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Hackers Remotely Kill Jeep

Believe it or not, hackers managed to remotely take over the controls of a Jeep Cherokee driving on the highway, activating windshield wipers, radio, and even going as far as shutting off the car's engine in the middle of a highway. According to Wired, "The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep's brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch." In the experiment, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek used a Wired reporter as "a digital crash-test dummy" to expose the vulnerabilities in internet-connected entertainment and navigation systems featured in many new vehicles. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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8x8 ATV

Here's another look at the Shaman, an 8x8 all-terrain vehicle that measures a massive 6-meters long, 3 meters high, and 2.5 meters wide. It weighs 2.5-tons, and land, snow or water is no obstacle for this beast. The Shaman is powered by a turbocharged Iveco F1C 3.0L engine that produces an ample 146-horsepower, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Inside the fighter jet-inspired interior, drivers can select from 3-different steering systems: On-Road (front 4WD), Off-Road (active rear wheel steering), as well as a unique Crab Mode, which turns all 8 of its wheels in sync to move sideways. Should it be used in battle, the vehicle can carry 1.5-tons of cargo while scaling 45° inclines. As J.P. Morgan would say, "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it." For those who can, it takes a full 2-months (or longer) to manufacture, depending on the customization level. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one that shows an old, unassuming Volkswagen taking on a Ferrari 458 at the strip.

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HD Laser Projector

The UO Smart Beam Laser is touted as the "world's smallest HD laser projector", fits in your palm, and its laser-projected image requires no focusing. The 2.2-inch cube produces a sharp 720p image and is good for 2 hours of continuous use on a full charge. A micro-HDMI input makes it a breeze to connect a set-top box or game console - also supports wireless connections. You can either use the built-in speakers, or plug it into a soundbar or desktop system. Get one here now. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.

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Water-Powered Motorcycle

Sao Paulo-based public officer Ricardo Azevedo has built a water-powered motorcycle that can travel 310-miles on single liter of H20. Called the "T Power H20", it features a combination of water as well as a single external car battery used to produce electricity and separate hydrogen from the water molecule. The process, which utilizes a special a pipe system, results in combustion, creating the energy necessary to power the bike. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Terrafugia TF-X

You've probably heard about this company for years, but now they've officially taken the wraps off their TF-X model, a street-legal, four-seat fixed wing aircraft. Its engine and electric power source are similar to an electric car, but in addition to wheels, there are fold-up wings. A built-in GPS will help drivers navigate both land and air, as well as assist with auto-landing when in inclement weather. The company so far has 100+ pre-orders for the craft, which is estimated to cost $279,000, without any options. This updated model features an improved hybrid engine system, making it faster, heavier and roomier, with rotor blades on each wing tip that assist take off / landing, while folding away during flight. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for today's five most popular viral videos, including one on how to draw a perfect circle freehand.

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SCiO Pocket Spectrometer

We have seen the future of spectrometers, and it includes the SCiO. This pocket-sized gadget can tell you the molecular fingerprint of just about anything, including alcoholic content in a or the amount of sugar in a mango. How does it work? Well, it basically measures the light reflected off any given object, breaks down its spectrum, and then sends that information to the cloud. Next, the Consumer Physics' unique algorithms immediately interpret the resulting data and the results show up on the free companion app in 5-seconds or less (data connection required). Expect to pay $249 for the device when it hits stores. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Hidden Pool Himalayas

Photo credit: Mikepants

Drones are good for many things, including discovering hidden glacial pools in the Himalayas. While no additional information was provided, you can see that a professional photography (or two) made it up to this previously unknown spot to take some long-exposure photos, stars and all. It's only a matter of time before rugged drones, capable of surviving missions to arctic regions, will stumble upon something truly earth shattering, like Middle Earth, or so we'd like to dream. Continue reading for more interesting pictures, including a cool gravity fountain.

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Plastic Welder

Bondic's Liquid Plastic Welder can be used to repair almost anything, and it's not only waterproof, but heat-resistant as well. Simply clean the surface, apply liquid plastic to the area, cure it for 4-seconds using the UV light, add additional layers as necessary, and then sand until you're happy with the surface. It won't leave you with sticky fingers, and it works on plastic, wood, metal, as well as fabric. Get one here now for $22. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Quadrofoil Electric Personal Watercraft

Here's another look at the Quadrofoil, a dual-seat watercraft that utilizes C-foil technology to lift the vessel above the water, thus reducing water resistance, increasing efficiency, and creating a flying sensation. It's powered by a near-silent electric motor that creates zero emissions, while still offering a range of up to 62-miles per charge and a cruising speed of up to 23mph. The watercraft features a patented, integrated steering system with a touchscreen that displays battery life, range, speed, and power consumption. Since its lightweight composite hull weighs only 220 pounds, it's a breeze to get in and out of water. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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RadRover Electric Fat Bike

Powered by a Samsung 48 volt 11.6 Ah battery that produces 750 watts of power, the RadRover Electric Fat Bike has a 20mph top speed and a range of 20-plus miles. Its 4" wide Kenda fatbike tires, along with lightweight 6061 aluminum frame, brushless geared hub motor, suspension fork, 7-speed Shimano drive train, leather grips and comfort saddle, front and rear Tektro disc brakes, stainless steel spokes, double wall rims, and a remote controlled integrated high-powered LED headligh, enable it to tackle any terrain. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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