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Modern Boba Fett

The modern Boba Fett armor you see above may not be suited for the battlefield, but you'll be glad to know that Project Galac-Tac, as seen in the video above, definitely is. This was made possible by a collaboration between HK, Armasight, SOG, and AR500Armor.com. The pieces are made from semi-rigid urethane, and bonded to real Level IIIA hybrid body armor, providing genuine protection against ballistic threats. 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 the world's fastest ball valve.

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F-35 Weapons Bay

There are a total of four weapons stations between the two internal bays of the F-35. Two of these can carry air-to-surface missiles up to 2,000-pounds in A and C models, or two bombs up to 1,000-pounds in the B model; the other two stations are for smaller weapons such as air-to-air missiles. The weapon bays can carry AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-132 ASRAAM, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Paveway series of bombs, the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Brimstone anti-tank missiles, and cluster munitions (Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser). Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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MAARS Robot Military

MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) is no ordinary robot, as it was designed to be an indestructible unmanned ground vehicle for reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition military missions. In addition to an M249 saw machine gun, it comes equipped with an M24OB machine gun, quad M2O3 grenade launchers, and up to 400-rounds of ammunition. It can keep eyes on the entire battlefield, thanks to 360° cameras, two-way communication, night + thermal visions, and of course, lasers technology. This is definitely one machine that enemies do not want to mess with, and the entire system can be operated remotely by a human for added safety. 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 glowing blue fireball in Russia.

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Powered Exoskeleton

Revision Military's innovative powered exoskeleton turns you into a super soldier, thanks to technology that eases the strain on the human body carrying heavy loads for extended periods. One component, the "Prowler," is essentially a Human Augmentation System (HAS), or an exoskeleton that straps to the lower extremities of soldiers and aids in human function (i.e. walking, climbing, etc.) for up to 6-hours. "The opportunity for an integrated power management system that provides flexible storage and power management that can be easily adapted to a wide range of mission scenarios is extensive," said Revision Military CEO Jonathan Blanshay. 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 miniature worlds that will boggle your mind.

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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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