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Electromagnetic Railgun

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has successfully test fired "Blitzer", an electromagnetic railgun capable of shooting metal projectiles at Mach 6, or more than 30,000 times the force of gravity. This weapon works by utilizing powerful rail-like electromagnets to create magnetic fields inside the chamber that drive the projectile before unleashing it at incredible speeds. Continue reading for a video of it in a combat situation and more information.

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Stealth Ghost Ship

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If the F-117A Nighthawk was a ship, it'd be the "GHOST". This stealth ship can achieve 900 times less hull friction than a conventional watercraft. It was developed to provide superior protection for US service personnel by Juliet Marine Systems. It uses a dual-pontoon supercavitating hull, known as the small waterplane-area twin-hull (SWATH), to run at top speed through 10 ft (3.0 m) seas. The craft is gyro-stabilized, and commanded with 22 underwater control surfaces. There's room for 16 passengers with two 6 in (15 cm)-diameter round windows in the hull. 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 an actress rendered live in Unreal Engine.

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Double Barrel Pistol Ideal Conceal

At first, this appears to be a smartphone, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's actually Ideal Conceal's .380-caliber double barrel pistol. This $395 weapon is designed to fold down, and the grip conceals the trigger / trigger guard, enabling it to act as a safety, completely blocking access to the trigger. Continue reading for a picture with the laser sight activated and more information. Click here to view a bonus gallery of real-life spy gadgets.

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Samsung SGR-A1 Sentry

This is not a machine from an upcoming Robocop sequel, just Samsung's SGR-A1, a sentry robot equipped with a 5.5mm machine gun and a 40mm grenade launcher. When a potential threat is detected, it notifies the command center, at which time, the human operator can use the robot's video and audio devices to communicate remotely before deciding to open fire. It boasts heat and motion detectors to identify potential targets more than 2 miles away. 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 waterjet machine used to slice a laptop in half, like butter.

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Metal Storm MK5

Here is a look back at the Metal Storm MK5, a 36-barreled stacked projectile volley gun that has the highest rate of fire in the world. The prototype array demonstrated a firing rate of just over 1-million rounds per minute for a 180-round burst of 0.01 seconds (~27,777 rpm / barrel). Firing within 0.1 seconds from up to 1600 barrels (at maximum configuration) the gun claimed a maximum rate of fire of 1.62 million RPM and creating a dense wall (0.1 m between followup projectiles) of 24,000 projectiles. 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 happens when you light 10,000 sparklers at once.

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Heart Attack Pistol

This unclassified footage reportedly shows a modified Colt 1911 pistol that shoots a dart, filled with a special serum, that causes a heart attack when fired into the victim, leaving no trace, other than a red dot. That's right, it can pierce through clothing without leaving signs of impact on the skin, and the serum dissolves without a trace. "The poison was frozen into some sort of dart and then it was shot at very high speed into the person. When it reached the person it would melt inside them, and there would be a tiny red dot on their body, which was hard to detect. There wouldn't be a needle or anything like that left in the person," said whistleblower Mary Embree. Continue reading for the unedited clip.

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Otokar Cobra

Think of the Otokar Cobra as an armored tank with the maneuverability of a weaponized amphibious vehicle. Its monocoque steel v-hull provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell shrapnel, and to a certain degree against anti-personnel/tank mines and IEDs. Front wheel arches are designed to be blown away to free blast pockets. Cobra forms a common platform which can be adapted for various roles and mission requirements including: Armoured Personnel Carrier, Anti-Tank Vehicle, Reconnaissance Vehicle, Ground Surveillance Radar Vehicle, Forward Observation Vehicle, Armoured Ambulance, Armoured Command Post, turreted vehicle for 12.7mm machine gun, 20mm cannon, anti-tank missiles such as the TOW missile/Spike missile or surface-to-air missiles. 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 land a 737.

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Airow Gun

The Airow Gun basically uses a combination of mechanical and pneumatic power to convert the energy from a compound, or recurve bow. The energy released is generally equivalent to the power generated by a marker. Entire games have been dedicated to the use of Airow Guns, in a fashion similar to that of slingshot paintball. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.

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Pioneer Airbow

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The $849 Benjamin Pioneer Airbow is a weapon that basically combines the power of a bow, with rifle-like precision. Whether you're hunting for food or fighting zombies, it's ready for any occasion, and uses 3,000 psi of compressed air to fire off as many as eight full-sized arrows at a 450 feet per second. It can easily be reloaded with a hand pump or charging system. It's paired with a CenterPoint 6x40 mm scope, and can fire all eight shots as fast as a normal crossbow shoots three. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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DP-12 Double Barrel Shotgun

The DP-12 is a 12-gauge shotgun that combines the best of two worlds: pump-action and double-barrel shotguns. A single stroke of the pump action loads both chambers, which can be fired in successive trigger pulls; the right first, then left. It utilizes a configuration with the inline feeding of a pump gun. It may sound complicated, but the DP-12 is basically two pump shotguns merged into one. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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