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Moontopia

The Moontopia project may look like something out of this world, and while it does give us a glimpse at the geometric structures future astronauts could live in, it's actually the Elbphilharmonie Plaza by architectural photographer Hao Chen. The futuristic complex is located on the banks of the River Elbe, and is centered around a 2,100-seat arena positioned at a height of 50 meters, which is detached from the remainder of the structures for sound-proofing reasons. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Airbus Flying Car

Gallery Photo Credit: Amos Chapple

Airbus is planning to unveil a self-piloted personal aircraft by the end of the year to reduce traffic on inner-city roads. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground. Now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," he said, adding that he believed the company would be testing flying single-person transport by the end of the year. We are in an experimentation phase. We take this development very seriously. If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business," said the aerospace group's CEO, Tom Enders. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of photos that were all taken with a drone.

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Atlas Underground Survival Shelter

Atlas Survival Shelters are delivered to your home by flat-bed semi-truck, and can be installed in days. Its round corrugated pipe design get buried 20-feet underground, and are manufactured by a small American company specializing in making bomb shelters since the Cold War era. Featuring an air filtration system, complete with Co2 air scrubbers, solar panels, blast door, sleeping area, full kitchenette, a bathroom, and a decontamination room. Continue reading for another video tour, more pictures and information.

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Linnaeus Drone

Some drones are great for capturing video, while Linnaeus is designed specifically to monitor large open green spaces and ensure that the plant life is well irrigated. At the push of a button, it goes from flying mode into a tracked vehicle to analyze the plants that may need watering or attention. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Electric Mercedes-Benz Supercar

Designed by Mihael Merkler from Gostivar, Macedonia, this electric Mercdes-Benz supercar draws inspiration from the Lamborghini Huracan and McLaren 570GT, adopting a similar size as well. Featuring individual hub motors and battery packs that could be placed just about anywhere. It also comes equipped with wireless electric energy transfer coils and new-generation "perovskite" solar panels. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Speaking Piano

Peter Ablinger, an Austrian composer, has created a system capable of transforming a child speaking into MIDI events played on a mechanically-controlled piano. The result? A creepy voice straight from a horror film. Ablinger describes the events as 'pixels', a system that takes human speech and translates it to a sequence of notes to be played on a piano by 'mechanical fingers.' Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Tesla X Crashes

South Korean musician and actor Ji Chang Son has filed a lawsuit against Tesla in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California claiming that when he was pulling into the driveway in September, his Model X accelerated on its own into his garage. He wrote in the lawsuit: "The vehicle spontaneously began to accelerate at full power, jerking forward and crashing through the interior wall of the garage, destroying several wooden support beams in the wall and a steel sewer pipe, among other things, and coming to rest in Plaintiffs' living room." Continue reading for pictures of the aftermath and more information.

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Featuring a frameless design, the Xiaomi Mi TV 4, complete with Dolby Atmos audio technology, measures just 4.9mm at its thinnest point,and is claimed to be 30% thinner than the iPhone 7. It comes in 49, 55, and 65-inch variants, and the cool factor doesn't stop there, as the television is modular, meaning users are able to swap out the motherboard and other internals when they want to upgrade. This display comes bundled with the company's Mi TV Bar, which integrates 10 speakers, 2 wireless rear satellite speakers, and a subwoofer. Official pricing hasn't been announced yet, but Hugo Barra, Global VP at Xiaomi, claims it will be priced "well under" $2,000. 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 crushing a Nokia 3310 with a red hot hydraulic press.

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Solar Powered Yacht

Unlike traditional hybrid-yachts, the "Solarwave 64" has been specifically designed for long-range solar-cruising, using the power of the sun only, thus removing the need to start the diesel-engine since battery-capacity is predetermined for more than one night of permanent cruising. However, if he sun doesn't shine for several days, a range-extender offers a safe alternate power-source, guaranteeing fully-charged batteries while removing weather dependency. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Tesla GT

If you thought the Tesla Model S P100D was quick, check out the Tesla GT, which has a power output of 778 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of two seconds flat. It's half a second faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder, thanks to dropping 1,100-pounds from the curb weight, while boosting torque to 734 lb-ft. The Electric GT Championship Series will launch on the island of Ibiza on Sept. 27, and consist of 20 drivers on 10 different teams. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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