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XStat Syrine

We covered the XStat Rapid Homeostasis System back in December, when it first received FDA approval, but now, the device has saved its first life on the battlefield. The syringe is filled with cellulose sponge tablets that are coated with a homeostatic agent that grows rapidly to fill the wound. They absorb blood pumping into the area, and plug the cavity to allow clotting to begin near instantly. In its first real world application, a soldier's femoral artery was damaged by a gunshot wound, and the XStat syringe was used to fill the wound, enabling him to become stable and be transported to a definitive care facility. 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 ultimate grappling hook, and just how difficult it is to use one.

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MIT Materiable

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MIT's Tangible Media Group has created a shape-shifting block interface, called "Materiable", that can mimic water, sand, rubber and more. By integrating the multi-modal sensation techniques of haptics, the team was able to build a perceptive model for those materials in response to direct manipulation without precise force feedback. "The system can create computationally variable properties of deformable materials that are visually and physically perceivable. In our experiments, users identify three deformable material properties (flexibility, elasticity and viscosity) through direct touch interaction with the shape display and its dynamic movements," said the team. 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 that shows how to make a liquid nitrogen-propelled rocket launcher.

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1919 Amusement Park Ride

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Just when you thought amusement park rides couldn't get any crazier, this attraction from 1919 surfaces. Devised by two New York inventors, the electromagnetic cannon shoots a bullet-like shell onto a large cushion of water, and upon striking the lagoon, it's guided back to the starting point by a link-belt. Special electric cars carry the "rockets" back to the station, thence around to the gun breech, where a hydraulic plunger loads the carrier into the gun. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone who fell asleep with Tesla's Autopilot turned on.

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China Elevated Bus

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The "Transit Elevated Bus" has been revealed at the Beijing High-Tech Expo, and it's designed to drive directly over cars on the street. This vehicle runs on a set of fixed rails embedded on the road, making it a cross between a tram and bus. "With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth that of the subway,' said Bai Zhiming, engineer in charge of the TEB project. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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DOGO Combat Robot

We have seen the future of tactical combat technologies, and it includes DOGO, a 26-pound tank robot that boasts an integrated Glock 26 (Baby Glock) 9mm pistol that can fire 5-rounds in 2-seconds. To aim the weapon, an operator would simply use the "Point & Shoot" software interface. Just touch the aim point on the control unit's screen - 360° video provided by 6 cameras, and you're ready to fire. It's also capable of climbing stairs and comes equipped with a two-way audio communications system, just in case the enemy is willing to surrender. Fully charged, expect 2-hours of continuous use while chugging along at 2.5mph. 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 an incredible Star Wars battle filmed with drones.

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Armatix iP1 Smart Gun

Armatix, the main company who is currently developing a smart-gun for sale in the US., has just released its .22-caliber iP1 handgun. This firearm only functions after its owner enters a 5-digit code into a special watch that comes with the weapon. This device then sends a wireless signal to a computer chip embedded inside the gun, allowing it to fire. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the fie most popular viral videos today, including one of an interesting shoelace life hack.

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EO Smart Connecting Car 2

The Flexible EO Smart Connecting Car 2 is a tiny transforming vehicle that can actually change its shape by compressing itself by having its body panels overlap each other. All four of its independently-powered wheels can turn 90°, becoming perpendicular to the car's compact body, allowing you to drive sideways. Continue reading for a video of the first-generation model, and more information.

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Sticker Phone

The problem with most solar-powered products on the market is that there just isn't an easy way to maximize panel efficiency without risk damaging the device itself. Sticker Phone aims to change that as it's a basic mobile phone you can easily attach to any glass window for instant charging. Once charging is complete, simply pull it off, and you'll be ready to call. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Bionic Arm Konami

James Young, a biological scientist and video game fanatic from London suffered a freak accident while out with friends at age 22. It all began when he lost his step at a London train station, falling between two carriages as the train pulled up, thus suffering injuries that included a severed left leg below the knee, collapsed lungs, a fractured skull, and cracks along his spine. Though surgeons attempted to save his left arm by removing dead and infected tissue, it had to be amputated. Approximately 4-years later, Young was fitted with a futuristic limb, designed by prosthetics artist Sophie De Oliveira Barata and game developer Konami. This limb uses electronic sensors to detect movements in his shoulder muscles, giving him full control over the battery-powered hand and arm. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy cheese puff machine gun.

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Chevrolet FNR

Here's another look at the Chevrolet FNR, a futuristic concept vehicle with a capsule design. What sets this apart from other self-driving cars are its "Dragonfly" dual-swing doors that enable most of the bodywork to peel away like armor. It uses integrated sensors, along with a roof-mounted radar unit, for autonomous operation, and it can even suggest alternate routes when a human helms the controls. In self-driving mode, the front seats are capable of swiveling 180° to face the rear seats. Continue reading for another video. Click here to view more images of the FNR.

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