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Janet Airline

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For those who aren't conspiracy theorists, "Janet" - said to stand for 'Just Another Non Existent Terminal' - refers to a small fleet of passenger aircraft operated for the United States Air Force. The airline primarily transports military and contractor employees and currently serve mostly Area 51 from their terminal at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Continue reading for five interesting facts, along with a couple videos of people who tried askin about the airline.

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PHASR Rifle

The PHASR (Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response) rifle is a prototype non-lethal laser dazzler developed by the U.S. Department of Defense at Kirtland Air Force Base, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate in New Mexico. It uses a low-intensity laser and a two-wavelength laser to temporarily disorient and blind a target. Blinding laser weapons have been tested in the past, but were banned under the 1995 UN Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, which the United States acceded to on January, 21 2009. Continue reading for a detailed look at the MQ 9 Reaper Drone.

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Anzio 20mm Largest Sniper Rifle

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The Anzio 20mm rifle is basically the first American anti-materiel rifle designed and mass produced for public sale with a bore diameter in excess of .50 caliber in over 80 years. Other notable features include an optional three round detachable box magazine, 49" (1.24m) barrel, and threaded muzzle to accept either a muzzle brake or suppressor. At approximately 38,000 foot-pounds (51,521 J) of kinetic energy, the 20mm round, as fired out of the Anzio rifle, has over three times the power of the .50 BMG cartridge fired out of a comparable rifle, which is around 12,200 foot pounds (16,540 J) of kinetic energy. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Russian Submarine

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Believe it or not, this is what submarines used to look like, and while not pretty, they served their purpose well. This particular specimen was used during 1721 in Russia, the time of Peter the Great. Called "a hidden vessel," the submarine was tested near St. Petersburg in the presence of the emperor himself. Today, Sestroretsk is now a big resort. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a tiny Taekwondo msater breaking a board.

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Dillon M134 Gatling Gun


Unlike other models, the Dillon M134D Gatling Gun is a 6-barreled, electrically-driven weapon chambered in 7.62mm NATO. It's capable of unleashing 50-rounds per second, or 3,000 shots per minute. The M134D has system life in excess of 1-million-rounds and an average time between stoppage of 30,000 rounds. If there is a stoppage, the weapon can be serviced and made operational again in less than 60-seconds. Its multi-barrel design means that each one experiences a 500 round per minute rate of fire, which allows for repeated long bursts of fire and a barrel group life of 200,000 rounds. The standard application is as helicopter crew served and fixed forward fire installations, but these systems can also be installed on SUVs as well as controlled remotely. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one asking gamers to recreate a Super Mario Bros. 64 glitch for a chance at winning $1,000 cash.

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Boeing Laser Avenger

Boeing's Laser Avenger is basically an infrared laser system - with power levels somewhere in the tens of kilowatts range - mounted on an AN/TWQ-1 Avenger combat vehicle. It integrates a directed energy weapon together with the kinetic weapons of the Avenger air defense system. "We doubled the laser power; added sophisticated acquisition, tracking and pointing capability; and simplified and ruggedized the design. "Boeing developed and integrated these upgrades in less than a year, underscoring our ability to rapidly respond to warfighters' needs," said Lee Gutheinz, Boeing program director for High-Energy Laser/Electro-Optical Systems. Continue reading for a video of it destroying IEDs.

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XM25

The XM25 Individual Air Burst System is an air burst grenade launcher derived from the XM29 OICW. It fires 25mm grenades that are set to explode in mid-air at or near the target. A laser rangefinder in the weapon is used to determine the distance to the target. The user can manually adjust the detonating distance by up to 10 feet (3.0 m) shorter or longer; the XM25 automatically transmits the detonating distance to the grenade in the firing chamber. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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MiG-29 Fulcrum Vertical Takeoff

Aviation enthusiasts probably know that the MiG-29 Fulcrum can achieve Mach 2.25, but now this clip, filmed at the recent RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, UK, shows the jet beginning its display with an incredible vertical take-off. We used the term 'going ballistic' for the Mig-29's vertical climb in full afterburner even though the term refers to the ballistic path (similar to the trajectory of a thrown or launched projectile) a jet put into a nearly-vertical climb would follow under the action of gravity, without propulsion," says The Aviationist. Continue reading for another video of the MiG-29 reaching the edge of space and more information.

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Erkanoplan Russian Ship-Tank-Plane

Here's a rare look at the Lun-class ekranoplan, which is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s. It flew using the lift generated by the ground effect of its large wings when they were close to the surface of the water - about 4-meters to be exact. While they might look similar and have related technical characteristics, ekranoplans, such as the Lun, are not aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, or hydrofoils - ground effect is a separate technology altogether. Continue reading for a longer video of this craft in-action and more information.

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MAARS Robot Tank


When a miniature tank meets an advanced weapons system and robotics, you get the MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System). It's basically a 3-foot tall, remote-controlled ground vehicle that can assist in anything from camera surveillance disarming IEDs to keep soldiers out of harm's way. The MAARS can move at 7 mph and travel 800-1000 meters from its controller. It has a seven cameras for driving, situational awareness, and for the weapon that can operate in daytime or thermal modes. MAARS is armed with an M240B machine gun and four M203 grenade launcher tubes on a 360 degree rotating turret. It carries 450 rounds of machine gun ammo and four grenade rounds. Grenades can include sponge, buckshot, and tear gas for less-lethal purposes, and explosive and airburst for lethal purposes. Each tube is loaded individually, allowing lethal and less-lethal capabilities to be available and selected when needed. If weapons aren't needed, they can be replaced with a manipulator arm that can lift 120-pounds, which is enough strength to pick up 155mm artillery rounds. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a genius who solved a 7x7 Rubik's Cube in record time.

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