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Disney Research VertiGo Wall-Climbing Robot

Take Spider-Man's wall-climbing abilities, put it in robot form, and you get Disney Research's VertiGo. Using two tiltable propellers, this four-wheeled robot can easily transition from horizontal movement to vertical climbing. That's right, its dual, maneuverable propellers give the VertiGo its thrust, while one pair of wheels provides steering capabilities. The horizontal to vertical transition is achieved when the rear propeller pushes the robot forward while the front propeller thrusts upward, flipping it up a wall. Once on the wall, the force of air created by the propellers presses the robot firmly against the surface, preventing it from falling off, while slightly tilting the propellers can give it either forwards or backwards thrust. 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 experiment showing what happens when you pour boiling water into liquid nitrogen.

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Spider Drone

Stanford University researchers have developed a spider-like drone capable of clinging to walls, thanks to innovative "micro-spines" that create an opposing grip, enabling the craft to sit on rough, outdoor surfaces. Security companies could use these to monitor of typically hard-to-reach areas, or on rescue missions for detecting damaged areas in dangerous terrain. Simply put, when the drone approaches a vertical surface, it pivots on its "tail-spine" to line itself up with the landing area. A thruster then pushes it into the surface and deploys the landing gear, while micro-spines create two opposing grips, counterbalancing the vehicle's movement as well as providing a grasping force. 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 fourteen Pokemon you didn't realize were based on real animals.

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Spider-Man Drone

Stanford graduate student Hao Jiang built a Spider-Man-like quadrotor drone called "SCAMP". It first impacts the wall with its rigid carbon fiber tail to create a stable pivot point to transition from level flight to pitching up parallel with the surface. An on-board computational routine is used to detect impact and actively pitch the quadrotor into the surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hydraulic press crushing diamonds.

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Real Spider-Man Web Shooter

Patrick Priebe of "LaserGadgets" is back at it again, and this time, the gadget hacker has created a real electromagnetic Spider-Man web shooter. That's right, he used a modified coil gun as well as the iconic red and blue glove to recreate the famous device used by the superhero. "I love science fiction in general and sometimes, seeing this type of technology on the screen just isn't enough. I've made a few coil guns before, so I used the same principles of physics and it was much simpler to make this time around," said Priebe. 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 Google's BigDog robots pulling Santa's sleigh.

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Spider-Man Motorcycle Helmets

Custom made by Dony Custom, these geeky Spider-Man helmets are most certainly DOT-approved lookers, but we don't recommend using them in battle, especially Green Goblin. They come in a variety of colors and sizes (up to XXL, taking approximately two weeks each to prepare. Regardless of model, they use the same HJC CS-R1 helmet with smoke visor as the base. Continue reading for two videos.

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Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made its theatrical debut on Thursday evening (beginning at 7pm). So far, it's amassed a solid $8.7 million box office gross, and set to break at least $95-million by the end of this weekend. In comparison, this number is slightly less than the $10-million that Spider-Man 3 opened with via Thursday midnight screenings on this weekend in 2007. Continue reading for one fan who decided to recreate some of the stunts with parkour.

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Did you know that Spider-Man's web fluid only lasts for an hour? That's right, Peter Parker used his scientific know-how to create his own adhesive web and web-shooters. Fortunately for window washers and street cleaners alike, Stan Lee was quick to key in readers to the fact that Spider-Man's webbing only lasts for about an hour before it evaporates into thin air. Continue reading for more.

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Germany-based laser weapons specialist Patrick Priebe has just unveiled his latest project, a Spider-Man-inspired electromagnetic web shooter that fires a harpoon-tipped length fishing line into styrofoam targets. Similar to the movie / comic counterparts, this one is worn on the wrist, and fired by pressing on a button located on a custom-built plate under the glove material, on the user's palm. Additional features include an aiming laser and LEDs to indicate its operational status. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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So, you've got a cool motorcycle suit, now it's time to pick up an equally awesome helmet to go along with it, and these custom Spider-Man and Venom creations by DONY Custom most certainly fit the bill. Unfortunately, you'll have to shell out $430+ for one of these babies. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on turning weapons into instruments.

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The Replica Prop Forum user "MoonSpider" scrapped together $600 and built the ultimate Spider-Man suit. According to MoonSpider, "this suit has well-hidden zippers than run down the sides from the armpit to the waist, then along the belt in the back. The back of the suit becomes an open flap that you enter and exit by way of an elaborate interpretive dance and a healthy bit of contortion." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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