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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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Drakan Spyder

Sector111 has just unveiled the Drakan Spyder, or basically a street legal go-kart. Unlike its smaller counterpart, this roadster / go-kart hybrid is powered by a Corvette-sourced LS3 V8 engine that generates 430-horsepower, mated to a Porsche G96 6-speed synchromesh transmission, enabling it to rocket from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.2-seconds. Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here to view more pictures of the Drakan Spyder.

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Liquid Glass Putty

Liquid Glass Putty can stretch like rubber and bounce like a ball, and since it's silicone-based, the material won't dry out or crumble over time. Think of this as part toy, part stress reliever, part physical therapy and entirely addictive, or so the manufacturer thinks. However, pouring 500-pounds of this stuff into a bathtub and trying to climb out after the putty settles, is another story. Get some here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a karate master destroying 726 bricks in 90-seconds.

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Force Awakens VFX

Movies like Star Wars Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Interstellar, and countless others, all rely on VFX to immerse the audience. This interesting behind-the-scenes video shows us what the former looks like in green screen form, as well as post production. One interesting fact you may not have known is that Force Awakens uses more visual effects than Phantom Menace, which used tons of miniatures. Continue reading for three more behind-the-scenes videos.

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Japanese Illusion

Meiji University professor Kokichi Sugihara specializes in creating impossible illusions that seem to defy gravity, including these mind-boggling slopes that you see above. How is this possible? Technology of course, as he used a computer program to interprets two dimensional line drawings as three dimensional objects. "Sometimes the program turned these objects into real objects, and that's how I discovered that some impossible objects are not really impossible - they can actually be built as solids in three-dimensional space," said Sugihara. Continue reading for two more of his impossible illusions.

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Boeing Projection Cabin

Forget watching movies on long international flights, soon passengers will be able to stare at the ceilings and walls of jumbo jets for a mesmerizing light show. Boeing has unveiled innovative projection systems that show celestial displays, clouds, mood lighting to entertain passengers (or help them fall asleep), and possibly even live streaming news, stock tickers, etc. For those who prefer personalized entertainment, the smaller displays will still be available, and loaded with movies, TV shows and more. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a video of the crazy omni-directional Infinadeck for gamers.

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100 Drones

At first, it looks like a swarm of UFOs, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's actually LED-equipped UAVs. Intel put on a spectacular display at Flugplatz Ahrenlohe, Tornesch, Germany, of drone technology involving 100 small aircrafts being launched skywards in formation has earned a new world record title for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously. Continue reading for the "making of" video and more information.

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Tornado on Road

A tornado ripped through the Italian township of Cavenago di Brianza, some 15 miles northeast of Milan in 2013, overturning lorries and damaging buildings. "I saw it (the tornado) going in this direction, because there were objects which were flying in front of me in this direction, then I don't know where it went," said one local woman. Continue reading for some more crazy accidents and mishaps captured on video.

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Wall-Climbing Robot

H/T: Disney Research

There are remote-controlled cars, and then VertiGo, a wall-climbing robot capable of transitioning from the ground to wall modes in seconds. This amazing bot was created in collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and ETH. It sports two tilting propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, and four wheels. One pair of wheels is steerable, and each propeller has two degrees of freedom for adjusting the direction of thrust. The robot is able to traverse over indentations such as masonry, thanks to the propellers providing thrust. "The choice of two propellers rather than one enables a floor-to-wall transition - thrust is applied both towards the wall using the rear propeller, and in an upward direction using the front propeller, resulting in a flip onto the wall," said the team. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a modern Empire Strikes Back trailer that will want to make you watch it again.

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NASA Test Wind

Ever wonder just how much wind a human can withstand without any permanent damage? Well, NASA found out with this crazy wind blast test from 1946. To be more specific: "Test conducted in 1946 where a human subject was exposed to blasts of air. The test was performed at NASA Langley Research Center's 8 ft High Speed Tunnel." Continue reading for another NASA centrifuge gravity simulation test from the 1960s.

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