with a team of Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman personnel," said Mike Glass, Edwards ITF flight test director. 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 Star Wars: Rogue One behind-the-scenes featurette.

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IronVision Helmet

Elbit unveiled at Eurosatory, the IronVision, an innovative Helmet Mounted Display (HMS) designed for crew members of combat vehicles. This technology is a part of the company's See-Through Armor (STA) architecture, and consists of a 360° panoramic situational awareness system that enables tank and infantry crewmen to 'see-through' their vehicle's armor in real-time. The imagery creates a complete and clear visualization of the battlefield, even under close hatches. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including ones showing how to grow your own bismuth crystals and building a LEGO GoPro stabilizer at home.

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Northrop YF-23

The Northrop YF-23 was an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth fighter aircraft technology demonstrator designed for the United States Air Force (USAF). Several companies submitted design proposals; the USAF selected proposals from Northrop and Lockheed. Northrop teamed with McDonnell Douglas to develop the YF-23, while Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics developed the YF-22. The YF-23 was stealthier and faster, but less agile than its competitor. After a four-year development and evaluation process, the YF-22 was announced the winner in 1991 and entered production as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Supersonic Submarine

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Penn State and US Navy researchers are developing a supersonic submarine using a technique called supercavitation, or in other words, enveloping a submerged vessel inside an air bubble to lessen water drag. Theoretically, a supercavitating vessel could hit 3,600mph underwater, enabling one to travel from Beijing, China to San Francisco in just 100-minutes. "Basically supercavitation is used to significantly reduce drag and increase the speed of bodies in water. However, sometimes these bodies can get locked into a pulsating mode," said Grant M. Skidmore, recent Penn State Ph.D. recipient in aerospace engineering. 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 showing how to make an emergency spare key at home.

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DARPA Prosthetic Arm

Unlike other prosthetics, DARPA's robotic arm is connected directly to the user's motor cortex - the part that controls muscle movement - and sensory cortex - used to identify tactile sensations when you touch things. The wires from the motor cortex enable the wearer to control the motion of the arm, and pressure sensors that loop back into the sensory cortex are used for the touch sensation. 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 showing just how crazy the new Superman virtual reality roller coaster really is.

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K-36D Ejection Seat

The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.

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RoBattle Combat Robot

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) aims to take robotic warfare to the next level with RoBattle. Designed to be used as a decoy or for surveillance during ground missions, it comes equipped with vehicle control, navigation, real-time mapping, autonomy, motion sensors, manipulator arms, remotely controlled weapons, and radars. No word yet on if we'll see a consumer version that you'll be able to modify to your liking. 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 Game of Thrones, Mario style.

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Icon 1000's Dromedarii, basically a modified Triumph Tiger 800xc, could quite possibly be the coolest looking military-inspired motorcycle yet. The original 800xs was stripped of its plastic body by Icon 1000 and then given steel cages, as well as plates, inspired by M1A1 tanks. It's powered by a 199cc inline 3 DOHC engine that delivers power to the rear wheel through a 6-speed transmission. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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