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DARPA Robotic Suspension System

DARPA's new advanced suspension system adapts to rough terrain and lets robots easily glide over obstacles without trouble. It's based on a modified iRobot 510 PackBot, and is durable enough to withstand rocks being thrown directly at its treads. Currently, it's being used for such tasks as bomb disposal and surveillance. 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 Stephen Hawking taking on Paul Rudd in a match of quantum chess.

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Iron Man Indonesia

Wayan Sutawan has earned the title of "Indonesia's Iron Man" after building a robotic device that enables him to control his paralyzed left arm with just his thoughts. The father of three spent months working on this device using scrap metal as well as the knowledge he gained during his mechanical engineering studies in high school. The final product consists of a strap-on mechanism for his paralyzed limb connected to a headband that reads his brainwaves and transmits commands. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Bionic Eye Camera

Filmmaker Rob Spence decided to replace his prosthetic glass eye with a more powerful camera, and call himself "Eyeborg". He lost vision one eye in a freak accident as a child, while incorrectly holding the shotgun and shooting a pile of cow dung. From afar, the camera-eye looks like normal, but it's actually equipped with a micro radio-frequency transmitter that transmits images to a handheld monitor. "Literally everybody [said] it as a joke - people during the surgery say, 'Oh you should get an eye camera.' The idea is so out-there in pop culture and science fiction," said Spence. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy toy roller coaster.

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Antipode Mach 24

Engineer Charles Bombardier has unveiled his latest concept jet, called the "Antipode", which is capable of achieving the breakneck speed of Mach 24 - more than 12 times faster than Concorde. It can carry 10 passengers at speeds up to 12,430 miles per hour, enabling one way trips from London to New York in just 11-minutes. This aircraft would be able to take off directly from any airfield by using reusable rocket boosters attached to its wings, and provide enough thrust to lift off, climb to 40,000 feet, before accelerating to Mach 5. The boosters would then separate and fly back to the airbase. Once Mach 5 is reached, the aircraft's onboard computer would ignite its supersonic combustion ramjet engine and accelerate up to Mach 24 at 40,000 feet. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Homemade Exoskeleton

Exoskeleton fanatic James Hobson created a proof-of-concept exoskeleton concept in 2014 that enabled him to curl 170-pounds with ease. Now, the upgraded version features a lower portion constructed from a pneumatic jacks connected to a miniature air compressor, all held together by steel bars and ratcheting joints. All of these upgrades enabled him to lift a 2,524-pound Mini Cooper, and without any issues. However, his ultimate goal is a full-body suit that incorporates both his arms and legs, rather than have two exoskeleton halves. Click hereClick here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including the epic Pokemon Super Bowl commercial.

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Drone Racing League

It's official, drone racing is now a real sport, starting with the Drone Racing League (DRL). These races take place in empty stadiums, abandoned malls, and old warehouses that have been equipped with bright neon checkpoints to steer the drones in the right direction, while dry ice fog is pumped in to create a mysterious atmosphere. For now, fans will have to settle for professionally edited race videos, but the league hopes to use live streaming video once the technology is available for drones. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how not to drop a giant anchor.

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Skreemr

If you love international traveling, but hate long flights, look no further than Skreemr. It can achieve Mach 10 (8,000 miles per hour), and take up to 75 passengers from London to New York in just 30-minutes. "The Skreemr is an aircraft concept that would be launched at very high speed with the help of a magnetic railgun launching system...[making use of rockets to] ignite its main scramjet engine. The magnetic railgun could use clean electricity to launch the aircraft, and the rockets and scramjets could burn hydrogen manufactured with hydro-electricity," said creator Charles Bombardier. 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 physicist who performed extreme stunts to prove the laws of physics.

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Shockwave Jet Truck


If you've never heard of Shockwave, it's basically an extremely fast truck that currently holds the world record for jet-powered full-sized trucks at 376mph. Power comes from three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jets that generate 35,000+ horsepower, which allow it to complete the quarter-mile in a blistering 6.63 seconds. "The added afterburners double the horsepower and thrust, so Shockwave literally has six times the power of the jet airplane these engines came in. On acceleration, the driver experiences about 6G. In order to bring this beast of a truck to stop they have made use of two 16" Military Parachutes (ring slot) which are capable of providing an impact of about -9G," said Chris Darnell, son of the vehicle's owner. 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 cool self-tying shoelaces trick.

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McKinley Climatic Laboratory

This F-117A Nighthawk isn't inside a remote Arctic hangar, but rather the McKinley Climatic Laboratory. This facility is both an active laboratory and a historic site located in Building 440 on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The main chamber was constructed to hold aircraft as large as a C-5A, and under hot conditions, it can achieve 165 °F. The All-Weather Room has a temperature range from −80 °F to 170 °F. Rainfall can be as high as 15 inches per hour, and wind, as fast as 60 knots. Snow can also be made in the chamber. Last, but not least, the Temperature-Altitude Chamber can simulate altitudes up to 80,000-feet, with temperatures ranging from −80 °F to 140 °F. Continue reading for two more test videos. Click here to view more pictures.

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Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

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The US Air Force and Boeing have partnered to create an electromagnetic pulse weapon known as "CHAMP" (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project). This device is essentially a non-lethal nuclear weapons system that can knock out entire electrical grids of buildings in an instant. It uses an extremely powerful microwave oven to generate a concentrated beam of energy which causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, rendering them useless before surge protectors have a chance to kick in. "The capability is real..and the technology can be available today. That's an operational system already in our tactical air force," said Major General Thomas Masiello, the Air Force Research Laboratory. 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 Super Bakery Bros.

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