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DARPA Tern Drone

DARPA's Tern is basicaly a tailsitter drone that reinvents Convair's XFY-1 aircraft's technology from 1951. It seeks to greatly increase the effectiveness of forward-deployed small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates by enabling them to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for specially designed unmanned aerial systems (UASs). In times of war, it's capable of carrying up to 600 pounds of ordinance and designed to conduct combat strikes. 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 hands-on clip of the $1,899 retro iPhone 7.

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Stryker Laser Weapon Drone

When mounted on a Stryker 8x8 armored military vehicle, thee Mobile High Energy Laser (MEHEL) weapon system can instantly destroy drones at the push of a button. The on-board radar tacking and camera enables soldiers to visually track enemy drones as well as aircraft, and the current version of the MEHEL can achieve five kilowatts of power. By next year, they expect the laser to have at least an 18-kilowatt beam. "They love the system and they are excited about not only what they can do with it in the air, but what they can do with it on the ground as well," said Lieutenant colonel, Jeff Erts. 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 explaining why some molecules have evil twins.

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SB1 Defiant Helicopter

Sikorsky-Boeing's SB1 Defiant aims to replace the AH-64 Apache and the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, as part of the Army's future Vertical Lift program. Thanks to its two coaxial rotors and a pusher propeller, the aircraft can speed through the skies at 300 mph at altitudes of 6,000-feet, and hover like a bird. Inside, there's enough room for 12 people, or up to 8 medivac pallets, while the Blackhawk only has an 11 soldier capacity. "The primary advantage that Defiant's going to offer over a traditional helicopter is, it's got twice the speed, two to three times the range, and is just an extremely maneuverable and agile platform," said retired Marine Major Frank P. Conway, who is also Boeing's experimental test pilot for the SB1. 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 that shows how to make your very own slicer cannon.

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Navy Railgun

The U.S. Navy plans to integrate a railgun that has a range of over 160 km (100 mi) onto a ship by 2017, and this weapon will utilize components largely in common with those developed and demonstrated at Dahlgren. The hyper-velocity rounds weigh 10 kg (23 lb), are 18 in (460 mm), and are fired at Mach 7. The railgun was originally scheduled for testing at sea on the USNS Trenton this year, but plans for that have been pushed back to late 2017, or early 2018. 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 wing walker jumping from an airplane.

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China Tank Snow

Baotou city in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw heavy amounts of snow falling, which meant the painstaking task of clearing it away so all its residents can all get on with their daily lives. However, the city has unveiled a new weapon in its snow clearing armory: a tank with caterpillar tracks, bogie wheels, and a huge snow blower where the turret normally is. "A jet engine is added on the tank chassis. Snow is blown away by the hot and high-speed air expelled by the engine", said the designers at the China North Industries Group Corporation (CNIGC). It can reach speeds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour on the road, topping out at 48 to 50 kilometers per hour. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a toddler who mistook a water heater for a robot.

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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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