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Alan Shepard Golfing Moon

NASA astronaut Alan Shepard made his second space flight as Commander of Apollo 14 from January 31 to February 9, 1971. He piloted the lunar module Antares to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program, and this was the first mission to broadcast extensive color television coverage from the lunar surface, using the Westinghouse Lunar Color Camera. While on the Moon, Shepard used a Wilson six-iron head attached to a lunar sample scoop handle to drive golf balls. Continue reading for another video and pictures of the club itself.

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NARKE Electric Jet Ski

Sleek and stylish, the NARKE Electrojet is essentially a stealth fighter-inspired electric jet ski, or to be more specific, it's touted as the "world's first electric-powered personal watercraft (PWC)." It offers 60 hp of water shredding fun, and is capable of speeds up to 35mph. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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NEC Facial Recognition

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A facial recognition system will be used for the first time across an Olympics as organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games in Tokyo. NEC's NeoFace technology will be customized to monitor every accredited person, which includes athletes, officials, staff and media, at more than 40 venues, games villages and media centers. This is being put in place to eliminate entry with forged IDs, reduce congestion at accredited waiting lines and reduce athletes' stress under the warm weather. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Trident Underwater Scooter

The Trident Underwater Scooter is designed for scuba divers and snorkelers, but just about anyone who wants to zip across the water should try this gadget out. It can dive down to a maximum depth of 164-feet, thanks to a dual propeller system, which delivers up to 26-pounds of thrust. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Awake Ravik Electric Surfboard

The Awake Ravik may not be the first electric surfboard, but this one can be wirelessly controled, and is constructed from a carbon fiber composite. When combined with a 11 kW brushless electric motor, you get a board capable of achieving a top speed of 35mph on the water in just 4-seconds. A fully charged battery will get you 40 minutes of ride time, while the 1" display on the handheld controller shows just how much juice is left, along with the speed and selecting different rider modes. Happen to fall of your board? An automatic kill switch automatically engages, thanks to integrated sensors. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining what's going on with Elon Musk.

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Tesla Surfboard

First, there was Boring Company's flamethrower, now, Tesla apparently released a $1,500 surfboard earlier today, limited to 200-units, which promptly sold out in minutes. "The Limited Edition Tesla Surfboard features a mix of the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes used on all our cars. The deck is reinforced with light-weight 'Black Dart' carbon fiber, inspired by the interiors in our cars, and featuring tonal logos in subtle contrast gloss," according to the product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Flyboard Lamborghini

For those who don't know, the Flyboard Air is a type of jetpack/hoverboard powered by proprietary turbojets, and created by French inventor Franky Zapata. It allows flight up to an altitude of 10,000 feet and has a top speed of over 100 mph, while offering 10 minutes autonomy. The video above shows what happens when it takes on a Lamborghini Hurcan in the desert. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how movie trailers are made.

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D-Mask

This is not a prop from an upcoming Star Wars movie, just "D-Mask", a futuristic scuba diving mask that covers the full face. You can either connect it an air tank or on its own, which enables you to breathe easily without the need of a sealed mouthpiece. A bone-conduction radio system enables you to enjoy music or quickly communicate with other divers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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CUDA Underwater Jetpack

New 3D printers are quite affordable, and that means many inventors have taken it upon themselves to create new gadgets, like CUDA, designed by student Archie O'Brien. This underwater jetpack was designed to help users glide through water weightlessly, and is powered by rechargeable batteries. Its custom flow system allows water to enter an upper valve intake before being pushed through stator fins, which reduce radial flow and enable you to go faster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Toyota Cue Basketball Robot

The Toyota Engineering Society has built a humanoid robot designed to shoot a basketball, and much better than even some professional players. How? It uses artificial intelligence to learn from players on the Japanese B League team Alvark Tokyo and then perfect its shot to nearly 100-percent accuracy at short distances, like the free throw line. The robot fits right in with the team as well, since it stands 6 ft 3 in tall. 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 a bowling ball taking on a trampoline from 45-meters.

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