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F-35 Gun Pod


The US Marine Corps' F-35B just made history by firing its gun pod while flying for the first time. This weapon straps onto the belly of the aircraft, and enables the fighter the option to sacrifice a little stealth, drag, and range for 220-rounds of 25 mm firepower - a big upgrade from the 20 mm guns that current US fighter jets carry. One caveat: though F-35 can fire its gun while flying, the software update needed to properly aim the gun remains elusive, but should be coming later this year. 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 that shows how to cast a Batman fidget spinner from bullet shells.

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Nerf Mass Effect


When is a NERF gun not just a toy? When The Hacksmith gets his hands on one of them. To be more specific, it shoots red hot ferrocerium, which explodes on impact into a cloud of sparkling shrapnel in excess of 3000° C. How does it work? It's basically an air gun that shoots a custom over the barrel ferrocerium dart, heated by a 1000W induction coil until it is glowing red. The key to not getting burned is a string from the trigger to trip the quick release valve. 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 five everyday inventions you didn't know came from DARPA.

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Blitzer Railgun

General Atomics Blitzer system is the world's first weaponized railgun planned for production. It basically launches a streamlined discarding sabot round designed by Boeing's Phantom Works at 1,600 m/s (5,200 ft/s) - approximately Mach 5 - with accelerations exceeding 60,000 gn. In one of the latest tests, the projectile was able to travel an additional 4.3-miles downrange after penetrating a 1/8 inch thick steel plate. The company is aiming for mass production by 2019, pending funding, as the project is thus far self-funded. 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 how to make your own Wolverine claws.

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The Pocket Shot

The Pocket Shot is not your standard slingshot, as it features a circular design and a stabilizing handle, which means more accuracy, better stabilization, and more powerful shots. Perfect for hunters and recreational use as its tiny size allows you to keep it in your pocket, tackle box, or backpack while storing ammo in its watertight compartment. It can fire projectiles, including arrows and rocks, up to 350-feet-per-second. Get one here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an impossible puzzle box.

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Fedor Terminator Robot

Officially called a "cyber cosmonaut," the 6-foot-tall FEDOR robot has also been given the nickname of "Terminator" after demonstrating that it can shoot a gun using both of its hands. "The robot of the F.E.D.O.R. platform showed skills of firing using both arms. Currently the work on fine motor skills and decision algorithms is underway. This thing can work without a space suit, live not only in a crew vehicle, but even outside it," said deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin. 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 Last Jedi Easter eggs that you may have missed in the trailer.

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Navy Railgun

The U.S. Navy plans to integrate a railgun that has a range of over 160 km (100 mi) onto a ship by 2017, and this weapon will utilize components largely in common with those developed and demonstrated at Dahlgren. The hyper-velocity rounds weigh 10 kg (23 lb), are 18 in (460 mm), and are fired at Mach 7. The railgun was originally scheduled for testing at sea on the USNS Trenton this year, but plans for that have been pushed back to late 2017, or early 2018. 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 wing walker jumping from an airplane.

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3D-Printed Grenade Launcher

Created by the U.S. Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM), this 3D-printed grenade launcher, called "RAMBO" (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), is functional and made from aluminum using a proprietary direct metal laser sintering process. It took the team approximately 6-months to design and manufacture this weapon, with 3D-printed ammunition thrown in. 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 an impressive size comparison of the universe.

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Oshkosh JLTV

When battle requires a heavily armored vehicle that's faster than a tank, it may be time for the Halo-inspired Oshkosh Defense JLTV. The company was originally going to arm them with .50 caliber (12.7 mm) heavy machine guns, 7.62 mm light machine guns, grenade launchers, ande anti-tank missiles, but now they've added a 30mm chaingun, the same ones found on Apache attack helicopters. This extra range and firepower enables soldiers to employ the vehicle much more aggressively, such as a forward scout moving out fast and ahead of the main force. 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 what Minority Report computers would really be like.

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Origami Bulletproof Shield

This may look like art at first, but it's a functional bulletproof shield. Designed by engineers and students at BYU, this folding Kevlar shield, modeled after origami practices, can stop .44 magnum bullets, thanks to 12 layers of Kevlar with aluminum panels in the middle to give it strength. "Current products out there are about 90 pounds. That's pretty heavy for one person to carry. Our goal was to go for 50 pounds and protect two to three people," said Terri Bateman, adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at BYU. 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 real Super Mario Bros. simulator.

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Nerf Doomlands Judge

NERF fans rejoice! Set for release later this year, priced at $60, "The Judge" comes equipped with a large rotating cylinder that holds ten sets of three-darts each. When used to capacity, you'll be able to fire 30 darts in mere seconds. It sports a single tactical rail above its turret and two strap points: one on the back of the blaster and one built into its handle. Available this fall in stores and online. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about a man who chooses to live his life as a real-life Batman.

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