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Speedhawk Helicopter

Piasecki's X-49 "SpeedHawk" is a four-bladed, twin-engined, experimental high-speed compound helicopter unlike any that you've seen before, as it utilizes the company's proprietary vectored thrust ducted propeller (VTDP) design and includes the addition of lifting wings. The concept of the experimental program is to apply the VTDP technology to a production military helicopter to determine any benefit gained through increases in performance or useful load. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Microsoft thinks we'll watch football with HoloLens in the future.

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Jet Rocket Bike

Swiss rocket man Francois Gissy wasn't satisfied with a supercar, so he built a rocket bike that can achieve 207 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds. This isn't a fancy model either, as it's completely stripped of everything that causes drag. There aren't any sophisticated aerodynamic bits, just a rocket, saddle, and an extreme brake system to ensure that Gissy is able to safely stop after breaking the world speed record. 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 drone-destroying eagles.

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Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia was basically a Concordia-class cruise ship built in 2004 by the Fincantieri '​s Sestri Ponente yards in Italy and operated from 2005 until 2012 by a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. It was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio on January 13, 2012 when it struck a rock, and declared a total loss. This ship later towed to the port of Genoa where it was scrapped. In its completed state, there was approximately 1,500 cabins; 505 with private balconies and 55, with direct access to the Samsara Spa, that were considered Spa staterooms; 58 suites had private balconies and 12 had direct access to the spa. Continue reading for more images inside the wreckage. Click here for a few bonus images of the Costa Concordia wreckage.

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Ripsaw EV2 Desert

A few months back, Howe and Howe Technologies officially revealed the Ripsaw EV2 Super Luxury Tank. Now, we get to see what it can do in the desert. Just to recap, this stealthy matte black beast is based on the fastest dual-tracked vehicle ever deployed, the unmanned Ripsaw MS1, and is powered by a 600-horsepower diesel engine. What sets this apart from military tanks, is an ultra luxurious interior, complete with leather seating and a touchscreen entertainment system. 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 $100 gold and Cristal doughnut.

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Ripchair 3.0

File this under: expensive toys for millionaires. Called the Ripchair 3.0, this dual-tracked personal tank of sorts is powered by a 31-hp gasoline engine, plenty of power for drifting in snow. This continuous-track vehicle boasts zero-turn capability, capable of traversing rough terrain (including deep mud). It can be equipped for direct wheelchair access or with a normal seat, and all user controls are designed to be easily accessed, without requiring one to reach over anything. A special Quad edition comes equipped with joystick controls, but each one can be customized to your liking, from hand control placement to 'extras,' such as lighting package, gun rack, and even a fishing rod holder. 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 bizarre slinky kung fu.

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Skyacht One

Unlike other private jets, the Skyacht One boasts a design that draws inspiration from a custom 1930s-era yacht, and is based on the Embraer Flagship Lineage 1000E. This luxurious penthouse in the sky has a flying range of 4,600 nautical miles and over 4,000 cubic feet of cabin space. Inside, there is a main cabin, a private conference room, cocktail bar, as well as a master suite, complete with a king-sized bed and bathroom + shower. Continue reading for a "Making Of" video and more information. Click here to view more images of Skyacht One.

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USSV Rhino GX

Sleek and stylish, the hand-fabricated USSV Rhino GX is based on the Ford F450 Super Duty 4x4 drive chassis, and sports a body structure made from dual 18 gauge steel. It's powered by a 6.8L 3-valve V10 SOHC engine that generates 362 horsepower, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with power assisted steering. The heavy duty front suspension is a solid twin-coil monobeam with 1.38" shock absorbers, and in the back, you'll find a solid axle with LiquidSpring CLASS smart hydraulic system. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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WHILL Mobility Device

If Apple made a personal mobility device, it'd probably look something like the WHILL Model A. Featuring an advanced omni-directional drive system that lets it take tight turns and ride on rough terrain, along with a sleek minimalist TRON-inspired design. Its lead-acid battery gives the Model A a range of nearly 20 kilometers on a single charge, and steering is as simple as using the built-in joystick on the armrest or a smartphone app. Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here for more pictures of the WHILL Model A.

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Castle Mobile Home

From afar, this may look like a toy castle you rent for parties, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's actually a tiny solar-powered home on wheels. That's right, in addition to generating its own power, it can also harvest rainwater on the go. It has several working areas, a kitchenette, and plenty of sleeping space for this family of three. Continue reading for a video tour and more information. Click here to view bonus images of yet another two-level mini home on wheels.

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Scubacraft

If James Bond needed a speedboat and submarine, he'd probably just use the Scubacraft SC3. Above water, the 860-pound craft powered by a 160-horsepower, inline 4-cylinder, 4-stroke engine with waterjet drive, but when submerged, the main engine shuts down to allow it to remain air-tight. Beneath the surface, four electric thrusters and batteries keep things running smoothly. To submerge, the operator deflates two large inflatable tubes located within the hull to let water in through the transom. Thanks to its modular design, you can easily remove and replace parts necessary, like adding extra batteries for extended operations or more thrusters for more power, as necessary. 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 why it's never too late to start on something.

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