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Drone Plane Crash

Ever wonder what could happen if a drone were to crash into a plane in mid-air? Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute wanted to find out, so they launched a DJI Phantom 4 drone into the sky from a cannon, which then crashed into a Mooney M20 airplane. This experiment was designed to mimic a midair collision between a 2.1-lb drone and an airplane at a speed of 238 miles per hour. Continue reading for another drone plane close-call compilation and more information.

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Atlas Robot Parkour

Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot does parkour in the SoftBank-owned company's latest video. The new control software uses the whole body, including legs, arms and torso, to generate energy and strength for jumping over a log as well as leaping up the 40cm steps without breaking its pace. Computer vision technology locates itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Interstellar Miller Planet Water

For those who have seen Christopher Nolan's Interstellar film, you probably already know that Miller's planet is a water-world, and the first planet in the system orbiting Gargantua. It takes its name from Dr. Miller, who landed on the planet and activated the "thumbs up" beacon, and it's also the first location the crew of the Endurance visit. The time dilation factor is exactly 1 hour on Milller per 7 years of Earth time due to the gravitational forces of Gargantua moving the planet through empty space at roughly 99.99999998% the speed of light. Continue reading to watch the scene in full and for more information.

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Fire Mount Tire

Why would anyone try to set fire to a tire like this when you could just use an air tank or tire mounting machine? Well, for starters, the latter doesn't make for a good viral video. The former is a process that involves spraying ether or another flammable substance around the area between the lip of an unmounted tire and the rim before lighting it on fire. When ignited, the explosion expands the air around the rim and inside the tire, thus making the opening wide enough to set around the rim. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Ames Window Illusion

The Ames Window illusion from the 1940s still boggles minds today, and it's basically an image on a flat piece of cardboard that seems to be a rectangular window but is, in fact, a trapezoid, with both sides of the piece of cardboard have the same image. The cardboard is hung vertically from a wire so it can rotate around continuously, or is attached to a vertical mechanically rotating axis for continuous rotation. When the rotation of the window is observed, the window appears to rotate through less than 180 degrees, though the exact amount of travel that is perceived varies with the dimensions of the trapezoid. It seems that the rotation stops momentarily and reverses its direction. It is therefore not perceived to be rotating continuously in one direction but instead is mis-perceived to be oscillating. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Nokia 9 Penta Camera

The Nokia 9 will be the company's new flagship smartphone when it's released, and so far, we've seen plenty of leaks to confirm a penta lens camera setup. Other features of this smartphone, codenamed A1 Plus or A1 Plus Euro, include: 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, an LG-sourced 5.7" P-OLED display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Elon Musk MKBHD

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently teamed up with Youtube tech star Marques Brownlee, better known as MKBHD, to give the internet an up-close look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at the company's Fremont factory. He may not be the first, as owners, VIPs, and the media, often get to tour the grounds, but this is one of the first starring a social media star. Currently, there are about 10,000 employees working at the Fremont factory to produce vehicles at a rate of about 7,000 units per week. Continue reading for MKBHD's video interview with Elon Musk.

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Nikon D850 Durability

The Nikon D850, a high-end DSLR, features 45.7 megapixels of extraordinary resolution, outstanding dynamic range with virtually no risk of moire, while offering up to 9 fps of continuous shooting at full resolution with full AF performance and 4K time-lapse movies. That may sound like a lot of technology, but this camera is more durable than you may think. Nikon researchers test the camera in harsh environments to ensure that it can withstand most drops, impacts, vibrations, extreme temperatures, and humidity. Continue reading for another weather sealing test video and more information.

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U2 Spy Plane Photography

The U-2 is a single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), used to provides high-altitude (70,000 feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. WSJ journalist Michael Phillips was fortunate enough to tour both the U-2 as well as the film processing lab at Beale Air Force Base in California. Any photos, which are shot on 250-pound rolls containing 10,500 feet of 6-inch-wide film, captured with the wet-plate camera onboard is transported by FedEx back to the base in California to be developed. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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BMW M3 Lose control

Great dashcams can be picked up the the price of a decent meal these days, but sometimes, they capture more than the driver bargained for. It's no surprise that one would want to drive an E46 BMW M3 to its limits, but that should definitely be saved for the track, or else you may end up risking your life, as well as others, on the highway. This driver shows why, as he isn't even wearing a safety belt while speeding, and thankfuly the vehicle bounced off the guardrail and back onto the second lane, instead of causing a multi-car accident. Continue reading for a few more crazy dash cam videos.

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