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FlyShip

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the FlyShip? Yes, this hybrid craft can not only hover just above the water, but is also capable of reaching speeds over 155mph (250km/h) in the sky. It has a 100 passenger capacity, with cabin space spanning an area of 1,500 square ft. The FlyShip hovers above land and water by creating a cushion of air under the 'reversed delta wings', propelling it from the ground. A three crew team is enough to keep everything running, as it consumes just 270 liters of fuel every hour, compared to jet liners which consume up to 3,300 liters per hour. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Cat Motorcycle Helmet

Photo credit: LaughingSquid / Rocket News

Russia-based Nitronos Motostudio has released a new line of cat-themed motorcycle helmets, and they can be customized however the customer wants, including special designs. "We took a modern and convenient IXS-1000 as a basis of this helmet. Each helmet is equipped with a single light protective visor and integral folding sun-visor. The helmet has a removable lining of 100% polyester as well as the double ventilation," said Nitornos. Click here for more pictures of the cat helmets. Continue reading for another video

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World's Fastest R/C Jet

At first, this may look like a toy, but as you get closer, you'll see this RC jet's Behotec JB 180 Turbine Gold Edition engine. accelerates into the sky in the blink of an eye, and as you see in the video above, begins a nearly 100% vertical climb into the lower stratosphere. It's touted as the world's fastest, with a top speed of 440mph. 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 giving us a first look at LEGO: Force Awakens.

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Iron Mountain

The Iron Mountain storage facility is a high-security storage facility in a former limestone mine at Boyers, Pennsylvania, near the city of Butler in the United States. It was used to store records beginning in 1954, and was purchased by Iron Mountain in 1998. It is here that Bill Gates stores his Corbis photographic collection in a refrigerated cave 220 feet (67 m) underground. Nearby, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management leases another underground cavern to store, and process government employee retirement papers. Continue reading to see more of the world's most secure locations.

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Lighter Camera

Back in the 1950s, before digital cameras and smartphones, spies relied on inconspicuous objects, like the Echo 8 Lighter Camera, to conduct surveillance operations. As the name suggests, it's essentially a combination of camera and cigarette lighter, made by the Suzuki company from 1951. A few years later, in 1955, they released a simplified Camera Lite model, designed to simply snap and go. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.

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Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit

Vilros' Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Complete Starter Kit is perfect for building your own mini computer, game console, etc., and you can pick one up for just $58.49 with coupon code: AY2SHMY9, today only, originally priced at $139.99. This kit includes the new RPI2 Model B quad-core 900-MHz processor, along with 1GB of RAM, an enclosure, 8GB SD card loaded with NOOBS software and lots more. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: AY2SHMY9 during final checkout to receive the additional discount. Continue reading for a video unboxing and more information.

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Speedhawk Helicopter

Piasecki's X-49 "SpeedHawk" is a four-bladed, twin-engined, experimental high-speed compound helicopter unlike any that you've seen before, as it utilizes the company's proprietary vectored thrust ducted propeller (VTDP) design and includes the addition of lifting wings. The concept of the experimental program is to apply the VTDP technology to a production military helicopter to determine any benefit gained through increases in performance or useful load. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Microsoft thinks we'll watch football with HoloLens in the future.

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Lightsaber Pen

Star Wars fanatics who also love collecting pens, rejoice! S.T. Dupont Paris has unveiled a $25,000 levitating lightsaber fountain pen. Limited to just 8-units worldwide, they will be available in either Yoda or Darth Vader varieties. "The pen which is part of the Haute Creation Collection which features levitation fountain pens disguised as light sabers. There are two of these pens, which both feature a 2 carat topaz crystal one for the powerful Sith Lord Darth Vader which is red and symbolise the dark side of the force. This edition features Jedi Master Yoda presenting green topaz and symbolizes the light side of the force," said Dupont Paris. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for another video.

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Post-Apocalyptic Batman

Photo credit: Travis Durden

French artist Travis Durden has created a post-apocalyptic series to celebrate the release of Batman v Superman. He collaborated with several photographers who document abandoned architectural spaces around the world. Durden used 3D software to recreate elements from the Dark Knight's world, like the Batmobile, and then seamlessly blends them into these decaying environments. "I wanted the final images as real as possible, as if Batman really spent time in these abandoned places," adds Durden. Continue reading for more pictures.

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V8 Espresso Machine

This is not a real V8 engine, just the awesome Espresso Veloce Titanio. This 23kg engine block is machined from stainless steel / titanium, and is designed to accept espresso pods to make things easy. For those who prefer colors other than black, you'll be happy to know that you can choose from 6 different cam cover colors: red, blue, orange, gunmetal, gold, and black. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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