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US Army Darkroom

From afar, this may appear to be just another dumpster for rubbish, but in reality, it's a fully-functional portable darkroom that was once used by the US Army. Priced at $2500, it comes "fully equipped with enlargers, trays, professional style print washer, timers...everything you need for doing your own processing and enlarging images," said the seller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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PL-01 Stealth Tank

First unveiled at the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce on September 2, 2013, the PL-01 is finally in production, and will hit battlefields by 2018. This tank has a modular ceramic-aramid shell, which is designed to provide protection compatible with NATO standard STANAG 4569 Annex A at level 5+ across the front portions of the hull and turret. The hull of the vehicle provides protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines in accordance with appendix B parts 4a and 4b of the STANAG 4569 standard. The entire vehicle will be covered with radar and radiation-absorbent materials. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Metamaterial Invisibility Cloak

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Scientists have created a metamaterial-based invisibility cloak that replicates how cephalopods, such as squid or octopus, blend in with their environment and avoid predators. Basically, one side of the cloak has thousands of tiny light-sensitive cells that can detect surrounding colors, thus triggering electrical signals to imitate them by using heat-sensitive dyes, with the entire process taking a mere 2-3 seconds. "I have high hopes for its use in military camouflage. At the moment the military spends millions of dollars developing new camouflage patterns but they're all static right now, they don't change. If you put a pattern designed for the forest into the desert, it is not going to function. Dynamic camouflage would allow soldiers and their vehicles to adapt to their surroundings instantly," said engineering professor Xuanhe Zhao, at MIT. 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 nuclear submarine breaking through thick ice in the Arctic Circle.

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Electromagnetic Railgun

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has successfully test fired "Blitzer", an electromagnetic railgun capable of shooting metal projectiles at Mach 6, or more than 30,000 times the force of gravity. This weapon works by utilizing powerful rail-like electromagnets to create magnetic fields inside the chamber that drive the projectile before unleashing it at incredible speeds. Continue reading for a video of it in a combat situation and more information.

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Stealth Ghost Ship

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If the F-117A Nighthawk was a ship, it'd be the "GHOST". This stealth ship can achieve 900 times less hull friction than a conventional watercraft. It was developed to provide superior protection for US service personnel by Juliet Marine Systems. It uses a dual-pontoon supercavitating hull, known as the small waterplane-area twin-hull (SWATH), to run at top speed through 10 ft (3.0 m) seas. The craft is gyro-stabilized, and commanded with 22 underwater control surfaces. There's room for 16 passengers with two 6 in (15 cm)-diameter round windows in the hull. 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 an actress rendered live in Unreal Engine.

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Millennium Falcon UFO

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Another day, another bizarre sighting at a reported top secret government installation. Today, we take a look at a Millennium Falcon-like craft inside a climate controlled hanger at Area S4, near the 'third dry lake left of Area 51' - to be more specific, at these coordinates 36°55'35.30"N 116° 0'25.41"W. "I am sure of what I saw. I know what mainstream science is like, I know where physics stands - I know all of that - and this is an extraterrestrial craft, this technology is hundreds and hundreds of years in advance of us, and that's the end of that story," said Bob Lazar, a government scientist and engineer who allegedly worked to reverse-engineer alien technology at S4. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life helicopter jail break.

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TR-3B Moon

UFO researcher Secureteam10 recently uploaded a video that allegedly shows a TR-3B triangle craft hovering above moon during the Apollo 12 mission. Apparently, the TR-3B vehicles has an outer coating that's reactive to electrical Radar stimulation and can change reflectiveness, radar absorptiveness, and color. This polymer skin, when used in conjunction with the TR-3Bs Electronic Counter Measures and, ECCM, can make the vehicle appear as a small aircraft, or a flying cylinder - or even trick radar receivers into falsely detecting a variety of aircraft, no aircraft, or several aircraft at various locations. A circular, plasma filled accelerator ring called the Magnetic Field Disrupter, surrounds the rotatable crew compartment and is far ahead of any known technology. Continue reading for another video of the TR-3B.

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Corner Shot

CornerShot is a weapon designed in the early 2000s for SWAT teams and special forces in hostile situations usually involving terrorists and hostages. Its purpose is similar to that of the periscope rifle; it allows its operator to both see and attack an armed target, without exposing the operator to counterattack. In the standard version a pistol is mounted in the front end of the weapon, which bends horizontally at a mid-gun sixty-degree hinge There is a digital camera and a flashlight attached to the barrel in the bayonet position. On the butt side of the hinge are the trigger, camera screen (which is on a horizontal hinge just like the mid-gun hinge but it is off of the left side of the gun), and controls for the camera and light. Continue reading for more incredible military technologies that exist now. Click here for some bonus perfectly timed military pictures.

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Sukhoi T-4

The Sukhoi T-4 was a Soviet high-speed Reconnaissance, anti-ship and strategic bomber aircraft that did not proceed beyond the prototype stage. The T-4 had intake ramps similar to the XB-70, was made largely from titanium and stainless steel, and featured a quadruple redundant fly-by-wire control system but also employed a mechanical system as a backup. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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RS-1 Gremlin Tank

Based on the RS‐1 modular platform, the Gremlin is essentially a remotely controlled platform that is perfect for active shooter neutralization, sniper applications, riot control, or for use as a hostage resolution tool. With the ability for a lethal or non-lethal payload this package is truly a versatile problem solving tool. It can be equipped with a variety of heavy weapons, and safely controlled from a distance. 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 exactly why we have leap years.

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