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SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD

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SanDisk's 1TB Extreme Portable SSD is perfect for anyone who just wants some extra rugged protection for their data while on-the-go, and it's being offered for just $199.49 shipped, today only, originally $349.99. It delivers high-speed transfers with up to 550MB/s read speeds, making it perfect for saving and editing hi-res photos and videos. Its IP55 rating mean that it can stand up to rain, splashes, spills and dust. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

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Elon Musk Mecha

Tesla / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a fan of anime, and after giving "Your Name" high marks, he decided to Tweet: "It is time to create a mecha." The one you see above was made by South Korea-based Hankook Mirae, and called the Method-2. This $200 million mecha stands 13 feet tall and weighs a massive 1.5 tons, with just enough room for one operator in its cockpit. The team of 30 engineers claim that they'll get everything fully operational by the end of the year when it will sell for $8.3 million to the public. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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New Palm Phone

Yes, Palm is back, and not in the way you remember. Verizon has just unveiled "Palm," a device that's larger than a smartwatch, but more compact than a regular mobile phone. At $349, this 2.2-ounce, credit card-sized mobile boasts a 3.3-inch HD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and must be linked to an existing Verizon Wireless account. Its creators, ex-Samsung design executives Dennis Miloseski and Howard Nuk, said they wanted to invent a new category of mobile devices for on-the-go activities, such as working out, going to a concert, or taking a weekend getaway. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is basically an Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona that serves as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about the planet, its living systems, and its place in the universe. The 3.14-acre structure remains the largest closed system ever created. Unfortunately, it was only used twice for its original intended purposes as a closed-system experiment: once from 1991 to 1993, and the second time from March to September 1994. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Pokemon Card Painting

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Artist Micah Yates, better known as "Lunny" on Instagram, specializes in transforming Pokemon cards into painted works of part. She uses acrylics to paint directly on the cards, while capturing images and videos of the process. Currently, she paints 10 cards per week , with 16 of the 40 per month going to her Patreon supporters, with the rest being commissions. All in all, she's painted around 1,000 cards in 2-years. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.

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World's Largest Sequencer

The Red Bull Music Academy's 20th edition unveils the world's largest step sequencer, and it was temporarily located just outside of iconic Berlin club Tresor for crowds to test. Officially called the RBMA-20, it was designed and built by Berlin-based creative studio Neulant van Exe using 30 technicians over the span of 5-weeks. It also takes the title of world's largest drum machine, measuring in at about 33 feet long, 7.2 feet high, and weighing just over 1,300 pounds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Cary42 Arcade Machine

Handcrafted from wood, Cary42 (carrier for two) is a two-player arcade machine inspired by attache cases that lets gamers enjoy classic co-op titles such as Metal Slug, Gauntlet and Contra in pure luxury. This folding console can actually store over 10.000 emulated games, or just add your own favorites via USB. The chassis is made from solid American walnut and comes with panels in satin grey with monochrome buttons. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Bollinger B2 Electric Pickup Truck

Bollinger B2, the followup to the B1 SUV, is an all-electric pickup truck powered by two electric motors and a 120 kWh battery pack that produce 520 hp and 514 lb-ft of torque. It's capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and topping out at 100 mph, with a 200-miles range on a single charge. When the battery is fully depleted, you can recharge it in just 75 minutes with a Level 3 DC fast charger or 10 hours with a Level 2 220V charger. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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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Droplet Trailer

Vancouver-based Droplet has created a Scandinavian-inspired camping trailer that looks normal at first glance, but this 950-lb tiny home on wheels can be towed behind just about any vehicle. You can choose from three different packages, including an "Off the Grid Package" that comes complete with a queen-sized bed, dual-stove burner kitchen, sink, portable refrigerator, 100W self-standing solar panel, two portable EcoFlow River Black 410WH power station, and a spare wheel. Continue reading for a complete video tour, more pictures and information.

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