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SALTO Robot

Unlike other robots, SALTO's design was inspired by small primates known as bush babies, which can spring off wall. It's capable of gaining height faster than any previous robot, and could one day help rapidly scan urban disaster zones. Standing 10 inches tall and weighing just 0.2 pounds, the one-legged robot can jump more than 3.2-feet high from a standing position. The bot can also climb at a rate of 5.7 feet per second, compared to the 3.7 feet per second achieved by the next-best robot. "Our goal was to have a search-and-rescue robot small enough to not disturb the rubble further, and move quickly across the many kinds of rubble produced by collapsed buildings. To do that, it has to be able to jump - and jump more adeptly - than prior robots," said Duncan Haldane, a robotics Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. 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 explains how much damage a stun gun really does your brain and body.

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Marauder


Landmines are definitely no joke, and when you're in the midst of battle, they're the last thing soldiers want to worry about. Introducing the Maurauder. This 10-ton armored vehicle was designed with ultimate safety in mind, as it boasts anti-mine protection that can withstand a 17-pound TNT blast directly underneath its hull, and 30-pounds at each wheel. This monstrous vehicle has a 10,000-pound payload capacity, thanks to a 290 hp, 811 lb-ft of torque engine capable of a 70mph top speed. 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 what could quite possibly be the world's smallest smartphone.

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F-35 Gun Pod


The US Marine Corps' F-35B just made history by firing its gun pod while flying for the first time. This weapon straps onto the belly of the aircraft, and enables the fighter the option to sacrifice a little stealth, drag, and range for 220-rounds of 25 mm firepower - a big upgrade from the 20 mm guns that current US fighter jets carry. One caveat: though F-35 can fire its gun while flying, the software update needed to properly aim the gun remains elusive, but should be coming later this year. 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 how to cast a Batman fidget spinner from bullet shells.

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Kiravan Expedition Vehicle

Applied Minds co-founder Bran Ferren has completed "Kiravan", or in other words, what the USS Enterprise would look like as a 23-ton expedition vehicle that can go anywhere. It's based on a modified Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500NA truck, complete with a fully customized composite trailer. Inside, you'll find a kitchenette, full bathroom, and a comfortable penthouse suite. Technology wise, it features kevlar-reinforced tires, small drones to scout the terrain ahead, and seven communication masts reaching heights of 60-feet. Its communications system is can contact nearby aircraft in case of emergency, while its readings are displayed on a host of touchscreen displays in the main cabin. There's even a 'situational awareness system' comprised of 22 cameras and a 'hydro-drive' control, which allows you to switch between four, and six wheel drive for rough terrain. 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 WannaCrypt Ransomware in-action.

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EarthCruiser EXP

At the push of a button, the roof of the EarthCruiser EXP's cabin pops up to reveal extra room, while a solar panel array up top powers all of the electronics inside. Think of it as the Swiss Army Knife of expedition vehicles, as the floor, walls, and roof are fiberglass-composite construction, resulting in very low conductivity of heat, with high insulating properties. A swing-out-table doubles as a bed when not in use, and a kitchenette ensures that you'll be able to properly cook meals. The power generated by the solar panels can be used for up to 10-days, and should the batteries drop below 50%, an alarm system will sound, thus eliminating the need for a portable generator. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the world in 1-billion years.

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DeLorean Hovercraft


Matthew Riese has always been fond of the DeLorean, but wanted to create a model like no other. So, he spent 2-years creating the world's first and only DeLorean hovercraft, powered by a 16 hp engine capable of hitting a top speed of 23 mph. It's based on the Hov Pod hovercraft kit, but with a fully custom DeLorean body. "If making this makes me crazy, I don't wanna be sane," said Riese. Unfortunately, this super fan doesn't plan on selling this unique creation anytime soon, nor can it go back to the future. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of 100-year-old life hacks you probably didn't know existed.

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Boom Jet


Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has teamed up with Boom Technology to build a supersonic aircraft capable of traversing through the skies at twice the speed of sound. What does this mean? You'll be able to zip from New York to London in just 3.4-hours. The final aircraft will be able to carry 55 passengers in all-business-class suites. The first test flight is scheduled for 2018, and the full-sized aircraft is set to be ready in 2020, with certification from the Federal Aviation Administration following shortly afterward. 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 slime from Elmer's glue.

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Disney Research Projection

Forget makeup, Disney Research uses a projector-based illumination to alter the appearance of human performers in real-time during performances. Using infrared illumination, an optically and computationally aligned high-speed camera detects facial orientation as well as expression, while the estimated expression blend-shapes are mapped onto a lower dimensional space. The facial motion and non-rigid deformation are then estimated, smoothed and predicted through adaptive Kalman filtering. Last, but not least, the desired appearance is generated interpolating pre-computated offset textures according to time, global position, and expression. 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 five deadliest volcano eruptions in human history.

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Nerf Mass Effect


When is a NERF gun not just a toy? When The Hacksmith gets his hands on one of them. To be more specific, it shoots red hot ferrocerium, which explodes on impact into a cloud of sparkling shrapnel in excess of 3000° C. How does it work? It's basically an air gun that shoots a custom over the barrel ferrocerium dart, heated by a 1000W induction coil until it is glowing red. The key to not getting burned is a string from the trigger to trip the quick release valve. 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 five everyday inventions you didn't know came from DARPA.

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Tesla T1 Supercar

Professor Alexander M. Gorlov created the vertical wind turbine axis, which accepts wind from any angle, back in 1990, and the Tesla T1 V2 electric supercar makes use of this invention. Simply put, this vehicle is equipped with specially designed wheels equipped with 3D-printed Gorlov turbines, and when more air enters these, energy is recovered. "This is highly efficient as Le Mans provides an average of 77% full throttle per lap for maximum race performance and higher speeds," said its creator. It also boasts a "Dynamic Axis System", enabling it to turn from the center of both axes, thus shortening the wheelbase, and improving agility. 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 where a neuroscientist explains why you're so bad at remembering names.

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