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Boeing Death Ray

Boeing has unveiled HEL MD (High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator), a truck-mounted weapon that uses an invisible laser beam to exact targets, the rounds are capable of taking down drones from the sky and even missiles in inclement weather. It's equipped with a 10-kilowatt solid state laser and a radar system mounted atop a heavy truck at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Transparent Solar Panel

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Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a crystal clear solar concentrator that can be utilized on anything with a clear surface, whether it be a window in your house or the screen on your smartphone, to gather energy without blocking the view. Once the solar energy is absorbed, the light waves get trapped and guided to the edges of the plastic solar concentrator where photovoltaic cells turn them into electricity. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Marnie the Dog shopping.

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Dyson 360 Eye

Most vacuums require lots of elbow grease, but Dyson's 360 Eye is unlike any of its predecessors. James Dyson says it features the most powerful suction of any robot vacuum, along with a futuristic 360-degree vision system with infrared sensors sees capable of seeing in all directions at once. The Eye even selects reference points to track its position. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Kreweser

Summer may be over (or soon to begin) for many of us, but that doesn't mean wrapping yourself up and sitting by the fireplace just yet. There may still be time left to make use of Kreweser, a foldable electric trike that comes equipped with a 94-quart cooler, which doubles as a seat. Once you reach your destination (at up to 18mph), the cooler can easily be removed from the trike. Continue reading for more images and information.

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The Quant e-Sportlimousine is a sports car unlike any other, as it has been designed to achieve 217.5 mph (350 km/h) on nothing but saltwater. The 5,070lbs (2,300kg) Quant e-Sportlimousine's radical drive enables it to reach 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, making it as fast as the McLaren P1. The saltwater technology has now been certified for use on European roads. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Google Self Driving Car

Here's yet another look at Google's self-driving car, which is almost ready for public streets around the world. Just to recap, it uses a combination of video cameras, radar sensors, lasers, GPS and the most detailed 3D maps ever compiled to navigate the roads. According to Chris Urmson, leader of the project, "The maps even show the height of the curb. They are constantly being updated to show road works and other variables." Continue reading for a detailed video and more information.

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Elysium Exoskeleton

In Elysium, Matt Damon was equipped with an exoskeleton, a sort of automated body armor that augments his strength and speed, also helping him to move as his illness becomes ever-more debilitating. YouTube user "The Hacksmith" decided to create his own version, and while it may not be as powerful as Damon's, lifting 170-pound barbells has never been easier. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a vacuum cleaner that works so well you can eat off the ground after using it.

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Classic Art Modern Technology

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What happens when you combine classic paintings with modern technology? These 5 mashups by artist Kim Dong Kyu of Korea. There's the "Girl With a Pearl Earring (and iPhone)", "Relax[-ing with Some Music]", "Balcony [Shots for Instagram]", and a couple more. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pilot attempting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Mike Harrah 24-Cylinder

The Veyron may feature an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, W16 cylinder engine that produces 1001hp, but Mike Harrah definitely has this beat. Continue reading for more pictures and information. He's the proud owner of one of of the biggest semi trucks you will ever see. It pushes over 3,400 hp and is held together with a 40 foot chassis, thanks to a dozen superchargers and 24 cylinders (two V12 engines) that could whet the appetite of any muscle / power / hyper car junkie. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Teen Inventions

At the age of 13, Kelvin Doe of Sierra Leone started making batteries and generators using only scrap materials gathered in and around his home. He's a completely self-taught engineer who manages his own fully-staffed community radio station in Sierra Leone where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker 'DJ Focus.' This radio station is powered by a generator created from a deteriorating voltage stabilizer, which he found in the trash, while a simple antenna lets his neighborhood listen in. Continue reading for more.

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