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TAF20 Fire-Fighting Robot

When fires get too dangerous, you need a machine like TAF20 to step in. This beastly machine sports an extinguishing turbine mounted on a compact crawler vehicle. The turbine is fitted with a nozzle ring that atomizes water and extinguishing foam to form fine particulate matter, distributed by a propeller. To keep firefighters safe, the robot can be remotely controlled from a distance up to 500-meters. It also features a fan to clear smoke and a bulldozer blade that can move aside large obstacles, such as building debris, making navigation through dangerous zones much easier. 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 showing a shock wave caused by a 10,000-pound underwater explosive test.

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QMR Magnetic Levitation Car

Formula E may be the current rage, but in a few more years, we could see racers with maglev technology. That's right, just imagine how fast these possibly autonomous vehicles would be if there was no rolling resistance? To put things in perspective, the highest recorded speed of a maglev train is 374.69 mph, 17.5 mph faster than the conventional TGV speed record. The QMR (Quantum Motor Racing) concept that you see above makes is powered entirely by superconductors and magnets. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate knife sharpener.

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Reading Through Closed Books

MIT researchers have developed an imaging system capable of reading through closed books. The prototype was tested on a stack of papers - each with one letter printed on it - and it was able to successfully identify the letters on the top nine sheets. "The Metropolitan Museum in New York showed a lot of interest in this, because they want to, for example, look into some antique books that they don't even want to touch," said Barmak Heshmat, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. MIT researchers developed the algorithms that acquire images from individual sheets in stacks of paper, while Georgia Tech researchers created an algorithm to interpret the incomplete images as individual letters. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real Holodeck.

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3D-Printed Camera

There are 3D-printed houses, cars, food, and now, 35mm cameras. Called "SLO", this is the world's first 3D-printed 35mm camera with interchangeable lenses. The components consist of: a film cartridge, film path, film take-up spools, shutter, aperture plane, lens, film access door, and a lightproof box. Thanks to its modular design, the lens and shutter systems can easily be replaced, while an indicator up top shows how much film is remaining in the roll. Behind the lens is an adjustable aperture system, in which the user can expose shots using two different shutter buttons. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing just how incredible Mad Max: Fury Road still looks without any visual effects.

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Mercedes Vision Van

We have seen the future of package deliveries, and they'll be coming in the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van. This futuristic vehicle not only looks cool, but has a fully automated cargo space and integrated delivery drones, enabling multiple package deliveries to nearby customers autonomously by air. Under the hood, you'll find an ample 100-horsepower electric powertrain that offers up to a 167-mile range depending on driving conditions. Click here to view more images of the Vision Van. Continue reading for an in-depth interior and exterior video tour.

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Karma Revero

This Karma Revero may look familiar, and that's because it was formerly known as the Fisker Karma. Chinese company Wanxiang has revived this electric sports car, and it's now powered by a GM-sourced turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 260-horsepower, while offering an on-board charger that is 6.6 kW in capacity. The new 21.4 kWh main battery has enough power to provide the hybrid with an electric-only rage of about 50-miles - combined range of 300-miles. The new infotainment system offers a new touchscreen and high-definition cluster, running at 60 frames per second, with future support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Click here to view more images of the Revero. Continue reading for the official unveiling video and more information.

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Boeing F-15 2040C

Boeing is planning a major fleet-wide overhaul of all combat coded F-15Cs, and the upgrade is called "2040C" or "Advanced F-15," and will incorporate both new and old technology from the Silent Eagle program. For starters, the Advanced F-15 will boast "quad packs" which fit onto standard under-wing and belly hard-points, doubling its current air-to-air loadout to 16 missiles. It will also feature the Talon HATE communications pod, enabling the aircraft to transfer and receive data from F-22s operating alongside Eagles in combat theaters on a secured high-speed link. Inside, Multifunction displays (MFDs) and gauges will be replaced with a large area display (LAD), similar to those found in F-35 Lightning IIs. 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 hidden room where you'd least expect.

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OX Flat-Pack Truck

Unlike other vehicles, the OX - created by McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray - is a modular flat-pack truck that can be assembled like IKEA furniture by a small team in just 12-hours., designed by the man who came up with the legendary McLaren F1. When fully-assembled, it draws power from a 2.2L 16v diesel producing 100-horsepower and 229 lb-ft. of torque, while carrying more than two tons of cargo. It can also be configured to accommodate up to 13 people, carry eight 44-gallon drums or up to three Euro-pallets. The driver sits in the center of the cab McLaren F1-style, with a passenger seat on either side - though in this case. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Viking 29031


Think of the Viking 29031 as Russia's answer to the Land Rover. It's officially known as an "Advanced All-Terrain Amphibious Vehicle," and boasts powerful water-jet propulsion for riding rough waters, enabling it to achieve speeds of up to 12 km/h (7.4 mph). The cabin can accommodate seven crew members or 1,873-pounds worth of gear, making it ideal for rescue / emergency services or military operations. Optional equipment include: a hammock sleeper, adjustable clearance, sunroof, Thorsen differential lock and external lighting. 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 showing how to make your very own hard drive clock.

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USS Zumwalt Destroyer


The 610-foot-long USS Zumwalt destroyer embarked on its first mission this week, leaving Bath Iron Works in Maine for a commissioning ceremony on Oct 15th in San Diego. This 15,000-ton beast took 4-years to build at an estimated cost of $4.3 billion. Featuring a new weapons system that can fire 600 rocket-powered projectiles on targets more than 70 miles away. It boasts stealth capabilities, having a radar cross-section akin to a fishing boat, despite its large size. On the inside, you'll find a Star Trek-like bridge, complete with two chairs enveloped by 360-degrees of displays. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including rare footage of astronauts falling on the moon.

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