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Ever wonder what military troops from around the world eat in battle? Well, the meals are a lot more wholesome than you probably imagined. The first soldier ration established by a Congressional Resolution, during the Revolutionary War, consisted of enough food to feed a man for one day, mostly beef, peas, and rice. During the Civil War, the military moved toward canned goods. Later, self-contained kits were issued as a whole ration and contained canned meat, pork, bread, coffee, sugar and salt. Continue reading for more.

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The Associated Press reports that military researchers spent the past two years tweaking a pizza recipe with a shelf-life of 3-years. To prevent the MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) pizza from molding and growing bacteria, scientists found the perfect concoction of "humectants...sugar, salts and syrups...that bind to water and keep it from getting to the dough" as well as modifying its acidity, and adding iron fillings that prevent air and moisture from ruining the dough. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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We have seen the future of gaming, and it may include holodecks. Northrop Grumman's VIPE (Virtual Immersive Portable Environment) is essentially a portable room in which soldiers can use to run any number of simulated missions - diplomatic, combat, and even medical training environments, etc. That's not all, uniforms and compatible weapons need are brought in from the outside to make the experience even more realistic. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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The video you are about to see appears to be from a meeting during the mid-1970s and shows a purported weapon that can cause a normal heart attack in healthy human beings. It fires a dart loaded with frozen poison that disintegrates once entering the body. The entrance wound being no larger than a mosquito bite. Continue reading for more.

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Based on the Dodge Challenger, this custom Vapor supercar - specially designed for the U.S. Air Force - boasts an infrared thermal imaging camera (front bumper) that's paired with a roof-mounted 360-degree surveillance camera for viewing in complete darkness on the multi-display system inside the vehicle. According to HiConsumption: the "stealth matte black paint job is the same stuff they use on their stealth planes (absorbs radar), the Lambo-inspired doors are Biometric controlled, and the carbon fiber wheels add the perfect finishing touch." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of 10 things you probably didn't know about money.

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Not just science fiction (or a CG render like the insect above), utilizing GPS waypoints to a designated target, the Black Hornet can fly for 25-minutes straight. The video it captures is sent direct to a seven-inch wide mobile device supplied in the PD 100 kit, which also includes a docking recharging station and a remote controller. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Here's a first look at the SR-71 successor, Lockheed Martin's SR-72 Blackbird. Unlike its predecessor, this one will use a new hypersonic engine design that combines turbines and ramjets, making the unmanned SR-72 twice as fast as its predecessor with a cruising speed of Mach 6. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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More than just a simple helmet, the Halow-inspired "Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradeable Protection" is a futuristic modular variation of the current head gear that comes complete with face-protective 9mm plating and Heads Up Display powered by an Android phone. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Boston Dynamics unveils its latest creation, and it's definitely no slouch. Called the WildCat, this robotic mule WildCat can probably be considered the cheetah of its pack, and it's capable of untethered speeds of up to 16 MPH thus far. Previously, the company's Cheetah robot hit a record 29.3 MPH while tethered. Continue reading for a video.

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Boeing has managed to transform several Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets into pilotless drones. During the unmanned test flight, one of the jets cruised at 40,000 ft and hit speeds of Mach 1.47 while performing a series of maneuvers, including barrel rolls and a "split S". Continue reading for a video and more information.

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