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SolarStratos

SolarStratos, set for an official launch in 2018, is essentially a solar-powered airplane that will take humans to the edge of space and back, achieving an altitude of more than 75,000 feet. This 5-hour mission will subject both the plane and passengers to frigid temperatures and extremely low pressures. At 8.5 meters long, it's powered by a 32-kW electric engine and 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, charged by 22-square-meters of solar cells, which cover the wings. 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 vision of Nintendo at Universal theme parks.

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Giant NES Controller


Forget the NES Classic, Ultimate Customs has created a giant, wireless NES controller with a fully-functional cartridge slot in which they use to play Duck Hunt / Super Mario Bros. (hybrid cartridge). Even though it doesn't have 30 built-in games, you'll be able to play any cartridge in Nintendo's vast library, including the Game Genie add-on. In related news, did you know that Nintendo entered into negotiations with Atari to release the Famicom under Atari's name as the name Nintendo Advanced Video Gaming System? That's right, the deal was set to be finalized and signed at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show in June 1983. However, Atari discovered at that show that its competitor Coleco was illegally demonstrating its Coleco Adam computer with Nintendo's Donkey Kong game. This violation of Atari's exclusive license with Nintendo to publish the game for its own computer systems delayed the implementation of Nintendo's game console marketing contract with Atari. 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 mesmerizing chain link fence machine.

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Lamborghini V12 Motorcycle



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There's the Viper V10 motorcycle, and then this beast. Auto enthusiast Chuck Beck wanted to build a custom motorcycle unlike any other, so he decided to use a Lamborghini Espada V12 engine. That's right, the engine is mated to a Volkswagen Type 3 transaxle and the motorcycle itself tops out 140mph. Other notable features include a radiator located in the very back of the bike to keep heat away from the rider while they controls the bike with custom linkage. 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 iPhone 7 being put in a bowl of the world's strongest acid.

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Audio Levitation

Scientists in Tokyo have figured out a way to use acoustic sounds to levitate objects in air. To be more specific, they're using ultrasonic standing waves - produced by four speakers that surround an open square area approximately 21-inches wide - to trap pieces of wood, metal, and water. These four phased arrays use standing waves to create an ultrasonic focal point in that space, generating a suspending force, thus trapping particles and objects in mid-air, while moved the objects can be accomplished by manipulating the waves. 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 how to make your very own aluminum foundry.

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Rough Crafts BMW R Nine-T

Rough Crafts' Winston Yeh drew inspiration from multiple classic BMWs when designing the R nineT's new bodywork. You'll find itsaluminum fuel tank borrows lines from late 70s and early 80s airheads, while still retaining modern day components, such as the fuel pump, battery and electronics box. With 110 horsepower ready to go, the 1170 cc boxer twin doesn't require much of a tune to get you speeding around town. "I met BMW's Head of Vehicle Design, Ola Stenegard, many times at different bike shows. We talked about what we could do together. But then BMW Motorrad Taiwan contacted me without knowing about our relationship, saying they want me to build a custom R nineT. Naturally Munich jumped on it, and made it an officially endorsed 'Soul Fuel' build," said Yeh. 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 dog that wins the mannequin challenge.

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Confederate Wraith B120

Priced at $92,000 and limited to under 100-units worldwide, the Confederate Wraith B120 isn't just eye candy. Featuring a triple load path carbon fiber frame, an aircraft-grade billet aluminum fuselage / bulkhead, and an eye-catching front suspension that is a proprietary Confederate Motors design featuring double wishbones machined from aircraft-grade billet aluminum, joined to aerodynamic carbon fiber blades with a Penske coil over. Power comes from a V-twin producing a zippy 130 lb-ft of torque and 125hp. With a dry weight of just 390-pounds, the Wraith is a very quick motorcycle. 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

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NASA EmDrive Impossible Engine

NASA's EmDrive prototype leaked in a report by the US space agency. Utilizing a resonant cavity thruster, the EmDrive can move through space without expelling matter to push against, as it's powered by particles of light and microwaves that ricochet inside a sealed cone-shaped chamber. This movement of the particles, along with the waves produced, generate thrust, driving the engine forward. The technology could move an object through space at far greater speeds than laser or solar powered crafts currently under development, all the while confusing physicists since it's seemingly able to propel itself forward without using any fuel. 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-blowing animated "Majora's Mask" fan film.

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Nio EP9


Thanks to a carbon fiber chassis that weighs 70% less than steel,the Nio EP9 Electric Supercar is now the world's fastest, complete with a powertrain delivering one megawatt of power to the wheels, or 1,342-horsepower. It also comes equipped with four individual gearboxes and massive, enabling it to go from 0-124 mph in a mere 7.1-seconds, while topping out at 195 mph. To keep the chassis planted, a three-position active wing system gives the EP9 twice the downforce of an F1 car. Inside, you're greeted with an all-digital cockpit comprised of multiple screens to keep technical info available at a glance. The company recently took the vehicle to Nurburgring in Germany, where it posted an EV record-setting lap of just 7 minutes and 05.12 seconds. 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 someone using Apple's $300 book as a bulletproof vest.

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Animatronic Dinosaur Dino-A-Live

We're at least decades away from a real-life Jurassic Park, if ever, but that hasn't stopped a Japanese company ON-ART Corp. from envisioning an animatronic dinosaur park called Dino-A-Live where visitors can see realistic dinosaur replicas live. Guests who attended a recent performance at a hotel were greeted by full-sized dinosaur robots, which included a 26-foot tall Tyrannosaurus rex, along with an allosaurus and raptors. 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 best DIY fire tornado.

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Dragon Silk Spider Silk Armor


Kevlar is what the Army has been using in body armor for decades, but spider silk may be change that. Michigan-based bioengineering company Kraig Biocraft has genetically altered silkworms to produce spider silk, and calls it "Dragon Silk". They recently won a contract with the US Army to use this material in body armor. Simply put as possible, Kraig Biocraft inserted the genes for making spider silk into silkworms, thus creating a composite silk strong as normal spider silk yet much easier to produce. 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 Star Wars Bears.

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