The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is basically a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy's Assault Craft Units and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach. Continue reading for more cool facts. These craft are high-speed and fully amphibious, capable of carrying up to a 60-ton payload (75 tons in overload) over water and land at speeds in excess of 40 knots as well as a nominal range of up to 200 nautical miles. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Russell White, a car enthusiast from Texas, spent $100,000 building a custom street-legal "Rally Fighter" vehicle that can literally go anywhere, even to work. They started with the bare frame, supplied by Local Motors, and built the car to completion in just 30-days. "The engine is from a Corvette and the Camaro SS - it's got a 430 horsepower GM crank motor and 20 inches of travel suspension that allows for driving really fast in the desert. It has 420 foot pounds of torque, and passes all state emissions, comes with everything you need to install, run and get it on the road. The steering wheel is a Momo wheel, and the column is out of an F150," said White. Click here to view first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Tony Hawk skating the first-ever horizontal loop.
You don't need The Force to use this real-life lightsaber of sorts, as it works by just pushing a button. Developed by the US Air force and Energetic Materials & Products, the Tech Torch is basically a handheld tool that produces a blade-shaped 4,000° flame, capable of ripping through half-inch steel bars in seconds. "It works through a combination of chemistry and physics. The extremely high heat renders the steel to a molten state, and the force of the propulsion erodes the material very rapidly," said Stephanie Johnson, a research chemist and program manager at the lab. 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 explaining the science behind NERF blasters.
While it may appear to be a vehicle from TRON, this is just the futuristic Yamaha MT-10 motorcycle. It's powered by a 998cc CP4 crossplane engine that produces 165 horsepower and 75 lb-ft of torque, paired with a three-stage traction control system, slipper clutch and three riding modes, using Yamaha's "D-Mode" throttle mapping feature. The YZF-R1-derived race-developed suspension has been tuned to make it even easier to live with on the street, complete with 320mm dual front discs, 4-pot calipers as well as ABS for instant stopping power. 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 DIY backyard underground apocalyptic bunker.
The O'Neill cylinder is essentially a space settlement design proposed by American physicist Gerard K. O'Neill in his 1976 book The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space. An O'Neill cylinder would consist of two counter-rotating cylinders. The cylinders would rotate in opposite directions in order to cancel out any gyroscopic effects that would otherwise make it difficult to keep them aimed toward the Sun. Each would be 5-miles in diameter and 20-miles long, connected at each end by a rod via a bearing system. They would rotate so as to provide artificial gravity via centrifugal force on their inner surfaces. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and additional information.
Unlike other business jets, the $120-million Airbus Aerion AS2 is the world's first private supersonic jet, enabling passengers to travel between London and New York in just three hours, or from Los Angeles to Tokyo in a mere six. It has a top speed of 1,217 mph (Mach 1.5), which is a hair under the Concorde's 1,350 mph, using supersonic laminar flow technology. The carbon fiber wing design will allow for lighter fuel consumption and increased travel ranges by reducing aerodynamic drag by 20%. The cabin is designed to accommodate up to 12 passengers. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Say goodbye to beverage coolers, and hello to Earth Cooler, developed by Danish company eCool. This contraption basically holds up to 24 regular-sized cans, and is installed by simply burying it completely beneath the surface, or just any place with soil - garden, terrace, etc. The only tools required are either a garden shovel or a garden drill to make the hole deep enough. The top of the cooler is so well insulated that it maintains the same temperature throughout. Continue reading for a video animation of how it works.
The Divergent Blade appears to be just another supercar at first glance, but once you find out the story behind this vehicle, you'll realize it's 3D-printed, and faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia to boot. Powered by a 700-horsepower bi-fuel engine (can be fueled with either petrol gasoline or compressed natural gas), it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.2-seconds. To understand just how fast this is, a Ferrari 458 goes 0-60 mph in roughly 2.9 to 3 seconds. However, what really makes the 1400-pound supercar stand out is its modular, 3D-printed chassis that's printed from aluminum nodes and aerospace carbon fiber rods. 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 Luke Skywalker supercut of the many characters he's killed in the movie.
Similar to Google Glass, TrackingPoint's Shotglass Shooting Glasses sports an integrated high-definition camera that works in conjunction with a wide-screen WQVGA display, but that's where the similarities end. Powered by the Android operating system for one-touch video recording, when paired with the company's XS1 or XS2 Precision-Guided Firearm systems, they can provide you with two unique fields of view on every shot, and even the ability to shoot around corners by utilizing the digital optics mounted on the gun. Continue reading for two more videos of the smart rifles.
My Mobile Tricks recently purchased the same Samsung wall charger from two different vendors, one on eBay, and the other from Amazon. As you may have already guessed, the one from the former turned out to be fake, with ever so subtle differences. The image above shows that the "copy" is only missing small ridges around the socket area. Continue reading for more images.