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Marine One

Marine One is essentially the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the President of the United States. It usually refers to a helicopter operated by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1 "Nighthawks"), either the large Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King or the newer, smaller VH-60N "White Hawk". Marine One is sometimes the preferred alternative to motorcades, which can be expensive and logistically difficult. The controlled environment of a helicopter is also felt to add a safety factor. Marine One is also used to transport senior Cabinet staff and foreign dignitaries. HMX-1 operates a total of 35 helicopters of four different types as of 2009. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Tesla Autopilot predicting and avoiding a crash.

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BAS-01G Drone Tank

There are drones, and then the BAS-01G Soratnik, a 7-ton robotic drone tank that can hit 25 mph and be operated remotely at a range of up to 6-miles. What really sets it apart from other tanks is that it can also operate independently with varying degrees of autonomy. It comes equipped with a 7.62mm Kalashnikov PKTM machine gun, but can also be fitted with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun, grenade launchers, or even eight Kornet guided missiles with a range of 3-miles for anti-tank missions. 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 virtual flyover of Mars' Mawrth Vallis.

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Navy Indoor Ocean

At first, this may look like a water theme park or movie set, but it's actually a 12-million-gallon, football-field-size pool at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Featuring 216 electronically-controlled wave boards, scaled-down fiberglass models, complete with canoe-sized cruisers riding waves that max out at a few feet high. When the hinged wave boards, each with its own motor, are synced up to software, they can precisely recreate eight different ocean conditions - from flat calm to typhoon-like - across all seven seas. The Navy mainly uses this pool to test models of their billion-dollar ships, making sure they will float, before building them, as well as assessing whether sailors can launch missiles and land helicopters in particular circumstances. 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 jet-powered snowboard.

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THeMIS ADDER Tank

Estonia-based defense provider Milrem has unveiled THeMIS ADDER, a shape-shifting mini tank that can be remotely controlled, and equipped with a 360° rotating CIS 50MG capable of hitting targets up to 1.1-miles away. Not just a rolling war machine, it can carry up to 1,653 to 2,205 pounds of gear, and cruises between 15-21.7 mph. Alternative uses include: a remote reconnaissance platform, C-IED platform and medevac vehicle. "Unmanned systems will play a significant role in the development of military capabilities in future. Within the next 10 years, we will see smart ground systems complimenting the human troops during joint missions," said said Milrem CEO Kuldar Vaarsi. 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 megaphone that automatically translates spoken words into another language.

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Multi-Grenade Launcher

Why throw a single grenade in times of war, when you could shoot multiple, with the Milkor M32A1-MSGL? This hand-held, gas plug operating, semi-automatic revolving action weapon houses six grenades that can be unloaded in under 3-seconds, and is compatible with a host of 40mm munitions. Each grenade shot effectively covers a 20x60 meter area, with the max range being 400-meter low velocity shots and 800-meter medium velocity shots. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of magic clay.

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Dragon Silk Spider Silk Armor


Kevlar is what the Army has been using in body armor for decades, but spider silk may be change that. Michigan-based bioengineering company Kraig Biocraft has genetically altered silkworms to produce spider silk, and calls it "Dragon Silk". They recently won a contract with the US Army to use this material in body armor. Simply put as possible, Kraig Biocraft inserted the genes for making spider silk into silkworms, thus creating a composite silk strong as normal spider silk yet much easier to produce. 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 Star Wars Bears.

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Raytheon Phaser

The Raytheon Phaser isn't some sci-fi fantasy, but rather a real weapon that can disable drones or anything electronic in seconds. Simply put, it's essentially a high-powered microwave radiation transmitter set installed on top of a 20-foot shipping container. Operators would first locate the drone with an MPQ-64 Sentinel or Close Combat Tactical Radar, track the target, and then transmit that date to the Phaser. This diesel generator-powered weapon will then direct a brief jolt of microwave energy in the direction of incoming drones, destroying its control systems, stopping their motors and causing them to fall out of the air. 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 they created Jurassic Park's most iconic special effect.

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Russian Terminator Robot


Forget walls, these terminator robots can seek and destroy enemies from more than 4-miles away, and are designed for use on the Russian border. They claim to accurately detect and attack ground, as well as aerial threats, long before they reach Russian soil. They will be equipped with include radar, HD and thermal video imaging, and multiple long-range grenade launchers. "In its structure there is a radar unit that detects a target: humans to about 7km distance, a car up to 10km. After detection, the target is engaged using an optical system," said chief project engineer Dmitry Perminov. 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 five tech life hacks you may not have seen before.

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Anti Tank Drone

Forget gun-equipped drones, Russian arms maker United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) has created one designed to tank out tanks. This multicopter can be remotely controlled from up to 3-miles, and has a flight time of approximately 20-minutes. It is armed with an unspecified anti-tank rocket launcher. "The flying robots were designed to observe distant objects, record video and still images including thermal imaging, transmit video in real time, deliver goods to a specified point, and destroy enemy targets on the battlefield," said Sergey Skokov, Deputy CEO of UIMC in a press release. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a life hack showing how to open a can in emergency situations.

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Homemade MS-1 Tank

The MS-1 was the first Soviet-designed tank, and produced from 1928 to 1931. It was based on the Renault FT, with the addition of a vertically sprung suspension. The tank was designed by Professor V. Zaslavsky at a new Tank Bureau set up under the Central Directorate of Military Industries. The 35-horsepower truck engine (a copy of the Italian FIAT 15 ter) was supplied by the Moscow AMO Factory, and the gun was a modified copy of the French 37 mm Puteaux SA 18 cannon. This group of friends decided to create a functional replica at home, and as you can see, their 8-months of work definitely paid off. 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 massive "Airzooka".

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