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UPS Delivery Drone

Amazon Prime Air is one thing, this delivery drone is another. UPS modified a delivery truck with a special roof hatch, through which a custom drone is secured to a cage. When opened, the driver places a package inside, before sending the drone on its preset route. These routes could eventually be automatically generated by software, but for now, the company is pre-programming destinations and directions. The drones have a 30-minute flight time and can hold up to 10-pound packages. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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1912 Henderson Motorcycle

Henderson was a manufacturer of 4-cylinder motorcycles from 1912 until 1931. They were the largest and fastest motorcycles of their time, and appealed to sport riders and police departments. The company promptly announced a new 57 cubic inch (934 cc) IOE four-cylinder 7 hp motorcycle, with the engine mounted inline with the frame and chain drive. Production began in 1911, using the in-line four-cylinder engine and long wheelbase that would become Henderson trademarks, and it was available to the public in January 1912. Advertisements boasted 7 HP and a price of $325. It was the third four-cylinder production motorcycle built in the United States, and featured a folding hand-crank starter handle. Continue reading for 18 more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Naica Crystal Cave

The Cave of the Crystals is connected to the Naica Mine 980-feet below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found, similar to the ones seen in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. The cave's largest crystal found to date is 39-feet in length, 13-feet in diameter and 55 tons in weight. It's extremely hot inside, with air temperatures reaching up to 136° F at 90% - 99% percent humidity. The caverns are relatively unexplored due to these factors, as without proper protection, humans can only endure approximately 10-minutes of exposure at a time. The Cave of the Crystals was discovered by brothers Eloy and Javier Delgado. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Locker Vending Machine

I built a vending machine inside my school locker

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Blake Hawkins, a senior at Valley Center High School in Kansas, aspires to become an electrical engineer, and spends his free time inventing things, like "The Soda Locker". Some of the parts he used to create this locker-sized vending machine include an Arduino chip, LCD display, a coin acceptor, and a reed switch. "After that, I was on a roll. I decided to sell two different kinds of pop in order to fit the machine into the locker. I hooked up two arcade buttons to buy the pop, two servos, and added the reed switch to give myself an admin access page. My plan is, if I get approval to move it to the Student Council room, I'll use it as a fundraiser for Student Council, selling healthier choices like lemonade and orange juice," said Hawkins. Continue reading for

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Glass FedEx Packages

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Artist Walead Beshty used FedEx to ship laminated glass boxes, constructed to the exact dimensions of standard FedEx boxes, for approximately 8-years (2007-2014). "Fueled by his interest in how art objects acquire meaning, Beshty's FedEx works record their movement from place to place, in both the shattering patterns left behind on the glass box, and the shipping labels on the FedEx packaging. Beshty's motivation in this series is also to comment on the 'perversity of a corporation owning a shape,' as the boxes are proprietary volumes owned by FedEx," said Artnet. To keep things fresh, each time the project was exhibited the glass boxes were placed back inside the original FedEx packages and shipped yet again. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol

The SS Officer belt buckle pistol was an experimental German World War II firearm consisting of four 7.65 mm or .22 long rifle barrels and lockwork concealed within a Nazi Party belt buckle. The barrels were 2" long and the wearer needed to get very close to their victim. A lever was pressed which allowed the spring-loaded buckle to pivot downwards, exposing the barrel. Noted firearms authority S.P. Fjestad claims that they were designed by Louis Marquis while he was in a prisoner of war camp during World War I and that fewer than ten of these guns have been discovered. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Lucas Death Star

Although details, such as the superlaser's location, shifted between different concept models during production of Star Wars, the notion of the Death Star being a large, spherical space station over 100 kilometers in diameter was consistent in all of them. The Death Star model was created by John Stears. In the image above, George Lucas himself inspected the incomplete Death Star model, which was a mirror image of how it appeared in the finished movie. It's one of the few models that never leaves the Archives because it is too fragile. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes images from famous movies. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Vantablack S-Vis

This is what a perfect circle looks like when coated with Vantablack S-VIS, a substance made of carbon nanotubes. It's currently the blackest substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. When light strikes vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected among the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat. The outgassing and particle fallout levels of Vantablack are low. The high levels in similar substances in the past had prevented their commercial usefulness. Vantablack also has greater resistance to mechanical vibration, and has greater thermal stability. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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Dubai Above Clouds

Photo credit: Faz3 via Bored Panda

Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, known as Faz3 (Fazza) on Instagram, is not only know for his immense fortune, but amazing photos as well. He recently captured video footage and images of the Dubai skyline above the clouds, and that clip has already amassed over 1-million-views, captured from the top of a skyscraper. Thankfully, he did not attempt a Mission Impossible-inspired stunt, like Tom Cruise did in Ghost Protocol. Continue reading for more fascinating images gathered from around the web.

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Tesla SolarCity Island

Tesla's SolarCity is now powering the island of Ta'u in American Samoa, which is located 4,000-miles off the west coast of the United States. The microgrid offers 1.4-megawatts of solar generation capacity and 6-megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. "I recall a time they weren't able to get the boat out here for two months. We rely on that boat for everything, including importing diesel for the generators for all of our electricity. Once diesel gets low, we try to save it by using it only for mornings and afternoons. Water systems here also use pumps, everyone in the village uses and depends on that. It's hard to live not knowing what's going to happen. I remember growing up using candlelight. And now, in 2016, we were still experiencing the same problems," said said Keith Ahsoon, a local resident whose family owns one of the food stores on the island. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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