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Kiravan Expedition Vehicle

Applied Minds co-founder Bran Ferren has completed "Kiravan", or in other words, what the USS Enterprise would look like as a 23-ton expedition vehicle that can go anywhere. It's based on a modified Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500NA truck, complete with a fully customized composite trailer. Inside, you'll find a kitchenette, full bathroom, and a comfortable penthouse suite. Technology wise, it features kevlar-reinforced tires, small drones to scout the terrain ahead, and seven communication masts reaching heights of 60-feet. Its communications system is can contact nearby aircraft in case of emergency, while its readings are displayed on a host of touchscreen displays in the main cabin. There's even a 'situational awareness system' comprised of 22 cameras and a 'hydro-drive' control, which allows you to switch between four, and six wheel drive for rough terrain. 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 the WannaCrypt Ransomware in-action.

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Baglietto Yacht

Perfect for a Bond villain and crafted from aluminum, the Baglietto 46M Fast Yacht features an exterior and interior designed by Francesco Paszkowski. This luxurious watercraft offers 5-star accommodations for up to 12 guests and ten crew. It's powered by dual MTU 16v4000 M93L engines producing a combined output of 4,615-horsepower, enabling it to hit a cruising speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 26 knots. Its 1,000 nautical mile range lets you enjoy all the luxuries inside and out. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a poor man's selfie drone.

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U-Boat Worx Submarine

If money is no object, U-Boat Worx C-Researcher 3-1100 might be a gadget you consider before splurging on a yacht. This personal submarine can safely transport you and two passengers up to 3,600-feet deep for as long as 18-hours. For those who need it for research purposes, you'll be happy to know that it comes equipped with manipulator arms and underwater cameras. Its acrylic sphere offers a panoramic view of the aquatic life beneath the surface. 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 first look at Avatar World, opening soon at Walt Disney World.

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The Boring Company

The Boring Company is not an internet meme, but rather an infrastructure and tunneling company founded by Elon Musk. The company has already started excavating a 30-foot wide, 50-foot long, and 15-foot deep "test trench" on the premises of SpaceX's offices in Los Angeles. The company's goal is to enhance tunneling speed enough such that establishing an underground network of tunnels is financially feasible. "If you think of tunnels going 10, 20, 30 layers deep (or more), it is obvious that going 3D down will encompass the needs of any city’s transport of arbitrary size," said Musk. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Air Free Tires

Bridgestone has unveiled innovative "Air-Free" bike tires, which support the rider's weight by using a unique thermoplastic resin spokes that stretch along the inner sides of the wheel, made entirely recyclable materials to boot. By simplifying the structure of the classic tire, the company reduced resistance caused by a wheel's continuously changing shape as they roll, thus maximizing efficiency and reducing wasted energy. 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 the biggest versus the smallest laptop.

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Native Campervans

Native Campervans look normal on the outside, but open the doors? You'll see it's a tiny home on wheels. Featuring a queen-sized bed, kitchenette, seating area, and lots of storage areas for your gear. "[Right now] the vehicles run off an ancillary battery that is charged when the van is moving. One hour of driving charges the vehicle for one day. This supports the lights, refrigerator and inverter so individuals can charge their electronics. No plug-ins at campgrounds necessary," said founder Dillon Hansen. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining why you're always tired.

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Volocopter 2X

Love Uber / Lyft, but hate traffic? Meet the Volocopter 2x. With a total of 18 rotors, this flying taxi is powered entirely by electric motors, and is controlled by a simple joystick. Safety features include automatic altitude control and it can even be remotely controlled, similar to drones. Expect this ultralight multi-copter to hit the skies next year. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining why train travel is so expensive.

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Alpha Centauri Hydroplane


Sleek, stylish, and stealthy, the SR-71-inspired Alpha Centauri Hydroplane even has a lifting canopy for the driver and up to three passengers. Inside, you'll find a booming sound system and Raymarine navigation, while the exterior boasts a stainless steel frame wrapped in a lightweight composite shell. Powering this watercraft is a 9.5L Chevy V8 generating 750-horsepower, paired with a two-stage Scott jet drive that's good for a top speed of 60 knots. 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 the history of light.

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Dare to Dream Superyacht

Designed by George Lucian has, "Dare to Dream" is a 460-foot luxury vessel unlike any other, as it's the first to come with a 330-foot airship. The French designer was inspired by the US Navy's Zumwalt-class destroyer, and combines form with function, offering ample space for all 52 individuals aboard (12 guests and 40 crew members). "I am fascinated by the zeppelins that transported passengers across the Atlantic in a luxury at the beginning of the century. Nowadays we have lost the elegance and tranquillity of traveling that the cruise liners and airships were offering years ago," said Lucian. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how a rigged 1930s roulette table works.

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Self-Balancing Wheelchair

There are self-balancing robots, hoverboards, and then Scewo, an innovative electric wheelchair capable of traversing stairs independently, offering users a dynamic experience for navigating over obstacles using multiple rubber tracks. You can select from three different modes: "safe" for getting on and off, "elevated" for eye-to-eye communication, and "track" for increased traction over obstacles. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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