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McKinley Climatic Laboratory


The McKinley Climatic Laboratory is both an active laboratory and a historic site located in Building 440 on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The main chamber was constructed to hold aircraft as large a B-29, its size also fitting the larger Convair B-36 Peacemaker. It now has 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) working area. This allows it to test aircraft as large as a C-5A. Under hot conditions, it can achieve 165°F. The All-Weather Room has a temperature range from -80°F to 170°F. Rainfall can be as high as 15 inches (380 mm) per hour and the wind can be as high as 60 knots (31 m/s). Snow can also be made in the chamber. The Temperature-Altitude Chamber can simulate altitudes up to 80,000 feet, and range in temperature range from -80°F to 140°F. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a molten metal squirt gun.

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Navy Electromagnetic Railgun

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently demonstrated the Navy's electromagnetic railgun initial rep-rate fires of multi-shot salvos at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. This revolutionary weapon relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles - and at speeds that exceed Mach 6. "They've extended the launcher core life from tens of shots' core life when program started to something that's now been fired over 400 times and...we anticipate barrels will be able to do over 1,000 shots," said Dr. Tom Beutner, head of Naval Air Warfare and Weapons for ONR. 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 leaked Comic-Con Avengers: Infinity War trailer.

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Navy Laser Weapon

Developed by the US Navy, the AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System or XN-1 LaWS is basically a directed-energy weapon designed to be used against low-end asymmetric threats. Scalable power levels allow it to be used on low-power to dazzle a person's eye to non-lethally make them turn away from a threatening posture, and increase to 30 thousand watts (30 kW) to fry sensors, burn out motors, and detonate explosive materials. Against a vital point on small UAVs, one can be shot down in as little as two seconds. When facing small boats, the laser would target a craft's motor to disable it and make it "dead in the water," then repeating this against others in rapid succession, requiring only a few seconds of firing per boat. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of card throwing trick shots.

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Secret US Bunker


There are many not so secret bunkers scattered around the United States that will be used in event of war or other disasters, and the most famous of which, is the Cheyenne Mountain Complex (above). This military installation and nuclear bunker is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, which hosts the activities of several tenant units. The complex was built under 2,000 feet (610 m) of granite on 2 hectares (5 acres). Fifteen three-story buildings are protected from movement by an earthquake or explosion by a system of giant springs that the buildings sit on and flexible pipe connectors to limit the operational effect of movement. The bunker is built to deflect a 30 megaton nuclear explosion as close as 2 kilometers (1.2 mi). Within a mountain tunnel are sets of 25-ton blast doors and another for the civil engineering department. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a sea turtle devouring a jellyfish like spaghetti.

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F-22 Raptor Truck

You read that right, this is a one-of-a-kind F-22 Raptor jet-inspired Ford F-150, which is being auctioned off at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27. It's not just about the looks, as under the hood, you'll find a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine tuned by Ford Performance engineers, complete with Whipple intercooler, to boost power output to an impressive 545 hp. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an extremely powerful 4000 psi BB gun.

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Russian Combat Armor

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Russia has unveiled its very own Star Wars-inspired combat armor, which consists of an exoskeleton, bulletproof body plates, and a tinted helmet with a heads-up display. "Features of the suit include a task light on the helmet for examining things like weapons and maps. It also has a pop-up display that can be used for tasks like examining a plan of the battlefield," said Andy Lynch, of Odin System. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a giant mousetrap that destroys everything.

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JFD Seal Carrier

JFD Global's SEAL Carrier was designed specially for transporting six-man special operations teams into hostile locations, undetected. This 30-foot vessel is powered by a 345-horsepower diesel engine, paired with a Rolls Royce water jet in surface mode. It's capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 knots. It can transition seamlessly into a submersible, and dive up to 50 meters underwater. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Ripsaw MS-1

Howe & Howe Technologies' Ripsaw EV2 offers more luxury than practicality, but the MS-1 (Military Spec 1) is an entirely different story. This tracked vehicle provides a test platform for advanced off-road capabilities, and is used by the US Army to evaluate it as a convoy support 'guardian angel'. It can rapidly move alongside the convoy, without obstructing the convoy movement, rapidly securing suspected IEDs sites or responding to enemy fire from ambushes, suppressing enemy fire sources or towing immobilized vehicles out of the line of fire. 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 six of the coolest new species discovered in the last year.

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The Rook Armored

Besides being the perfect vehicle for a zombie apocalypse, Ring Power's "The Rook," based ona CAT 287c multi terrain loader chassis, is great for helping police catch criminals. It's powered by a 74-horsepower engine, mated to a two-speed powertrain, capable of speeds up to 9 mph. What really sets it apart are the four attachments for the front: a hydraulic breaching ram for demolishing walls, a vehicle extraction tool to lift heavy objects, an armored deployment platform to provide safety for officers, and a grapple claw. NIJ IV armor protection, rubber tracks, and the option for custom fabricated armor ensures that it can handle just about any war zone. 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 Steve Wozniak explaining why he waited overnight for several of Apple's most popular products in past years.

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XS-1 Phantom Express

DARPA's futuristic spaceplane is set to become a reality, and it will be built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. Previously known as the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1), the Phantom Express will be an unmanned, autonomous, hypersonic, reusable spaceplane that can deliver small payloads of 3,000-pounds to low Earth orbit. The spacecraft will launch vertically utilizing an Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 engine that is fueled with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. "Phantom Express is designed to disrupt and transform the satellite launch process as we know it today, creating a new, on-demand space-launch capability that can be achieved more affordably and with less risk," said Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works. 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 that shows why you should never pour grease down a drain.

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