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Lockheed Martin Laser Weapon

Lockheed Martin's combined fiber laser uses multiple beams generated through fiber optics to focus a single, intense laser beam on its target, and the company is set to delivery its first 60 kilowatts system to the US Army. An earlier 30kW fiber laser weapon was used by Lockheed Martin disable a truck from over a mile away back in 2015. "The inherent scalability of this beam combined laser system has allowed us to build the first 60kW-class fiber laser for the U.S. Army. We have shown that a powerful directed energy laser is now sufficiently light-weight, low volume and reliable enough to be deployed on tactical vehicles for defensive applications on land, at sea and in the air," said Robert Afzal, Ph.D. Future applications include drones, small aircraft, and even rockets. 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 Nerf and Overwatch universes colliding.

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Burlak Expedition Vehicle

Measuring 22.5-feet in length, the Say Burlak expedition vehicle was specifically engineered to traverse the North Pole. It's based on a Soviet BTR-60 armored vehicle, and has all the amenities needed to live comfortably, including a kitchen, shower, as well as sleeping areas. The interior, along with all of the engine components and systems accessible from the cabin, have been heavily insulated to protect from the cold temperatures. A rear propeller enables it to easily power through bodies of water and / or ice. 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 eight kitchen gadgets being put to the test.

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Skyrunner Flying Dune Buggy


Always wanted a real-life mini Halo Warthog can not only be used as an all-terrain vehicle, but as a light-sport aircraft as well? If so, then look no further than the SkyRunner MK 3.2. Powered by a Polaris 'Prostar 1000' engine on and a Rotax '914 UL' light-sport aircraft engine in the skies, it can reach air speeds of 40 mph, while restricted to a maximum regulated altitude of 10,000-feet. Carbon-fiber body panels with air-hardened heat-treated steel tubing ensures safety while offering maximum performance. 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 Zelda Ocarina-controlled home automation system.

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NSU Kettenkrad

Before the Ripsaw EV2, there was the Kettenkrad NUS, a tracked motorcycle / tank hybrid used in both the Eastern Front during World War II and the North African desert. It's powered by a 1478cc inline-4 water-cooled engine sourced from the Opel Olympia car featured throughout the German military, which made repairs a breeze since German mechanics at the time were more familiar with this powerplant. This engine has a modest power output of 36 bhp, mated a three-speed transmission, giving it the ability to climb inclines of 25° or more, while topping out at 50 mph. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Operation Teapot

Operation Teapot was essentially a series of fourteen nuclear test explosions conducted at the Nevada Test Site in the first half of 1955. It was preceded by Operation Castle, and followed by Operation Wigwam. Wigwam was, administratively, a part of Teapot, but it is usually treated as a class of its own. The aims of the operation were to establish military tactics for ground forces on a nuclear battlefield and to improve the nuclear weapons used for strategic delivery. Continue reading for more nuclear bomb test videos that have just been declassified.

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Oshkosh JLTV

When battle requires a heavily armored vehicle that's faster than a tank, it may be time for the Halo-inspired Oshkosh Defense JLTV. The company was originally going to arm them with .50 caliber (12.7 mm) heavy machine guns, 7.62 mm light machine guns, grenade launchers, ande anti-tank missiles, but now they've added a 30mm chaingun, the same ones found on Apache attack helicopters. This extra range and firepower enables soldiers to employ the vehicle much more aggressively, such as a forward scout moving out fast and ahead of the main force. 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 what Minority Report computers would really be like.

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H1 Hummer Expedition Vehicle

Auto enthusiasts know that the Hummer H1 is a civilian off-road vehicle based on the M998 Humvee that was produced from 1992 through 2006. In addition to being the first of what became the Hummer line, it had three common variants: a convertible-like soft top, a four-door hard top Sport Utility Truck and an Alpha Wagon body version. HummV4U took an extremely rare H1 Ambulance, and transformed it into a full expedition vehicle. Featuring a Banks Engineering Turbo Kit that easily hits 85 MPH on the highway and Hard X doors for extra ruggedness. Inside, you'll find a small kitchenette, pantry, bed, 45W generator, and plenty of storage space. 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 legendary animatronic Yoda battle.

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Harzer Bike Tank

"Harzer" is currently the world's largest functional motorcycle, and it's not powered by a standard engine, but rather one sourced from a T-34 Soviet tank. To be more specific, the T-34 was powered by a Model V-2-34 38.8 L V12 Diesel engine generating 500-horsepower, giving a top speed of 33mph. It used the coil-spring Christie suspension of the earlier BT-series tanks, using a "slack track" tread system with a rear-mounted drive sprocket and no system of return rollers for the upper run of track, but dispensed with the heavy and ineffective convertible drive. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a tactical team that has an unusual way of scaling walls (skip to 2:00).

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Dodge Challenger Vapor

Built by Galpin Auto Sports for the US Air Force, "Vapor" is based on a 2009 Challenger. Sporting an integrated Mini ITX PC with 120 GBSSD and an Intel 15 quad-processor, along with a custom wide body kit, lamborghini-inspired doors, aero trim tabs and custom-built 20" wheels. The exterior is painted Stealth Black (of course), while you also get a roof-mounted 360-degree rotational thermal imaging camera, projecting images on the windshield. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Sherp ATV Truck

Looking more like a monster truck on real-life Tonka Truck, the Sherp is a giant ATV, powered by a 44.3-horsepower engine, capable of turning on a dime. Inside, you'll find two seats and plenty of cargo space. Not just a recreational vehicle, it was designed to climb obstacles over 2-feet tall, and can even swim, thanks to oversized self-inflated tires. A a durable polymer coating on the outside was added for extra ruggedness, while a 15.3-gallon fuel tank, a secondary 15-gallon tank in the wheels, power generator, independent heater, and high-powered headlights, ensure you're never stranded. 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 about a camera of the future that failed.

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