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Flash Falcon

Oscar Vinals unveils Flash Falcon, a double-decker supersonic aircraft that would reach a top speed of Mach 3 (approximately 2,300mph), enabling you to travel from London to New York in just 2.5-hours. It has capacity for 250 passengers, and is powered by carbon-free energy, with a portable fusion reactor-based supersonic engine, as well as six electric-combustion engines that would tilt 10 to 20 degrees and allow the plane to take off or land vertically. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn is basically a new game that lets players take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy, as they explore a lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Stunningly detailed forests, imposing mountains, and atmospheric ruins of a bygone civilization meld together in a landscape that is alive with changing weather systems and a full day/night cycle. Sony hired Hollywood special effects Spectral Motion to create this amazing animatronic mecha dinosaur suit for E3 2016. 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 insane F1 sidecar racing.

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K-36D Ejection Seat

The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.

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Audi Plan B Truck

The problem with most big rigs is that they really aren't aesthetically pleasing, but Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko aim to change that with the Audi Project Plan B. Rather than a normal cabin, both driver and passenger sit up top with fighter jet masks. This may not be practical (or safe), but it will definitely make you look twice on the road. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of The Night King carved entirely from a watermelon.

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Rolls-Royce 103EX

Rolls-Royce's new electric-powered 103EX Vision Next 100 is autonomous and doesn't even have a steering wheel. Featuring a plethora of luxuries, including "coach/suicide" and "gullwing-style" doors, as well as a giant OLED display in the cabin, rather than a standard dashboard. For added luxury, there's two gigantic slabs of Macassar wood paneling on the doors. Passengers will be able to interact with the vehicle only by using gesture or voice controls. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mixed reality Star Wars tech demo.

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Razer OSVR HDK2

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Razer's Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset has just received a new update called Hacker Development Kit 2 (HDK2). Unlike its predecessor, HDK 1.4, this version features an updated (2160x1200) OLED display panel and a 90Hz refresh rate, which matches the Oculus Rift. Plus, it also comes equipped with an Image Quality Enhancer that reduces screen-door-effect issues that most VR glasses users experience. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Manhole Machine

Ever wonder how they make those giant manholes? Well, it's probably with the HS-57 Manhole Saw II from Coneqtec-Universal. This heavy-duty skid-steer attachment that removes the collar and surrounding area of concrete and asphalt encasing manhole covers. It includes heavy-duty hydraulic motors, a hydraulic-powered breakout feature, and 45 carbide-tipped picks to cut through concrete, asphalt and brick at blistering speeds. A self-aligning hydraulic clamp securely attaches to the collar. It provides a 57-inch-diameter hole cut, and lifts the collar and surrounding layers of concrete/asphalt when the cut is finished. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of T-Rex tackling an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course.

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Secret iPhone Display

Celal Goger, a 42-year-old mobile phone repairman from the Turkish town of Bismil, Diyarbakır province, has created a special mobile display that can only be seen with special privacy glasses. He programmed a small chip to turn the display on an iPhone, iPad, etc. completely white, while another chip that is mounted on any pair of glasses and connects via Blutooth, to unmask the content. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral drone footage showing the devastating power of flood waters.

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RoBattle Combat Robot

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) aims to take robotic warfare to the next level with RoBattle. Designed to be used as a decoy or for surveillance during ground missions, it comes equipped with vehicle control, navigation, real-time mapping, autonomy, motion sensors, manipulator arms, remotely controlled weapons, and radars. No word yet on if we'll see a consumer version that you'll be able to modify to your liking. 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 Game of Thrones, Mario style.

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Lenovo Flexible Smartphone

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Officially called "CPlus", Lenovo's new smartphone boasts a 4.26-inch flexible display - running the Android operating system - and will come in a choice of 12 different colors. The accompanying tablet folds out to reveal two displays: one up front and another on the back. Click here to view more images of the phone. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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