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Boston Dynamics Atlas


It's only a matter of time until we robots walk among us on the street, but for this dog walker, spotting Boston Dynamics' 5'9" tall Atlas humanoid robot in the woods was definitely unexpected. This machine includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. It was designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular virala videos today, including one of video game records that will never be broken.

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Mario Kart AI

AI and machine learning have been in development for quite some time, but MarI/O aims to bring them to video games. YouTube user "Seth Bling" first tried it on Super Mario World, and now, it's been reprogrammed from Super Mario Kart. Like the previous experiment, MarI/O wasn't taught anything beforehand, and only a few simple parameters were set. The AI uses a "fitness level" to determine what buttons to press and so forth, literally being incentivized to continue doing so. After many attempts, it finally managed to beat the computer, using several dirt paths to increase efficiency. 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 man who built an incredible flying chair.

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F-35 Cannon

Sure, the F-35 project might have cost $3.5-billion, and is 8-years late, but this stealth fighter recently tested its cannons, and all systems are go. It fired approximately 3 airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system, while 3 bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft's four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun. "The successful aerial gun test sortie was a culmination of several years' planning, which intensified in the first half of 2015 at the Edwards F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) Flight Test Squadron with a team of Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman personnel," said Mike Glass, Edwards ITF flight test director. 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 Star Wars: Rogue One behind-the-scenes featurette.

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Homemade Iron Man Glove

Photo credit: Wired Magazine

Wired Magazine recently got their hands on a custom Iron Man glove, built by Patrick Priebe of Laser Gadgets, and decided to test it out. The laser itself may not be able to defeat any super villains, but it is 3,000-times more powerful than a standard laser pointer. You can use it at parties to obliterate action figures, cigarettes, ping pong balls, or just a piece of paper. 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 robot designed to walk eerily like a human.

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IronVision Helmet

Elbit unveiled at Eurosatory, the IronVision, an innovative Helmet Mounted Display (HMS) designed for crew members of combat vehicles. This technology is a part of the company's See-Through Armor (STA) architecture, and consists of a 360° panoramic situational awareness system that enables tank and infantry crewmen to 'see-through' their vehicle's armor in real-time. The imagery creates a complete and clear visualization of the battlefield, even under close hatches. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including ones showing how to grow your own bismuth crystals and building a LEGO GoPro stabilizer at home.

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AeroMobil 3.0 Flying Car

AeroMobil revealed the latest prototype of its flying car in Brussels this week. Called the "AeroMobil 3.0", it's set to hit the streets and skies by 2017. The previous model could fly for 430-miles at speeds up to 124mph, while on the road, it has a 310-mile range, with a top speed of 100 mph. "We want to make personal transportation exciting, more efficient and sustainable. With ever more cars on the roads and ever more crowded airports, traveling is no longer what it used to be," said AeroMobil's CTO Stefan Klein. 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 mind-bending Breaking Bad illusion.

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Ghe-O Rescue

Weighing in at a massive 3.2-tons, the Ghe-O Motors Rescue is designed to go anywhere, complete with inflatable, tire-mounted pillows for floating across water, tank tracks to tackle snow, and even a water pump / 620L water tank to fight fires. You also get locakble axles and either a gasoline-powered 340-500 horsepower engine, or a diesel-powered motor pumping out 218-304 horsepower. It's the creation of Romanian businessman Robert Operea, as a result of his experience rescuing people from disaster hit areas coupled with his passion for building off-road vehicles for races. 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 ten summer life hacks you can try now.

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Lazareth Wazuma GT

The Lazareth Wazuma GT is basically a half car, half motorcycle hybrid. At 2170-pounds, this four-wheeled vehicle is powered by a Jaguar-sourced, 4.0L supercharged V8 engine that generates 375 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. This may not be practical for the streets, but it'll definitely turn some heads. 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 one showing Las Vegas like never before...in infrared.

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Lampuga Jet Surfboard

Unlike other surfboards, the Lampuga Air is not only inflatable, but jet-propelled as well. This board can achieve speeds in excess of 30 mph, and the rider controls thrust with the handle of a steering belt attached to the bow. When fully charged, you can expect a 20-mile range. It comes in white or carbon fiber models, is far more portable than a jet ski, and prices start at $15,000. 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 Deadpool taking on Candy Crush in real-life.

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Cymatics Sounds Visualized

New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford took various kinds of matter to demonstrate cymatics, the science of visualizing audio frequencies. In one of the examples, he takes a Chladni Plate - sand-covered thin metal surface attached to the top of a speaker - and plays different audio frequencies on a keyboard to move sand into mind-bending patterns. He also uses a vodka-filled petri dish taped to a speaker for playing audio frequencies of 50Hz and 100Hz to form standing waves in the liquid. 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 7 Mars mysteries that will boggle your mind.

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