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Homemade Exoskeleton

Exoskeleton fanatic James Hobson created a proof-of-concept exoskeleton concept in 2014 that enabled him to curl 170-pounds with ease. Now, the upgraded version features a lower portion constructed from a pneumatic jacks connected to a miniature air compressor, all held together by steel bars and ratcheting joints. All of these upgrades enabled him to lift a 2,524-pound Mini Cooper, and without any issues. However, his ultimate goal is a full-body suit that incorporates both his arms and legs, rather than have two exoskeleton halves. Click hereClick here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including the epic Pokemon Super Bowl commercial.

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Skreemr

If you love international traveling, but hate long flights, look no further than Skreemr. It can achieve Mach 10 (8,000 miles per hour), and take up to 75 passengers from London to New York in just 30-minutes. "The Skreemr is an aircraft concept that would be launched at very high speed with the help of a magnetic railgun launching system...[making use of rockets to] ignite its main scramjet engine. The magnetic railgun could use clean electricity to launch the aircraft, and the rockets and scramjets could burn hydrogen manufactured with hydro-electricity," said creator Charles Bombardier. 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 physicist who performed extreme stunts to prove the laws of physics.

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Fostech Origin 12 Shotgun


You can never be too safe, and the Fostech Origin 12 is definitely a weapon you want during the zombie apocalypse. It's basically a gas-operated, box magazine fed 12-gauge shotgun, compatible with 5 / 8 / 10-round capacities, along with 20-30-round drums. Since the gas system bleeds gas from the chamber, rather than farther down the barrel, they are extremely reliable, and having a wide range of ammunition doesn't hurt either. 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 a can of ravioli being swallowed by a flowing lava stream.

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Shockwave Jet Truck


If you've never heard of Shockwave, it's basically an extremely fast truck that currently holds the world record for jet-powered full-sized trucks at 376mph. Power comes from three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jets that generate 35,000+ horsepower, which allow it to complete the quarter-mile in a blistering 6.63 seconds. "The added afterburners double the horsepower and thrust, so Shockwave literally has six times the power of the jet airplane these engines came in. On acceleration, the driver experiences about 6G. In order to bring this beast of a truck to stop they have made use of two 16" Military Parachutes (ring slot) which are capable of providing an impact of about -9G," said Chris Darnell, son of the vehicle's owner. 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 cool self-tying shoelaces trick.

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Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

Photo credit: Mail Online

The US Air Force and Boeing have partnered to create an electromagnetic pulse weapon known as "CHAMP" (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project). This device is essentially a non-lethal nuclear weapons system that can knock out entire electrical grids of buildings in an instant. It uses an extremely powerful microwave oven to generate a concentrated beam of energy which causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, rendering them useless before surge protectors have a chance to kick in. "The capability is real..and the technology can be available today. That's an operational system already in our tactical air force," said Major General Thomas Masiello, the Air Force Research Laboratory. 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 Super Bakery Bros.

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PL-01 Stealth Tank


Poland's PL-01 stealth tank may be a concept - prototype set to be complete this year, but its proposed active infrared camouflage system apparently can make itself appear as a car or other objects by matching the temperature of its surroundings, and then displaying a pre-programmed image onto its temperature-controlled wafer. It also has a modular ceramic-aramid shell, which is designed to provide protection compatible with NATO standard STANAG 4569 Annex A at level 5+ within the front portion of the hull and turret. Additional armour panels are mounted on the turret and hull, and are designed to provide full protection against projectiles. Powering this beast is a 940-horsepower diesel engine coupled to a torque converter, automatic gearbox and driving assistance mechanism. 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 astronaut playing liquid ping pong in space.

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Burning Lightsaber

Allen Pan, an electrical engineer and Star Wars fanatic who is best known for his Thor hammer recreation, has built a real burning lightsaber. It consists of a nichrome ignition (found in model rockets), a syringe valve located in a 3D-printed enclosure, along with a mixture of methanol and acetone for fuel. First, you load the device with butane as a propellant, hit a button that triggers lightsaber sound effects, and you're ready for an epic duel. This burning lightsaber is essentially a small flamethrower with a focused blue beam. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to make a coin battery.

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Boba Fett Armor

Officially known as the GalacTac Project by AR500, this Boba Fett-inspired ballistic armor prototype turns soldiers into the famed bounty hunter, and comes complete with a T-shaped visor, chest + shoulder armor pieces, a helmet-mounted nightvision scope, as well as gauntlets. No word yet on if this will be available to consumers, or just military. For those interested in seeing this in person, you can head on over to the Shot Show in Las Vegas today (Wednesday). 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 medieval MMA - yes, it's a real sport.

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HK MP5K Submachine Gun

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Designed to appear as a normal briefcase, Heckler & Koch fabricated a solid polymer and aluminum box with a thin plastic lid, measuring 20" x 15" x 5". Inside, it conceals an HK MP5K - "K" is the shorty version of the classic MP5 submachine gun - that's securely by a STANAG claw mount. This weapon weighs a mere 4.4-pounds, and is 12.8-inches long overall with a 4.5-inch barrel. It boasts a cyclic rate of 900rpm, or in other words, it could burn through a 15 or 30-round magazine in 1-2 seconds respectively. 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 CO2-powered rocket launcher.

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Wingboard

Flight test engineer Aaron Wypyszynkski, founder of Wyp Aviation, has unveiled Wingboard. Think of it as an aerofoil shaped board that lets you soar through the sky like the Silver Surfer. Unlike its predecessors, it uses a light aircraft to tow the board, which produces a stable platform that flies through the air instead of falling. "The WingBoard is like a wakeboard, but instead of slicing through waves behind a boat, you're being towed by a plane, carving through clouds. Aviation is my passion - not only is it my 9-5 job, it is my hobby," said Wpyszynski. 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 life-sized LEGO BB-8.

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