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Truck Camera

Photographer Kurt Moser wasn't happy with the photos from his custom glass plate camera, nicknamed "baby" (bottom photo). So, he decided to go big, literally, using a 45-year-old Russian military truck as his starting point. This truck camera uses an extremely rare APO Nikkor 1780mm lens, one of ten in the world, to capture images up to 4.9-feet in size on large glass plates that weigh nearly 90-pounds each. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Aero E Racer

Unlike other e-bikes, the futuristic Aero E Racer blurs the line between petrol-powered cafe racers and an electric city bike. Powered by an electric motor from Tacita, maker of the T-Race electric rally bike, it generates around 75-horsepower, thanks to a 10.6 kWh battery pack. It sits on a tubular chrome moly steel frame, has a front-mounted GoPro for live videos, and is finished with carbon / kevlar body panels. An iPhone-connected dashboard ensures easy access to vital information. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Cyborg Beetle

Dr. Hirotaka Sato, an aerospace engineer at Nanyang Technological University, and his team, have managed to turn live beetles into cyborgs by electrically controlling their motor functions. Simply put, the researchers wired the insects so that they could be controlled by a switchboard after countless hours of research on their neural networks. This means they can manipulate the different walking gaits, speeds, flying direction, and other forms of motion, thus becoming robots of sorts. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of baby Groot in a new Guardians of the Galaxy 2 teaser.

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THeMIS ADDER Tank

Estonia-based defense provider Milrem has unveiled THeMIS ADDER, a shape-shifting mini tank that can be remotely controlled, and equipped with a 360° rotating CIS 50MG capable of hitting targets up to 1.1-miles away. Not just a rolling war machine, it can carry up to 1,653 to 2,205 pounds of gear, and cruises between 15-21.7 mph. Alternative uses include: a remote reconnaissance platform, C-IED platform and medevac vehicle. "Unmanned systems will play a significant role in the development of military capabilities in future. Within the next 10 years, we will see smart ground systems complimenting the human troops during joint missions," said said Milrem CEO Kuldar Vaarsi. 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 a megaphone that automatically translates spoken words into another language.

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Johammer J1

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Think of the Johammer J1 as a Tesla Powerwall you can actually ride. Designed by Leonie and Jean-Marie Lawniczak, this electric motorcycle comes equipped with an air-cooled 11 kW rear-wheel hub single-speed maintenance-free motor, that has a peak power output of 16 kW. The entire bike is encapsulated in 7mm thick polypropylene, made in Italy by a company that specializes in modular plastic furniture, while corrugated lines in draws inspiration from World War II-era Junkers Ju.52 "Tante Ju". Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of some awesome Confederate motorcycles.

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Nikola One

The hydrogen electric-powered Nikola One has a power output of 1,000 HP and 2,000 lb-ft (2,712 Nm) of torque, which enables it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 30-seconds under load, approximately half the time needed for its diesel-powered counterpart. The electric motors are powered by 320-kWh lithium-ion battery incorporated directly into the frame rail. Continue reading for the live unveiling video and more information.

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Audi Moon Rover

Audi has partnered with PT Scientists, a Google Lunar X Prize team, to develop a vehicle specifically to examine the Apollo 17 moon rover left on the surface. What does the winning team get? How does $20-million sound? The team hopes to launch two rovers by late 2017, sending live HD pictures to Earth as they travel to within 656-feet of the Apollo rover, left on the lunar surface in 1972, and inspect it remotely. The launch is set to take place on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Diamond Nuclear Battery

Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered a method to convert nuclear waste into long-lasting batteries using diamonds. That's right, this new technology transforms thousands of tons of toxic nuclear waste into lab-grown diamond batteries that could last essentially forever. Early prototypes of the battery use nickel-63 as the radiation source, which is encased within the man-made diamond, while carbon-14, a radioactive version of carbon which can be easily harvested from graphite blocks, is next in line for testing. "There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation. By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy," said Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University of Bristol's Interface Analysis Center. 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 a BMW i8 getting their window smashed for blocking NYC traffic.

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Chronos High-Speed Camera

Priced from $2600, the Chronos 1.4, powered by a 1280x1024 CMOS image sensor with a 1.4Gpx/s throughput, costs only a fraction of a Phantom Flex ($25000) and is capable of capturing motion at 1,057 fps (full-resolution), all the way up to 21,649 fps at lower resolutions. It also features a touchscreen interface, complete with jog wheel, and is fully compatible with C and CS mount lenses out of the box, while drawing power from Nikon EN-EL4A batteries. Continue reading for a Phantom comparison video and more information.

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SolarStratos

SolarStratos, set for an official launch in 2018, is essentially a solar-powered airplane that will take humans to the edge of space and back, achieving an altitude of more than 75,000 feet. This 5-hour mission will subject both the plane and passengers to frigid temperatures and extremely low pressures. At 8.5 meters long, it's powered by a 32-kW electric engine and 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, charged by 22-square-meters of solar cells, which cover the wings. 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 the vision of Nintendo at Universal theme parks.

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