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DARPA Prosthetic Arm

Unlike other prosthetics, DARPA's robotic arm is connected directly to the user's motor cortex - the part that controls muscle movement - and sensory cortex - used to identify tactile sensations when you touch things. The wires from the motor cortex enable the wearer to control the motion of the arm, and pressure sensors that loop back into the sensory cortex are used for the touch sensation. 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 just how crazy the new Superman virtual reality roller coaster really is.

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K-36D Ejection Seat

The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.

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RoBattle Combat Robot

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) aims to take robotic warfare to the next level with RoBattle. Designed to be used as a decoy or for surveillance during ground missions, it comes equipped with vehicle control, navigation, real-time mapping, autonomy, motion sensors, manipulator arms, remotely controlled weapons, and radars. No word yet on if we'll see a consumer version that you'll be able to modify to your liking. 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 Game of Thrones, Mario style.

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Icon 1000's Dromedarii, basically a modified Triumph Tiger 800xc, could quite possibly be the coolest looking military-inspired motorcycle yet. The original 800xs was stripped of its plastic body by Icon 1000 and then given steel cages, as well as plates, inspired by M1A1 tanks. It's powered by a 199cc inline 3 DOHC engine that delivers power to the rear wheel through a 6-speed transmission. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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DARPA Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has created a Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) helicopter for DARPA, based on the S-76, that can fly itself. That's right, the 30-mile flight was planned, monitored, and executed by an operator using only a tablet device. It took off at a Stratford, Connecticut airfield and landed in Plainville, Connecticut. The copter uses MATRIX technology, the same system that used in the Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator. This flight marks the successful completion of Phase 1 of DARPA's ALIAS program, which aims to create and deploy greater levels of automation into existing military and commercial aircrafts. 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 Drone Pinata.

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DARPA Stealth Bike

DARPA's new stealth bike, powered by a lithium-ion battery, is touted as being capable of running on just about any type of fuel, whether it be jet fuel, propane, used car oil, or even cooking oil. In stealth-mode, the sound level is measured at around 55 decibels, the same level of noise produced by a normal conversation. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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UFO Air Force Base

First off, this could quite possibly be linked to the Black Knight Satellite. Tyler Glockner, best known as "SecureTeam10" on YouTube, recently uploaded a video of what appears to be a strange UFO hovering above Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The was captured by a couple last Wednesday as they were heading home, admiring the sunset near the military installation. Mr. Glockner claims that it's the third sighting of this same object by three separate sources. 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 happens when you strap an action cam onto a cheetah.

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XStat Syrine

We covered the XStat Rapid Homeostasis System back in December, when it first received FDA approval, but now, the device has saved its first life on the battlefield. The syringe is filled with cellulose sponge tablets that are coated with a homeostatic agent that grows rapidly to fill the wound. They absorb blood pumping into the area, and plug the cavity to allow clotting to begin near instantly. In its first real world application, a soldier's femoral artery was damaged by a gunshot wound, and the XStat syringe was used to fill the wound, enabling him to become stable and be transported to a definitive care facility. 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 ultimate grappling hook, and just how difficult it is to use one.

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Crew Chief 715

Paying tribute to Jeep's military vehicles of the past, the Crew Chief 715 Concept crosses the Wrangler Unlimited with the Kaiser M715 military vehicle. It comes complete with a 4-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, off-road rock rails, 20-inch wheels on 40-inch tires, an on-board air system, 5-foot cargo bed for all your gear, and Dana axles. Inside, you'll find plush leather bucket seats, aircraft-style control switches, and a large, dash-mounted compass. 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 Chewbacca Mom meeting none other than Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.

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DOGO Combat Robot

We have seen the future of tactical combat technologies, and it includes DOGO, a 26-pound tank robot that boasts an integrated Glock 26 (Baby Glock) 9mm pistol that can fire 5-rounds in 2-seconds. To aim the weapon, an operator would simply use the "Point & Shoot" software interface. Just touch the aim point on the control unit's screen - 360° video provided by 6 cameras, and you're ready to fire. It's also capable of climbing stairs and comes equipped with a two-way audio communications system, just in case the enemy is willing to surrender. Fully charged, expect 2-hours of continuous use while chugging along at 2.5mph. 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 an incredible Star Wars battle filmed with drones.

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